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DeSean Jackson’s future and more in Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations! - NBCSP
Howie Roseman kept emphasizing the other day how the Eagles need to get younger, and of course he’s right. And it’s good to hear him acknowledge it. The Eagles have one young player who I would say is elite, and that’s Miles Sanders. You can make a case for Dallas Goedert. To put this in perspective: 31 NFL players 25 or younger made the Pro Bowl this year, 39 last year. None were Eagles. The Eagles’ only Pro Bowlers 25 and under since the days of Shady and DeSean are Nick Foles in 2013, Fletcher Cox in 2014, Cody Parkey in 2015 and Carson Wentz in 2017. The Eagles don’t just need young players. They need elite young players. Along those lines … there’ve been 88 Pro Bowl defensive backs drafted since the last time the Eagles drafted one. Those 88 draft picks have been selected to a combined 205 Pro Bowls. The Eagles are the only NFL team that hasn’t drafted a Pro Bowl d-back since 2003.

Jim Schwartz set to return as Eagles’ defensive coordinator with Browns not hiring him as their head coach - BGN
The Cleveland Browns are hiring Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. This news is relevant to the Philadelphia Eagles since defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz interviewed for the Browns’ job last week. With no remaining head coach vacancies left in the NFL, Schwartz is on track to return as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator in 2020. Doug Pederson confirmed as much in a SportsRadio 94WIP interview on Friday morning.

Jim Schwartz Update - Iggles Blitz
Schwartz has his share of critics in the media and fanbase, but the playoffs should be a good reminder of his value. The Patriots had the best defense in the league and an amazingly good pass defense. They could not stop the Titans run game and lost in the wild card round. The Ravens run a complex defense that does a lot of blitzing. They have one of the best secondaries in the league and they lost to the Titans. They had no answer for the run game. Buffalo and Sean McDermott had one of the best pass defenses in the league. They could not protect a 16-0 lead and lost to the Texans. Under Schwartz, the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017 and lost one-possession games in 2018 and 2019. The Eagles have held teams to 17 points a game in the postseason in that stretch. Only one team scored more than 20 points. The pass defense must get better. Adjustments have to be made. But there is a lot more right that wrong with Schwartz running the defense.

The Rookie Class 10-Pack: What lies ahead in 2020? -
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR. The numbers weren’t there for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who had 10 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in 16 games, including five starts. “I’m going to work hard on everything in my game in the offseason,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “I know I have a lot to improve on.” He does. It’s only fair to give him at least two years to see where his game is at in the NFL. A big body, Arcega-Whiteside has to improve his route running, his separation, his release from the line of scrimmage and his consistency catching the football. He knows it. He embraces it. Arcega-Whiteside should return in the spring in great shape and ready to take the next step in his career.

Jenkins says Eagles are close to a title but only if the soft veterans play like the gritty backups - Inquirer
The question led to a greater indictment than imagined. The day after the Eagles lost their wild-card playoff game, Malcolm Jenkins was asked how close the Eagles are to winning another Super Bowl. He took a deep breath and considered, as if he’d been working on this one for a while. “That team we put out there yesterday was very different from the team we started the season with,” he told me. How so? Long pause. ”We played with a lot of grit the last four weeks,” he finally replied as he folded clothes and lay them in a duffel bag. “We had a lot of talent the first few weeks. If we could combine that grit with that talent, we’ll be right there.”

Andrew Berry reportedly the favorite to be the next Browns GM - Dawgs By Nature
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly very interested in hiring Andrew Berry to be the team’s next general manager. The team made a formal request to interview Berry, who spent the past season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he is the favorite to land the job in Cleveland, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Report: Broncos intend to hire Pat Shurmur as their next offensive coordinator - Mile High Report
Multiple reports are now coming out that the Denver Broncos will hire former New York Giants head coach, Pat Shurmur, as their next offensive coordinator. The move comes just hours after the team announced it had parted ways with Rich Scangarello after one season.

Jimmy Johnson will be in the Centennial Class of the Hall of Fame - Blogging The Boys
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have a larger class than usual in 2020 as they are celebrating what they are referring to as a Centennial Class following the NFL’s 100th season. This is being done in an effort to get in candidates that have faced a logjam in recent memory, and that’s awesome to see. There are plenty of deserving players, coaches, and contributors left out. Considering the way that Cowher found out though, this led many to speculate that perhaps Jimmy Johnson could find out similarly on his own show on FOX this Sunday. Those assumptions were in fact proven to be true and a long injustice has now been rectified. Jimmy Johnson is a Pro Football Hall of Famer!

