The Eagles Are Finished Interviewing College Coaches for Philly's Head Job (Thankfully)

The Eagles Are Finished Interviewing College Coaches for Philly's Head Job (Thankfully)

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We don’t have anything against college coaches per se. Hell,
I honestly believe Penn State’s Bill O’Brien very well might be the best
football coach without an NFL head job in all the land. That said, I couldn’t
be more ecstatic about Friday night’s news that the Eagles will no longer pursue any head coaching candidates from within the collegiate ranks.

This of course comes on the heels of the announcement that
Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly will remain at the university rather that pursue a pro
job, a development that was not entirely unexpected. As soon as it became
apparent however, the organization released the following statement:

“There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time
and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for
our head coaching job,” the statement read.

 

“We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would
leave their current posts. We understood that going into the process, but we
wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for
the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

“We have no regrets about the effort we made in that direction and we will
continue to proceed as planned in our search.”

Kelly was the third college coach to interview for the
Philly vacancy after O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly, and fourth to garner
consideration along with Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, who joined the Buffalo Bills.
The Eagles have already interviewed at least five additional candidates – including
Seattle’s Gus Bradley on Saturday according to reports – and have meetings
scheduled with two more NFL assistants early this week.

But as for Brian Kelly and Chip Kelly, two coaches with
absolutely zero pro experience who were both at one time reported favorites for
the position, I can’t say I feel as if the Eagles lost out on anything. That’s not to
say great coaches can't be discovered in the college ranks, but I’d just as
soon be safe and take somebody with more relevant experience.

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Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.