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Doug Pederson won’t rush offensive coordinator decision - PFT
“I’m thinking through a lot of things and processing a lot of things right now, a lot of names,” Pederson said. “I haven’t ruled out not having an offensive coordinator. But you know, as a head coach and some of the responsibilities that I have to do during the week and some of the other obligations, I’ve got to look at that too. Because that’s where your offensive coordinator can really step in so, like I said, I’m processing a bunch of things. I’m not going to rush into it, I’m going to make sure it’s the right person, the right fit for what we’re doing. I think that’s important too, that that person fits the culture and his way of thinking has to coincide with the way we’re thinking and … calling the plays and go from there.” Running backs coach Duce Staley and wide receivers coach Mike Groh have been mentioned as coaches who could take on more responsibility with the Eagles offense in the wake of Reich’s departure and Pederson said he thinks both would make good coordinators. However the responsibilities get divvied up, it’s hard to imagine the Eagles doing major tinkering with an offensive approach that worked very well for them in 2017.

What the Eagles should do at wide receiver - BGN
If the Eagles are looking to take a flier on someone with potential, Cody Latimer is a name to watch. Back in 2014, I was told Howie Roseman preferred Cody Latimer while Chip Kelly preferred Jordan Matthews. JMatt ended up in Philly while Latimer went to the Broncos and didn’t do much there despite being drafted in the second round. In four NFL seasons, Latimer produced 35 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns. That’s not good. He’s still only 25 years old, though.

Next LVL Podcast: The Biggest Moments Of The Eagles Season -
Turron and Barrett Brooks looked back on the season and shared moments where they thought this team was going to be a special team. Plus they also hand out their offensive and defensive MVP awards.

Should the Eagles exercise Nelson Agholor’s ‘fifth-year option?’ - PhillyVoice
So should the Eagles exercise Agholor’s fifth-year option? Yes, they should, as noted above. You may be asking, “Is Agholor really worth a little less than $9 million in 2019? Is he really worth the average of the third- to 25th-highest salary in the NFL at the wide receiver position?” Over the course of a long contract, no, he’s not, at least not yet. But that’s not the way to look at it. The benefit is that the Eagles would keep him under their control for an added year, and with Agholor having finished his third year in the league, the Eagles would be eligible to negotiate a contract extension at a time when his long-term cost would be reasonable, should Agholor be open to an early extension.

Super ink: Demand for Eagles tattoos soars after Super Bowl - ESPN
A man who goes by the name of “The Professor” answers the phone and, with some grit and attitude in his voice, confirms that, yes, the demand for Philadelphia Eagles tattoos is soaring. ”It’s the first time they won, brother,” said the owner of Philadelphia Eddie’s Tattoo. “Everybody that was a fan was getting them.” Or at least it seems that way. On the day of the parade celebrating the Eagles’ first Super Bowl championship, “people were coming in six feet deep” to Eddie’s. During the playoff run, the business did maybe a couple Eagles tattoos a week. But in the days surrounding the Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, the Professor said they were cranking out at least 20 a day. The surge occurred in parlors across the area, including at Eastern Pass Tattoo in South Philly.

RB Picture Good, With Some Questions -
This is going to be really interesting to watch. Each of the potential free agents offers something of value: Blount is a pounder who was at his best in the postseason with his blend of power and big-play ability. Sproles, of course, is one of the great return men of all time and a dazzling receiver out of the backfield, but coming off a serious knee injury. And Barner did a lot of good things in spot duty at running back and as a punt return man with Sproles out. At the same time, the Eagles are excited about what they have as they look at the under-contract picture of the backfield. Ajayi was managed expertly in the half of the regular season he played here, averaging 11.4 touches per game, and then he upped that average to 16 touches per game in the postseason. Clement, signed after the 2017 draft, was a do-it-all running back who handled every bit of the responsibility the Eagles gave him during the season. He started the season with a tackle on the opening kickoff at Washington and then gradually became more and more involved in the offense. How much more of a load should Clement have moving forward?

Surprise players from the 2017 NFL season - PFF
Patrick Robinson – cornerback – Philadelphia Eagles: Few players enjoyed the kind of surprise season that Patrick Robinson did, and the impact that it had on the Eagles may be second to none. Robinson was moved to the slot primarily in 2017 for the first time in his career, and that resulted in by far his best season. He allowed just 54.5 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught when guarding the slot, the second-best mark in the league, narrowly trailing Denver’s Chris Harris (54.0 percent). On those targets, though, he had three interceptions compared to none from Harris, yielding a passer rating more than 40 points better (65.2 versus 108.8).

