Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/7/18.
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Monday Morning Digest: Dawn of the Eagles Dynasty - B/R
The Eagles just won the Super Bowl with a spare quarterback. When Carson Wentz returns next season, they will actually be better. And Nick Foles isn’t going anywhere, anyway, unless some team backs a draft-pick dump truck into a trade, so the Eagles remain insulated against any Wentz setbacks. The core of the Eagles roster is under contract for the foreseeable future: Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Nelson Agholor, Wentz and many more. The Eagles are tight against the salary cap but have little shopping to do. Just as importantly, the core of the Eagles coaching staff will return intact next year. While the rest of the league was gutting the Patriots staff, it ignored Doug Pederson’s top lieutenants, Frank Reich (offensive coordinator) and Jim Schwartz (defense). Needy teams may still raid the assistant ranks of hot commodities like QB guru John DeFilippo, but most of the staff that developed Wentz and designed game plans that left Belichick and his proteges guessing for four quarters will be back on the Eagles sidelines next year. Did we mention Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas and a front office that seamlessly melds analytics and old-school scouting yet? How about second-round pick Sidney Jones, a potential shutdown cornerback who played just a handful of snaps this season?
Bad news, NFL — Eagles will be very good for a looooong time - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Bad news, NFL. They’re not going away. The Eagles are here for the long haul, and the rest of the NFC East and the NFC and the entire league is going to have to reckon with this team for the foreseeable future. The team that just won Super Bowl LII will return largely intact in 2018. And 2019. And to a great extent, 2020 as well. You never know exactly what the future holds, but this team is built for the long haul. They will probably lose Patrick Robinson this offseason, but the list of potential free agents is small. You’d love to have Trey Burton back, but that may be financially impossible. Nigel Bradham is a free agent and could walk. But every offensive starter with the exception of part-time starting running back LeGarrette Blount is signed through next year and nine of them are signed through 2019. There will be decisions to make at running back with Blount and Jay Ajayi, who is up after next year, but Corey Clement, who looks like a budding star, isn’t going anywhere until 2021 at the earliest.
Eric Allen is coming for Drew Pearson at the 2018 draft - BGN
The 2017 NFL Draft was held in Philadelphia and was a huge hit. One of the highlights of the event was Drew Pearson announcing the Cowboys’ second round selection. Entering the stage to a chorus of boos, Pearson gave it right back to Eagles fans as he was fired up announcing the pick. It was good fun and helped seal the event as a massive success for Philadelphia. But now the tables have turned.
BGN Radio walks to Broad Street - The Super Bowl Victory Show - BGNRadio.com
For those that were looking for the rawest of emotions, Eagles chants, car horns, people giving us beers and the sounds of what it might sound like walk to a Broad St celebration in which the Eagles won a Super Bowl.. this podcast episode is for you. With the help of our friends, this was our journey to Broad St.
The 15 biggest plays of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run - PhillyVoice
The Eagles’ defense got absolutely abused by the Pats for the better part of 60 minutes until Brandon Graham happened. Clinging to a five-point lead, and trying to hold a Pats offense that had scored touchdowns on three straight possessions (four if you don’t include the end of the first half), Graham came up with a strip sack of Brady, which was recovered by Derek Barnett.
Bottoms Up - Iggles Blitz
Pederson was greedy. He wanted to win. He told the team “7-9 sucks” over the summer. He had loftier goals and was going to push the team to meet those goals. I think the biggest thing people don’t get is just how competitive he is. Pederson isn’t fiery when meeting with the media. He looks like a typical suburban dad. Somewhere on the inside, his competitive streak burns red hot. He wants to win. Now that Pederson has his Super Bowl, it will be interesting to see how he responds. Something tells me that it won’t be too long before he starts thinking about 2018. Pederson did a brilliant job this year of always keeping the Eagles looking forward. Super Bowl LII is in the rear view mirror. Winning that was great, but for a competitor like Pederson, it will soon be time to start chasing the next thing.
NFL execs debate Nick Foles’ future: To trade or not to trade? - ESPN
Six of the 10 insiders -- a collection of general managers, personnel directors, salary-cap analysts and coaches -- felt the Eagles would try to deal Foles this offseason. Some of the arguments against a trade were compelling, however. A salary-cap analyst said he thought Eagles general manager Howie Roseman would look to “sell off assets before they depreciate” if feasible. He thought the Eagles would have to make the trade if they could get a second-round pick in return, a price multiple insiders thought Philly might be able to get after Sunday night. But if the return were lower, the cap analyst thought, the Eagles might as well hold onto Foles.
Stage 3 Of Celebration: Win By The Numbers - PE.com
We go through this celebration of a Super Bowl victory: The Seven Stages of Celebrating an Eagles Super Bowl Win, perhaps. Anyway, Stage 1 was shock, with a mix of total stunned jubilation. Stage 2 was reality settling in, and it was awesome. Stage 3, and I don’t know how long this will last, is actually going back for reasons the Eagles beat New England, 41-33 ...
