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Jordan Mailata: ‘You Can Expect Big Things Next Year’ - PE.com
“Bloody hell, I hope it’s easier. I know I didn’t just struggle for this whole year for nothing,” Mailata said. “I feel more confident now. This is my first offseason so I’m trying to be careful and use my time and try to be efficient with it. I’m disappointed I didn’t get out on the field, but you can expect big things next year. I’m going to grind for it.” Mailata had an ideal situation for a young offensive lineman seeking experience. He learned from two of the best tackles in the game in Lane Johnson and Jason Peters and worked with Pro Bowl interior linemen in center Jason Kelce and guard Brandon Brooks. And against a ferocious defensive front, Mailata was tested each day in practice.
Eagles reportedly give Nick Foles the $1 million bonus he just missed making - BGN
It’s very possible Foles could be paying back some of that money to the Eagles in the near future. If Philadelphia picks up his $20 million option for the 2019 season, which seems likely, Foles can pay back $2 million to void the contract and become a free agent. So it’s essentially like the Eagles decreased Foles’ buyout price to $1 million by giving him this extra $1 million bonus.
Putting a Bow on 2018 - BGN Radio
Join John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton look back at 2018 to further dissect the Saints loss, the coordinators, the quarterbacks and much much more!
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: The Eagles are dead - PhillyVoice
So I guess the lesson learned here -- and it’s not exactly a new lesson -- is that if you have Super Bowl aspirations, it’s better to be a great team for the entirety of the season, than it is to just get hot at the end of it. A game in Week 2 means every bit as much in the standings as a game in Week 16 or 17. Going forward, this season should serve as a reminder that championship teams must play with as much urgency and determination early in the season as they do late.
The Eagles Offseason Begins (PST Show #296) - Philadelphia Sports Table
What we’re throwing down on the Table is an interview with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation and the BGN Radio podcast. BLG recapped the 2018 year for us and then discussed contract options for Nick Foles as he likely will be moving on from the team. From there, we discussed the Eagles offense including upgrades at the wide receiver position and what the 2019 season’s offensive line may look like. Shifting over to the defense, the guys talked about how important Rodney McLeod and Brandon Graham have been regarding defensive stability. Plus, we discussed options and hopes for the Eagles early in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s a great interview you won’t want to miss! (36:25)
NFL evaluators make picks on conference championship games - ESPN In$ider
“Over the years, people have gone into Kansas City and won in the playoffs, but Kansas City hasn’t been this good on offense in any of those years,” the insider picking New England said. “Their defense was much better against Indy last week, but if there is a team that just kicks the crap out of bad defenses and schemes the hell out of them, it would be New England.” The Chiefs’ opponents have rushed 128 times with a 5.3-yard average on early downs from formations with two backs in the backfield. Those figures are league highs this season.
The Forgotten Innovators of the Chiefs’ Offensive Revolution - The Ringer
In 2008, the 2-14 Chiefs incorporated the spread into its offense, mostly out of necessity. Ten years later, they’re on the cusp of the Super Bowl, with the league’s most exciting and innovative offense.
It All Comes Down to Rams’ New Corners, Mahomes Makes it Different for Playoff Andy Reid, Feel Free to Mock the Underdog Patriots - Sports Illustrated
Cody Parkey deserves his portion of the blame, but so does the special teams unit that allowed an Eagles defender to get a finger on the kick, and so does the quarterback who sleepwalked through the first three quarters of a playoff game, and so does the defense that couldn’t get off the field when they needed to most. Football is the ultimate team sport. That extends to the front office—in this case, it especially extends to the front office—that seems all to eager to pin the blame on the kicker because his mistake was the final one.
Jason Garrett had an awfully messy week regarding Scott Linehan - Blogging The Boys
The first week of the offseason hasn’t been the best for Jason Garrett when he’s gone behind a microphone. Things started off on a weird note Monday morning when he took to the airwaves of 105.3 The Fan and told the world that Scott Linehan would be back, and that he didn’t expect any significant changes to the coaching staff. Hours later, when pressed about his answer earlier in the day, Garrett said that he “didn’t know” what he’d said on the radio. Seriously. It was a strange sequence for the typically well-polished coach in front of the media. He was clearly in an agitated mood as he even snapped a bit during the same press conference where he played dumb about his Scott Linehan comments.
Ranking the final 4 quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL playoffs - SB Nation
What’s left us with a pair of conference championship games destined to keep scoreboard operators busy throughout Sunday. But which team can boast the best quarterback in the NFL’s final four? Will experience conquer youth, or will the league’s upstarts usher in a new era of champions? Will Tom Brady’s season end, as it has five times before, by raising the Lombardi Trophy? Or will Goff give Los Angeles something to be excited about by leading the Rams to their first Super Bowl title on the West Coast? We won’t know until Sunday night, but we can certainly rank 2019’s remaining playoff passers based on their seasons to date.
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