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Eagles’ Chris Long recruits Vince Young, other NFL vets to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - CBS Sports
Picture this: Chris Long, Vince Young, Nate Boyer and a former UFC fighter walk into Tanzania, then climb Mount Kilimanjaro together. This is not a joke. This is reality. As told to CBSSports.com in a release by The Chris Long Foundation, the veteran Philadelphia Eagles defensive end is set to host his third annual “Conquering Kili” program starting Feb. 20, and a full hike up Africa’s highest mountain will be the main event. Charity is no stranger to Long, who donated his entire 2017 salary to fund education scholarships in three cities. And the Kilimanjaro climb, meant to bring together NFL players and U.S. military veterans to raise awareness for clean water crises in Africa, has been a part of his Waterboys initiative, which promotes construction of clean water wells in Tanzania, since 2013.

ESPN suggests five 2018 offseason moves for the Super Bowl Champion Eagles to make - BGN
Despite a bunch of national analysts saying the Eagles shouldn’t trade Foles (even if it was for two first round picks, which is an INSANE take), the feeling here is that a Foles trade will happen. The Eagles need cap space and draft picks. Trading Foles gets them both of those. Philadelphia is confident in Carson Wentz’s recovery and they’re also higher on 2017 third-string passer Nate Sudfeld than many realize.

The Kist And Solak Show Ep. 1: Who Is Taking The OC Job? - BGNRadio,com
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak continue their offseason odyssey by previewing the free agency period of the offseason. What’s the most immediate need for this Eagles team to get back to the Super Bowl? Plus the guys discuss the what they think might happen with the OC vacancy with Reich no gone to Indy.

How new QB coach Press Taylor helped introduce ‘Philly Special’ to Eagles - PhillyVoice
According to DeFilippo, Taylor played a major role in what will go down as the most memorable moment from a Super Bowl LII that was full of them: the “Philly Special.” Following their win over the Patriots, head coach Doug Pederson revealed the origins of the play. ”It came from the Chicago Bears [in] 2016, [WR coach] Mike Groh had it – not Mike Groh but Alshon [Jeffery] and the Bears ran it inside the five-yard line,” Pederson said last week. “And that’s where we got it from.” That, however, only tells part of the story. It’s the what, where and when – not the how, why and, most importantly, the who. As in, who brought the play to the attention of the head coach?

The New Normal - Iggles Blitz
Doug Pederson had a blast as he and his team celebrated winning the Super Bowl. There were lots of smiles, hugs and good feelings all around. He also made sure to send a message. “This is the new normal.” Pederson was referring to playing football in February…winning Super Bowls. It would be fair for a fan of a rival team to say “Slow your roll there, Douglas. You guys just won the Super Bowl, but the new norm? That’s a pretty bold.” Why would Pederson say such a thing? Won’t that just fire up rivals and put pressure on his players? Probably. I still think he had a specific reason for his comments. I think he was sending a message to his players.

Lawlor: A Team For The Ages - PE.com
Those years, and so many like them, were filled with hopes and dreams. That’s what made the 2017 Eagles such an unusual team. This group was expected to challenge for a playoff spot and improve on 2016’s 7-9 showing, but no one realistically saw a championship coming. Sometimes you see a team develop over several years. You see them build into a title team. Other times, greatness comes together out of nowhere. That was the 2017 Eagles. They were so good so fast that I think it helped them. There was no pressure to win because this team was ahead of schedule. There were no ghosts from previous playoff losses to overcome. This group could just go out and play football. And have fun. Lots of fun.

Brandon Graham talks candidly about his contract - NBC Sports Philadelphia
“For me, it’s all about getting as much as you can while you can play because when it’s over, it’s over. I know Howie (Roseman) and those guys, if they want me here, they’re going to make sure that they get me here. For me, I want to be here. Everybody knows I want to be here. They see the passion I have and I’m happy to be able to bring the trophy back to Philly. Now, it’s just all about just making sense, just getting me protected for the future. Because obviously I want to retire here and I know I’m going to retire here because I’ve been here a long time. I would love to retire here. It’s all on what they want to do. I’m just going to embrace it, whatever it is.” Pretty clear. He wants a new deal. Obviously he wants a new deal.

All-22: For Eagles defense in Super Bowl, not much worked until Brandon Graham’s sack - The Athletic
Graham threw Mason off balance with a strong punch and did a good job of hand fighting by controlling Mason’s outside arm. Mason tried to re-anchor and punch again, but Graham used a push/pull technique to get Mason out of position. It worked. Graham was able to turn the corner, and he got his hand on the ball as Brady tried to throw to Gronkowski. He fumbled. The Eagles recovered. And this time, there wouldn’t be a tuck rule to save Brady. The numbers weren’t pretty. Brady had arguably the best statistical game a quarterback has ever had in the Super Bowl. He was methodical and kept making big play after big play, but the Eagles never gave up. They played hard and pursued the ball with passion on every play. They were pesky and made the high-powered Patriots’ offense earn everything. In the end, their efforts paid off as they did just enough to give the city of Philadelphia its first Lombardi Trophy.

The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board - Sports Illustrated
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn StateEvaluators told The MMQB Barkley is a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott was two years ago. Barkley is a true workhorse back who would be a first-round prospect solely on his ability as a runner. Add in his passing-game skills—think Le’Veon Bell, a big back who has the ability to create separation when lined up as a receiver—and he’s custom-built for the modern NFL.

A snap judgment of the NFL’s 7 head coaching hires in 2018 - SB Nation
Reich’s success in Indianapolis will depend on one factor: whether Andrew Luck is healthy or not. Jacoby Brissett’s replacement-level quarterbacking helped doom an understaffed Colts team to a 4-12 record in 2017. With Luck’s shoulder still in question, there’s a chance Reich never gets to work with his team’s franchise player. That leaves him staring upward at a difficult rebuild. Talented pieces like T.Y. Hilton and Malik Hooker are oases among a barren roster, and while the team has an estimated $72 million in cap space to spend this spring, luring big-name free agents to Indianapolis won’t be easy. There are several reasons why McDaniels turned down the Colts’ head coaching job, and while his ties to New England played a role, the team’s unpredictable future was also a major negative.

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