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Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly under fire after tweet regarding protests

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly under fire after tweet regarding protests

Following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, UCLA head football coach Chip Kelly released a statement. But not everyone is convinced Kelly’s words are authentic, including three of his former players.  

“It’s hard to see our community — and humanity — so deeply hurting,” Kelly wrote in the post. “The pain is felt by everyone in our Bruin family. In a time of such tragic destruction, we have been trying to understand how to best offer support to our players.”

Kelly’s statement continued with a quote from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the need to “organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force.” He added “We must listen to each other, and learn from each other, and realize that all of us are connected to the sorrow and suffering and anger. We must unite, it is our only hope, and the first steps must be taken now.”

His post caught the attention of three of his former players: Bolo Olorunfunmi, Stephen Johnson III and Breland Brandt. 

Johnson III played for Kelly during the 2018 season before departing from the team with one season remaining on his eligibility. He retweeted Kelly’s message and asked, “What does this mean?” On another tweet, the former UCLA receiver wrote “Let’s let the truth be known he threw away classes of black athletes’ careers and did not care.” 

Former UCLA outside linebacker Breland Brandt responded to one of Johnson III’s tweets, saying Kelly “dismantled an entire class of athletes (majority black) and thought it’d be a good idea to copy and paste some sympathy.” 

Brandt retired from football after four concussions in three years, but ultimately said a UCLA staffer calling him a “quitter” over text message led to his departure.  

Bolu Olorunfunmi, a former running back whom the UCLA medical staff barred from participating in the final games of his senior season in 2018 after repeated concussions, questioned Kelly’s intentions and criticized him for using MLK quotes rather than his own. 

“But what are YOU going to do???,”Olorunfunmi said in a thread. “How is UCLA gonna be different and take that first step you are talking about?? Can’t ride the quotes of MLK forever. I wanna hear YOUR true take.”

Not everyone agreed with the criticisms of Kelly. Many Oregon players came to his defense, including former Ducks linebacker Tyson Coleman. Coleman said he wouldn't "let these scrubs try and defame this man."

Former Oregon wide receiver Elvis Akpla responded to a story from the LA Times and said, "I'm not going to hear this toxic garbage. Chip has done so much for so many players."

Nick Cody, who played for the Ducks from 2008-11, agreed with Akpla's sentiments. 

The 52-year-old coach has not yet commented further than his original tweet on this matter.  

Kelly, who coached at Oregon from 2007-12 before stints in the NFL with Philadelphia, San Francisco and now UCLA, has received criticism for his decisions from other former players. 

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson recently spoke out about his controversial release in 2014 and how upon becoming a free agent, he wanted to stay in the NFC East just to face Philadelphia and Kelly twice a year. 

Be sure the listen to the latest Talkin' Ducks podcast with host Jordan Kent.

Blocking Jadeveon Clowney is ‘like trying to block a running iguana on water’

Blocking Jadeveon Clowney is ‘like trying to block a running iguana on water’

It’s been nearly two months since NFL free agency began and Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent. 

The star pass-rusher hasn’t ruled out a return to the Seattle Seahawks and GM John Schneider hasn’t closed the door on the idea either, but that doesn’t mean other teams aren’t clamoring to the idea of adding the three-time Pro Bowler to their roster. 

Enter Philadelphia, a team rumored to be interested in acquiring Clowney’s services. In fact, the Eagles may have already put in an offer on the former No. 1 pick, per sports radio host Dan Sileo.  

On the latest episode of Outside the Lane podcast, Eagles tackle Lane Johnson asks former Eagles defender Chris Long what he thinks about Clowney flocking to Philly. Long shared an interesting take on the rumored interest and Clowney’s hit on quarterback Carson Wentz in the NFC Wild Card game last season.

LANE: There's some rumors in the pass rush world about a free agent maybe, possibly, coming into town.

LONG: Oh yeah, Clowney. Yeah, I like Clowney, man. I really do. I know that, like, the whole thing last year happened, and you guys didn't retaliate.

LANE: What can you do?

