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‘The Goldbergs’ celebrate Philadelphia Eagles with special episode - 6ABC
The Goldbergs’ will celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles with a special episode that takes place in 1980-something. ’The Goldbergs,’ a comedy based on Jenkintown-native Adam F. Goldberg and his family living in suburban Philadelphia in the 1980s, airs Wednesdays on 6abc. This week’s episode, ‘Hail Barry,’ features guest appearances by former Eagles wide receiver and current radio analyst Mike Quick, longtime Eagles announcer Merrill Reese, Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman, and Eagles President Don Smolenski.

Discussing the biggest decisions the Eagles have to make this offseason - BGN
James and Tra discuss some of the biggest decisions the Eagles face this offseason, including how to handle the Nick Foles situation, the impact of different timelines for Carson Wentz’s recovery, what to do with Jason Peters, and much more. Plus, Tra details what he looks for from offensive lineman heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, and the guys spend a couple minutes talking Sixers with the Process Pregame Show.

A look back at the Eagles’ rich, recent history of trading quarterbacks - PhillyVoice
While the Eagles certainly won’t get anything remotely close to the “two 1’s and two 2’s” a few national guys were suggesting for Foles, is it possible that the Eagles could get a first round pick in return? Many don’t think that even that compensation is realistic. While I wouldn’t completely disagree, it’s fair to note that the Eagles always (Chip years aside) have maximized value for their quarterbacks. Let’s look at all the Eagles’ quarterback trades over the last 15 years, a span during which they have traded a quarterback roughly every other year.

Jason Kelce joins Mummers for Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk - PennLive
Kelce was playing with the Avalon String Band, which provided him the mummer suit he wore for the Eagle Super Bowl Parade earlier in February. Kelce’s outfit was noticeably different from the rest of his mummer brethren -- his costume was from the band’s 2008 year rather than the 2018. That’s because they could not find a costume from this year that would fit him. Kelce is a dues-paying member of Avalon and plays baritone sax with the band. The group got its start in 1938 as the 12th Ward String Band. In 1944, it took on the Avalon String Band. But the Avalon String Band that exists today really came out of the 1982 revival of the band, which had dismantled years before due to financial problems.

Of course Chris Long brought underdog mask on Mt. Kilimanjaro climb - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Long and his “Conquering Kili” crew, a team comprised of U.S. military veterans and current and former NFL players (including former Eagle Connor Barwin), climbed the mountain in Tanzania to raise awareness for Long’s Waterboys initiative. The mission of Waterboys is to bring “life-sustaining well water to East African communities in need.” This was the third time Long made the 19,000-plus-foot climb, which takes around six days to complete.

Free agent signings who paid off in 2017 - PFF
Long had the advantage of going from one Super Bowl contender to another, departing from the Patriots after winning a Super Bowl to end the 2016 season, to join the Eagles at the start of their Super Bowl campaign this past season. Playing as part of the deepest and most talented defensive line in the NFL, Long racked up 64 total pressures for the Eagles in the regular season and playoffs. That’s actually one shy of his 65 total pressures registered in New England, but he did it on 53 fewer pass-rushing snaps. That meant his pass-rushing productivity rating of 11.8 in 2017 was better than his 10.8 pass-rushing productivity rating in 2016 with the Patriots. Long’s sack total for both teams stood at five, but he registered 20 quarterback hits with the Eagles, compared with just seven for the Patriots.

NFL Combine Crash Course: Mike Mayock on the Best Prospects, Top QBs In Indy - Sports Illustrated
Frank Reich on tight end Zach Ertz calling for a play in the NFC title game that the Eagles ended up using and gaining big: “When we’re mining plays, some of the mining is coming from the players. In the championship game against the Vikings, Ertz comes to me on the sideline and says something to me about a play that wasn’t in the game plan, but we’d run it before, it just wasn’t in that game plan. He says, ‘Hey, I think Flutie Pump will be there.’ So I tell Doug [Pederson], ‘Hey, Ertz is telling me Flutie Pump is going to be wide open, and we hit it for 40 yards. [Actually 36] He called the play! Of course, to himself for a 40-yard gain, but that was cool about the culture and the relationship with the players that we had in Philly. I give Doug a lot of credit for trusting his players. That’s what his deal is, he trusts his players. Fourth-and-one when the game is on the line in the Super Bowl, he trusts his players. When you trust your players like that as a coach you instill that confidence, not every play is going to work, but that will be the same mentality that we will want to carry here in Indianapolis.”

Saints, Bills, Rams among NFL’s 10 best offensive line units - NFL.com
I was more than a little surprised when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles checked in outside the top 20 offensive lines in both Next Gen Stats measurements. The unit features stars like Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson, along with the underrated Brandon Brooks. It was the top-ranked unit by Pro Football Focus and named Offensive Line of the Year at NFL Honors. The team did give up more pressure than most noticed in the first few months of the season, which made Carson Wentz’s excellence at escaping broken pockets and shaking off rushers all the more impressive. Additionally, subbing in Halapoulivaati Vaitai at left tackle for an injured Jason Peters did prove to be a significant downgrade. The Eagles gave up 129 pressures from the left side of their offensive line, the third-most among any team in 2017.

Eagles’ Mills provides inspirational pre-game speech to Temple - Philly.com
Mills not only sat courtside and was friendly to the many well-wishers, but helped sing the Eagles fight song during a timeout and more importantly, provided an inspirational pregame speech to the Temple players before the game. Temple scored the game’s first 16 points and the Owls were never seriously threatened. Maybe Mills can have a second career as a motivational speaker. “There was good energy from Jalen and his message was a good one, ‘You deserve to be out there and deserve to be playing college basketball and take advantage of it,’ ” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. “I was impressed.”

Cowboys went ‘all-in’ with risk on youthful secondary and won handsomely - Blogging The Boys
BLG Note: The Cowboys won handsomely by going 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

6 times ‘The Simpsons’ perfectly predicted events in the world of sports - SB Nation
Is it coincidence, or a crystal ball?

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