With only a week left before the commencement of the 2015 NFL Draft, a ton of rumors regarding the possibility of former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota landing in the City of Brotherly Love have intensified. The recent signing of 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, sent a shock throughout the football community and now has everyone wondering, what the Philadelphia Eagles general manager, head coach and former Ducks head coach, Chip Kelly, is creating?
The truth of the matter is that most individuals do not understand Kelly and ultimately think he is destroying the Eagles franchise. However, people who are close to him and familiar with the situation believe he has a storm brewing.
According to Phil Sheridan’s article, ESPN’s very own NFL insider, Adam Schefter, spoke on 97.5 The Fanatic – a local radio station based in Philadelphia — yesterday morning about his take on the Duck prodigy becoming an Eagle. “Count me in the camp that does consider it an option and a possibility,” Schefter said on the show. He added that a month ago he wasn’t buying into that possibility, then stated “I’ve come over to that side.”
We’ve heard from dozens of sports reporters throughout the off-season regarding their feelings surrounding this subject. However, it has become significant because of who is now saying it.
Schefter is a highly respected journalist because of his professionalism and dedication to delivering the facts, not fabricated information for mere entertainment and publicity. He’s always ‘on the clock’ and strives to get the best and latest updates from his sources to inform his audience.
Another noteworthy reporter to mention is CBS Sports NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora, who recently commented about this subject in one of his articles. With clarity, he said that “no one will explore more options than Kelly, and if he pulls something huge off, few would be surprised.” He continued by noting how Kelly’s peers “don’t believe for a minute he’ll watch someone else draft Mariota without a fight.”
Despite a multitude of Duck fans yearning to see Mariota flex his feathers in Philly, the chances of Kelly assembling a trade to draft him are highly unlikely. But, the former Oregon head coach is an intelligent and crafty individual, so if anyone can make an unlikely trade happen — even if it requires a three team shuffle — it’s him.
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