Eagles fans deserve more than silence from front office

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Eagles fans deserve more than silence from front office

What makes Jeff Lurie think Chip Kelly can handle complete control of personnel just two years after getting his very first NFL job?

Why did Lurie reassign Howie Roseman and pay him nearly $2 million to not be involved in personnel?

And what exactly will Roseman do on a daily basis to earn that roughly $33,000 he’s earning per week?

What makes 30-year-old Ed Marynowitz the right guy to be Kelly’s top personnel assistant?

Where did things go wrong with Tom Gamble? And if Kelly had been given complete personnel control a few days earlier, would Gamble still be here?

Why was Kelly so adamant about creating a front office where Roseman, the Eagles’ GM for five years, was no longer involved in evaluating and selecting players?

What involvement, if any, will Roseman have on draft day?

So many questions. So many questions Eagles fans deserve to have answered.

Yet here we are, more than six weeks after the Eagles’ dramatic front office restructure and still not a peep from Kelly, from Lurie, from anybody in the Eagles’ organization explaining why this happened and what it means.

We’re not talking about signing a free agent or firing a regional scout or placing an injured player on IR.

We’re talking about a historic shakeup of the Eagles’ front office that fundamentally changes the way the team will select players and gives the coach unprecedented powers for his level of experience and accomplishment.

And nothing but silence from the NovaCare Complex.

The NFL Scouting Combine starts Wednesday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and representatives from 29 teams will be available for interviews to talk about the draft, to talk about their needs, to talk about the future. Some 19 teams will have both their coach and a GM or personnel exec available.

They don't have to be there. But those franchises believe it's important for their fans to know what they're thinking.

Guess who won’t be anywhere to be seen. Saints, Patriots and Eagles.

Two teams that have won a Super Bowl in the past few years, and one team that drafted Marcus Smith in the first round.

This isn’t about disgruntled media not having access to the owner or coach. We’ll find other stories to write. We’ll find other people to talk to. We’ll still be able to do our jobs just fine.

It’s not about us. It’s about you.

It’s about a football team that charges about $100 per average ticket, ninth-highest in the NFL, but refuses to explain its thinking to its loyal and die-hard fans, many of whom have supported the team during its half century without a championship.

The Eagles don’t believe it’s important to communicate with you and your friends and family, and that’s their right, but it’s a real slap in the face to fans who spend thousands of dollars a year in tickets, parking, jerseys, food and merchandise a year to support their team.

Last time Lurie spoke, minutes after the season-ending win over the Giants, he told a group of writers in the visiting locker room at MetLife Stadium that Roseman would remain as general manager, and he mocked writers who asked about Roseman’s future.

Last time Kelly spoke, he said he had a good relationship with Roseman and wouldn’t address rumors of a fractured front office.

That was six weeks ago.

Since then, Lurie and Kelly have hidden behind a couple prepared statements, electing to explain one of the most significant front office changes in franchise history through the PR department instead of fielding questions that all Eagles fans need to have answered.

Lurie did what he once said he would never do again, giving a coach complete control. Kelly’s role changed, adding player evaluation to his coaching duties before he even won a playoff game. Roseman’s role changed, with a raise and a vague new role. Gamble left, Marynowitz got a promotion.

And not a word from anybody involved.

When the Eagles want the media to hear about stadium improvements, they make sure somebody is available to tell us all about it.

When they announce their mural arts program, they make sure somebody from the front office is available to tell us all about it.

When they announce “new food and beverage concepts” at the Linc, they make sure somebody from the front office is available to discuss the long-term ramifications.

But reconfigure the front office so dramatically that it will affect the franchise for the next 10 years or more?

Silence.

Kelly is required to speak with the media at the owner’s meetings, which is in late March. By then it will have been nearly three months since the front-office shakeup.

Lurie isn’t required to speak at all, but he more than anybody owes it to the fans to take a few minutes out of his schedule to share his drastically altered vision for the franchise and explain why he believes this unusual structure will work.

When we last heard from Lurie, he was openly mocking a reporter for asking if Roseman would be back in 2015 as general manager.

“Is that a question?”

Yeah. It is a question. A good one. And lately, that’s all we have. Lots and lots of questions. And absolutely no answers.

Eagles submit a proposal that could bring back Kelly green

Eagles submit a proposal that could bring back Kelly green

Forget Alshon Jeffery. Forget Torrey Smith. Forget whomever they take with the 14th pick. 

The Eagles' biggest pickup this season could be bringing back Kelly green uniforms. 

The Eagles are proposing a new resolution to the NFL's on-field policy that would allow teams to wear alternate helmets "in a color to match their third uniform." 

The proposal -- along with the four game rule proposals submitted by the Eagles (see story) -- will be decided on next week in Phoenix at the annual league meetings. 

For now, teams are only allowed to wear their primary helmets with their third uniforms. Alternate helmets are not allowed. This resolution would strike that language from the on-field policy. 

The Eagles have been wearing black as their alternate jersey color with their midnight green helmets. If this passes, they could go to wearing black helmets with those black jerseys. So maybe we're jumping the gun. And, really, this is all speculation. 

Or … maybe they could finally bring back the Kelly green fans have been eagerly awaiting. 

The Eagles last wore Kelly green in 2010 against the Packers as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NFL championship. 

Eagles propose four rules to be considered by NFL next week

Eagles propose four rules to be considered by NFL next week

Next week, when the NFL convenes for its owners meetings in Phoenix, there will be 15 proposed rule changes under consideration by the competition committee. 

While the one proposed rule change would cut regular-season overtime from 15 to 10 minutes (see story), there are 14 others up for discussion. 

Of those 15, seven were submitted by NFL teams. And of those seven, four were submitted by the Eagles

Three of the four rule proposals from the Eagles are safety related. 

Here are the four from the Eagles, per the NFL: 

1. Gives additional protections for long snappers on kick plays. 

2. Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays. 

3. Expands the “crown of helmet” foul to include “hairline” part of helmet. 

4. Amends the challenge system by granting a third challenge if a club is successful on at least one of its initial two challenges, and expands reviewable plays outside of two minutes of each half.

The first proposed rule would offer long snappers -- Jon Dorenbos included -- some extra protection. It would add this language to Article 6, Unnecessary Roughness: "When a team is in scrimmage kick formation, a defensive player may not initiate contact with the snapper until one second has elapsed after the snap." 

The second proposed rule change is one of the proposals that has garnered the most attention. Basically, the league now allows players to leap over the line of scrimmage on kicks as long as they don't touch anyone. This new rule would completely outlaw the process of leaping over the line. 

It seems like this rule change is likely to happen. The NFLPA has previously asked for this rule to be changed. 

"So the inevitable is going to happen, and just hearing from the players association, Philly now proposing it is really in the best interest of the game," former Eagle and league football operations director Troy Vincent said on a conference call Thursday. 

The next rule does pretty much exactly what it says: it expands the area that is considered to be the "crown of the helmet." 

Here's the new language that would be added to Article 8, Initiating Contact with the Crown of the Helmet: "Lowering the head and making forcible contact with the crown or 'hairline' parts of the helmet against any part of an opponent shall be considered a foul even if the initiating player's head moves after initial contact and the majority of contact occurs with the side or front of the helmet."

Finally, the last proposal isn't a safety one. It's about replay and is pretty self-explanatory for the most part. 

The reasoning given for this rule change on the proposal: "Provides coaches with a greater opportunity to correct subjective officiating errors, but excludes those fouls that have a minimal opportunity for reversal."