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Time to say goodbye to the Super Bowl Eagles - NBCSP
It’s time to say goodbye to the Super Bowl champs. Time to say hello to an uncertain future. When Howie Roseman said last week that one of his weaknesses is that he gets too attached to players, you can understand where he’s coming from. Heck, who didn’t get attached to the Super Bowl champs? That 2017 Eagles team took the city on a ride none of us will ever forget. But it’s time to move on. It’s past time. And the only way the Eagles will ever get to another Super Bowl is if they put that team to rest and build a new one. That’s what this offseason is all about.
Eagles have at least 15 players set to be unrestricted free agents - BGN
Darby, Mills, Peters, McLeod, Agholor, Curry, Howard, Vaitiai, Grugier-Hill, Jernigan, and Sproles make up 11 players who logged at least one start for the Eagles in 2019. This is to say that some significant change could be on the way. I’m guessing Darby won’t be back after his one-year, prove it deal didn’t really work out. Mills is an interesting case since defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz really loves him. But will his price be higher than the Eagles really want to pay? The Eagles could need two new starting cornerbacks in 2020.
From the Bleachers #15: Talking Birds w/The Wonders Years’ Dan Campbell - BGN Radio
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Surprise Move - Iggles Blitz
Undlin is not a bad coach. It is easy to look at DB issues from the past two years and to blame him. I think that is being a bit overly simplistic. At the same time, there were issues that seemed to reflect on coaching. CBs rarely seemed to be looking back for the ball. We watched multiple corners break up passes with their back or the back of their head in just the last month. CBs must be able to look back and play the ball. That sure feels like a coaching issue. The Eagles looked lost in zone coverage a lot of the time. Some of that is on talent, but some also has to be on coaching. Too many players failed to develop. Avonte Maddox showed a lot of promise as a rookie. He didn’t make a jump this year. Sidney Jones showed flashes early in 2018, but then fell apart. He struggled this year, until playing as a backup late in the season. Did Rasul Douglas look better in 2019 than either of the previous two years? Ronald Darby has been a disappointment. Much of that is due to injury, but he never seemed to develop either.
Kapadia: A look at 11 potential Eagles offensive coordinator candidates - The Athletic
Jim Caldwell. ESPN’s Tim McManus first reported last week that Caldwell was a name to watch for the Eagles. Caldwell has the most experience of any candidate on this list. He’s a two-time head coach with the Colts and Lions, and also served as offensive coordinator with the Ravens for two seasons. Caldwell has worked extensively with quarterbacks and could be a Frank Reich-type figure for Pederson — someone he can lean on for game-planning and another veteran voice in the room. