Mariota not ready to rule out the Eagles

AP

Eagles coach Chip Kelly may have ruled out trading up to get quarterback Marcus Mariota, but Mariota hasn’t.

Via Zach Berman of Philly.com, Mariota on Friday declined to write off the possibility that the man who brought him to Oregon will also bring him to Pennsylvania.

“I wouldn’t doubt it, but Coach Kelly and the Eagles are going to do what’s best for the team,” Mariota said, via Berman. “We’ll see what happens.”

What happened this week was a fairly big trade, with the Eagles acquiring Sam Bradford in exchange for Nick Foles.  By then signing Bradford’s college roommate, DeMarco Murray, to a five-year deal, it appears that Bradford will be the quarterback, at least for 2015.

“It’s going to come down to whatever they want to do,” Mariota said.  “I’m not sure what Coach Kelly wants to do.  He hasn’t talked to me about it.  He’s been more of a mentor to me, whenever I needed someone.  If I need to talk to him about anything, he’s kind of that person who’s been there for me.”

He probably won’t be there for Mariota if Kelly isn’t literally there for Mariota on the first day of the draft.  For now, it looks like a long shot.  Maybe it always was.  But with Kelly making it clear that he regards the draft as a crapshoot, why wouldn’t he consider mortgaging a future of shooting craps for a sure thing?

60 responses to “Mariota not ready to rule out the Eagles

  1. Silly me! I always thought when it came to the draft, teams ruled out players — but players did not rule out teams!

    🙂

  2. Mariota is gonna be a bust… If the eagles do not draft him i do not see him a good fit with any other team.. but maybe chip has a plan and will trade Bradford to the redskins or jets to move up to get his guy

  3. Chip Kelly publicly calling mariota the best qb in the draft… Doesn’t commenting on college players=a violation? How much contact can chip have with a potential draft pick?

  4. If he keeps falling in most mock drafts, I can definitely see the birds moving up to get him. I think the birds are trying to redo Bradford’s deal, and despite the criticism, Sanchez’s deal is very reasonable. Both of their contracts would be movable.

  5. No, commenting on players that have declared for the draft (and as a result have no college eligibility) is not a violation. He can talk to any potential draft pick as much as he wants once they declare. It sort of makes it hard to forbid teams from talking to players they want to draft.

  6. As Mariota’s former coach, it would only be tampering if Chip Kelly said negative things about his former player.

    And a former coach calling his former player “the best” is only taken for what its worth by the other coaches and GMs in the league.

  7. Stephen Smith, would Chip Kelly be anti-American for trading Bradford, a Native American, for Mariotta a Samoan? Because technically Samoa is a U.S. territory. Floor is yours Stephen…

    Thank you

  8. this is a horrible year for qbs in draft this year…. Oregon qbs just arent successful in the nfl… mariota will continue that trend…. hes is dropping because teams are doing there homework… his proday was terrible in my opinion

  9. Honestly, I don’t know what it is about Mariota that everyone is excited about.

    I see a nice young kid who played in a system which is totally unlike what he will have to play in in the NFL, and I see ordinary skills.

    Maybe it’s me, but I just don’t see the potential for a franchise QB in this kid.

  10. Cleveland is going to trade up and draft Mariotta.They can not rely on Manzell so I can see them getting Mariotta.

  11. Wait, did I miss something? Is Mariota coming off an ACL surgery that we didn’t know about? Isn’t that a Chip Kelly requirement this year?

  12. I’m pretty sure the Eagles could trade for Andrew Luck tomorrow and the local media would still somehow spin it that the Eagles are still trying to get Mariota.

  13. I still think the titans will snatch up Mariota for the second pick. Too bad, because the redskins could use the trade-pick leverage.

  14. mariota in the second round makes sense.. i just dont see first round qb in him.. that system they run is far from a nfl system.. and the pac 12 is not known as a defensive conference.. its like going out to the bar with your friends.. 10 non hot girls at the bar… u can still rank a 1-10 order on who you would sleep with. but all ghe choices are bad

  15. Mariotta is a two year project in most offenses including the Eagles. He needs to work on basic skills like footwork under center in Pro style sets most teams run. I don’t think he is even ready to play for Kelly because there are certain throws he hasn’t mastered and the complexity of defenses he will see. At Oregon they just blew people away and Mariota didn’t have to throw in many tight windows you see in the NFL. If some impatient bottom rung team like Tampa / Cleveland drafts him they will regret it.

  16. Please stop with the”he can’t run chips offense” comments. Chip has clearly changed certain aspects of the QB part of his offense to adapt to the NFL or the QB running the offense. Dam, cut the guy a break!