Jadeveon Clowney to have surgery immediately, then make future decision - Field Gulls
But what qualifies as a contender? It’s clear Clowney cares about winning playoff games, and one wonders if Seattle will be able to convince him that they have what it takes to improve the defense next season and get Will Dissly some sort of bubble suit armor protection. If they do both of those things exactly as described, the Seahawks could easily be one of the NFC favorites heading into next season. They’ve got the cap space to do it. They’ve got the relational capital and team atmosphere that might work. However, they’ve not made it beyond one playoff win since the 2014 season. So, the question remains....Is Jadeveon Clowney a member of the Seattle Seahawks next season?

17 games “likely, not definitively” part of potential new CBA - PFT
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s a deal to be done now, if the economics can be worked out. And the thinking remains that the NFL would very much like the economics to get worked out, and to get a deal done, before the Super Bowl. The biggest complicating factor regarding economics comes from the NFL’s desire to expand the regular season from 16 to 17 games. Per the source, a 17-game season is “likely, not definitively” part of the new deal.

Explaining Some of the Different Salary Cap Rules for 2020 - Over The Cap
1. There is no June 1 Cut. The question I’ve gotten the most in the last few weeks has been “Hey Jason where did the June 1 option go on the cap and calculator pages” and the answer is quite simple. As of now it doesn’t exist so rather than have people be confused about ways they can manipulate the cap we simply removed it from most of the pages on OTC. For those unfamiliar with the June 1, it was a date in the NFL calendar that was used to defer acceleration (dead money from future years) due to signing bonus prorations to the following league year. So when you cut a player all the cap dollars have to be taken in 2020. While this sounds bad to most fans its not that big of a deal. Only a handful of teams in recent years have had such a bad cap/contract situation where they have needed to use the June 1 so most times deferring money to the following year is just due to circumstance not need. If you wanted to put a number on this the average team should plan on keeping an additional $3-$3.5 million to account for cuts that normally would be treated as a June 1.

Divisional: Aaron Rodgers Isn’t Finished, And Neither Is Green Bay - FMIA
Increase the mandated minority-candidate interviews from one to two, and make owners meet each minority candidate. Find a way to increase the pool of interviewees. Why do most of the interviews have to come from Eric Bieniemy and Jim Caldwell and the usual names? No one saw Joe Judge coming. A week ago, 90 percent of moderately serious football fans had never heard of Joe Judge—I’d never met him or spoken to him. So on the African-American side, who are those rising-star candidates? Let’s hear from Rams cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant, Tampa offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Niners inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans, Ravens tight ends coach Bobby Engram (look at the production of his guys this year), Rams safeties coach Ejiro Evero. Find a way to mandate a way that at least one of the minority interviews be of a position coach instead of coordinator, or from a pool of coaches who’ve had, say, one head-coaching interview or less in their time in the league. Why have owners in the room? Because owners eventually are the ones who have to be the change.

2019 NFL playoffs bracket reset: Schedule and previews for Titans-Chiefs, Packers-49ers - ESPN
How the Chiefs win: Similarly, pressure Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Despite his well-earned credit in turning around the Titans this season, Tannehill was disproportionately vulnerable to strong pass rushes during the regular season. His 3.5 QBR when pressured was the NFL’s fourth lowest. He took 31 sacks in 89 dropbacks when pressured. The bet would be that Titans running back Derrick Henry won’t be able to carry the offense if the Chiefs can take away Tannehill’s big plays.

The Most Interesting Person of the Divisional Round: The Hall of Fame Guy - The Ringer
Before Saturday, I had never heard of Baker. But when a mountain walks onto your TV wearing a full stage curtain from a Broadway theater and does a brief standup comedy bit before reducing a no-nonsense Football Guy to tears, you Google him. Search “Hall of Fame Guy”—it works—and you will find out about his incredible life story. This man is 6-foot-9, 400 pounds, played professional basketball in Switzerland, was convicted of forgery for trying to finance an unsuccessful congressional campaign with a $48,000 check he wrote to himself, became commissioner of the Arena Football League right before it went bankrupt, and is now going around America surprising football legends with the greatest news of their lives while wearing suits designed to fit Shrek, But a Pimp. I want him on my television all the time.

The NFL’s 10 biggest playoff comebacks — now featuring the Chiefs’ win over the Texans - SB Nation
For 19 minutes, it looked as though the Chiefs were going to be run out of the playoffs on their own home field. Dropped passes, blown coverage, and special teams miscues allowed the Texans to take a 24-0 second-quarter lead at Arrowhead Stadium. For one shining moment, it appeared Houston would get to host its first conference title game since the Oilers stood tall in the AFL. Then the stoppable force of the Chiefs’ postseason woes met the extremely moveable object that is Bill O’Brien’s playoff coaching, and Kansas City snapped back to life. Patrick Mahomes and a revitalized Travis Kelce led an offense that scored three touchdowns in less than three-and-a-half minutes of game time. Another scoring drive officially erased all the work the Texans had done. When halftime finally came, Kansas City led 28-24.It was an accomplishment no team in the NFL — either in the regular season or postseason — had ever pulled off before.


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