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Culture of fear? Lane Johnson critiques Patriot Way - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson took some parting shots at the New England Patriots, saying during a recent interview that the reigning AFC champions are a “fear-based organization” where the players don’t have fun. The outspoken Johnson made his comments to Barstool Sports in an interview published Friday, five days after the Eagles upset the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. ”I just think that the Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson said on the Pardon My Take podcast. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?’ No, I don’t. That’s just the God’s honest truth.” Johnson also criticized the Patriots’ interactions with the media.

Here are some of the Eagles’ options to replace Frank Reich and John DeFilippo - BGN
Who should the Eagles hire now?

Eagles stay or go: Running back - PhillyVoice
Blount will be a free agent once again this offseason, and I’d imagine that the Eagles would certainly take him back again at $1.25 million. Logic would dictate that he’d cost more than that. Then again, logic would dictate that a guy who scored 18 TDs in 2016 would’ve gotten more than $1.25 million in 2017, too. So who knows. The Eagles can count on Ajayi and Corey Clement in 2018, but Doug Pederson has stressed often that he likes having a robust stable of backs, because of the physical nature of the position. Blount just turned 31 in December, so he won’t break the bank in free agency. He could return if the price is right.

Reich to the Colts - Iggles Blitz
Many people have asked about Duce Staley moving into the role of OC. I don’t think that is likely. He has never run an offense or had extensive experience with building a gameplan. Staley is highly regarded by the Eagles for his ability to manage his RBs and for his leadership skills. Gameplanning isn’t his area of expertise. Even with the run game, Jeff Stoutland is the one who really puts those plays together and then works with Pederson and the OC. Staley had a long NFL career and has been a good assistant coach for a while. It is possible that Pederson could feel Staley is ready for the challenge of being the OC. Pederson isn’t afraid to take chances, with his players or staff. I don’t see this as likely, but it certainly isn’t impossible.

Addressing The Coaching Staff Plan Of Succession -
Having John DeFilippo move on to the Minnesota Vikings as offensive coordinator and Frank Reich leave the Eagles to become the head coach in Indianapolis represents success for the Philadelphia Eagles after their Super Bowl LII victory. Good luck to both men. They are deserving. They were excellent in their two seasons here, DeFilippo as the quarterbacks coach and Reich as offensive coordinator ...

For Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey, the 2018 season already has begun - Daily News
He had a promising spring with the Eagles, but then tweaked his hamstring early in training camp and just wasn’t the same player Douglas had watched at San Diego State. “I tweaked it before (the first preseason game against) Green Bay,” Pumphrey said. “I wasn’t healthy throughout training camp. But I was trying to make the team, so you play hurt.” He averaged just 1.9 yards per carry in the preseason. Caught 13 passes, but wasn’t the nightmare to bring down in space that he had been in college. One comparison look at his college tape and preseason tape with the Eagles made it obvious this wasn’t the same runner. Undrafted rookie Corey Clement passed him on the depth chart and made the team’s 53-man roster. Pumphrey spent the season on injured reserve, even though his hamstring had completely healed by late October. “It was bittersweet,” Pumphrey said of his rookie year. “Bitter because I wasn’t able to really play. And this is the longest I’ve ever gone without really playing football.

Didinger: Eagles’ Coaching Losses ‘One Of The Prices You Pay For Success’ - CBS Philly
“One of the first things that happens to a team that wins is, all of a sudden, their assistant coaches get taken here and taken there and sometimes that’s the downfall of a team,” he says. “That’s one of the prices you pay for success.” Didinger adds that’s one of the main reasons it’s so hard to repeat as champions in the NFL. “Teams raid your coaching staff and raid your free agent players,” he says. “Everybody wants to get a piece of that success.” But Didinger assures Eagles fans there’s no need to panic. “I think they’re set up to move on and continue to win football games,” he says.

10 unforgettable moments from Super Bowl LII - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Brent Celek was so happy; he had no idea what to say. After the game ended, I wanted to see Celek first. He’s the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia and he’s just such a Philly guy. I know he was born in Cincinnati and that’s where he went to college, but Philadelphia is his home. This city adopted him and he adopted this city. It’s not hard why to see why the fit was so natural. Celek is as tough as they come, completely no-nonsense. He’s played in the NFL for 11 seasons and he’s missed one game because of a concussion that didn’t heal in time for an early game. One of the most amazing things about seeing Celek after the game was how excited he was to get the heck out of Minnesota. Sure, he was thrilled to celebrate with his teammates, but he wanted to get back to Philly and celebrate with his people, Eagles fans. ”I can’t wait to get back to them and party,” Celek said.

Jason Avant on Philadelphia Eagles fans after Super Bowl win: ‘It liberates them to be happy’ - PennLive
Three days after the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, Jason Avant still hadn’t quite processed it yet. The former Eagles wide receiver was speaking to a group of high school football players at a National Signing Day in West Philadelphia on Wednesday, but Avant was still thinking about what he had witnessed on television in Minneapolis. ”I enjoyed it,” Avant said. “I cried, was happy, still happy, still on cloud nine. Really can’t think straight about too much more than them winning, so I’m excited, and they deserved it.”

Former Eagles WR, front office exec Harold Carmichael cast aside during Chip Kelly era - Sporting News
“They moved me away from the players when Chip Kelly came in,” Carmichael told co-host Gil Brandt and me Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from the 2018 Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. “They wanted their people in there. ”My office was situated where the players had to pass every day. They said, ‘Well, we’re going to put him upstairs and our people in (Carmichael’s office).’” Roseman, too, was marginalized during the Kelly era from his prior duties managing personnel decisions until being given a second chance in 2016. Roseman took full advantage by working with new head coach Doug Pederson to craft a roster that won Super Bowl 52. Roseman’s efforts have impressed Carmichael, who retired in 1983 as Philadelphia’s all-time receiving leader.

Colts Officially Announce Frank Reich as New Head Coach - Stampede Blue
Reich was the fans choice to get the nod with Dan Campbell and Leslie Frazier — both defensive minded coaches — being the only other reported candidates this time around. We, as fans, can also presume that with the fiasco that occurred recently with McDan.. — I’m tire of saying his name to be perfectly honest — that the Colts have likely fallen into a better option for the job.

Meet Frank Reich, new head coach of the Colts - SB Nation
The Indianapolis Colts were thrown for a loop when Josh McDaniels, their first choice for their head-coaching vacancy, decided to stay with the New England Patriots. Now after starting their search over again, they settled on Frank Reich as their new head coach, the Colts announced Sunday. Reich is fresh off winning a Super Bowl ring as offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. And yes, the Colts made sure Reich was 100% locked down before announcing his hiring.


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