  17. Chip=0 championships at any level 0 playoff wins in the NFL 3 and 9 against teams with a winning record.
    In Chip you trust…LOL

  18. knowledge743 says: Mar 14, 2015 9:53 AM

    mariota in the second round makes sense.. i just dont see first round qb in him.. that system they run is far from a nfl system.. and the pac 12 is not known as a defensive conference.. its like going out to the bar with your friends.. 10 non hot girls at the bar… u can still rank a 1-10 order on who you would sleep with. but all ghe choices are bad

    Your knowledge of non hot girls at the bar surpasses your knowledge of football.

  19. @tinbender2000
    some guys think pennies are dimes… so i cant fault you if you think mariota is the second coming of manning.. beauty is in the eye of the beholder..

  20. jimmysee says:
    Mar 14, 2015 9:01 AM
    Silly me! I always thought when it came to the draft, teams ruled out players — but players did not rule out teams!

    🙂

    John Elway dished the Colts

    Eli dished the Chargers

  21. mariota has the stats the hardware… look at johnny manziel.. a better college qb than mariota… bust in nfl.. i just see mariota in same light… college and pro game is very different.. if chip drafts him he can excel… only way i believe he can be successful

  22. Logic dictates that Kelly will only draft Mariota if Mariota falls in the draft to a point where it makes sense to trade up for him. Trading up to the 1 or 2 position doesn’t make any sense. With all of the variables involved in the whole process, I’d say the odds of Mariota landing on the Eagles are very slim. Not impossible, but far from likely. Probably the only way the Eagles end up with him is if he’s a bust wherever he signs, like Locker, Gabbert or Ponder. By that time, Kelly likely will be back coaching college football, the Eagles will have a new coach, and the whole point will be moot.

  23. mariota in the second round makes sense.. i just dont see first round qb in him.. that system they run is far from a nfl system.. and the pac 12 is not known as a defensive conference.. its like going out to the bar with your friends.. 10 non hot girls at the bar… u can still rank a 1-10 order on who you would sleep with. but all ghe choices are bad

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    What conference did Andrew Luck play in? Yeah,that’s what I thought! If you’re going to use what conference a guy plays in to predict his NFL Future,make sure you’re on solid ground with your argument,Slugger.

  24. iamdinguskhan says:
    Mar 14, 2015 10:14 AM
    Chip=0 championships at any level 0 playoff wins in the NFL 3 and 9 against teams with a winning record.
    In Chip you trust…LOL

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    3-1 vs your Redskins. Also 2o wins in two season. Do the Redskins have that many in 4 years?? Chip one playoff in two years. Redskins 3 playoff appearances in 15 years. But why lets facts get in the way

    Skins fans continue to amuse and stink at the same time

  25. Andrew luck is a generational type of talent.. yes he played in same conference but played in a pro style offense and the conference as a whole was more competitive at the time..

  26. mariota in the second round makes sense.. i just dont see first round qb in him.. that system they run is far from a nfl system.. and the pac 12 is not known as a defensive conference.. its like going out to the bar with your friends.. 10 non hot girls at the bar… u can still rank a 1-10 order on who you would sleep with. but all ghe choices are bad
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    Good point. P12 was only 13-5 vs teams outside the conf incl bowl games. (Best of any conf btw).

    Only terrible QBs like Rogers, Luck, and the most starting QBs of any conference.

  27. “3-1 vs your Redskins. Also 2o wins in two season. Do the Redskins have that many in 4 years?? Chip one playoff in two years. Redskins 3 playoff appearances in 15 years. But why lets facts get in the way”

    3-1 vs Redskins – regular season wins – means NOTHING
    20 wins in 2 seasons & nothing but a one & done playoff appearance to show for it.
    Lurie in 20+ seasons of ownership ZERO championships.
    Eagles 4 straight NFC championship games – ZERO Lombardi’s to show for it.
    Eagles haven’t won a playoff game since Donovan McNabb was the starting QB.
    But don’t let the facts get in the way Eagle fans, we know you are Super Bowl champions every year in March & April.

  28. @ realitycheck
    Rodgers dropped in draft… was picked late by an already good team.. luck is an exception.. in last 10 years or more Rodgers is only Pac 12 qb to win a super bowl… name another winning pac 12 qb in nfl… rodgers was the only playoff qb from Pac 12…

  29. First off, I think the only way that Marcus Mariota will be successful in the NFL is if the Eagles draft him or trade for him and he runs Chip Kelly’s system. Even then, it’s not a guarantee, as the players Mariota will be facing in the NFL or obviously bigger, stronger and faster than he’s been used to facing.
    Chip Kelly could still trade up to get Mariota if he offers Sam Bradford & Ryan Matthews – or even DeMarco Murray – plus the Eagles first-round pick. The trick is finding a team who would want those players.

