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SEC, Cal, Pitt lead the way on NFL’s All-Decade Team for 2010s

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Which conference has produced the best NFL talent over the past decade? Perhaps not too surprisingly, it has been the SEC. A total of 12 SEC players were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s. The SEC had one more player than the next best-represented conference, the ACC.

LSU and Wisconsin each had two players named to the NFL All-Decade team, with both Badgers representatives — defensive end J.J. Watt and offensive tackle Joe Thomas — being among the eight unanimous selections. LSU is represented by Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.

The schools that were most represented were California and Pittsburgh. Former Cal players on the team include Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Alex Mack, and Cameron Jordan. Cal made up nearly half of the count for the Pac-12 (9 total players). Pitt’s four players — Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis, and LeSean McCoy — helped boost the ACC’s total as well.

To keep things simple, this count is based entirely on what conference schools reside right now. A number of players in the NFL may have played in a different conference than where their alma mater currently sits. Rather than go through and break down the list to include the old Big East, all players were counted under their school’s current conference affiliation. Two Division 2 conferences were represented in the count (Bloomsburg’s Jahri Evans for the PSAC and West Alabama’s Tyreek Hill for the Gulf South).

  • SEC – 12
  • ACC – 11
  • Pac-12 – 9
  • Big 12 – 6
  • Big Ten – 5
  • MAC – 3
  • American – 2
  • MWC – 2
  • Independents – 1
  • PSAC (D2) – 1
  • Gulf South (D2) – 1

Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady joined some rare company by being named to his second all-decade team.

If the Eagles blow up in Chip Kelly’s face, college football is always a welcomed option

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On Tuesday there was plenty of buzz involving the Philadelphia Eagles and the decisions made by head coach and general manager Chip Kelly, former head coach of the Oregon Ducks. As someone who lives in the Philadelphia region, I can tell you the sports radio phone lines are melting as we speak after Kelly has successfully moved the franchise’s record-setting rusher (LeSean McCoy traded to Buffalo), allowed his top receiver to leave via free agency (Jeremy Maclin signed with Kansas City) and, most recently, traded starting quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis in exchange for former Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma Sooner Sam Bradford after missing the entire 2014 season.

In a city that is already seeing the basketball team reconstruct the entire roster from the ground up, and replacing some of the freshly laid bricks in the process, the alert level involving the city’s top sports team is at a critical level right now. If Kelly’s master plan fails to play out as he may be envisioning, could Kelly be run out of town? That depends who you ask.

First and foremost, I believe Kelly has a plan in mind and it has only just started to unfold. At this stage, it is unfair to suggest Kelly is done making moves when free agency has just started and the NFL Draft has yet to run its course. I believe Kelly is making moves right now with a grand vision he is reluctant to share with the masses, but the pressure is starting to build for the Eagles and Kelly. Entering year three as a head coach in the NFL, Kelly has to start winning games and making postseason progress. Depending on what happens in the draft (Marcus Mariota still an option), we could potentially be seeing the abrupt end to the Chip Kelly NFL Experience. Kelly will quickly run out of excuses if things blow up this season. I am not a believer this will ultimately be the case, but if Kelly does get run out of town this year or next, then college would be the ideal landing spot.

If nothing else, the developments in Philadelphia will be something to keep an eye on for any major college football programs that could be taking a ride on the coaching carousel in 2015 or 2016. If the Eagles struggle, Kelly will still be a very attractive option for a college program and he would likely sign a new contract quickly if no longer employed in Philadelphia (assuming he doesn’t coach Temple or Penn or Villanova, of course).

As a college football fan, I would welcome the return of Kelly to my Saturday line-up. Would you?