By Michael Donovan
So ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio broke some “news” last night when he breathlessly reported that a senior Eagles official told admitted that the Eagles’ recent skid “has been painful to watch.”
Stop the presses, if there are any presses left to stop.
And now that the Eagles have been eliminated from the playoffs after last night’s 38-24 loss to the Redskins, the drumbeat will start:
Chip must go!
We need a real general manager!
Funny, nobody was saying that when the sainted Andy Reid drafted a 28-year-old firefighter with his first pick!
Kelly won the NFC East title in 2013, his first season after leaving Oregon for Philly. The Eagles finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs last year. After losing to Washington Saturday night, the Eagles (6-9) are assured of a losing record. Kelly has never had a losing record as a head coach.
“Anybody in my situation,” Kelly said, “if they’re worried about getting fired, they probably already should have been fired. It’s not good enough, but I’m going to continue to work.”
Bradford was going into the final year of his contract when the Eagles acquired him in a March trade with the St. Louis Rams. All season, Bradford has been noncommittal when asked about his future — even after Kelly said he planned to have Bradford beyond this season.
“I’d like to be back here,” Bradford said after Saturday’s game. “But that’s not my choice.”
Bradford, 28, said there had been no contract talks with the Eagles. Kelly said earlier this month that he wouldn’t have traded Nick Foles and a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft if he didn’t think Bradford would sign beyond this season.
“If it does present itself and I have the opportunity, this is where I want to be,” Bradford said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed being in Philadelphia.
“Throughout my career, I’ve learned that learning new offenses every year, it’s just hard to continue to improve. You’re always learning new verbiage, learning new plays, learning new systems. I would really like to stay in the same one, have the opportunity to play the second year.”