LONG: You can try to block him harder, I guess.

LANE: He's like trying to block a running iguana on water, son. He gets low, and then them arms and legs just...

The helmet-to-helmet contact between Clowney and Wentz was ruled incidental by officials, and he was not fined. However, that didn’t stop Eagles fans and players from criticizing the former Seahawk, who made it clear the play wasn’t targeting.  

[RELATED: Eagles fans have some harsh words for Jadeveon Clowney]

“It was a bang bang play,” Clowney said after the game. “I don’t intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I’ve been down the injury road; it’s not fun. My intention was not to hurt him, I was just playing fast.”  

Wentz told NBC Sports Philadelphia last week that he doesn't believe Clowney's hit in January was a "cheap shot." He also went on to say Clowney would be a welcomed addition to the squad if it’s a move the Eagles needed to make. 

“That’s football,” Wentz said. “It was an unfortunate way to end the season for me personally, but I have respect for Jadeveon, he’s a heck of a player.

“I don’t think he had any ill will with that hit. That’s part of football. But he’s a heck of a player, so I trust Howie [Roseman] to make the right decisions to make our team the best we can be.”

Eagles fans, on the other hands, aren't so quick to forgive Clowney. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells.

Social media reacts: Seahawks snap Eagles winning streak to advance in NFL playoffs

Social media reacts: Seahawks snap Eagles winning streak to advance in NFL playoffs

A Beast Quake in Philadelphia. That David Moore catch. D.K. Metcalf a baby no more. 

There were a lot of explosive moments to take away from the Seattle Seahawks 17-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Stadium on Sunday.

Before the Seahawks move on to Green Bay, let's take a look back at the best highlights on social media from the Wild Card victory. 

In the second quarter, Russell Wilson was under pressure when he found David Moore for a 38-yard gain. It was a game-changing play for the Seahawks. 

Then, Beast Mode was activated. The Seahawks legend gave the Eagles the stiff arm and reminded haters why 2020 is his comeback season.

Then, the D.K. Metcalf explosion happened. 

Then with under two minutes to play, Russell Wilson went deep to D.K. Metcalf on 3rd-and-10 who came up as big as his measurables.

Next up, the Seahawks head to Green Bay next Sunday to take on the Packers. Our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producer will be in Green Bay for the game. Keep it locked on NBC Sports Northwest for stories leading up to the playoff matchup. 

Seattle Seahawks to face Philadelphia Eagles in Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs

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Seattle Seahawks to face Philadelphia Eagles in Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs

After failing to secure a division title against the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) on Sunday Night Football, the now-fifth seeded Seattle Seahawks (11-5) will need to travel across the country for their wild card playoff game. 

Their opponent? The NFC East Champion, fourth-seeded Philadelphia Eagles. In their first meeting this season, the Seahawks beat the Eagles in Week 12, 17-9. 

That contest had terrible weather; however, it made conditions tough all-around. It was also one of the Eagles' three home losses this season.

The game will kick off at 1:40 pm PST.  

The game will feature the NFL's 7th best offense (Seattle) vs. the 10th best defense (Philadelphia).

The Eagles are riding a four-game winning streak after falling to 5-7. They also have among the most decimated offenses by injury in the entire league with a total of 11 players in injured reserve, including dynamic playmaker Desean Jackson. Stellar tight end Zach Ertz also may not be able to suit up next week which will hurt their passing game even more. Due to the injuries, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz became the first player ever to pass for 4,000 yards in a season but not have a 500-yard receiver.

Currently, Philadelphia is forecasted for clear skies and 47-degree weather for the playoff game. Also, only a ten percent chance of rain. Unlike last time, the weather shouldn't make too much of an impact on the game. 

Social media reacts: Seahawks edge Eagles to improve to 6-0 on the road

Social media reacts: Seahawks edge Eagles to improve to 6-0 on the road

The Seattle Seahawks Week 12 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t pretty.

There were penalties galore, missed opportunities and trick plays. But after taking a one-score lead at halftime, the Seahawks finished what they started in Philly.

