Eagles Bring Back LB Najee Goode with a One-Year Deal

The Eagles have re-signed linebacker Najee Goode to a one-year contract according to the team’s official website.

Goode was originally a fifth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of West Virginia in 2012 but has spent the last three seasons on and off the Eagles roster.

The Eagles re-signed him in September and he appeared in 14 games, primarily as a special teams contibutor. Goode also provides linebacker depth. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in March.

Eagles Hire Frank Reich as New Offensive Coordinator

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The Eagles have their new offensive coordinator, as Adam Caplan is reporting the deal with former NFL QB and coordinator Frank Reich is done, and he’ll join Doug Pederson’s new staff.

The 54-year-old was fired as the Chargers offensive coordinator on January 4th.

Doug Pederson to Take Over as New Head Coach of the Eagles

Doug Pederson will be the Eagles’ next coach, an NFL source confirmed to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Pederson, the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, can’t be hired until his team loses in the playoffs. The Chiefs play at New England this weekend.

Pederson, who turns 48 at the end of the month, is a former Eagles quarterback and quarterbacks coach, who has been mentored by former Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Eagles Running Backs Coach Staley Interviews for Head Coaching Job

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The Eagles will look high and low for a coach this offseason, and started with one of their own on Friday, as reports say the team spoke to running back coach Duce Staley.

Last Tuesday the Eagles fired Chip Kelly with a week left in the season. Pat Shurmur will coach the finale against the Giants tomorrow.

The 40-year-old Staley is no stranger to Eagles fans, he played for the team from 1997-2003, rushing for over 1,000 yards three times.

He’s been on the Eagles coaching staff since 2013 when he was hired as the running backs coach.

Murray Says the Firing of Kelly is a ‘Fresh Start’ for Eagles Team

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Running back DeMarco Murray clearly was disgruntled throughout much of the season with his playing time and production.

In the wake of coach Chip Kelly’s dismissal, Murray spoke with the media Thursday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“You never wish this on anyone,” the Eagles back said of Kelly being fired, via Rueben Frank of CSN Philadelphia. “But it’s a fresh start for everybody.”

Murray told reporters he has spoken to Kelly since the coach was fired, but wouldn’t indicated who initiated the call.

Murray was an ill-fit for Kelly’s scheme, which often required backs to move laterally — something Murray struggled with, looking very slow — before getting down hill.

“Schematically, there are probably some things we could have done better,” Murray said, also noting he could have played better.

Eagles Fire Coach Chip Kelly with One Game Left in 2015 Season

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The first shocker of the Eagles offseason took place on Tuesday, and it’s not even the true offseason yet.

Three days after losing to the Washington Redskins at home to end their hopes of the postseason, the club has announced they have fired coach Chip Kelly.

In a statement, team Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said, “We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward.”

Coach Pat Shurmur will be interim head coach for Sunday’s game against the Giants. VP of player personnel Ed Marynowitz was also released.

Sam Bradford Says He Expects to Be Back Sunday for the Eagles

Sam Bradford said Wednesday that “barring any setbacks,” he expects to play when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the New England Patriots on Sunday, Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com reports.

Bradford missed the Eagles’ last two games after being injured in the 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Bradford left the Miami game with a concussion and a separated left shoulder. He was cleared through the NFL concussion protocol, but he was held out of last week’s game in Detroit because of the shoulder.

Bradford practiced with the Eagles both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I feel much better than I did at this point last week,” Bradford said. “I’m much more comfortable out there with what I’ve been able to do on the field. It’s starting to feel good.”

Mark Sanchez started the past two games, which the Eagles lost by a combined score of 90-31.

The Eagles (4-7) are only one game behind NFC East leaders Washington and New York, both at 5-6.

“Anytime you lose, it’s tough,” Bradford said. “When you’re hurt and you’re not able to be out there fighting with your guys, it’s been tough.

“The good news is we’re only a game back in our division. Obviously, the season hasn’t gone the way we hoped for. That being said, we’re still in a position to get on a roll here and make the playoffs. Every game from here on out is important.”

Eagles at Lions NFL Week 12 Capsule

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-6) AT DETROIT LIONS (3-7)

SERIES

  EAGLES LIONS
THURS. RECORD 11-5 39-40
SERIES LEADER 15-13-2  
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chip Kelly: 1-0 Jim Caldwell: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 45-17 vs. Buccaneers W 18-13 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 12/8/13: Lions 20 at Eagles 34. Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy rushes for 217 yards & 2 TDs. Detroit WR Jeremy Ross records 58-yard PR-TD & 98-yard KR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/10: Eagles 35, Lions 32. Philadelphia RB McCoy rushes for 120 yards & 3 TDs. Eagles QB Michael Vick passes for 284 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST FOX (12:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone, Ross Tucker (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi.), 82 (Det.). XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi.), 82 (Det.).

STATS

PASSING Sanchez: 40-64-417-2-4-65.7 Stafford: 239-372-2607-15-12-84.8
RUSHING Murray: 141-515-3.7-4 Abdullah (R): 80-284-3.6-1
RECEIVING Matthews: 55-565-10.3-2 C. Johnson: 59-828-14.0-3
OFFENSE 375.0 336.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -10
DEFENSE 374.4 367.2
SACKS Cox: 5.5 Ansah: 8 (1C)
INTs Thurmond: 3 Quin: 2
PUNTING D. Jones: 47.0 (3C) Martin: 46.1
KICKING Sturgis: 55 (16/18 PAT; 13/16 FG) Prater: 55 (16/19 PAT; 13/13 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: Won on Thanksgiving at Det 12-0 on 11/28/68. Play on Thanksgiving for 2nd consecutive year…QB MARK SANCHEZ had 102.2 rating & won start last year on Thanksgiving…In 4 career Thurs. games, RB DE MARCO MURRAY has 571 scrimmage yards (142.8 per game), 402 rush yards (100.5 per game) & 5 TDs. RB-PR DARREN SPROLES has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 games vs. Det. Is only player in NFL history with 25+ rec. TD (28), 15+ rush TD (18) & 5+ PR-TD (6). RB RYAN MATHEWS has rush TD in his past 3…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 27-yard TD catch last Thanksgiving. WR JOSH HUFF aims for 3rd in row with TD…DE FLETCHER COX has 3.5 sacks in 3 Thurs. games. LBs CONNOR BARWIN & MYCHAL KENDRICKS each had FR in last meeting. LB BRANDON GRAHAM has 4.5 sacks in past 3 on Thurs. DE VINNY CURRY aims for 3rd in row on Thurs. with sack…LIONS: Play 76th game on Thanksgiving. Host Phi on Thanksgiving for 1st time since 1968…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th consecutive 300-yard game on Thanksgiving & has 1,161 yards (387 per game), 7 TDs, 2 INTs & 98.4 rating in past 3…RB JOIQUE BELL has 4 TDs in past 3 on Thanksgiving…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 8 rec. TDs on Thanksgiving, most in NFL history. Aims for 7th in row on Thanksgiving with TD catch. Aims for 4th in row on Thanksgiving with 100+ yards & TD. Since 2011, leads NFL with 7,042 rec. yards & 102.1 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 89 yards last Thanksgiving. WR LANCE MOORE has TD in 4 of past 6…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 6 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in past 7. DE JASON JONES has sack in 3 of 4 Thurs. games. S GLOVER QUIN & JAMES IHEDIGBO each had INT last Thanksgiving.