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Which NFL Teams Will Win the Next Five Super Bowls? - Sports Illustrated
If Carson Wentz can stay healthy for an entire season, the Eagles should represent the NFC in the Super Bowl again soon. [BLG Note: The Chiefs finished 1st with 14 votes, the Patriots finished second with 10, and the Eagles finished third with four.

Carson Wentz talks about the anonymous report and how he plans to use it as a learning opportunity - BGN
We’ve heard from a lot of coaches and players for the Philadelphia Eagles since the 2018 season wrapped up, but despite rumors and anonymous reports, quarterback Carson Wentz hasn’t been very vocal this offseason. That all changed in the days following the Super Bowl, with Wentz sitting down with Dave Spadaro to talk about his health, expectations for the 2019 season, and charitable efforts, followed by an interview with 94WIP — which included the topic of the now infamous (and oft-challenged) report.

Seven potentially soon-to-be-released ‘NFL stars’ who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Gerald McCoy, DT Buccaneers (31 in Feb): McCoy will count for $13 million against the cap in 2019, with no penalty if the Bucs release him. McCoy would make for an outstanding partner next to Fletcher Cox on the interior of the Eagles defensive line, and he would likely not be asked to play as many snaps in the Eagles’ DL rotation, which would keep him fresher than he’s likely used to playing. He had 6 sacks each of the last two seasons, with 13 TFL and 24 QB hits in 2017; and 6 TFL and 21 QB hits in 2018.

Another Coaching Update - Iggles Blitz
I know some people wanted Mike Groh gone or some veteran offensive coach brought in to help. Pederson has confidence in himself. He has confidence in Groh, who did more in 2017 than I think most people realize. Pederson thinks highly of Press Taylor. Pederson is confident in Duce Staley and Jeff Stoutland and everything they do with the run game. Carson Walch is now the WRs coach. I don’t know how much he did last year in terms of helping with the gameplan or exactly what’s he’s good at. Walch has been an offensive coordinator before so he should be able to help with some part of the gameplan work. If the offense does struggle again, you’ll get your changes. Pederson just doesn’t believe that will happen.

Bold 2019 NFL offseason predictions for all 32 teams - ESPN
The Eagles draft a defensive lineman in the first round this April. Executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman described this defensive-line draft class as “historic,” and with Brandon Graham heading into free agency and others like Chris Long and Michael Bennett in the twilight of their careers, Philly will be looking to replenish along the defensive front.

As Eagles Build Roster, Chemistry Fit Is High On List -
Locker-room fit is a carefully considered component for any player the Eagles bring in. Pederson doesn’t pretend that it’s going to be a kumbaya situation for every player, but he’s going to try. The Eagles invest in background checks, they do their homework on players and their personalities, and they make sure that any concerns are addressed prior to officially adding players. That exhaustive work is why, for example, the Eagles felt comfortable bringing in the likes of running back Jay Ajayi, who had a troubling reputation from his time with the Miami Dolphins, and defensive end Michael Bennett, who had an outsized rep when he played with Seattle, and successfully worked both of them into the locker-room culture.

The X’s and O’s behind Carson Wentz’s ‘healthy’ involvement (or otherwise) in the Eagles’ offense - Inquirer
The Eagles’ offensive playbook is a living organism. Pederson’s system is already much different from the one he initially installed just three years ago. Like any good coach, he has gathered ideas from his assistants, and in some instances, from his quarterbacks. During the week of preparation, each assistant is given an area of focus. Groh, for instance, handled third down. Quarterbacks coach Press Taylor was responsible for the red zone. And offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland oversaw the run game. They study film of the opponent and by Tuesday have a set of plays. Wentz will do his own analysis and suggest plays he would either like to have installed or included in the game plan. “There’s plenty of times throughout the week where, like each coach is responsible for certain parts of the game plan, and then I’ll watch film and I’ll bring a play,” Wentz said. “So it’s third down, I’ll bring it to the coach who works on the third-down stuff. I’ll bring up a play and then I’ll try to get it installed.

2019 AO1 Charity Softball Game - A01 Foundation
We’re excited to announced that tickets for the AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game are now on sale! Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Citizens Bank Park box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Come out to Citizens Bank Park on Friday, May 31, to watch some of your favorite Philadelphia Eagles players compete in the second annual Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game.

AAF Season Preview - Football Outsiders
Our one-week football-less nightmare is over. This weekend sees the kickoff of the Alliance of American Football, a brand new football league from Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian. There have been alternative football leagues in the recent past, of course; we’ve seen the birth and death of a whole alphabet soup of minor leagues over the past decade, including the UFL, SFL and FXFL. The AAF, however, promises to be a little different -- it’s the most prominent minor football league launched since the XFL back in 2001. The AAF launches with a bevy of household names on the sidelines and on the field, assuming your household loves journeyman NFL players and not-quite-there college stars looking for a second chance. It has multiple TV deals, with CBS broadcasting both opening day and the championship game, and the NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, and TNT picking up the slack between them. There’s a mobile app offering live streaming of all games, while B/R Live will also offer at least one streaming game per week. This is a league you can actually follow, and we hope you’ll follow along with our coverage of the league this season!

Are NFL running backs easily replaceable: the story of the 2018 NFL season - PFF
A wild and crazy NFL season ended with a throwback Sunday, with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl by a score of 13-3 in Atlanta. For a campaign in which it looked like both defense and the Patriots were dead to rights, both emerged victorious on the league’s biggest stage to crown Bill and Tom for the sixth time. Be that as it may, conventional wisdom took a hit over the last 12 months, with discussions about going for it on fourth down, attempting two-point conversions, and the lack of value inherent in run defense taking a subversive turn in real time. No topic was discussed in greater detail than the running game and the value of particular running backs in general.

4 potential landing spots for Nick Foles in NFL free agency - SB Nation
So here we are again with the Broncos in desperate need of some stability at quarterback. The No. 10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft could be a good place to fix the problem, but if Denver cuts Keenum to save $11 million, the team will probably want to find some veteran help. John Elway’s comments in January suggest it probably won’t be someone as pricy as Foles, though. “Obviously, we’ve got to—Case [Keenum] is probably a short-term fix—find the long-term guy for us,” Elway told Peter King. “When we do find that guy, we’ve got to have the continuity on the offensive side to where we can train him and develop him and get him there.” Foles just turned 30 and is probably another one of those short-term fixes. Then again, this is Elway we’re talking about.


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