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Eagles A Picture of Health As Stretch Run Looms Large

Chip Kelly ThursdayChip Kelly has the luxury of a largely healthy roster entering his first NFL stretch run as Eagles head coach. 

Chip Kelly's Eagles are entering their first stretch run not only with an NFC East division title within their grasp, but doing so from a standpoint of being relatively healthy in doing so. 

Earl Wolff was the only player sidelined during the team's first practice after returning from the bye week in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The rookie safety is battling a knee contusion and he confirmed after practice that he hopes to be ready to go as early as next week. 

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Eagles A Picture of Health As Stretch Run Looms Large

Chip Kelly ThursdayChip Kelly has the luxury of a largely healthy roster entering his first NFL stretch run as Eagles head coach. 

Chip Kelly's Eagles are entering their first stretch run not only with an NFC East division title within their grasp, but doing so from a standpoint of being relatively healthy in doing so. 

Earl Wolff was the only player sidelined during the team's first practice after returning from the bye week in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The rookie safety is battling a knee contusion and he confirmed after practice that he hopes to be ready to go as early as next week. 

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Michael Vick Not Disappointed By Eagles Demotion

Vick BenchEagles quarterback Michael Vick praised Nick Foles and the team at large after learning that Foles would be the starter for the remainder of the year Tuesday. 

It would have been easy for a quarterback in Michael Vick's situation to take a shot at the head coach, the organization or even Nick Foles on the day that he lost his starting quarterback job. 

That wasn't how the 34-year old Vick handled his demotion a mere hours after head coach Chip Kelly turned the reins of the franchise (at least for the remainder of this season) over to Foles

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Michael Vick Not Disappointed By Eagles Demotion

Vick BenchEagles quarterback Michael Vick praised Nick Foles and the team at large after learning that Foles would be the starter for the remainder of the year Tuesday. 

It would have been easy for a quarterback in Michael Vick's situation to take a shot at the head coach, the organization or even Nick Foles on the day that he lost his starting quarterback job. 

That wasn't how the 34-year old Vick handled his demotion a mere hours after head coach Chip Kelly turned the reins of the franchise (at least for the remainder of this season) over to Foles

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Michael Vick Not Disappointed By Eagles Demotion

Vick BenchEagles quarterback Michael Vick praised Nick Foles and the team at large after learning that Foles would be the starter for the remainder of the year Tuesday. 

It would have been easy for a quarterback in Michael Vick's situation to take a shot at the head coach, the organization or even Nick Foles on the day that he lost his starting quarterback job. 

That wasn't how the 34-year old Vick handled his demotion a mere hours after head coach Chip Kelly turned the reins of the franchise (at least for the remainder of this season) over to Foles

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Chip Kelly (Finally) Names Nick Foles Eagles Starting Quarterback

Foles KellyEagles quarterback Nick Foles had a record setting month of November and Chip Kelly has named him the team's starting quarterback the rest of the season. 

Nick Foles had the most statistically efficient month in NFL history in November, on Tuesday Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named the second-year University of Arizona product the starting quarterback the rest of the season.

"I did," Kelly stated when asked if he had met with his quarterbacks following the bye week as he said was the plan following the Eagles win over the Redskins two weeks ago. "Nick will be the starter and we're hoping to have Mike healthy enough to be the backup." 

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Chip Kelly (Finally) Names Nick Foles Eagles Starting Quarterback

Foles KellyEagles quarterback Nick Foles had a record setting month of November and Chip Kelly has named him the team's starting quarterback the rest of the season. 

Nick Foles had the most statistically efficient month in NFL history in November, on Tuesday Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named the second-year University of Arizona product the starting quarterback the rest of the season.

"I did," Kelly stated when asked if he had met with his quarterbacks following the bye week as he said was the plan following the Eagles win over the Redskins two weeks ago. "Nick will be the starter and we're hoping to have Mike healthy enough to be the backup." 

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Chip Kelly (Finally) Names Nick Foles Eagles Starting Quarterback

Foles KellyEagles quarterback Nick Foles had a record setting month of November and Chip Kelly has named him the team's starting quarterback the rest of the season. 

Nick Foles had the most statistically efficient month in NFL history in November, on Tuesday Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named the second-year University of Arizona product the starting quarterback the rest of the season.

"I did," Kelly stated when asked if he had met with his quarterbacks following the bye week as he said was the plan following the Eagles win over the Redskins two weeks ago. "Nick will be the starter and we're hoping to have Mike healthy enough to be the backup." 

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Will the Phillies go the Trade Route?

The Phillies committed payroll for Opening Day is $137.17 million today. That gets them three starting pitchers, five everyday players, and two relievers. Likely contract tenders to arbitration eligibles Kyle Kendrick, John Mayberry Jr., Ben Revere, and Antonio Bastardo probably put them close to $12 million more. That's 14 players for about $149 million.

This means the Phillies have about $40 million to spend, before locking in cost-controlled players. Let's assume that today, Dom Brown, Cody Asche, Darin Ruf, Freddy Galvis, Erik Kratz, Cesar Hernandez,  Jake Diekman, and at least two of the young righty relievers (let's assume for argument's sake Rosenberg and De Fratus) make it. All of them will make around $500k, give or take a few bucks. That's $4.5 million. Now tack on $10 million for benefits, and non-25 man roster guys who are on the 40 man roster. That's about $163.5 million. Let's round it to $164 million. The Phillies have about $25 million to spend for a reliever and a starter.

There has been much talk about trading for David Price. I don't see it right now, unless the deal is very creative. Trading for Price will basically require signing an extension that is not unlike the Halladay signing before 2010. He will require a contract that is at least in the same $24 million per year range of Hamels or Lee. That is every remaining dollar under the cap, basically. Trading a young, controllable player like Dom Brown, only saves you $500,000 or so, or not enough to have any money left.

If the Phillies are going to fill any of their holes through trades, there will be creativity involved. While the Howard rumor seemed utterly ridiculous, obviously moving Howard's albatross contract would help the Phillies make room for another big move. Even if they had to eat $50 million of his remaining $80 plus million, it's a substantial help.

With the free agency market seeing some of the major names either off the board, or others like Carlos Beltran not showing interest in Philadelphia, the Phillies very well may be looking to make some trades. What worries me though, is Ruben having to be creative. If he is to fill this team's holes, he will have to be.

Let's be clear though- it would be foolish to think that this team, as is, without a major jolt, could hope to be better than an 85 win team, even if everything goes well. That's not likely. Even if all goes well, it probably won't be enough to get back to October without changes.

Friend To Foe: Rich Dubee Joins Braves

Former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee did not find a major league pitching coach job this offseason. He did, however land a new job. According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Jourbal Constitution, Dubee has joined the Atlanta Braves as Minor League Pitching Coordinator.

The job was vacated by Dave Wallace, who left the organization to become the Baltimore Orioles' pitching coach. Curiously, the Phillies did not appear to consider Wallace, who won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 before resigning due to health issues that have since been resolved.


Friend To Foe: Rich Dubee Joins Braves