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Eagles News: Carson Wentz was better than he gets credit for in 2018

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/21/19.

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Roob’s 10 observations: The bottom line about Carson Wentz, running back situation, more - NBCSP
1. How bad was Wentz this year? I keep hearing how bad Carson Wentz was this season, and while I agree he was inconsistent at times and generally too slow to get started, the bottom line is that even hampered by a knee that wasn’t 100 percent and a broken bone in his back, he still had a higher passer rating than Jared Goff, Andrew Luck, Brady, Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers. He played 11 games and was very good in nine of them, mediocre in one of them (Indianapolis) and terrible in one of them (New Orleans). Look for yourself at his season game by game. You’ll be surprised. There’s no doubt in my mind that with a full, healthy offseason, he’ll be a top-five QB in the NFL next year.

Report: Carson Wentz expected to be healthy enough to participate in Eagles’ offseason program - BGN
The Eagles will certainly be glad to have Wentz healthy for offseason workouts this year after he had to miss them in 2018 while he recovered from knee surgery. A full, healthy offseason of preparing for the 2019 regular season could do Wentz good as he tries to recapture his 2017 near-MVP form.

BGN Memories #2: The 2008 NFC Championship Game - BGN Radio
In the second installment of BGN Memories, John Stolnis tells the tale of Andy Reid & the 2008 NFC Championship Game!

The First Domino - Iggles Blitz
Brandon Lee Gowton wrote a good piece on the situation and some of the options the Eagles have. Normally the team would have to be very careful about this, but the Eagles and Foles have a good relationship so that may help them to work together. Howie Roseman made it clear recently that he must do what is right for the Eagles, first and foremost. That said, he won’t be treating Foles the way he would just any old player. Foles is highly regarded by the organization and he seems to feel strongly about the Eagles as well. The Eagles need to figure out what to do with Foles because it will affect their cap situation. Do they need to account for him or not?

Championship Sunday Results in a Rams-Patriots Super Bowl; Tom Brady: ‘We’ll Remember This Forever’ - FMIA
My guess: Foles to the Jags.

From Quarterback Phenom To Senior Bowl Wide Receiver, The Incredible Journey Of David Sills -
Every once in a while, however, there is a player and a family whose dream for stardom looks quite a bit different than the one they may have imagined just a few short years earlier. In this draft class, one of those players will be David Sills. Not that he nor his family will be disappointed with the final outcome. The 6-3, 200-pound star wideout from West Virginia was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Mountaineers, including a junior campaign when he was a finalist for the esteemed Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver. He was the premier target in a high-flying West Virginia offense led by Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier at quarterback. Sills’ natural ability to play the ball in the air is eye-opening. He adjusts to passes mid-flight and maximizes his frame to pull in throws far outside of his radius. He caught 125 passes and scored 33 touchdowns in 24 starts over the past two seasons in Morgantown. With his combination of size, athleticism, and natural receiving ability, he has scouts drooling.

Report: Jon Kitna to become Cowboys new quarterbacks coach, Jason Garrett “in line” to call plays - Blogging The Boys
Perhaps the Cowboys are putting together a brain trust to oversee the offense that includes help from everyone, including Jason Garrett. It’s also been reported that Garrett will call the plays for the Cowboys in 2019.

Super Bowl LIII guide: Predictions, big questions, more for Patriots-Rams - ESPN
The Los Angeles Rams needed overtime to get by the New Orleans Saints, but they are headed to the Super Bowl. They will meet the New England Patriots in Atlanta in two weeks. The Pats also needed overtime in a shootout against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC title game. Here’s an early look at their matchup, complete with team breakdowns, X factors and big questions for the final game of the season. Plus, we have early predictions from our experts and ESPN’s Football Power Index.

The Winners and Losers From the NFL’s Conference Championship Games - The Ringer
This was a blown call. It wasn’t a 50-50 play, like the famous Fail Mary; it wasn’t a misinterpretation of a confusing rule, like the Tuck Rule game. There’s no extenuating circumstance that can explain why this call was missed. It was just a mistake, an obvious, inexplicable failure. The officials for playoff games are supposedly the best in the sport, and one missed a bafflingly simple call that likely changed who will participate in the Super Bowl. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to call this the worst officiating mistake in the sport’s history. Everybody instantly acknowledged that the call was wrong. Officiating blog Football Zebras said so. Former NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said so. Saints head coach Sean Payton said that the league office acknowledged to him that the call was missed. The league reportedly will not publicly issue a mea culpa, because “Hey, one of the teams in the Super Bowl probably shouldn’t be in the Super Bowl” seems like a bad look. It would be unprecedented, but I’d argue that the NFL needs to publicly acknowledge this failure to earn back any semblance of trust.

It’s a Rams-Patriots Super Bowl, and an Officiating Nightmare - The MMQB
After dramatic overtime wins, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are headed to their ninth (!) Super Bowl together, to face off against young Jared Goff and Sean McVay. But the talk today is all about an obvious, game-deciding blown call, and what the NFL must do to address an officiating crisis.

Rams open as favorites over Patriots for Super Bowl 53, but line moves right out of the gate - SB Nation
The Patriots won a wild one over the Chiefs to set up an intriguing Super Bowl 53 matchup. It marks a rematch of the Super Bowl 36 game that saw the Patriots launch their current dynasty. That one featured a young Tom Brady launching his Hall of Fame career into the stratosphere. Will we see the reverse in two weeks with Jared Goff? The Rams opened as a one-point favorite over the Patriots, but we have seen quick line movement out of the gate. It has quickly swung to New England, going as high as Patriots -2 Sunday evening.


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