Philadelphia Eagles News, Rumors: Mark Sanchez, Chip Kelly, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin
The Eagles are set to play the Seattle Seahawks in Philadelphia on Sunday. Here’s some of the latest buzz.
Kelly coaching rumors
Coach Chip Kelly said the Florida Gators haven’t contacted him amid rumors he might land there next season.
“Florida hasn’t contacted me. And if they did, I wouldn’t listen. It’s false. I think false things are silly,” he said, according to SI.com.
Florida coach Will Muschamp was fired on Nov. 16.
“I get agitated because it’s totally false,” Kelly elaborated. “And then I see written that if they called, I would hang up on them. I never said that. That’s the things that bother me. I would never hang up on any school. I’ve got a ton of respect for Florida. We’ve got three Florida players here. I think they’ve got a heck of a football coach.
“That really bothered me that someone said I would hang up. If someone called me, I would gladly tell them I’m the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m excited to be here. We’ve got a big game against Seattle this week. I have great respect for Florida and what they’ve done. I visited Steve Spurrier when I was at New Hampshire. They were great to me. I spent a lot of time down there with Urban [Meyer] when I was at Oregon. I think it’s a great school.”
Sanchez still close to Pete Carroll
QB Mark Sanchez is still close to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who coached him while the two were at USC.
“Oh, he’s great,” Sanchez told the Philadelphia Daily News. “He texted me during the preseason: ‘You’re doing awesome. So happy to see you back and having fun.’ That means the world to me, because that’s someone I really respect and had so much fun playing for. It’s going to be great to see him again. We got to talk when I played them a couple of years ago. He’s great. He’s a great coach and a better friend.”
Before he was drafted, Carroll advised Sanchez against leaving college a year early for the draft.
Sanchez added there’s similarities between Kelly and Carroll, according to ESPN. “They really emphasize that you work your butt off all week and when you get to game day, just relax and have the time of your life. That’s what it feels like here, that’s what it felt like at USC, that’s what it felt like in New York at times, too. Things are going great. We’ve got good players, a good system, let’s go have fun on Sunday,” he said.
Maclin talks Sherman matchup
Wideout Jeremy Maclin expressed his confidence in facing Seahawks CB Richard Sherman on Sunday.
Maclin did well against another elite cornerback, Patrick Peterson, when the Eagles played the Arizona Cardinals a few weeks ago. He went for 187 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
“The one thing about this league is, everyone is here for a reason,” Maclin told NJ.com. “I like my chances against anybody.”
“For the most part we stay on one side, and he’s on my side,” Maclin added. “We have played against some talented defenses this year already, but we got respect for their secondary.”
McCoy could top Eagles all-time record
LeSean McCoy needs only 48 yards to become the Eagles’ top rusher all-time.
Wilbert Montgomery currently is the leading rusher for the Eagles. Montgomery, who played for the Eagles between 1977 and 1984, ran for 6,538 yards with the team.
McCoy said he’s focused on the upcoming game.
“It’s something cool, it really is,” McCoy told Philly.com. “I never imagined when I got drafted that I could potentially have the chance to hold the rushing record as an Eagle. That’s something big. That’s something I’m looking forward to. It means a lot, considering the guys on the list.
“The main goal is to win the game, obviously, but when we’re doing that, I would love to accomplish that.”
He’s currently third in the league with 1,018 rushing yards.