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Chip Kelly speaks

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2015-03-12 06:27
Chip Kelly has spoken.

And if you believe him, all the talk about the Eagles' interest in Marcus Mariota has been a figment of the media's imagination. Kelly made a surprise appearance yesterday after a tumultuous few days that saw the Birds jettison the team's all-time leading rusher LeSean McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles was dealt to the Rams for QB Sam Bradford. Some draft picks were involved.

It sure sounded like Bradford is Kelly's guy, even if he did couch it a bit with the usual pap about 'we'll see and possible competition between Bradford and the newly re-signed Mark Sanchez.

Of course, Bradford has to get on the field first. A couple of hours after Kelly's appearance, the former No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft was in front of the microphones at the NovaCare Center, talking about how he became an Eagle. He said two interesting things: One, that he's not yet completely healthy but hopes to be ready for training camp, and two that he has known about the Eagles interest for several weeks.

So do you believe Kelly when he says he wants to 'dispel' all the talk about Mariota and that the Eagles are 'not going to mortgage the future' to move up to get the guy he coached at Oregon because they have too many other holes to fill? I'm still wondering if there isn't more going on here.

Like DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys' star, who just happened to be Bradford's roommate at Oklahoma, apparently is going to be in town today for an interview with the Eagles.

That means a face-to-face with Kelly, since the other thing the coach made clear yesterday was that he now has complete control over personnel and the draft. In other words, 'don't blame me for that Marcus Smith pick with our No. 1 pick last year because I didn't have control.'

For better or worse, this is now Kelly's team. It's his fingerprints that are all over this implosion and moves to rebuild the roster. Yesterday was classic bravura Kelly, arrogant, brash, belittling questions at every turn.

I've said it before, and I'll stick with it.

He'd better be right.
Categories: Pennsylvania

More demolition, more units proposed in South Ardmore development

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 16:20
ARDMORE >> When Lower Merion Township’s planning commission recommended approval of a tentative sketch plan for a new twin and townhouse development in Ardmore last month, among other conditions it asked the developer to consider an alternate plan.
Categories: Lower Merion

Township's Pothole Hotline Open

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-11 15:59
Residents can report potholes to the township, Lower Merion said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Slate of Candidates Final for Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors and TE School District Races

If you are a candidate for the TE School Board or the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 10 marked the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions at Chester County Voter Services for Pennsylvania’s May 19, 2015 Primary Election. TE School Board candidates must file a petition signed by at least 10 […]
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Local Company Admits Selling Tainted Children's Medications

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-11 14:16
McNeil will pay $25 million after pleading guilty to selling children’s medications tainted with nickel and chromium, the DOJ announced.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.87M Aubrey Road Home Just Listed in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-11 12:53
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gun group to protest Lower Merion ordinance for guns in parks Sunday

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 12:12
Two gun owners’ groups who maintain that a Lower Merion ordinance does not pass muster under Pennsylvania law plan to rally in the township this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Conversations With Your Commissioners' Event is Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-03-11 12:07
Discuss issues with the Montgomery County Commissioners during an event Saturday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gun group to protest Lower Merion ordinance for guns in parks Sunday

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 11:56
Two gun owners’ groups who maintain that a Lower Merion ordinance does not pass muster under Pennsylvania law plan to rally in the township this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police warning business owners, residents about counterfeit cash

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:57
Lower Merion police are warning the public to about a rash of counterfeiting cash that’s been showing up in businesses recently.
Categories: Lower Merion

Is a new farmers' market coming to Narberth?

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:54
Residents in and around the Borough of Narberth may be given a convenient way to pick up fresh produce in the upcoming growing season as opposed to having to drive to a farm many miles away. That is because there may be a new farmers’ market coming to the town in the months ahead. That was one of the main topics of discussion Monday at the Narberth Borough Council Meeting.
Categories: Lower Merion

Sestak: Toomey, GOP reckless in writing letter to Iran

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 08:48
U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Sestak criticized Republican opponent and incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey for signing a controversial letter to the Iranian government.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, March 11

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-03-11 08:24
The Daily Numbers: 27-2, as in 27 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions, what Nick Foles did 2 years ago. Not anymore.

1, as in the No. 1 pick in the draft for Sam Bradford in 2010

2 knee injuries Bradford has suffered since then.

79.3 career passer rating for Bradford, with 59 TD passes and 38 intercdptions, along with a .586 completion percentage.

94.2 passer rating for Foles, 46 touchdowns and 17 INTs, .616 completion percentage.

300 residents who showed up in Concord last night to voice opposition to development on Beaver Valley tract.

160 houses proposed for 30 acres of the 318-acre parcel.

72 hours in county prison for Joe Gallagher, head coach of the Haverford High football team, on a DUI rap.

7-2 vote by Haverford commissioners for zoning amendment that will allow more parking at the crowded new YMCA facility at the corner of Eagle and Lawrence roads.

6-12 years in state prison for a Glenolden man who entered an open guilty plea to a rape charge.

3-year deal OK’d by union workers at Monroe Energy’s Trainer refinery. It includes pay raises.

20 percent of health care to be picked up by union members.

218 acres of the Ellis Tract along West Chester Pike and Route 252 being developed in Newtown.

20, age of missing Royersford woman who turned up safe and sound in Kensington.

3 more Pa. pols indicted on corruption charges.

474,697 consumers now enrolled in Helath Insurance Marketplace.

32, age of man charged with leaving his 7-year-old son alone in a car outside while he gambled at Parx Casino. for 3 hours.

2-1 loss for the Flyers to the Dallas Stars.

39-31 win for Archbishop Carroll girls over North Penn.

