Eagles take another step away from Chip Kelly, sign a fullback

AP

Count this one as yet another sign that these are not Chip Kelly’s Eagles.

The Eagles on Friday signed free agent Ryan Mueller, a roster move that wouldn’t ordinarily be significant enough to mention, except that the Eagles listed his position as fullback on the transaction. That’s a departure from the Eagles, who didn’t have a fullback when Kelly was their coach.

Kelly’s offense doesn’t use a fullback, but Doug Pederson will, and Mueller is the first player to get the fullback designation. Mueller was listed as a linebacker last season with the Chargers, and he played defensive end in college at Kansas State, but the Eagles like his potential to transition to fullback, and it’s a position they need, so they’re putting him on the roster and giving him a look.

The fullback position is a dying breed in the NFL, and there wasn’t a single NFL offense that used a fullback even half the time last season. But unlike Kelly, Pederson at times likes to use a fullback in front of his running back in the I-formation, a formation that will be back in Philadelphia this year after three years away.

23 responses to “Eagles take another step away from Chip Kelly, sign a fullback

  1. Eagles = Only Team In NFC East with No Super Bowl Rings (The other teams have MULTIPLE SUPER BOWL RINGS)

    Cowboys 5 Super Bowl Rings
    Giants 4 Super Bowl Rings
    Redskins 3 Super Bowl Rings
    Eagles ZERO SUPER BOWL RINGS

  2. Literally the dumbest guys on the web. I can’t imagine how sad your lives are when you spend this amount of time on another team in a sport you can’t at living in your mom’s garage. But you know, enjoy the accomplishments of people who actually did something with their lives.

  3. The football god speaks……really? Set them back 84 years? I do believe, however, the god is right, the eagles will not see a superbowl with Pederson, or Howie this century. Good luck…….from a long gone eagles fan who is enjoying a new view of S.F.

  4. Perhaps the Panthers didn’t use a fullback for more than half of the snaps, but Mike Tolbert does function in that role and his play was a key in their recent success.

  5. Within the next 5 years or as soon as he gets fired in SF, Kelly is going to be the biggest punchline to NFL jokes since JaMarcus Russell.

    “Did ya hear the Browns are looking at a head coach that has been dead for 5 years?”

    “Well, he’s gotta be better than Chip Kelly”

  6. Vince Lombardi won 5 Championships. Only 2 of them were actual Super Bowls. He has 1 loss in a championship game. You know who that loss was against? The Philadelphia Eagles in 1960.

    So why is it that we credit Vince Lombardi with 5 championships when only 2 were actually Super Bowls? But when it comes to championships for the Eagles, people only count their Super Bowl wins? The Eagles have 3 Championships (1960, 1948, and 1949)

  7. So why is it that we credit Vince Lombardi with 5 championships when only 2 were actually Super Bowls? But when it comes to championships for the Eagles, people only count their Super Bowl wins? The Eagles have 3 Championships (1960, 1948, and 1949)
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    1. It was 55 years ago since they won a championship (do the math before you reply with nasty math comeback, they won the championship on 12/26/50).

    2. There were 10-12 teams in the league, with Dallas being in their 1st year, so it wasn’t as hard back then. It’s like saying you’re the toughest kid in town when it’s just you and your 3 little sisters living in town.

    3. Maybe if Philly fans (not all, but the majority of them) weren’t so viscous, and I’m taking about on the web more so than in person (check out bleeding green.com for proof, read the comments sections) then other fans wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss those championships.

    Just a little food for thought.

  8. Why does every Eagles post need to be tied to Chip? Gives a jealous ex vibe. Philly fired him months ago and have moved on. Title of this post should’ve just been: Philly signs Fullback

  9. 1. It was 55 years ago since they won a championship (do the math before you reply with nasty math comeback, they won the championship on 12/26/50).

    2. There were 10-12 teams in the league, with Dallas being in their 1st year, so it wasn’t as hard back then. It’s like saying you’re the toughest kid in town when it’s just you and your 3 little sisters living in town.

    3. Maybe if Philly fans (not all, but the majority of them) weren’t so viscous, and I’m taking about on the web more so than in person (check out bleeding green.com for proof, read the comments sections) then other fans wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss those championships.
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    1) Nasty math comeback? What are you talking about? It was in 1960. Trust me. They have this new thing. It’s called Google. Check it out.

    2) it was much easier back then, huh? So then Vince Lombardis championships should be considered pretty easy. We all know that’s not the case. It can’t be that Vince Lombardi won some of the toughest championship games, but the Eagles had it easy.

    3) re-read my original post man. I made some really smart, well written points. I was making a simple point and asking a genuine question. And by the way, go to ANY teams website in the league and you’ll find vicious (not viscous) comments.

  10. Kelly’s Niners still have a fullback on the team; Bruce Miller. I suspect he’ll be used more as an H-back type (Miller is a decent receiver out of the backfield).

    But I wonder if Kelly may employ some variation of a lead blocker…maybe not from a Classic I back or split backs formation….Kelly’s offense continues to evolve (his Eagles offense was not the same as the one he ran at Oregon).

  11. Why don’t they just put an asterisk next to his 3 years coaching

    * the chip kelly years

  12. So now Andy Reid Jr is trying the same tricks daddy tried during his tenure. It didn’t work then, won’t work now.

    I can’t wait to watch this train wreck this year.

    3-13 incoming.

  13. I’m sure Rich Kotite is smiling, because he’s no longer holding the distinction of being the worst Eagles coach ever…Even he managed to win a playoff game unlike the Chipper…

  14. Even with as much as I can’t stand the Eagles I don’t agree with saying NFL championships don’t count now simply because the NFL merged with the AFL and started calling the NFL championship the Super Bowl. If another league were to form and become big enough for the NFL to merge with it and stop calling it the Super Bowl we wouldn’t all of a sudden erase 50+ years of Super Bowls from our memory and the NFLs history so why do that with the NFL championship?

  15. Don’t be haters. Come to our parade this year. See you there. All welcome to come.

  16. Superbowl championships mean nothing. I’d much rather have a team that plays hard, is competitive and wins nothing then a lazy, lucky team that wins a few Superbowls.

  17. People leave comments about how Philly has no superb owls like it’s the only title the nfl ever had. Last I checked the superb owl has only been around for 50 years and the nfl is far older than that. In fact they are one of the founding teams and in fact do have multiple titles to go with there long football history. Too bad people are too busy being shallow to really do some research to find out the real truth of this. It has been many years since they’ve had a title but the do own a few and someday they will claim a superb owl too. Maybe some people can check and see if there teams have even been around long enough to even have anything but a superbowl. It’s possible for any team to win a superbowl but impossible to claim an nfl title from before the superbowl

  18. As others have pointed out, despite baggage and a $1.9m cap hit, Bruce Miller is on the 49ers roster still.

    Maybe the better question is why Philly is signing an unproven de/lb guy to play fb when there are so many available fullbacks and only 14 teams still using the position?

    It’s fine to take on a project (Miller, for example, was a converted college de), but they don’t actually have a real fb on the roster for him to learn from.

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