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Former Chip Kelly assistant: I think he’s still trying to get Marcus Mariota

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One coach who knows Chip Kelly well believes the Eagles are still in pursuit of Marcus Mariota.

Nick Aliotti, who worked with Kelly for six years including four as Kelly’s defensive coordinator at Oregon, said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that he believes Kelly will continue to explore trades that put the Eagles in position to draft Mariota on Thursday night.

“If there’s a way that he can get Marcus Mariota without selling the farm, I think he’s still trying to do that,” Aliotti said.

Kelly didn’t tell Aliotti that directly, but Aliotti says that he knows Kelly well enough to know that Kelly has a plan for how he wants his offense to work, and that plan will work a lot better with a quarterback like Mariota.

“I know Chip and I have a lot of respect for Chip. He has a plan,” he said. “I’ve had no conversations with Chip so I’m not putting words in his mouth, but I really think that if he can get Marcus Mariota he’s able to do exactly what he wants to do with his offense there in Philly.”

The Eagles may not have the necessary ammunition to move all the way up to No. 2 overall and get Mariota. But don’t put it past Kelly to keep trying.

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  1. jimmysee says: Apr 29, 2015 11:13 AM

    Those who speak do not know.

    Those who know do not speak.

  2. tv426 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:14 AM

    I’d love to see the Iggles destroy their team for years to come to get Kelly’s pet.

    Go Chip, GO!!

  3. rlpft says: Apr 29, 2015 11:18 AM

    Kelly is running the Eagles into the ground, he has zero clue what he is doing.

  4. iamkillerfin says: Apr 29, 2015 11:18 AM

    Mariota is the best QB in the draft better pull that trigger Chip!!!

  5. jnks10 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:19 AM

    Tv426 we all know if you honestly thought he would destroy the franchise you wouldn’t waste your time commenting. Your scared, scared at what kelly could do with his full playbook. Heck even the old Redskins d coordinator said it would be scary. Your not alone.

    #inchipwetrust

  6. craigruby20 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:20 AM

    They really should move the draft up to tonight. Waiting is hard.

  7. marvsleezy says: Apr 29, 2015 11:20 AM

    If im Tennessee, I not only draft Mariota, I run chips offense too – Has to be better than what they are doing.

  8. billswillnevermove says: Apr 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    Will set them back 10 years, he is going to be a bust, and a big time bust.

  9. bryonneufeld says: Apr 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    It’s funny how people always talk about how the QB is such a vital position, and how QB’s should be judged on wins and playoff victories. Yet, here we see the Eagles don’t want to ‘sell the farm’ to get the QB who fits their system and is Kelly’s ideal guy. It doesn’t make sense. If the conventional wisdom is correct, then you do anything to get your QB, the rest be darned.

  10. jetsfmleveryday says: Apr 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    What a tattle tale!

  11. dynam01 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    There is no way to get Mariota “without selling the farm.” No. Way.

  12. stanza2015 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    Mariota and Winston are not going to be stars. It’s a bad QB draft

  13. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says: Apr 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    Well Chip, if he’s still on the board when the Viking’s are up…Slick Rick is your huckleberry. I’m guessing he won’t make it past Cleveland.
    Your #20, your 2nd rounder, and next years 1st rounder sounds about right.

  14. benfranklinshat says: Apr 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    Why should Chip not try?

  15. ronburgundy70 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:25 AM

    Chip is either going to be a Genius or the man who killed Philadephia football. I hope we get Mariota… who better to run that offense.

    #inchipwetrust

  16. nfceastfan says: Apr 29, 2015 11:25 AM

    Mariota’s are a dime a dozen. He’s a nice guy and all but there’s better players with his skill set out there if he wanted them that badly.

    Selling the farm just because the guy is nice is borderline lunacy.

  17. giantboy99 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:28 AM

    Chip Kelly will be hanging with Greg Schiano very soon.

  18. restorativejusticeprogram says: Apr 29, 2015 11:31 AM

    Kelly took over a dumpster fire of a team and took them to back-to-back 10-6 seasons. He also took a nothing program in Oregon and made it a national contender.

    In short, Kelly knows more about football than you do. Just accept it.

  19. kissmysandwich says: Apr 29, 2015 11:34 AM

    Has a more obvious statement ever been made? Of course he wants Mariota and of course he’s trying to get him. The question is, will he pull a Snyder and totally sell out for him? I think it’s very possible that he will.