An Intro to the 2018 NFL Draft - The Ringer
The Super Bowl is in the books. The combine is just around the corner. There’s no officially recognized opening day for it, but we might as well just call it now: We’ve hit NFL draft season. I love this time of year; winter is winding down, spring is on the horizon, and my News Feed and Twitter timeline have suddenly become inundated with prospect measurables, player scouting reports, mock drafts, and a never-ending supply of anonymous quotes from NFL scouts. But the run-up to the draft can be pretty overwhelming: There are hundreds of players, myriad variables to evaluate, and scouting pitfalls everywhere you look — and if you haven’t spent the past six months studying up on this year’s class, it’s hard to know where to start. With that in mind, here’s a big-picture primer for the 2018 NFL draft.

NFL Free Agency 2018 Guide and Tracker - Sports Illustrated
Nigel Bradham (28), EaglesHe has developed into a quality three-down contributor with some playmaking prowess, both in run and pass D.

Failed Completions 2017 - Football Outsiders
The NFL’s 2017 regular season came to a close shortly after a familiar sight: Joe Flacco checked down on fourth-and-14 to tight end Benjamin Watson for a 13-yard gain to end Baltimore’s comeback (and playoff) hopes against the Bengals. That is the ultimate example of a failed completion, which includes any completed pass that fails to gain 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, or 100 percent on third or fourth down. You can see last year’s study on the subject here. Flacco’s final toss was the league’s 2,877th failed completion of the season, which isn’t a new record (there were 2,894 failed completions in 2015), but overall completions were also down in 2017. The rate of failed completions league-wide was 26.5 percent, and that is the highest mark on record, beating out the 2015 season (25.1 percent). So even though the postseason did not provide any glaring examples of failure in this manner, 2017 was indeed The Year of the Failed Completion. Besides Flacco, who were the biggest offenders, and who avoided checkdowns like the plague?

Bert Emanuel, forefather of the NFL’s catch-rule controversy, happy the NFL upheld Eagles’ Super Bowl scores - The Athletic
When Emanuel — the ex-Bucs receiver who is the forefather of the NFL’s catch-rule debate this century — saw both Corey Clement’s 22-yard touchdown reception and Zach Ertz’s game-winning 11-yard scoring grab upheld after replay review, he considered it the most meaningful and lasting victory of Super Bowl LII. “I was really excited the NFL got it right in the Super Bowl,’’ Emanuel said this week by phone from his home in Houston. “I was like, ‘Oh, wow. Maybe, just maybe there’s a glimpse of hope here.’ When they said those were both catches, I was surprised they went with the rulings on the field. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. Okay. Alright. Good. Not necessarily good for the Eagles. But good for the game. Good for the NFL. Good for the fans. “I think this Super Bowl is going to be the iconic game that serves as a tipping point and forces the NFL to revisit and be serious about getting the catch rule fixed for good.”

Couple of Champions -
Back in 2015, Julie, then Julie Johnston helped the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team end a 16-year drought and become champions of the world in the Women’s World Cup. Since then, Zach has put a ring on it. He asked Julie to marry him in February of 2016 and the couple tied the knot last March. Now Zach is a champion in his own right, after scoring the game-winning touchdown for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII to end a 58-year NFL championship drought in the City of Brotherly Love and give the franchise its first Super Bowl era title. Julie’s reaction after Zach’s touchdown said it all.

Kirk Cousins’ free agency, plus 9 other stories to follow in the 2018 NFL offseason - SB Nation
Before the Super Bowl, I thought no one would trade for Foles, or at least no one would make a serious pitch for him. However, after his Super Bowl MVP performance and his game against the Vikings in the NFC Championship, someone will try trading for Foles. His value? Maybe a second-round pick. Smith got traded for a starting cornerback and a third-round pick. Smith has done more in the regular season than Foles, but Foles has now shown he can lead a team to the Super Bowl. What would worry me about trading for Foles is that his new team better have the system in place for him to succeed. He’ll also need some parts around him to help, like a good defense and a running game. I don’t see him carrying a franchise on his back. He can be a helpful addition to a team that needs more consistent quarterback play.


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