Let's spend a little time this afternoon catching up on news around the NFC East.
The Philadelphia Eagles still don't have a general manager. They haven't had one since the team "promoted" Howie Roseman and gave head coach Chip Kelly control over the player personnel department on the second day of 2015. The search has gone on for nearly three weeks now and, while there's been no shortage of rumored candidates, it doesn't seem like the Birds are making much progress on finding a new personnel executive.
So what's the deal?
Valentine's View: From here, I'd say the deal is every legitimate candidate understands this is a job with no authority, no decision-making ability. The Eagles have made it plain that coach Chip Kelly will make all personnel decisions. The Eagles don't even know if this job is called general manager, personnel executive, or what. Unless the Eagles find someone with connections to Kelly already, or someone desperate for a 'promotion,' why would anyone want this job?
According to a report from NJ.com's Mark Eckel, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to try to trade up for Marcus Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft. ...
Why it makes sense
Chip Kelly hasn't made his love for Mariota a secret. Kelly recently compared his former Oregon Ducks quarterback to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Nick Foles struggled in 2014 and is a free agent after the 2015 season. Mariota is Kelly's "guy" and he could be willing to do what it takes to get him, especially now that he's in change of the player personnel department.
Why it doesn't
Considering Mariota is one of the top two quarterbacks in this draft class, he could easily be gone way before the Eagles are on the clock at pick No. 20. If that's the case, the Eagles will need to offer a big package in order to trade up high enough to get him. There's no guarantee their offer would interest other teams if they want to stay put and take the prospect that they like.
Valentine's View: Go right ahead. Starting over at quarterback, even with 'Chip's Guy,' will set the Eagles back a bit in the short term, opening a window for the Giants.
As much as I dislike the Giants, and yes, I really, truly dislike the Giants (as most Cowboys fans do), they have some major upside in 2015. Eli Manning actually threw for 30 touchdowns with 14 interceptions last year, showing that he's not done just yet. Manning still needs to work on the turnovers, as he made some brutal throws, but he really started clicking with Beckham at the end of the season. The Giants also dealt with multiple injuries last season, and will not only get back Victor Cruz, but they hope they will have a consistently healthy Rashad Jennings. Most importantly, their offense with Cruz, and Beckham being able to pull some attention away from him will be a tough matchup for any team in the NFL.
Don't get me wrong, the Giants aren't going to be just turn the page to next year and win the Super Bowl, but if they can get healthy and make the most of the offseason, they're going to be the Cowboys' biggest competition for the NFC East.
Valentine's View: Giants fans would take this scenario, certainly.
"I’ve thought about a lot of things I haven’t told anyone yet, not even my agent or not even my family," Murray told ESPNDallas.com. "You can sit back and look at the pros and cons of many different situations and you think of yourself and think of your family in these situations.
"I told my agent, 'Hey, get your notes together. You talk to who you need to talk to and when the time is right ...' but for the next couple of weeks I just want to get away from everything. I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t want any phone calls saying, 'Hey, there’s this or this.'" "Those guys know how I am as a person and I understand that business aspect. I don’t get butt-hurt. I don’t get my feelings hurt. I believe in myself and what I’m capable of doing and whoever it is I’m playing for next year, I know I’m going to make a huge impact."
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The Redskins tried to lure former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to Washington, but failed as he took the Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator post. Instead, the Redskins turned to Joe Barry, former San Diego Chargers linebackers coach. That means they bypassed cornerbacks coach Raheem Morris, who also interview for the Giants job.
Valentine's View: Any way the Redskins try to spin this, they didn't get the guy they way wanted.