53-48 win for O’Hara girls as they rallied to beat Central Dauphin East.

83-54 win for the Carroll boys over Steelton-Highspire

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

All together now, Eagles fans, please tell us there is something else coming here. Otherwise, most of us don’t have a clue.

I Don’t Get It: Chip Kelly. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the huge crowd that showed up last night to voice their displeasure over development of the Beaver Valley.

Quote Box: “My gut tells me the road cannot handle the traffic now and it will not be able to do so in the future.”

- Resident at last night’s Concord meeting.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Police: Hundreds of feet of fencing stolen from East Wynnewood demolition site

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 08:13
Lower Merion police reported a theft of hundreds of feet of fencing on two occasions surrounding sections of the major demolition site along East Wynnewood Road at Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford football coach nets 72-hour jail term for DUI

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 08:09
MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> Haverford High School head football coach Joseph Gallagher was sentenced to 72 hours to six months at the county prison Tuesday after entering an open guilty plea to charges of driving while under the influence as a first offense and failing to stop and render aid.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County drug overdose taskforce recommends prevention through awareness

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 07:56
NORRISTOWN >> “Give it away in there and you’ll have customers for life,” a drug dealer told an undercover county detective pointing at a school according to First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele.
Categories: Lower Merion

More demolition, more units proposed in South Ardmore development

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-03-11 07:56
ARDMORE >> When Lower Merion Township’s planning commission recommended approval of a tentative sketch plan for a new twin and townhouse development in Ardmore last month, among other conditions it asked the developer to consider an alternate plan.
Categories: Lower Merion

Chip Kelly inflicts another 'Nick' on wounded Eagles' fans

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-03-11 07:23
There is only one thing I can confidently say about Chip Kelly this morning.

It is something I have been saying since he arrived.

Nick Foles was not his guy. And never was. Forget that infamous "27-2" from two years ago, when Foles rocketed to Pro Bowl status by throwing 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

If anything Kelly can crow that Foles' success two years ago is proof of the genius of his "system" than of Foles' talent.

Kelly made that clear yesterday with a move that has sent shockwaves across the NFL, left Eagles fans in a fog similar to that enveloping the Delaware Valley today, and has experts wondering what - if anything - is next in Kelly's grand plan.

There is something else, right?

Kelly really did not swap Foles for the perenially injured Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who did not play a single down last season after suffering a second devastating knee injury.

Just for kicks, I should point out here that the two key Kelly acquisitions this offseason - Bradford and Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso - played a grand total of zero downs last season.

Now think of what Kelly has done over the past two seasons.

DeSean Jackson.

LeSean McCoy.

Todd Herremanns.

Jeremy Maclin.

Nick Foles.

All gone.

When word of the Foles deal first started swirling across social media Tuesday afternoon, most expected the Eagles to also be getting the Rams' No. 10 draft pick. That would allow them to move up from No. 20, putting them in position to maneuver a trade that would bring Kelly the one guy in this sport he apparently deems essential. That would be Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Instead, the Eagles actually gave the Rams a 2nd round pick, while getting Bradford, a fifth-round pick this year and conditional pick later.

As you can imagine, the deal has not been especially warmly received by rabid Eagles fans.

And Kelly is not doing himself any favors by failing to address the situation and give some hint at what he's trying to accomplish. The one guy smiling in connection to this bizarre story just might be Howie Roseman. You remember him. He lost a power struggle with Kelly and was demoted by owner Jeff Lurie.

Kelly was handed total control over the roster and personnel.

He promptly dumped McCoy, the all-time leading rusher in Eagles history, failed to re-sign Maclin, was snubbed by veteran running back Frank Gore, who backed out of a deal and instead signed with the Colts, and jettisoned Foles.

As a general manager, Kelly so far has made a pretty good coach.

There has to be something more involved in all this, right?

Chip?

Jeff?

Anyone home?

Anyone listening on what could be one of the darkest days in recent team history.

Their arrogance - remember Lurie's branding of this franchise as the NFL's gold standard? - is breath taking.

Their silence tells you everything you need to know about the Eagles.

They are a franchise that has not won a title in more than half a century, a franchise that has never won a Super Bowl.

And today looks farther away than ever.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Eagles fans in a fog, & a promise of 61 degrees

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-03-11 05:53
Forget the four-letter words. This morning there is no snow. No ice either.

What there is, however, is fog. In some spots it's like pea soup out there.

It's likely a perfect morning for Eagles fans who continue to try to figure out just what it is Chip Kelly is trying to accomplish.

A few years ago, an Eagles team coached by Buddy Ryan that many believed was a serious Super Bowl contender went to Chicago and had the lead at halftime, only to emerge from the locker room to a heavy fog that enveloped the field and made seeing almost anything downfield impossible. The Bears rallied to win that game. You might say a fog has hung over the Eagles franchise ever since. If that is the case, in the rubble of yesterday's moves by Chip Kelly, dealing QB Nick Foles and acquiring perenially injured quarterback Sam Bradford, it is most appropriate. Eagles fans indeed are in a fog this morning.

There is better news, however.

Unfortunately, it does not include the Eagles.

We are being promised something we have not seen in months.

No, not Marcus Mariota.

Temperatures today are expected to clear the 60-degree mark.

Dare I say it? Winter is over. Spring is here.

And Eagles fans, at least we have that. Here is the full Accu-Weather forecast.
Categories: Pennsylvania

County Overdose Task Force Presents Recommendations

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-03-10 16:47
The Montgomery County Overdose Task Force offered more than two dozen recommendations to combat the rise of opioid-related deaths.
Categories: Lower Merion