Yes, the Eagles seem to have a bright future, but we don’t need to go there yet, we have today - Daily News
A string of championships might ensue. It also might not ensue. Which is why this is so precious, this unexpected deliverance from the barren, Lombardi Trophyless status that all those Cowboys, Giants and Redskins fans have taunted you with for so long. Live in the moment, as Pederson advised before leaving Minnesota on Monday. Savor this, and be glad we aren’t all trapped in that wait-’til-next-year netherworld yet again. The “bright future” pieces are a staple of sports journalism; they burn hottest when a team comes close but doesn’t quite close the deal. Had the Eagles lost Sunday, you’d be pretty much squinting from the glare of them by now. But the truth is, none of us can foretell the future.
Upon further review: 11 ‘other’ key plays in the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory - The Athletic
Cooks’ exit from the game robbed the Patriots of their most productive deep threat. Momentarily casting aside any reservations about the violent nature of the bloodsport, what a tough night it was for Cooks in his Super Bowl debut. On his first touch, he catches McLeod’s helmet with a flying groin. On his second and final touch, he fails to keep his head on a swivel and runs right into the leading shoulder of the Eagles defense. Still, it’s hard to say the Patriots missed Cooks much when both Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan topped 100 yards and the Patriots moved the ball with ease for much of the night. Also of note here, though, is the hit Nigel Bradham lays on Brady, who doubled over in pain following the play. On the very next play, Brady nearly threw an interception to Malcolm Jenkins. Two plays after that, his range of motion looked hampered when he failed to catch Amendola’s pass.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl run changes public perception of certain players, coaches - PennLive
Clement went undrafted in April, and he hasn’t been shy about his drive to silence naysayers since he arrived in Philly. He made one last statement Sunday by piling up a team-high 100 receiving yards and nabbing a couple highlight-reel catches. Clement averaged 7.2 receiving yards per game during his at Wisconsin, so he changed perception in two ways. He proved he’s a capable pass catcher — and a player worthy of an NFL jersey.
The 10 Biggest Questions Heading Into the NFL Offseason - The Ringer
The Eagles just won the Super Bowl with a futuristic hybrid offense that mixes the college game and the pro. And not only did Philly head coach Doug Pederson’s system make Carson Wentz an early favorite for the MVP award, but that quarterback-friendly scheme helped Nick Foles lead the team to a championship after the team lost Wentz for the year with a torn ACL. The NFL’s a copycat league, and plenty of teams were paying attention to what Pederson—and a few other forward-thinking coaches around the league, including his former boss Andy Reid—did this year to stress defenses with run-pass options, option runs, and play-action looks. Under Reid protégé Matt Nagy, the Bears are due for a move to a more spread-out college-style offense, as are the Titans under new head coach Mike Vrabel. Add the Redskins, a team that may incorporate some of Kansas City’s offensive stylings to help smooth Smith’s transition, to that list, and there should be a handful of other teams that work those concepts into their offenses.
In bizarre twist, Josh McDaniels backs out of agreement with Colts - Stampede Blue
I cannot recall a time that a presumed head coach had not only completed two interviews and started building his coaching staff but also had a press conference lined up with his new team in less than 24 hours and then backed out on the franchise. The question now turns to what this means for his presumed coaching staff. Are they still going to be a part of a new staff in Indianapolis? Does this completely destroy Josh McDaniels’ reputation in NFL circles to the point that he would be seen as an entirely unreliable options for any other team? Who would be willing to take the new head coaching position in Indianapolis after Ballard committed to McDaniels?
The Josh McDaniels Situation Doesn’t Sit Right With Me - Pats Pulpit
So how about that Josh McDaniels, eh? I realize that there are still a large number of unknowns. I realize that I’m jumping to some conclusions here before all the facts are out. And should more facts come to light surrounding the bizarre decision Josh McDaniels made to turn down the job in Indianapolis to stay with the New England Patriots for at least one more season, I’ll gladly rethink my stance and offer a redaction/apology for what I’m about to say. For now, though...this move really doesn’t sit well with me.
Who will the Colts interview? - PFT
For now, it’s not known who they are. Possibilities (in our view, with no inside information for now) include Chiefs special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and former Falcons and Seahawks coach Jim Mora.
The Eagles invested in the locker room, and it paid off with long-awaited Super Bowl - SB Nation
The top dog late on Sunday night was drifting into every nook of his locker room embracing his Eagles. Owner Jeffrey Lurie and his pack of underdogs indeed had their day — they were Super Bowl champions now. They had just conquered the grand Patriots — owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady — a trio used to this tender feeling. But it took 52 of these spectacles before the Eagles finally claimed one. It took 24 seasons of ownership before Lurie finally satisfied his Super Bowl hunger. In the middle of the Eagles’ locker room bedlam, we talked about his circuitous franchise quarterback search and how a combination of Carson Wentz and Nick Foles proved the answer to a riddle that for so long he could not solve. Think about that. Lurie did.
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