Thanks to a second-half touchdown from Rashaad Penny and a clutch fumble recovery from Quandre Diggs, the Seahawks were able to close out the Eagles with a 17-9 victory.

Here’s a look at how fans, media and players reacted to the Seahawks 9-2 start for the fourth time in franchise history:

In the first quarter, Russell Wilson connected with Malik Turner on a flea-flicker for 33 yards. What. A. Throw.

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Bradley McDougald got hot in the second quarter, intercepting Carson Wentz for his second pick of the season and 10th of his career.

After halftime, rookie running back Rashaad Penny broke loose for a 58-yard touchdown. Fans in Lincoln Financial Stadium certainly got their penny’s worth.

Quandre Diggs robbed Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert in the third quarter. Shaquill Griffin forced a fumble and Diggs recovered. Eagles fans began heading to the exits.

Up next, the Seahawks (9-2) head back to CenturyLink Field to take on the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) for Monday Night Football.

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Philadelphia Eagles, follow us on social for live updates

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Philadelphia Eagles, follow us on social for live updates

The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a much-needed bye week in Week 11 following the team’s overtime victory over the 49ers in Week 10.

Next up, the Seahawks (8-2) have another tough challenge as they head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (5-5).

This will be Seattle’s fourth 10 a.m. kickoff of the year. The Seahawks-Eagles matchup was flexed out of its original Sunday night kickoff slot.

Our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producer Lindsey Wisniewski are on the ground in Philly for the game, so make sure you follow along on social. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. PT.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

Since 2013, Seattle is 33-19-1 in its last 53 road games and 14-5 in its last 20 10 a.m. kickoff starts and 3-0 this season. Seattle’s 5-0 record on the road this season is its best road start in franchise history.

With a win on Sunday, the Seahawks would start the season 9-2 or better for the fourth time in franchise history.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Russell Wilson on being apart of the MVP conversation:

“I think it’s great to be in the conversation. At the end of the day, when I come into this season, I’m trying to be the best player in the National Football League every time I step on the field, every time I get a chance to play. I think that’s just the reality, which is all great and all well. I don’t think about the outside stuff. The reality is what helps is winning. What helps is finding a way to win in tough moments and everything else and I look forward to that opportunity just to play one game at a time, one moment at a time and just embrace it all. It’s a great thing.”

GAME INFORMATION

Time: Sunday, Nov, 24 at 10:00 a.m. (PT)

Where: Lincoln Financial Stadium | Philadelphia, PA

TV: FOX

A Giant lead swept away

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A Giant lead swept away

The New York Giants jumped and sprinted out to an early 19-3 lead over the regning Super Bowl champ Philadelphia Eagles due to rookie first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley jumping and sprinting his way all over the Eagles' defense. Barkley finished with 101 yards on the ground on 13 carries, seven receptions for 41 yards in the air, and two touchdowns. Most of Barkley's work came in the first half before the Eagles sparked a 22-3 comeback.

The Eagles are making a point with game-winning field goals against the Giants...

On the recieving end, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hit another milestone in his impressive career. OBJ finished with five catches for 85 yards on the day.

The Eagles (5-6) who have been struggling as of lately, picked up a critical win in a tight playoff race, enter another tough stretch in their schedule. 

Next up, the Giants (3-8) host the Chicago Bears coming off a Thanksgiving win over the Lions. The Eagles face the Redskins (6-5) on Monday Night Football.

NFL Trade Deadline Makes NFC West Impact

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NFL Trade Deadline Makes NFC West Impact

The NFL trade deadline has always been less of a thrill than NBA and MLB trade deadlines. It was extended to week eight from week six back in 2012, but still has yet to have an impact quite like the other major sports. However, there were a handful of moves on Tuesday’s deadline that caused a stir including shuffling a few wide receivers as the Lions traded Golden Tate to the Eagles and Demaryius Thomas is now a Texan.

The only team in the NFC West to make a move was the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams acquired edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. from Jacksonville. Fowler is still in his prime as far as age is considered at 24-years-old. He was the third-overall pick in the 2015 draft and could be the piece the Rams have been missing across from linebacker Cory Littleton. In return for Fowler, the Jaguars received a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick. 

