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Claims that the Eagles’ Carson Wentz is selfish might not be wrong, but they’re overblown - Daily News
We’re not saying it was inaccurate. Just incomplete, and sensationalized. It also was remarkable for what it lacked. Journalistically, there is little reason to question the veracity of the comments nor the method by which they were gathered. Santoliquito has been a solid journalist in Philadelphia for years; in fact, he has been employed by this company. However, journalistically, balance and fairness are lacking in the story. Intentionally. The story was published Monday morning. An Eagles source said the site left a voicemail just minutes before it was posted. Santoliquito admitted Monday afternoon that he left a voicemail just 40 minutes before it was published, then wrote in the story that the Eagles did not reply to his voicemail. This not only is unacceptable, but seeking comment in this manner was unnecessary. He could have spoken to the team and Wentz several times during his reporting process.

Did Carson Wentz “over target” Zach Ertz? - BGN
Earlier today a bombshell was dropped by Joseph Santoliquito of PhillyVoice, accusing Carson Wentz of being selfish and egotistical, and that he was causing problems behind the scenes. There’s a lot in it that’s straight opinion, and everyone is entitled to theirs. The validity of those complaints is up to the reader. (I enjoyed the player who, when given the chance to “define what accountability means” by Doug Pederson, opted to say absolutely nothing.) But some of the complaints are based on stats, and the stats don’t fit the narrative.

Carson Wentz Philly Voice Report Emergency Pod - BGN Radio
On Episode 33 of BGN Radio, host Brandon Gowton is solo for an emergency podcast that tackles the controversial report in the Philly Voice that quotes sources labeling Carson Wentz as “selfish” “uncompromising” and “egotistical.”

He’s Not Perfect!!! - Iggles Blitz
Listen, I don’t doubt that Wentz does rub some teammates the wrong way. When I was around him at the Senior Bowl in January of 2016, you could see Wentz was a natural leader and a strong personality. Players gravitated to him. But guys like that aren’t for everyone. They will ruffle some feathers. And I’m sure Wentz was in a weird place since mid-December of 2017. He had the Eagles off to a great start. He was on pace to be the league’s MVP. Wentzmania was sweeping the NFL. In the blink of an eye, he was rehabbing a knee while his teammates went and won the Super Bowl. I’m sure Wentz was pushing himself incredibly hard this offseason. I’m sure he was a pain in the butt to some people around him as he worked relentlessly to come back from his injury. Wentz wanted his chance to go win the Super Bowl. A big part of his success is the fact he’s very driven. That can probably make him difficult to deal with at times.

Thoughts on Carson Wentz’s being characterized as ‘selfish’ and ‘egotistical’ - NBCSP
He’s definitely a Type A personality and we’ve seen instances of it popping up before. It’s important to note, that’s not always a bad thing. During the 2017 season, then-OC Frank Reich even hinted at Wentz’s stubbornness. In October 2017, Reich said Wentz told them he had a lot of arguments with his OC in college, but the Eagles viewed that as a good thing because he knew what he wanted. Reich was then asked if he got into arguments with Wentz. Here’s what he said: “I wouldn’t call them arguments. We’re all stubborn. Coaches, players, you’re very confident in what you know and what you believe and what you want. And so we have good discussions and we take a lot of input from Carson, like we do all of our players. Certainly, from the quarterback position, there’s a unique contribution I think that you can make and that he can make, but he’s still — what we appreciate about him is that he’s mature enough to understand there’s a process.” So when the story says new OC Mike Groh was “bullied” by Wentz, I wonder what constitutes bullying.

Kapadia mailbag: What to make of Carson Wentz’s standing in the Eagles locker room? - The Athletic
The bottom line here is that there is a dynamic that plays out with the quarterback and the rest of the roster in every NFL locker room. The quarterback always gets the credit when the team plays well, is paid the most money (this will be the case with Wentz soon enough), gets the most endorsements, etc. There were a lot of teammates — Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz — who voiced support for Wentz on social media after the Philly Voice article was published. I’m sure there are others who find Foles more relatable. That can be true and also not that big of a deal. There are 53 different personalities in every locker room. Not everyone is going to see each situation the same. My sense is that Wentz still has plenty of support in the locker room, and the Eagles’ future will be bright with him as the quarterback. Next season will be fascinating. Wentz’s resilience and leadership will be in the spotlight. Foles will likely be gone. Wentz will be out to prove he can stay healthy and return to his 2017 form.

Fran Duffy’s Senior Bowl Position-By-Position Preview -
So I didn’t write a full position by position preview for this week’s Senior Bowl, but I figured that I would post a quick position by position thread on here with some quick thoughts on what we will all see this week in Mobile.

Redskins QB Alex Smith at Wizards game sporting massive brace/external fixator - Hogs Haven
Now over a month after his release he is out in public at today’s Washington Wizards game wearing a huge brace/external fixator to secure his broken leg. Smith’s recovery is expected to take up to a year, and the entire 2019 season.

A Blown Call Crushed the Saints, Sent the Rams to the Super Bowl, and Exposed the NFL’s Officiating Crisis - The Ringer
The furor over the missed pass-interference penalty in Sunday’s NFC championship game is the rare NFL story in which everyone is in agreement. The fallout will affect the legacies of several players and coaches, and it shines a light on a problem the league has been negligent in addressing for far too long.

NFL to again discuss reviewing PI calls after Sunday’s no-call in NFC title game - ESPN
The NFL will discuss this offseason whether to make pass-interference penalties reviewable, a source confirmed in the wake of the infamous no-call that helped decide Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. However, that has already been a big topic of discussion for the past several years within the NFL’s competition committee -- with coaches such as the New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton and the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick among many longtime advocates for expanded replay.

How can the NFL make sure the Saints officiating mess doesn’t happen again? - SB Nation
The New Orleans Saints should probably be preparing for a Super Bowl 53 matchup against the New England Patriots. Instead, it’s the Los Angeles Rams who won the NFC Championship, largely due to blatant pass interference that was somehow missed by officials. With 1:49 left in a 20-20 game, Drew Brees threw a pass to Tommylee Lewis up the right sideline, but the receiver was blasted out of bounds by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman before the ball arrived. Everyone — including the Rams — knew it should’ve been pass interference. The Saints should’ve been set up with a first down at about the 6-yard line. It would’ve given them the chance to run out the majority of the remaining clock to set up a chip shot for Wil Lutz to win the game.


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