  20. jimmysee says: Apr 29, 2015 11:37 AM

    When Mariota travels, does he stay at the Marriott?

    (Makes as much sense as this.)

  21. officerrow says: Apr 29, 2015 11:39 AM

    Wow lot of negativity here. I think both Laurieand Chip have a good idea here just keeps everyone else guessing. Geez but we all can see it happen on thursday night during the first round.

  22. raiderufan says: Apr 29, 2015 11:41 AM

    I wouldn’t call Oregon a “nothing program” before Chip.

    Mike Bellotti went 116 – 55 from 95 to 08 with 4 10+ win seasons and a Heisman winner at Oregon. 6 Bowl wins including one Fiesta win.

    Sure, Chip lead them to higher ground over 4 years but I don’t think they qualify as a nothing program before he got there.

  23. zinger92 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:43 AM

    As an Eagles fan I don’t care what happens I just want all this to be over. Chip and his mind game manipulation of the population is killing me.

  24. raiderufan says: Apr 29, 2015 11:43 AM

    Sorry, meant to say Harrington was a Heisman finalist…but he was also a top pick.

  25. tbrown47 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:44 AM

    I think it’s hilarious how everybody is saying Chip is a horrible nfl head coach and is ruining the Eagles when he has won 10 games in his first 2 seasons (including last year with MARK SANCHEZ). This offseason he has undoubtedly improved the Eagles with the addition of Bradford and wait for it…Tim Tebow. Oh not to mention adding a better running back that runs north and fits better in the system. That’s not even mentioning adding more talent to the cornerback and linebacker positions. But who am I, that’s just my two cents.

  26. murfdeezy says: Apr 29, 2015 11:46 AM

    Hey I believe Chip has a plan. I believe it’s probably a good one. I believe Mariota would be 5 times the QB in Philly than he would anywhere else and that the Eagles would flourish with him running an offense he already knows. Not that others can’t learn it, but this accelerates the process greatly. I still am with the majority here though. I simply do not see how you can get your hands on him without selling the farm when your team is currently sitting at #20. You are not going to have time to make multiple deals to move that far up unless you are getting them done today or tomorrow afternoon. Still seems like a long shot….no matter what Chip wants.

  27. cueghost says: Apr 29, 2015 11:47 AM

    Chip better darn well sell the farm, because if he can’t find a way to land Mariota, thnen it becomes time to see what Bradford can do… until he’s hurt, then its onto butt-fumble time… until he gets hurt… and then we all know what time it is – TEBOW TIME!! LOL – I’m wondering if Jerry is paying Chip more than Philly is…

  28. dryzzt23 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:49 AM

    So now PFT/ESPN are going to run stories right up until the draft about Chip Kelly wanting to trade up to get Mariota or any other former Oregon player.

    The source will be Kelly’s 2nd cousins best friends ex-girlfriend who met Kelly once at a party but appears to know his draft strategy.

  29. drakeisbetterthantupac says: Apr 29, 2015 11:49 AM

    Please do! Mess up the Eagles even more.

  30. tonebones says: Apr 29, 2015 11:50 AM

    There aren’t five QBs in the NFL that are better than Sam Bradford, so Kelly isn’t under any pressure to do anything. If Bradford gets hurt, Kelly has two more QBs on his roster that have led NFL teams to playoff victories. Mariota would be the second best QB on the Eagles, unless they traded Bradford to move up.

  31. raaz227httr says: Apr 29, 2015 11:50 AM

    I get the sense Chip Kelley will fail a once well run franchise.

  32. wrlegrand says: Apr 29, 2015 11:52 AM

    I honestly think that if he believes is Mariota that strongly, he will give up his 1st this year and next, and probably a 3rd in one of those years. Bradford is obviously in play too. I just do not see a team giving up the #2 pick for Bradford and a 2nd. Does not make sense to me at all….

  33. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Apr 29, 2015 11:52 AM

    “If there’s a way that he can get Marcus Mariota without selling the farm, I think he’s still trying to do that”

    Well there isn’t, so I guess he’s not.

  34. tv426 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:52 AM

    Jnks10 – no, I’m not scared. I just love to see a few teams fail. Especially the Iggles, Cowgirls, and 4Whiners!
    Kelly will be fired inside of 2 years.