The Rams are eighth in the league with 22 sacks. Aaron Donald has 10 himself with Ndamukong Suh and Littleton each chipping in with three a piece. Fowler has two sacks this season and 14 total sacks in his three-year career. He will likely enter a pass-rush rotation at left outside linebacker with David Douglas High School product, Samson Ebukam. Fowler is now the seventh first-round draft pick on the Rams defense. 

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks chose to stay put by Tuesday’s deadline. Carroll said Wednesday that the team assessed the options out there and decided to stick with what they are currently working with. The team did decide, however, to cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall after watching the emergence of David Moore. Marshall was in only two plays against Detroit last weekend. His opportunities, if any at all, were dwindling throughout these eight weeks after dropped passes and some mental lapses on third down. 

After Sunday’s performance, Moore has developed into one of Seattle’s key offensive players. Moore finished with career highs in catches with four and yards with 97. He also caught his fourth touchdown in three weeks and was involved in multiple big, momentum building plays. The Seahawks offense will face the newly acquainted Fowler and the Rams defense in just two weeks for the second time this season. 

Just wondering why it's so hard for the NFL to get out of its own way

Just wondering why it's so hard for the NFL to get out of its own way

Just so you know, the National Anthem thing isn't the only rule the National Football League can't seem to figure out.

NFL officials were in Philadelphia recently and met with Eagles players to try to answer their questions about the league's new rule regarding the use of the helmet in contact situations. But it seems the officials couldn't even come to agreement themselves on the parameters of the new rule, which seems to mirror the college "targeting" rule:

During the meeting, Eagles players were shown video of plays that would now be considered illegal and then showed officials a video of safety Malcom Jenkins’ hit that knocked Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks out of the Super Bowl with a concussion. The play did not result in a flag in February and the officials were split on whether it would now draw a flag, which is why Nigel Bradham still felt unclear when the meeting ended.

Just days before the exhibition season opens, it's not a good thing that the people calling the penalties still cannot fully convey to the players the exact nature of a rule that is designed to increase safety for the players.

Why is it that the most prosperous and popular league in the country can't seem to get out of its own way? I don't know, maybe it's leadership?

 

LeGarrette Blount leaves Patriots for Eagles and $2.8 million

LeGarrette Blount leaves Patriots for Eagles and $2.8 million

Former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount has signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, continuing what has been a seven-year career, and marking the second time he has left New England. 

Blount, who had his best season last year with 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns, appears to simply be chasing the money in this case. The Patriots reportedly offered Blount $2.1 million to return to New England. The Eagles' offer guarantees Blount $1.25 million and carries $1.55 million in incentives. 

"LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team," Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement. 

Philadelphia released running back Ryan Mathews, opening the door for Blount to become its starter. 

Blount, who has rushed for 5,122 yards and 49 touchdowns over his career, is heading to his fourth team. He began his career in 2010 with 1,007 yards rushing as a rookie with Tampa Bay. In 2012, he lost the starting job to Doug Martin and signed with New England in 2013 when it reached the AFC title game. 

Blount in 2014 signed with Pittsburgh but the Steelers released him during the middle of the season for repeated selfish behavior, including leaving a game before it had ended. 

That turn of events worked out well for Blount, who was scooped up by New England for a second go around that led to the Patriots defeating Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX. Blount earned his second Super Bowl ring after the Patriots won 34-28 over Atlanta in February's Super Bowl LI. 

Blount could be a big part of the Eagles' attempts to upgrade their offense around quarterback Carson Wentz, who began last season well before tailing off over the final 10 games of the season. 

The Eagles have already signed wide receiver Alshon Jefferey (Chicago) and Torrey Smith (San Francisco) to upgrade Wentz' targets. 

The battering ram that is Blount should help the Eagles' running game. However, Blount has primarily thrived under the coaching of New England's Bill Belichick and while sharing the backfield with Tom Brady.