NFC Notes: Kelly, Kaepernick, Carter, Packers

Responding to a Monday report that suggested he met recently with USC officials, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly adamantly denied that such a meeting took place, telling reporters he has had “no contact” with USC or other colleges, as Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets.

Kelly had made a habit in the past of shooting down this sort of report, even when it’s hard not to believe that the report is true — for instance, he claimed this spring that he hadn’t had trade talks involving any of his players during the first day of the draft. In this case though, I’m inclined to believe that the details of today’s story – that Kelly met with USC officials in Philadelphia on Friday – are off. Still, it seems unlikely that Kelly or his agent have never spoken to anyone from USC at all, even if it was just to politely turn down an inquiry.

In any case, Kelly isn’t going anywhere for now. As we wait to see if he can get the Eagles back on track after a disastrous Thanksgiving loss, let’s check out some others notes out of Philadelphia and the rest of the NFC….

  • We’ve heard recently that the Eagles‘ struggles this year actually reflect relatively well on former GM Howie Roseman, who lost control of personnel decisions after the 2014 season. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, perception is shifting outside the Eagles’ building as well, with talk around the league suggesting that Roseman could draw interest elsewhere this winter. As Garafolo writes, it’ll be a delicate situation for owner Jeffrey Lurie, who has a good relationship with Roseman and will likely make an effort to keep him if other clubs come calling.
  • According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link), the 49ers were able to track how much time players spent studying game plans and plays on tablets assigned by the team, and found that Blaine Gabbert studied about four to five times more than Colin Kaepernick did. While Kaepernick’s lack of preparation was an area of concern for the team, players aren’t thrilled with teams’ ability to track their studies, arguing that it may take some players less time than others to learn the same things. According to Cole, there’s a chance the NFLPA could take up the issue with the league.
  • Having been placed on IR with the designation to return in September, Lions cornerback Alex Carter won’t be activated to the 53-man roster and will remain on IR for the rest of the year, tweets Tim Twentyman of Carter, selected in the third round by Detroit back in May, will have to wait until 2016 to make his NFL debut.
  • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers admits the Packers need to improve their preparation on offense after losing four of five games, but denied that the club has reached the point where a players-only meeting is required, writes Rob Demovsky of During NBC’s Thanksgiving telecast, Cris Collinsworth alluded to the club holding a players-only meeting, but Rodgers said no such meeting happened.
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6 comments on “NFC Notes: Kelly, Kaepernick, Carter, Packers

  1. Rory Parks

    The Jason Cole story actually brings up a really interesting issue. Employers in both the public and private sector can track your computer usage, and employees often find themselves in trouble as a result of it. Somehow, what the 49ers did seems a little more Big Brother-like, and I’m curious to see what the union will have to say.

  2. Dallas Robinson

    I wonder if the Lions regret using the IR-DTR spot on Carter instead of DeAndre Levy. Obviously it’s not guaranteed that Levy could have returned, but at least Detroit would’ve had the option.

  3. Chrish815

    With usc signing the coach there out for keenly sweets takes . Phil is train reck I give couple weeks and Phil will either fire Kelly or will see kelly going back to college . I’ve say this for awhile the perfect place him to go is not Ga or South Carolina or Missouri say this again perfect place for him is the U. Miami and Kelly are match made in gold . South fla is haven for talent . You put him there he will his hand foul of great young player want to play for Miami and for him . Kelly run to Miami and Miami do what ever it take get him. National title with in 3 years . Fla ala fla st Clemson nor lsu out rescued him in south beach

    • Polish Hammer

      Your grasp of the English language and proper grammar is also a “train reck”.

  4. Chrish815

    I even have what I think would be great coachs for him off cor Bret Favre qb couch Jim Kelly rb coach McGhee wr Wayne TE coach Shockley off line Myers def cor rob Ryan ( I think he could be better in college and he is Ryan ) dl coach sapp pass rush coach Stubbs lb coach /ass def coach Rey Lewis out linebacker coach moss mlb coach Morgan or vilma db coach/ ass def cor reed cb coach Starks safety coach Phillips return coach Hester special team keep the same guy bring back most off coach would be alum and if you where high school def player say no to Rey Lewis or Ed reed off play say no to Kelly Wayne McGhee or Favre God I hope this happens it would be Miami being bad boy ( the raiders of college football again)

    • Chuxin

      That’s the stupidest post of all time.

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