  35. granadafan says: Apr 29, 2015 11:54 AM

    “nfceastfan says:
    Apr 29, 2015 11:25 AM
    Mariota’s are a dime a dozen. He’s a nice guy and all but there’s better players with his skill set out there if he wanted them that badly.
    ==========================================

    You clearly don’t know very much about football if you think Mariotas are a dime a dozen.

  36. tmatic74 says: Apr 29, 2015 11:55 AM

    If the pick is for sell then Chip should pay the price. It’s really not that complicated. All of our past draft picks and no SB wins. Stick to your plan Chip.

  37. autoriot says: Apr 29, 2015 11:56 AM

    I can’t express how excited I am that the NFL Draft is finally happening tomorrow. We can stop being inundated with all these worthless write-ups about what people “THINK” other people might do, and finally see what they “ACTUALLY” do. All of these posts have blurred together for me. I am over it. No one cares what Chip Kelly’s water boy from New Hampshire, ten years ago, thinks he’s going to do, because he knows Chip. No one.

  38. dryzzt23 says: Apr 29, 2015 12:00 PM

    Kelly should trade for Manziel, he’s a better version of Mariota himself.

  39. granadafan says: Apr 29, 2015 12:02 PM

    Teams know how much Chip wants Mariota. They’re not going to let him get the QB for a regular trade. They’re going to ask not only for the farm, but for the next generation’s first born.

  40. TheDPR says: Apr 29, 2015 12:04 PM

    Drafting a QB gives Chip at least three more years of job security because he will have the “young QB” excuse for not making the playoffs. It will probably take Jeff Lurie that long to figure out that system offenses like Chips are short-lived in the NFL and once they’re figured out by defenses, the window closes.

    Traditionally successful pro-style offense works for a reason. Chip is fun and much more interesting than Andy Reid was but I don’t think he’s going to bring any more success to the Eagles than Reid ever did, unfortunately.

  41. afwhigs says: Apr 29, 2015 12:12 PM

    If anyone’s gonna sell the farm for Mariota I’d much rather that it was the Eagles than the Browns. At least Chip will get his guy and have a plan for him.

    I feel like all the talk about the Browns (meaning Haslam) wanting Mariota comes from Haslam reading somewhere that Mariota is supposed to be good, so he wants a new toy. Then if Mariota didn’t change the world in spectacular fashion this season, he’d want to draft another QB next year.

    I’ve got nothing against Mariota, I just think the Browns will be better served filling other glaring needs rather than drafting another QB in the first round.

  42. papete3 says: Apr 29, 2015 12:14 PM

    Enough with all the speculations. Draft night is almost here. We will know by Thursday night whether Mariota is destined for Philly.

  43. onlinetoughguy says: Apr 29, 2015 12:20 PM

    “If there’s a way that he can get Marcus Mariota without selling the farm, I think he’s still trying to do that,” Aliotti said.”

    ————————-

    If there’s a way to get JJ Watt without selling the farm, wouldn’t he do that too?? The reality is there isn’t a way to get him without giving up a Hershel Walker type haul. This years first round pick, plus Cleveland’s 19th overall pick (assuming Chip can flip Bradford for it), plus next years first round pick, plus this years second round pick, plus Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks. I think that gets it done. I personally would not do it, but that doesn’t mean Chip won’t.

  44. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 29, 2015 12:22 PM

    REMIND ME…

    How did Mariota do against THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES?!?

    GO BUCKS ! ! !

  45. corporatemediaprostitute says: Apr 29, 2015 12:22 PM

    Why would any knowledgeable NFL fan think having a college quarterback running a college offense would lead a professional team to a playoff victory and beyond?

  46. sfsugator says: Apr 29, 2015 12:22 PM

    If he drops past 6, Chip has a shot.

  47. robmar924 says: Apr 29, 2015 12:44 PM

    Bill Simmons said it about the 76ers and its the same plan with Chip and the Eagles. Convince an ownership group you have a plan and it seems radical and crazy. You try to make it work and if it fails at first keep trading assets for future assets and convince the same group its all part of the plan. By the time they figure out its a crappy plan, everyone is so deep in the thing that firing the guy would just leave you scratching your head. Chip has mastered job security schemes.

  48. justintuckrule says: Apr 29, 2015 12:48 PM

    What’s he care if he sells the farm? He won’t be there in 3 years to see the destruction anyway. Deal is done. TB has already Herscheled the Eagles. No need to announce it yet.

