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2019 Super Bowl: Every Super Bowl ranked, with Eagles-Patriots near the top; Patriots-Rams could join it - CBS Sports
3) I feel like a Millennial filling the top of this list with recent Super Bowl matchups, but the reality is these games have been INCREDIBLE. I can’t bring myself to push the Eagles win over the stunning upset of the undefeated Patriots or the drama of the Seahawks-Pats Super Bowl and the ending of that game, but this one is pretty close. There was a David vs. Goliath factor to this game even though the Eagles were a No. 1 seed out of the NFC, thanks to Nick Foles being under center. There was the breakout performance by the Eagles coaching staff, and this victory helped pave the way for in-game aggressiveness and analytics usage to become the norm in 2019 (nevermind the Patriots have been doing both for years). Tom Brady threw for 505 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions ... and the Patriots lost. There was the PHILLY SPECIAL, a wild trick play that resulted in Foles catching a touchdown on a fourth down near the goal line. There was an attempt to throw Brady a pass that backfired. Brady had a Hail Mary look to try and tie the game up. US Bank Stadium was JAMMED with Eagles fans, most of whom were fighting off the cold with heavy doses of libations and their combination of underdog confidence and terror of having their hearts broken again filled the stadium with an incredible tension. Multiple plays on this broadcast were in the “was it a catch??” territory. To see a city and a fanbase have decades of football-related depression cured by a single underdog victory over the mighty Patriots was something else to behold.
Report: “Eagles are likely to let Nick Foles free and clear” - BGN
The most likely projected outcome with Foles has always been that the Eagles will pick up his $20 million option for 2019 and Foles will pay back $2 million to void that deal in order to enter free agency. It doesn’t make to straight up decline Foles’ option because then the Eagles wouldn’t get $2 million back. It also would eliminate the slight chance that Foles doesn’t opt out and the Eagles could then trade him.
Eagles stay or go: Doug Pederson - PhillyVoice
Play calling: Pederson was as unpredictable a play caller as there was in the NFL in 2017, which made his offense incredibly difficult to defend. In 2018, he did not keep as many opponents off balance as he did the previous season, and I think there were some legitimate quibbles, such as the usage of Josh Adams on some key short yardage situations, among others. Overall though, Pederson has proven to be a very good playcaller, even if the results weren’t always there in 2018.
What’s Next For Eagles With Super Bowl Week Underway? - PE.com
Overall Practice Player of the Week: T Chuma Edoga, USC – “This is usually a really good showcase for offensive linemen that can protect the passer and that’s exactly what he did this week. ... He had a great week. He’s really talented. He played right tackle at USC and came down here and showed he can play left,” said Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy. Fran Duffy and I spent the week in Mobile and both loved Edoga’s performance, but both gave the overall award to South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Top receivers by route in 2018 - PFF
[BLG Note: Alshon Jeffery ranked 2nd in wide receiver screens, 3rd in comebacks/hitch, and 4th in out routes. Alshon is good.]
Could Eagles lose quarterbacks coach Press Taylor to his brother’s future Bengals coaching staff? | Super Bowl notes - Inquirer
Speculation around the league is that, after Zac Taylor is officially named Bengals head coach, he could poach his brother, Press, from the Eagles coaching staff.
Players who leveled up for all 32 NFL teams in 2018 season - ESPN
Tight end Zach Ertz. He had not only a career year, but one of the best statistical seasons ever at his position. Ertz set a new NFL record for single-season receptions by a tight end (116). He posted 1,163 receiving yards, besting his previous high by more than 300 yards.
WCG Roundtable: What Are Your Thoughts on Cody Parkey’s TV Appearance? - Windy City Gridrion
Ryan Pace added that the Bears will be looking to improve their Kicker position during the offseason. He wasn’t kidding, as they’ve already signed a new Kicker in Redford Jones. This comes after they held tryouts/workouts at their team facilities. And, I won’t be surprised if they add at least one more kicker to the mix, before cutting Cody Parkey.
2019 NFL draft prep: Small-school talent shines at Senior Bowl - Morning Call
Nasir Adderley. Safety, Delaware, Projected Round: 1-3. Adderley came into the week as one of the more unheralded players from his senior class because he played at Delaware, an FCS school. Although a star for the Blue Hens, Adderley needed just a few days of practice with his Oakland Raiders-coached team to prove he deserves to be on the field with the elite. Adderley played free safety, outside corner and nickel for the South team. His day was highlighted by a key interception of Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson. After the pick, Adderley received a Raiders sticker on the side of his helmet (awarded to players the coaches felt excelled). A Philadelphia native, Adderley hopes to follow in the steps Delaware grad Bilal Nichols, a defensive end for the Bears. Nichols used his performance from last year’s Senior Bowl to boost his draft stock. Adderley, who is related to Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, is a certifiable starter in the right system and could fill a spot for a team in need of defensive back help (i.e. the Eagles).
Connor Barwin parting ways with Giants - Big Blue View
Barwin was a former second-round pick by the Houston Texans back in 2009. During his journeyman career, he played in 142 games amassing 56.5 sacks, 368 total tackles, and 77 tackles for loss. He spent his career with the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angles Rams, and finally the Giants. In his time in New York, Barwin only played in a limited, rotational role. Only starting three games, Barwin finished 2018 with one sack and 12 total tackles.
Eight million viewers watch Pro Bowl . . . for some reason - PFT
The NFL will never end the Pro Bowl, because the same people who complain about the Pro Bowl watch the Pro Bowl. ESPN announced it averaged eight million viewers on ESPN and ABC for Sunday’s game, based on fast nationals. The audience for the game peaked from 5-5:30 p.m. ET with 8,931,000 viewers.
Trey Flowers Was Made for the Patriots Defense - The Ringer
Highlights of Flowers are rarely eye-popping. He’s not going to toss offensive tackles with one arm like Mack or dip his shoulder to the ground and still manage to pulverize a quarterback like Miller. But when Flowers hits free agency this spring, there’s a chance that he will command a contract that isn’t far off from what the league’s best edge rushers have earned in recent years. As Daly says, Flowers checks just about every box a defensive coach could want, and it’s made him the ideal player for the Patriots’ plan on their way to the Super Bowl. Against a Rams offense that relies on using misdirection and play-action to take advantage of undisciplined defenders, he’s precisely the type of player that New England will need. “I don’t know who’s underrating [him],” Daly says, “but it’s not me. Some people might. But I love this guy.”
8 NFL players who deserved to win a Super Bowl - SB Nation
It’s not rare for an elite player to spend the bulk of his career with a bad team. There’s nothing unique about Frank Gore’s situation — but few players who have played at the level he has for as long as he has did it with his level of dedication, work ethic, and satisfaction. Gore rarely complained when the 49ers were a terrible team, and he didn’t complain when he joined the on-the-cusp Colts, who then collapsed, or the Dolphins, who weren’t particularly good when he joined them. Gore is nicknamed “The Inconvenient Truth” for a reason: five Pro Bowls, nine 1,000-yard rushing seasons (with another three of at least 850 yards), and fourth all-time in career rushing yards. The man runs hard, in every single situation, and just when you think he might be slowing down, he’ll burn you for a huge gain. Throughout his career, opposing players have often referred to Gore as one of the most difficult players to tackle. It never seemed possible that Gore would reach a harsh decline and then retire. He’d simply chug along, shouldering defenders into the turf until he decided to hang up the cleats. After he continued to produce at 35 years old in Miami this past season, that’s still the case.
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