Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/8/18.
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Pederson: Gun to my head... Jason Peters will be Eagles’ starting left tackle next year - PhillyVoice
In January, Peters turned 36, far beyond the normal life expectancy of an offensive tackle, much less one coming off an ACL and MCL tear in his knee. Still, if forced to answer, Doug Pederson believes that Peters will be his starting left tackle in 2018. ”He’s a Pro Bowl left tackle,” Pederson said. “Guys like that, in my opinion, they can go out when they want to go out. I respect him and what he’s done and how he’s working right now through injury. If you had to hold a gun to my head, I’d say, ‘Yeah, he’s my starting left tackle.’”
The Eagles’ Super Bowl victory belongs to all of us - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #300!!!). In this episode, we talk about the fact that THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!
Way-too-early 2018 NFL Power Rankings - ESPN
The Eagles won the Super Bowl without Carson Wentz, proving just how deep this roster is beyond the quarterback. A few key contributors are pending free agents -- Patrick Robinson, Corey Graham and LeGarrette Blount -- but if Wentz returns and can continue to play at a high level (he led the league in Total QBR in 2017), the sky is the limit for Philly. Why No. 2? We need to see Wentz back healthy.
Fantasy becomes reality as Eagles talk parade expectations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
For about the past month, every morning when Chris Long would drive to work, he would daydream a little bit. When he’d get down to Broad Street near the NovaCare Complex, he couldn’t help but think about what the whole area would look like during an Eagles Super Bowl parade. Millions of people. Sea of green. Pure joy. It’s all happening on Thursday. The Eagles’ parade for winning Super Bowl LII starts at 11 a.m. and goes up Broad Street before finishing on the iconic steps of the art museum. What is it going to be like?
Eagles Clean-Out Day: Trash Bags, But No Tears - PE.com
The first thing you see is the trash bags. For a usual clean-out day in the Eagles’ locker room at the NovaCare Complex, the trash bags and the boxes and the stacks of shoes steal the show. Players clean out their lockers and store their keepsakes and give away everything else and, well, it’s a depressing day. You know that the locker room, as the team departs following what is usually a crushing postseason loss or a win/loss that marks a non-playoff season, will never again be the same ...
Doug Pederson: Coaching conservatively is a good way to go 8-8 - PFT
“You learn if you play passive, if you play conservative, if you call plays conservatively, you are going to be 8-8, 9-7 every year,” Pederson said. “Every year. Frank and I just having that collaborative spirit to talk about things and talk with our quarterbacks and just come up with ways of keeping this game fresh and fun and exciting for our players. And that’s really where it all stems from.”
Eagles Fan Steals Seat From Super Bowl Stadium - Sports Illustrated
Operators of the Minneapolis stadium that hosted the Super Bowl, U.S. Bank Stadium, have some seats to replace, including one taken by a Philadelphia Eagles fan who was spotted with a stolen seat at the airport. Video of the fan with his purple seat at the stadium’s coat check had generated about 185,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday morning. A traveler later snapped a photo of the man with his seat souvenir strapped to his carry-on suitcase at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Nick Foles’ toughness, resiliency can be traced back to high school - Sporting News
There were plenty of doubters when Nick Foles began his improbable journey to becoming a Super Bowl MVP. Derek Long knew better. As his head coach at Westlake (Texas) High School in Austin, Long saw first-hand the physical and mental toughness Foles exhibited during a challenging senior season in 2006. The experience helped shape the man Foles would later become and lay the character groundwork for future success. ”We approached football as being a microcosm of life,” Long told co-host Gil Brandt and me Tuesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We learn to deal with working with people they don’t like. They learned to work hard, not just on the football field but in the classroom. You learn to deal with disappointment if you’re not a starter or you get injured or lose a game. You learn to deal with success when you win. ”That’s kind of the foundation of our program. I can honestly say Nick epitomized that.”