  49. bkostela says: Apr 29, 2015 12:54 PM

    jnks10 says:
    Apr 29, 2015 11:19 AM
    Tv426 we all know if you honestly thought he would destroy the franchise you wouldn’t waste your time commenting. Your scared, scared at what kelly could do with his full playbook. Heck even the old Redskins d coordinator said it would be scary. Your not alone.
    ____________________________

    No doubt it would be a potent, scary offense. However, what it would cost to move up to #2 would not be favorable to the Eagles future. Not to mention that Chip’s offenses have gotten 4 quarterbacks hurt over the past two seasons. You mention the Redskins – think of how their situation has gone downhill mainly because they gave up a ton to get a player that quickly became a shell of his former self.

  50. drunkwino says: Apr 29, 2015 1:08 PM

    “I know Chip and I have a lot of respect for Chip. He has a plan,”

    The Spanish Armada had a plan too.

  51. trojan33sc says: Apr 29, 2015 1:10 PM

    This is all smoke ! Chip is going to do an “End-a-round” and pick Jameis Winston to run his offense !!! It a great big “Bait & Switch” i tell ya !!!!!! LOL

  52. usedjock says: Apr 29, 2015 2:31 PM

    jnks10 says:Apr 29, 2015 11:19 AM

    Tv426 we all know if you honestly thought he would destroy the franchise you wouldn’t waste your time commenting. Your scared, scared at what kelly could do with his full playbook.

    True jnks1o but at some point they are going to need to play defense and I would worry about their D and their OL. Sooner or later the offense will have injuries or a D will stop it and then you are going to have to play D as well.

    The question is would it be wise to trade a lot of picks if you need help on other parts of the team?

  53. jackvcr says: Apr 29, 2015 2:34 PM

    Gee, brilliant piece of reporting, Aliotti. Tell us something the rest of the entire world doesn’t already know. You really should have stuck to coaching.

  54. wallabear says: Apr 29, 2015 2:51 PM

    Tough spot now, since it appears that Cleveland is willing to give up their two (2) First Round picks to acquire Mariota. Still odd that Chip Kelly brought in both Sam Bradford and Timmy Tebow. Tebow sent Bradford home, a loser, in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game: 24-14 lol

  55. mogogo1 says: Apr 29, 2015 2:54 PM

    Every team in the league would be interested in Mariota if they could have him without selling the farm. Problem is that isn’t possible.

  56. brendafortheboyz says: Apr 29, 2015 3:42 PM

    Could DeMarco Murray be a part of any trade by the Eagles?????

  57. tombstone7 says: Apr 29, 2015 3:52 PM

    Many of the trolls on this post are either ill-informed or live on the other side of the country when Pac-12 football is being played. Mariota threw 4, count them 4 interceptions in 4 years…..and rush for over 600 yards and threw for a conference records for TD’s ..he has done everything that is expected of a student athlete and stayed humble while doing it…He elevated the Oregon program that was on the uprise and was former PAC-10 Champions for several years ….before Mariota!
    Whether the Eagles draft him r not, it is always a risk when the politics of football business take over. Give it break trolls…and you know who your are! The internet has provided a space for those of you who are passive aggressive and obviously never palyed a single down of football outside of your backyards….SMH!

  58. jnks10 says: Apr 29, 2015 3:52 PM

    Would this move set the eagles back a year absolutely, but are you winning with Sam bradford? You do the deal no questions asked.

  59. chrisk61 says: Apr 29, 2015 4:06 PM

    in chip we trust. or is it now, i miss howie..

    whichever

  60. tedmurph says: Apr 29, 2015 4:12 PM

    I think the Eagles do it. There’s almost no price too high for a top tier QB, if Kelly thinks that’s what Mariota will be. He in effect traded Foles and a 2nd for Bradford. Now he can trade Bradford for Cleveland’s 19th. So, in effect, Kelly can trade Foles and their 1rst, next yrs 1rst and 2nd, for Mariota. It’s a lot, and leaves him with no 1rst or 2nd next yr, but I wouldn’t put it past him. Kelly doesn’t care what anybody thinks.

