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Eagles News: Former NFL quarterback thinks Carson Wentz would benefit from working with Jim Caldwell

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/12/20.

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How would Eagles’ Carson Wentz benefit from Jim Caldwell as his new offensive coordinator? ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky explains -
Orlovsky believes Caldwell would be a good influence on Wentz. “The great thing about Coach Caldwell is he truly understands quarterback play,” Orlovsky told NJ Advance Media on Saturday. “And it’s probably his absolute strength.” [...] “It’s very black and white for him, but it’s not hard-headed,” Orlovsky said. “He comes in and tells you, very clearly from the top, ‘This is our expectation, this is how we’re going to do things and this is how you have to get here and that’s something we’re going to do every single day.’” From an authority standpoint, Caldwell isn’t a screamer or a babysitter, but he holds his players accountable. “Coach doesn’t let anything slide,” Orlovsky said. “That’s just not who he is.” Orlovsky said Caldwell’s approach is all about efficiency. He is purpose-driven, and that leads to positive results.

How Eagles fan confidence fluctuated over the course of the 2019 season - BGN
Expectations were high coming into the season but confidence dipped when the Eagles got off to a 1-2 start. Beating the Packers in Green Bay and then the New York Jets provided a rebound before the team lost two straight games in Minnesota and Dallas by a combined score of 75 to 30. A win over the Buffalo Bills restored some confidence in the team before things went on a downward slide until the Eagles hit rock bottom: a loss to the Miami Dolphins. From there, the Eagles went on a four-game winning streak that ended the regular season on a high note. Losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs was a bummer but the circumstance of Carson Wentz getting knocked out of the game early with a cheap shot made it hard to be super mad at the team.

Eagles stay or go: Tight end - PhillyVoice
Meanwhile, there have been reports that the Eagles and Ertz were working on a contract extension during the regular season. Assuming that contract would be a major raise in pay, I’m not exactly sure why that would be a good idea for the Eagles, since Ertz is under contract through the 2021 season. The first new year of any contract extension will be the 2022 season, or Ertz’s 10th year in the league, during which he’ll turn 32 years of age. That also happens to be the year that Goedert will become an unrestricted free agent if the Eagles don’t work out a new deal with him. So, what’s the rush? Yeah, OK, so contracts might get more expensive under a new CBA (and the thinking is that signing players now might result in bargains), but maybe it might be a good idea to wait and see if he stays healthy, and doesn’t experience some sort of decline? Why commit market-setting type of money to Ertz now when there’s a reasonable chance that Goedert will be better than him by the time Ertz’s current contract expires?

How Orlando Scandrick profited from Eagles’ division title - NBCSP
According to the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, players who spent at least three weeks on a team’s roster are entitled to a half playoff share if that team reaches the postseason and they’re not currently under contract to another team in the same conference. Playoff shares for division winners in 2019 were $31,000, so guys like Scandrick, L.J. Fort, Zach Brown and Jay Ajayi each received checks for $15,500 on top of what they stole … I mean earned from the Eagles while they were here. Players on the roster for at least nine weeks get a full share.

Malik Jackson ‘super motivated’ to return to form -
”The city’s been real nice to me; the team’s been real good to me, so I just got to come back and be who I know I am,” Jackson said. “There’s no pressure, but there’s really a lot of excitement.” The 2019 season may have had its share of ups and downs for Jackson, but it was also a learning experience for him, and he is “super motivated” to take what he learned onto the field in 2020 and beyond.

