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Super Bowl 50 Preview (and Eagles talk) - BGN Radio
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Roger Goodell's new rule change proposal is idiotic - PhillyVoice
Beckham should have absolutely been ejected from the game that day, as Troy Aikman pointed out during the telecast, but was not. And now Roger Goodell is going to overreact. Speaking at a his Super Bowl week press conference, Goodell proposed the idea of two personal fouls immediately leading to an ejection. That is idiotic.

Mike Holmgren: Pederson was coaching material as QB - Inquirer
Andy Reid has been the closest thing to a mentor for Doug Pederson, but Pederson may not have ever met the former Eagles coach had it not been for Mike Holmgren. In 1996, Holmgren took a chance on the journeyman quarterback. He signed Pederson, who was named the Eagles' new coach last month, several weeks into the season to be the Packers' third-string quarterback. Pederson never took a snap that season playing behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon, but he wound up a champion when Green Bay won the Super Bowl. But Holmgren, looking back now, said he saw the seeds of someone who could eventually be a head coach.

Podcast Recap: Mayock On The QB Situation - PE.com
Mayock has grouped four quarterbacks into the top tier of this year's draft class as having potential first-round grades. In alphabetical order: Connor Cook, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz. Six weeks ago, Mayock thought that Wentz could be at No. 13 which is where the Eagles pick in the first round. Now, Mayock thinks "from my perspective, he might be the No. 1 quarterback in the draft." Mayock expects Goff and Wentz to be off the board by No. 13. Lynch, whom Mayock described as more-raw version of Joe Flacco coming out of college, could be there for the Eagles. If the Eagles pass on a quarterback in the first round, who could be a mid-round option? Mayock said it's a good year as there are as many as 10 players who could be the "next Kirk Cousins."

Huge contract for Vinny Curry, but minimal cap hit for Eagles - CSN Philly
So instead of letting Curry hit free agency, the Eagles signed him to a five-year contract that runs through 2020 and makes him one of the NFL's highest-paid defensive ends. The Eagles are tight in cap space in 2016 but in very good shape in future years, and the deal that Roseman and Curry’s agent, Brian Murphy, crafted manages to pay Curry more than $46 million while barely creating a ripple under the Eagles’ 2016 cap. The deal includes $23 million in guaranteed components, but the signing bonus is only $10 million, so over five years, that pro-rates to $2 million per year counting against the Eagles’ cap along with the annual base salaries.

2016 NFL Draft: Paxton Lynch compares himself to Cam Newton - NJ.com
Walking through radio row, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch didn't have the profile that a certain quarterback playing in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday has. That didn't stop him, however, from comparing himself to arguably the biggest star in the NFL right now.  "Cam Newton," Lynch said when asked who he would compare himself to. The statement certainly is a bold one, a comparison dripping in confidence, but also one that in someways isn't that far fetched -- at least in size.

Jim Schwartz has chance to rejuvenate Eagles' defense - ESPN
Jim Schwartz has a very good chance to be successful. The Philadelphia Eagles’ new defensive coordinator is already a proven coach in the NFL. So he has his own resume on his side. But with the Eagles, Schwartz is walking into a situation that should allow him to make the maximum impact. He inherits a defense that wasn’t very good for the last couple of years, but not because of a lack of talent. The problem wasn’t even former defensive coordinator Bill Davis, really.

Terrell Owens deserves to be in the Hall of Fame whether you like it or not - SB Nation
A bold statement, sure, but Owens' stat sheet speaks for itself. Only Jerry Rice -- the pinnacle of the position who cannot be touched -- has more receiving yards than Owens' 15,934. He ranks sixth in receptions with 1,078, third in touchdown receptions with 153 and fifth in touchdowns scored with 156. Owens made it to six Pro Bowls, was named a first-team All-Pro five times and played in a Super Bowl in 2004. Owens, for all the talk of him being a "bad teammate," caught nine passes for 122 yards in the game. He did every thing he could to abuse a New England Patriots pass defense that had no answers for him.

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