  61. jwcarlson says: Apr 29, 2015 4:29 PM

    bryonneufeld says:
    Apr 29, 2015 11:21 AM
    It’s funny how people always talk about how the QB is such a vital position, and how QB’s should be judged on wins and playoff victories. Yet, here we see the Eagles don’t want to ‘sell the farm’ to get the QB who fits their system and is Kelly’s ideal guy. It doesn’t make sense. If the conventional wisdom is correct, then you do anything to get your QB, the rest be darned.
    ————————-

    Exactly… if Chip honestly believes that Mariota is going to win “multiple Super Bowls” like he said (not exact quote, can’t remember)… you give up future first rounders for a few years if you have to, right? Because they’ll basically be second rounders anyway with winning all of these Super Bowls, right? I really think a lot of it is Chip doing is part to pump up “his guy”, and I have no problem with that. The odd part is having traded Foles for Bradford. I am curious to see how all of this turns out and who ends up being the QB in Philly and how long Tebow and Bradford and Sanchez are around.

    Bizarre, but at least there’s some intrigue to follow.

  62. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Apr 29, 2015 4:29 PM

    Kelly doesn’t need mariota and he knows it, which is why the birds will set a nfl rushing record,draft a guard in the 1st, wr in the 2nd and power there way at hyper speed to the super bowl

  63. BringBackTheFlex says: Apr 29, 2015 4:31 PM

    he’s able to do exactly what he wants to do with his offense there in Philly.”
    ===================

    You mean make this team a perennial runner-up like he did in Orgeon??

  64. BringBackTheFlex says: Apr 29, 2015 4:34 PM

    tonebones says:

    There aren’t five QBs in the NFL that are better than Sam Bradford,
    ================

    I didn’t know that marijuana was legal in Philly.

  65. a1b24312 says: Apr 29, 2015 4:50 PM

    Was I really that bad in Philadelphia after all?

    Signed, A. Reid

  66. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 29, 2015 5:11 PM

    Many of the trolls on this post are either ill-informed or live on the other side of the country when Pac-12 football is being played. Mariota threw 4, count them 4 interceptions in 4 years…..and rush for over 600 yards and threw for a conference records for TD’s ..

    Shouldn’t insult people by calling them trolls and then follow up with misinformation.

    Mariota did not throw 4, count them 4 interceptions in 4 years. He threw 4 last year and 14 for his career.

    He did set the record for a single season passing TDs but not all time and actually he rushed for 770 yards.

    Having said that, he’s simply RGme without the “me”

  67. est285 says: Apr 29, 2015 5:20 PM

    “Mike Bellotti went 116 – 55 from 95 to 08 with 4 10+ win seasons and a Heisman winner at Oregon.”

    I’m sorry, but who is this heisman winner you speak of during those years? Get your facts straight if you’re going to try and educate people.

  68. dave4nyfg says: Apr 29, 2015 5:42 PM

    restorativejusticeprogram says:
    Apr 29, 2015 11:31 AM
    Kelly took over a dumpster fire of a team and took them to back-to-back 10-6 seasons. He also took a nothing program in Oregon and made it a national contender.

    In short, Kelly knows more about football than you do. Just accept it.

    _________________

    Eagles were 10-6, but NFC East had a soft schedule last year. The eagles only had wins against 3 teams that finished the season with winning records: Colts in week 2, Texans in week 9 and Cowboys in week 13 (who they also lost to in week 15)…. hardly a convincing season by any stretch. Oh, and they went 4-4 in the second half of the season, including 1-3 in the final four weeks…. ugly finish.

  69. hustlelikejamarcusrussell says: Apr 29, 2015 6:45 PM

    Eagles #20 this year plus 3rd rounder plus Bradford. Done deal

  70. crappygovernment says: Apr 29, 2015 6:56 PM

    Mariota = Hawaiian Joey Harrington

  71. staff2cj says: Apr 29, 2015 7:25 PM

    In two years, harbaugh to iggles! Chump Kelly to univ of Texas book it

  72. 1509lucky says: Apr 29, 2015 7:33 PM

    Amateur GMs having me literally LOL with these outlandish trade scenarios. No way Phil moves from 20 to 2 without giving up multiple #1’s. That kind of deal gets you a seat on a Network Pre-Game show,NOT a Super Bowl.

  73. ratsfoiledagain says: Apr 29, 2015 7:48 PM

    It’s fine if Chips gets his man in Marita since he’s run that offense. However, NFL defenses are more complex than just about every college defense. Plus, NFL players are more faster than most college players.

    Mariota, like all other first year QB’S, will need to read and react quickly to those defenses. That will be the main issue.

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