Renowned Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Directs 30 for 30’s Two-Part Film “Vick,” Airing January 30 and February 6 on ESPN - ESPN
ESPN Films’ next 30 for 30 documentary, “Vick,” directed by one of the most decorated documentarians today, Stanley Nelson, will premiere on ESPN with part 1 on Thursday, January 30, at 9 p.m. ET and part 2 one week later on Thursday, February 6, at 9 p.m. ET. The film provides a comprehensive look back at each chapter of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s saga: the incredible rise, shocking fall, and polarizing return. Beginning with his emergence as a high school star in Newport News, Virginia, “Vick” traces the quarterback’s rise as a college football phenomenon and then number-one overall draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons – the first time an African-American quarterback was selected with the top pick. In the NFL, Vick would stand out not just for his singular athleticism, but also for his standing as a cultural icon, a star who refused to turn his back on the friends who’d been with him since the beginning. Ultimately, it would be that refusal that would portend his downfall.

Sources: Joe Brady Agrees to Contract Extension With LSU - Sports Illustrated
Even before the national championship game against Clemson, LSU has landed a significant victory. Joe Brady, the Tigers’ first-year pass game coordinator and one of the hottest assistants in the country, has agreed to a new contract with the school through a memorandum of agreement, multiple sources tell Sports Illustrated. The agreement’s parameters remain in flux, but Brady would, as of now, receive a three-year contract and a salary that is expected to more than double his current earnings of $410,000. The deal protects LSU from losing Brady to college assistant jobs, but provides him flexibility for a jump to a college head coaching position or the NFL, where many believe his future lies.

The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly not retain Jon Kitna as quarterbacks coach under Mike McCarthy - Blogging The Boys
This may not be the most popular decision for Cowboys fans; Kitna clearly had a lot of success working with Dak. Considering that Dak Prescott plays the most important position in the game - and that he’ll likely become the highest-paid player in team history this offseason - the person working with him is of utmost importance. We simply must trust McCarthy on this one. Remember that there have been outcries for the Joneses to allow their head coach to call the shots. It is happening now and hopefully it results in even better performances.

Valentine’s Views: Leftover thoughts about the hiring of Joe Judge - Big Blue View
Judge never mentioned quarterback Daniel Jones by name on Thursday. Asked for his first impression of Jones, Judge didn’t give one. “I have an outsider’s perspective. We have a lot of talent on this roster. It’s been assembled that way for a reason, I don’t want to sit here and try to give you expert analysis without having done my due diligence and homework to sit down and thoroughly investigate each one of these players,” Judge said. “They all have ability. I’m excited to work with every player on our roster.” I just hope no one is reading that as “I’m not a Jones guy and we need to draft Tua or get another quarterback.” I just read it as a guy who was reluctant to offer platitudes or empty praise without real study. I doubt that Judge — or any coach — would have taken the job without belief in Jones.

Browns on the hunt for a general manager - Dawgs By Nature
If the choice is McDaniels, then the Browns could be looking at Nick Caserio, who has been New England’s director of player personnel since 2008, or Dave Ziegler, who has been New England’s director of pro scouting since 2016. If Stefanski is the choice, then Andrew Berry, currently the vice president of football operations with the Philadelphia Eagles, may make a return to the Browns after working as vice president of player personnel from 2016 to 2018. The situation should become clearer once the Browns actually make a decision on the head coach.

Titans win! Chiefs could once again host the AFC Championship - Arrowhead Pride
Whatever happens on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will not be traveling to Baltimore next weekend. On Saturday night, the NFL got a shock as the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans defeated the Baltimore Ravens 28-12 at M&T Bank Stadium in Maryland, knocking the AFC’s first seed out of the playoffs — and opening the way for the AFC Championship to be played in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. [BLG Note: Is this FINALLY the year Andy Reid’s going to win a Super Bowl?]

Here’s why everyone is talking about Mike Vrabel’s penis - SB Nation
Early in the Titans’s 28-12 win over the Ravens in the playoffs, we got to talk about butts. Now we have to turn the conversation to Mike Vrabel’s genitalia. If you’re confused by that, well, here’s why. The first is because we conclusively learned that one butt cheek equals two feet early in that game. The second is because Vrabel made headlines this offseason when he claimed he would sacrifice his package if it meant winning the Super Bowl.


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