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Doug Pederson has turned Eagles into a team free agents want to join - PhillyVoice
“[Doug Pederson] is one of my favorite people in the world,” last season’s Super Bowl MVP said during locker clean-out day on Monday. “Being able to play for Doug for the last couple of years has been a joy. He was my quarterback coach as a rookie. I was just talking to him not long ago, I remember when he flew down to West Lake High School and I threw with him when he was trying me out before the draft. I mean, he’s the same guy. That’s how he leads. He never points the finger, just continues to work and continues to motivate. He knows it’s about the process, not just the outcome. If you weigh everything on the outcome and that’s going to define who you are, you’re going to be lost in life. But if you enjoy the process, no matter whether you win or lose, you can keep your head held high. And that’s why the guys in this locker room are keeping their heads held high, because that’s what’s preached here. That’s what Doug does, that’s what the coaches do, and that’s why this place is so special.”
Culture Matters - Iggles Blitz
Doug Pederson is a terrific leader. He has good assistants. And the Eagles have terrific leaders up and down the roster. Malcolm Jenkins might be as good a leader as anyone who has ever played for the organization. I don’t know who I’d put above him. Then you mix in guys like Michael Bennett, Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. Add in personalities like Chris Long, Jalen Mills, Tim Jernigan, Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz. You get one heck of a team. When things are good, that team rolls to the first Super Bowl win in the organization’s history. When things are tough, they battle their way into the playoffs and go as far as they possibly can. The Eagles won’t be able to keep all the players they want to, but there is a strong enough core that the locker room should remain a key strength and help this team continue winning in the future. The brotherhood will go on.
In Memoriam, 2018 Philadelphia Eagles - BGN
Similar to losing a loved one, watching your favorite team get eliminated from playoff contention can be a hard pill to swallow. Whether it is a fate you saw coming, or a complete and utter surprise, the five stages of grief await you as you begin to accept your new norm. First comes denial. “It was just a dream” you try to tell yourself as you begin your weekly routine Monday morning, perhaps a few minutes later than you should have. “If I ignore what happened, nothing will be different” you insist as you check in on the Phillies and their pursuit of a young superstar (Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado). “My weekend was just fine” you tell your coworker, Kevin, as you head to the office kitchen to get your first cup of Joe, “How was yours?” To the uninformed spectator, all is fine and dandy until you get to the coffee maker.
At the Podium #19: Post-Game Feels - BGN Radio
Doug Pederson and Nick Foles talk about the Eagles’ run, the loss to the Saints, and more in their post-game press conferences. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Questions Abound For Eagles In The Offseason - PE.com
OK, let’s finish with the secondary. Oh, the questions. Who’s playing cornerback next season? Is Sidney Jones going to be a great player here? He’s a second-round draft pick with a lot of talent who’s been injured for most of his two seasons. Year 3 is huge for him. Jalen Mills? Ronald Darby is scheduled to be a free agent. Is he coming back? Cre’Von LeBlanc has earned a place here, right? And Rasul Douglas, maybe the team’s most improved player? At safety, the Eagles have Malcolm Jenkins and they have Rodney McLeod, coming off his knee injury. Are they both back? And if not, who plays safety? Where do the Eagles feel Avonte Maddox best fits in? He’s a player and he has a terrific future. But where?
Predicting Nick Foles’ future: Execs on Eagles QB’s offseason options - ESPN In$ider
“I can see somebody putting him in that $18 million range even for three years instead of two because he is doing it two separate times,” an exec said, “but I would worry like crazy that the Philadelphia fit is a huge part of what made him successful.” Though Foles was indeed with Philadelphia when he tossed 27 touchdown passes with two interceptions in 2013, the coaching staff and offensive system were different. When Foles faltered with St. Louis in 2015, he was playing under some of the same conditions that contributed to Jared Goff struggling as a rookie the following season. Goff flourished when those conditions became more favorable to him. Foles plausibly could as well. ”I see him as streaky,” another exec said. “He is the perfect playoff quarterback for an underdog team, but not someone to play with over a full season.”
What Should Eagles Do with Nick Foles? - B/R
Stop it. There isn’t a single statistical category in which Foles is markedly better than Wentz, either this year or last. In more categories than not it’s the other way around—never mind that Wentz was the front-runner to be named the NFL’s MVP in 2017 before he blew out his knee. Or that Wentz is three years younger and cheaper—at least in the short term. Foles had a great run last year. And a good one in 2018. But he’s not as good as Carson Wentz.
