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Eagles News: Doug Pederson’s old friend thinks Philadelphia should keep Nick Foles over Carson Wentz

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Brett Favre says Eagles should go with Nick Foles over Carson Wentz - NBCSP
“No disrespect at all to Carson Wentz. I think he’s already proven that he’s a great quarterback. Totally different than Nick Foles. Nick Foles, to me, is more of a (Tom) Brady-esque type quarterback. Very limited in what he can do but very, very good in what he does. He’s a pure pocket passer and he’s great at dishing it out and he’s proven that he’s clutch. He did it this past week, he did it last year, he’s done it time and time again, and he’s proven that he can win the big games. That, I think, is what we have to look at, or the Eagles, or anyone in a similar situation — it’s about winning, it’s about being clutch, doing really what you expect your players to do. And he does it as well as anyone.” Favre spoke on his radio show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, co-hosted by Bruce Murray.

Even one of Philadelphia’s biggest haters admits he’s impressed by the Eagles - BGN
I can’t believe I’m saying this about the guy who once said “Philadelphia is the dumbest sports city in America” but Colin Cowherd actually had a really good take on the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week. You would think that Cowherd might rip the Eagles for how their 2018 season ended, calling them a “one-year wonder”or a “fluke.” But he didn’t. Instead, he actually went on a long rant about how the Eagles were incredibly impressive in their playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Future of the Eagles with Zack Rosenblatt - BGN Radio
Michael Kist talks with Eagles’ beat writer Zack Rosenblatt of to take a look back at the 2018 season before discussing a range of topics regarding what happens with the Eagles before the 2019 season! Enjoy the show? Leave a five-star rating and a review on Apple Podcasts! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Ranking the Eagles’ 2019 offseason needs from most glaring to most stable - PhillyVoice
One of the strengths of the Eagles’ roster over the last few seasons has been the defensive line, and there haven’t been any recent down years in terms of the pass rush. And you know what? You don’t want to be that team that can’t get to the quarterback. The lack of a pass rush is a fatal flaw for many teams, especially in today’s NFL, where there are so many elite quarterbacks who can just pick you apart if they have time to throw. If you can’t affect the quarterback, you’re in big trouble.

Eagles’ Success Stems From Culture Established By Doug Pederson -
Pederson waited for every last player to file through the tunnel and greeted each one with a hug or a pat on the back. Some greetings lasted longer, depending on if the player wanted to take in that moment or just continue walking. But each was sincere and made an impact. “I’ve never seen that before,” said 11-year veteran defensive end Chris Long. “There’s nothing fake about that. I mean there’s nothing fake about that. A lot of people, when they get power in the league and they get the head coaching job, they don’t treat people the way Doug treats somebody. I just really appreciate him.”

Biggest looming 2019 free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
The defensive hero of Super Bowl LII, Graham played through a high ankle sprain last postseason and wasn’t fully healthy for much of the 2018 campaign. He ended up with four sacks -- his lowest total since 2013 -- but the 30-year-old picked up steam as the season went on. He can be a force both against the run and as a pass-rusher, and he has been a key figure in the locker room over the past several seasons. Graham loves it in Philadelphia. If the Eagles can get him at a discount, a deal could get done. But his best chance at a bigger payday will be elsewhere.

Howie Roseman defends Eagles’ new medical staff after injury-marred season - Inquirer
Wentz confirmed that he sought outside medical opinions and that those doctors said that his injury could have been difficult to diagnose from tests. The Eagles, he said, were basing treatment off his symptoms, which, he said, were “up and down.” Roseman, when he was asked why the Eagles weren’t able to diagnose Wentz’s injury earlier, especially once he popped up on the injury report, declined to offer details. “I am going to let what Carson talked about his own injury” stand on its own, Roseman said. “Everything we did complied with the NFL rules.” Wentz was never placed on injured reserve, but he missed the final three games of the season as backup Nick Foles helped lead the Eagles into the postseason. Wentz also missed both playoff games and said he was hoping to be available had the Eagles advanced further. Wentz said that he is expected to make a full recovery and should be fine long-term. Roseman said the Eagles had confidence that their 26-year-old quarterback, who Pederson declared as the starter for next season, can be “a 19-game starter” in the future. Nineteen games would be mean that the Eagles return to the Super Bowl. Having a healthier season would help make that possible.

It’s time for Nick Foles to take a stand - PFT
If, as it appears, the Eagles will play out Foles’ contractual situation in a way that allows them to control his rights for 2019, Foles needs to be sure that everyone realizes that he has plenty of power. From the Eagles exercising a $20 million option for 2019 to Foles invoking his right to buy his freedom for $2 million to the Eagles applying the franchise tag at $25 million or so, Foles should make it clear that he will gladly sign the one-year tender, refuse to sign a long-term contract with the Eagles or someone else that doesn’t take into account the $30 million or so he’d make under the tag in 2020, and prepare to go year to year, Kirk Cousins-style, until Foles gets a fair contract from whoever holds his rights or a chance to hit the open market.

Pick Six Podcast: Here are the teams most likely to trade for Steelers’ Antonio Brown - CBS Sports
So who makes sense as a potential suitor? Pick Six host Will Brinson agreed with La Canfora that just about every NFL team outside of the Steelers’ AFC North rivals could be a realistic trade partner for a player of Brown’s caliber. But the latter has an idea about where, specifically, the perennial All-Pro could land. ”I think he ends up in the NFC,” La Canfora said. “I think you look at the Eagles, I think you look at the Seahawks, I think you look at the 49ers, I think you look at the Packers. And then, beyond that, who don’t you look at?”

What will the Jaguars get out of John DeFilippo? - Big Cat Country
One of the big pluses of DeFilippo is he’s known as a teacher, which could be very important if the Jaguars do decide to draft a quarterback with their first round pick even though the hire will likely ramp up Nick Foles speculation.

Redskins Coaching News: Greg Manusky will keep his job after Jay Gruden talked to potential replacements - Hogs Haven
Greg Manusky is back! I know you are as excited as Jay Gruden is to hear this news. The Redskins had some casual conversations with several former head coaches/defensive coordinators for the DC job that’s not officially open in Washington. Everyone they talked to(Todd Bowles, Steve Wilks, Gregg Williams, and Joe Woods) found other jobs in the NFL and passed on joining Gruden’s lame duck coaching staff.

The Incredible Feats of Young Andy Reid - Sports Illustrated
“His waist was probably twice as big as mine, and he was probably eight inches to a foot taller than everybody,” Pallas says. Ken Gerard, one of Reid’s physical education teachers at Thomas Starr King Junior High School, estimates that, at 13 years old, Reid stood about 6’ 2”, and weighed 220 pounds. Reid’s friends confirm, he was right around that size.

The Chiefs’ Underrated Pass Rush Could Be the Key to Stopping Tom Brady - The Ringer
The trio of Justin Houston, Chris Jones, and Dee Ford form one of the more fearsome pass-rushing units in the NFL—and their success could send Kansas City to the Super Bowl

NFL playoffs Panic Index 2019: Tom Brady has fewer postseason road wins than Mark Sanchez - SB Nation
The Patriots don’t have to hit the road often in January, but when they do, they “struggle,” at least as much as the Patriots ever struggle. They’re just 3-4 as the away team in the Brady-Belichick era. Brady’s three wins are actual fewer than Mark Sanchez has in his postseason career — in fact, one of Sanchez’s four road wins was also one of the Patriots’ three home losses. Fewer road playoff wins than Mr. Butt Fumble himself? How embarrassing.


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