Dreams of Mariota in Philly, UCLA’s Hundley a Reality?

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Since former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly left Eugene for the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles, more and more former Ducks have appeared on Kelly’s NFL active roster. And there is one special Duck that many would love to see play for Kelly: Oregon’s Heisman Trophy and Manning Award winning quarterback, Marcus Mariota.

During a phone interview on Philly Sports Talklegendary quarterback and former Philadelphia Eagle Randall Cunningham said that Kelly should do “whatever its takes” to get Mariota in Philly.

Former Phildelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Quarterback believes Marcus Mariota has "a lot of value."

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Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham believes Marcus Mariota has “a lot of value.”

“I think he’s going to do great. And whatever it takes — nothing against (Mark) Sanchez and the other quarterbacks there, but if somehow, someway Chip (Kelly) gets his boy there, whether through trade or whatever it takes, and they protect him, he is the kind of leader you want in Philadelphia,” Cunningham said. “He is not a talker, he’s not going to get in trouble or cause problems. He’s going to create unity.”

Mariota, who officially declared for the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft earlier this week, is projected as a possible No. 1 or No. 2 selection. The Eagles currently hold the 20th overall pick in the upcoming draft, making the reality of a Kelly/Mariota reunion a difficult proposition.

Some Philly faithful believe the pick should be used to fortify a secondary whose pass defense ranked 31st in passing yards allowed per game and 28th in total yards allowed, according to NFL.com.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley could be a realistic choice for Chip Kelly's Eagles offense

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley could be a realistic choice for Chip Kelly’s Eagles offense.

While the second-year Eagles head coach has publicly endorsed Nick Foles, it appears to some the Eagles still need a franchise quarterback. A more realistic pick for the Eagles could be former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

Hundley is a tall, mobile quarterback who can stand tough in the pocket. Kelly continues to run the read option and Hundley fits that mold better than Foles or replacement Mark Sanchez.

And with the Eagles coach freshly inherited control over player personnel matters and calculated his gambling tendencies, many expect the unexpected come draft day.

Regardless of what happens in Philly, Cunningham believes Mariota will positively impact the future of any NFL team lucky enough to get him.

Cunningham said, “Whatever team gets him is going to be great. I’d love to see him land in Philadelphia.”

Top Photo by John Giustina

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Jordan Ingram

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My name is Jordan Ingram and I am currently a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. I am a proud Oregonian with an insatiable thirst for Oregon athletics. I am in hot pursuit of my dream career as beat writer for anything that goes “Quack.” Follow me on Twitter : @jpingram3

  • bigduck1

    I love that pic of Chip, Mike and Nick sharing a laugh…. great.

    • hokieduck

      I wish Chip had sported the “O” on his shirt. I understand why he didn’t (NFL regs), but I still would like to have seen him with an Oregon shirt on.

  • Godux

    Tampa, not committed to read option via personnel nor recent history, will likely take local ‘hero’ Jamieson. I’m not sure that is the smartest move, but highly likely. If I were the Philly GM (they missed the boat by not getting me in there, though I’m still checking my e-mail) I’d shoot for trading two starters, perhaps Foles and somebody else who fits their needs, for the number two pick. If Tampa surprises me, by taking Marcus, I can probably take Jamieson and package him with another starter to get Mariota. The latter makes him pretty expensive but I’m likely going be a favorite landing spot for free agents to fix that. At worst I get a higher draft pick than I would have next year. All of this assumes Mariota can perform in Kelly’s system at the pro level.
    I’m also not sure I would want to keep Jamieson if I couldn’t trade him to Tampa. I’d probably shoot for Hundley with a trade of Jamieson and maybe an older starter, a good reserve, or my 2nd round slot.
    Without injury, Marriota can take Chip and Philly on a nice ride for the next decade.