Flipping the script: Why this Eagles team and Super Bowl win mean so much to Philly fans - The Athletic
Poll the rest of the country for its opinion of Philadelphia sports fans, and you won’t exactly receive a wide range of answers. Sure, there might be small pockets of outsiders who would refer to this town’s diehards with vaguely positive descriptors like “passionate,” “rowdy,” or perhaps even “loyal.” But it’s not hard to predict what the overarching consensus would be — a total evisceration of the inhabitants of the City of Brotherly Love as irredeemable, violent hooligans who deserve neither respect nor praise. I’ve always felt that evaluation missed the true essence of Philly sports fans. That’s not because we’re* angels, of course. It’s because the characteristics — both good and bad — that outsiders see when they look at the city are just symptoms of an underlying cause. I’m speaking about what I’ve personally always viewed as the defining quality of Philadelphia sports fans: unrivaled pessimism.
Eagles offensive line: The most dominant unit in Super Bowl LII - Daily News
Once Nick Foles got his feet under him, the Eagles offense became every bit as dynamic in the postseason as it had been in the regular season, when Carson Wentz held the controls. This says a lot about Foles, and about head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. But don’t dismiss what it says about the Eagles’ offensive line, which kept Foles’ feet under him — he was not sacked in Super Bowl LII, was sacked only once in the NFC championship game, throwing from mostly clean pockets as the Birds piled up 79 points in their final two games. Best Eagles offensive line ever? There have been some good ones, studded with Hall-of-Fame names. But none of the previous versions powered an attack that put 164 rushing yards, 374 passing yards, and 41 points on the board in winning the Super Bowl. None of them overcame the loss of their most esteemed member seven games into the season and still dominated the postseason.
Final 2017 NFL Special Teams rankings - PFF
7 - The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were missing a number of players by season’s end, with injury replacements stepping in left and right to help them secure the title. Kicker Jake Elliott was one of these stars, earning our eighth-highest grade among place kickers, drilling 5-of-6 kicks beyond 50 yards in the process.
Scramble for the Ball: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow - Football Outsiders
Welcome back to the last regular Scramble for the Ball of the 2017 season. And what a bright sunset we appear to be riding off into. Rather than yet another offseason of trying to decide just how good the Patriots’ dynasty is -- how much did Abbey Road add to the Beatles’ legacy? -- we have a brand new Super Bowl champion, from the city most starved for major sports accomplishments. We have a Super Bowl MVP quarterback who may be available on the trade market. We have confusion and disarray among a team that has been the NFL’s flagship organization for, well, essentially the entire time Football Outsiders has been a thing. Whether you were rooting for the Patriots, for the Eagles, or for a meteor to destroy the stadium, it can’t be denied that the future feels less certain now, which is definitely more exciting to write about.
Vikings officially request permission to interview John DeFilippo - Daily Norseman
Well, the Colts have interviewed the Eagles’ current offensive coordinator, former NFL quarterback Frank Reich, for their head coaching job. If Reich should take the job in Indianapolis, that would leave the Eagles with an opening at the Offensive Coordinator spot, and you would have to imagine that DeFilippo would be more inclined to take that opening if the Eagles were to offer it to him.
RapSheet: Patriots and Tom Brady to discuss contract extension this week - Pats Pulpit
The 2017 season didn’t end the way the New England Patriots had hoped, but they’ve already turned their focus towards 2018 and beyond. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, team owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady will all meet this week to discuss a wide range of topics and to clear the air heading into next season.
What it was like in Philadelphia the night we won the Super Bowl - SB Nation
It was right around 10 p.m. Sunday and for some reason I couldn’t remove myself from the hardwood on my friend’s floor. I was glued to it. My face was wet. I have no memory of how I got there. Two minutes before, I had been standing and yelling and staring as the Eagles won it all. Now I was in a puddle on the ground. I cannot tell you what you will do with your body when your team finally wins a Super Bowl. I can assure you I lost control of mine. I lost the ability to stop tears from pouring down my face. I lost the capacity to care about the will or desire of another person’s team. I only had control of the present moment, which belonged to Philadelphia and our victory — a God’s Dream residents like me imagined for generations. A few people in the house suggested we run to Broad Street, the agreed meeting place for pandemonium and championship shenanigans. We ripped several shots of alcohol and bolted for the elevator. Fireworks and gunshots already were exploding into the night.
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