Carson Wentz has a lot to prove and the Eagles QB knows it - Inquirer
“You want to play postseason football. I still have zero games of postseason football under my belt and realize I have a lot to prove in that regard,” Wentz said Monday. “But I’m confident that I will get the chance to do that.”
Blaming Eagles’ loss on defense is preposterous - NBCSP
Was it perfect? No. Did the defense give up some long third downs? Yeah. But forced to play stretches without Fletcher Cox and Rasul Douglas, and forced to play 38 minutes because of the offense’s inconsistency, the defense kept the Eagles in a game that rationally they shouldn’t have been in and held Drew Brees to his lowest point total ever in a playoff game at the Superdome. The Saints are 13-45 under Brees when they score 20 or fewer points. Putting this on the defense is preposterous.
Exit Interview: Philadelphia Eagles - The Ringer
Philadelphia has two second-round picks and no third-round picks after acquiring Baltimore’s 2019 second-rounder in the Lamar Jackson trade last year and sending their third-round pick to Detroit for Golden Tate in October. The Eagles had only three draft picks in the first five rounds last year, the highest of which was second-round tight end Dallas Goedert at 49th overall. Considering the lack of young talent combined with their cap situation, it wouldn’t be surprising if Philly were to once again trade back to replenish its draft capital. They could certainly target a pass rusher to replace Brandon Graham if he departs, perhaps with Florida pass rusher Jachai Polite or defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, but the Eagles’ secondary depth might have them looking hard at the secondary playmakers on the board. LSU cornerback Greedy Williams will likely be gone by the time they pick, but Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker and Alabama safety Deionte Thompson could be excellent contributors.
Which teams would pursue Nick Foles? - PFT
Only four other teams would seem to be obvious potential suitors: The Dolphins, Bengals (maybe), Jaguars, Raiders (maybe), and Broncos. Everyone else seems to be set at the position, and most of the teams with older quarterbacks (like the Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, and Saints) would presumably throw the incumbent overboard only for a much younger player.
Divisional Round Standouts - PFF
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc, Philadelphia Eagles. Key Signature Stat: 0.67 yards allowed per coverage snap. The third-year man plays almost exclusively as a slot cornerback and lined up there on 33 of his 36 coverage snaps on Sunday. LeBlanc got things going in a hurry, picking off Drew Brees on the first play of the game, intercepting a deep pass that was intended for Ted Ginn Jr. While he did get tagged for the two-yard Michael Thomas touchdown, he only allowed 24 receiving yards (4 catches/7 targets) and a 64.0 passer rating on throws into his primary coverage. Two of his tackles were third-down stops that kept the Saints short of the chains.
Jaguars interviewed John DeFilippo for OC position - Big Cat Country
There is an interesting Tom Coughlin connection with DeFilippo however, as he got his break into the NFL with Coughlin’s New York Giants in 2005 as a quality control coach. Since then he’s bounced around as a quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at both the college and NFL level and many thought would soon be in line for a head coaching gig.
Arizona Cardinals don’t get Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator, bringing in John DeFilippo for interview - Revenge Of The Birds
Now, the Arizona Cardinals are zeroing in on John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator position. DeFilippo was fired midway through the year as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, but many believe that had more to do with his different ideas on how to run the offense than that of Head Coach Mike Zimmer. While DeFilippo is not as versed in the college game as Sark, he is a skilled quarterback coach, and passing game designer, who could likely help K2 create quite a varied passing attack in the desert.
Which NFL teams should try to trade for Antonio Brown, and what could the Steelers get for him? - SB Nation
There’s a very simple response to the question “which NFL teams should trade for Antonio Brown?” The answer is “all of them.” Brown, a five-time All-Pro, is the kind of spotlight-stealing talent who allows everyone on his roster to shine. While his headline stats are ridiculous — he’s averaged 114 receptions, 1,524 yards, and 11 touchdowns per season since 2013 — his ability to command (and beat!) constant double teams allows his teammates extra opportunities across the field. With Brown in tow, the Steelers have fielded a top-four offense in four of the last five years.
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