  30. Top 5 – 1. Leonard Williams (T-Bucs); 2. Marcus Mariota (Eagles, via trade with Titans for Sam Bradford); 3. Dante Fowler (Jags); 4. Kevin White (Raiders); 5. Jameis Winston (Redskins)

  31. To djlexluger and iamdinguskhan:

    Soooo, b/c Chip Kelly has not won a championship yet, you’re completely dismissing him as a coach? Not very smart.
    What about every coach who’s won a championship? At some point during their careers, they had not won a championship yet. Are you somehow saying that it was stupid for anyone to hire them before they had won a championship, stupid to bestow trust in them and in what they were doing? Again, not very smart.

  32. “dwilkinson1968 says:
    Mar 14, 2015 12:35 PM
    To djlexluger and iamdinguskhan:

    Soooo, b/c Chip Kelly has not won a championship yet, you’re completely dismissing him as a coach?”

    No one is dismissing him, but Philly acts like he’s already punched his ticket to Canton. To listen to Eagle fans, he is the second coming of Vince Lombardi. That is what everyone is still questioning, what has he done to trust in him so entirely??

  33. Isn’t Bradford still in a wheelchair ??? “Brittle Bradford” is a very nice guy but then again so was Tebow……………..

  34. djlexluger says:

    Funny eagle fans use the “inchipwetrust” what has he won exactly that you trust what he’s done?
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    If the Eagles beat Dallas at least once then that is considered a successful season by their fans.

  35. God people are clueless. Bradford has already ran Chips offense. The offense at Oklahoma was a spread read optition offense that was the fastest in college during his time there, that was based on making quick reads and getting the ball out fast. The exact same thing that Chip runs just with different verbiage.

    And no read optition has nothing to do with a qb run. Read option means a play can be ran multiple ways depending on the pre and post snap read of the defense. So if the plays a run and the balls snapped and lbs fill the gap the qb can pull the ball back and throw a quick pass or run or do a different handoff. Thats all it is for you football geniuses out there. A play designed with multiple optitions dependent on the read of the defense.

    You do not need a mobile qb to run it, that’s a myth.

  36. And now let the eagle bashing by all the so called “experts ” start in 3. 2. 1.
    InChipWeTrust
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    No bashing, just a history lesson:
    It’s been 19,797 days since the Eagles have won a Championship.

  37. So if he was running that at oklahoma, how exactly has chip revolutionized the game. He hasn’t. Just a guy. Philly never learns. The Chipsaster continues.

  38. I’m not convinced that Sam Bradford is Chip Kelly’s long term answer. But Mariota could definitely benefit from sitting behind Bradford for a year or so to learn. I don’t see him as 1st round material but he could be a worthy project.

  39. 3-1 vs Redskins – regular season wins – means NOTHING
    20 wins in 2 seasons & nothing but a one & done playoff appearance to show for it.
    Lurie in 20+ seasons of ownership ZERO championships.
    Eagles 4 straight NFC championship games – ZERO Lombardi’s to show for it.
    Eagles haven’t won a playoff game since Donovan McNabb was the starting QB.
    But don’t let the facts get in the way Eagle fans, we know you are Super Bowl champions every year in March & April.

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    You obviously don’t comprehend too well. Read the original comments. He is comparing Chip Kelly based on his “two” years in the league. Bottom line is Kelly has done more in two years than the Redskins have done in awhile. It was a dumb comment. He should be more concerned about the skins having a winning season rather than worry about chip kelly.

    Cool story about the Skins having Super Bowl rings. They are almost as dusty as the eagles championships.

  40. “You obviously don’t comprehend too well. Read the original comments. He is comparing Chip Kelly based on his “two” years in the league. Bottom line is Kelly has done more in two years than the Redskins have done in awhile. It was a dumb comment. He should be more concerned about the skins having a winning season rather than worry about chip kelly.”

    I read just fine & the ‘skins won the division 3 years ago, your Eagles won it two years ago, that is why your “Chip Kelly has done more…”, while calling others dumb line is so hilarious, ONE playoff birth with both teams suffering the same one & done result. I understand when it comes to regular season wins, Eagle fans cherish those like other franchises cherish Lombardi trophies so Chips 20 regular season wins are like counted like 4 Super Bowl wins but give everyone a break. Chip Kelly has done nothing notable in his two seasons in Philly. 2 years, no playoff wins…ICWT?? Maybe we see Chip win a playoff game or two before the city Philadelphia canonizes him?

  41. ctiggs says:
    Mar 14, 2015 9:20 AM
    sam cannot run chips offense at all
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    Oh man, now that we know that we shouldn’t of traded for him. Thanks for the insight.

    That was sarcasm. Instead of assuming things, just let the facts speak for themselves. Fact- Sam has experience in an up tempo system. Fact- the season is months away and only legit game situations will reveal what can and can’t be done by our team. Fact- most if not all of us are not qualified to develop such a conclusion, especially one as poorly thought and written as yours. Leave this to the experts, that’s the reason they are the coaches and we are the fans.

  42. A certain new GM has made a big splash with a AFC east team…thus making it VERY attractive for a young man like Mariota. He will end up there. Guess who?

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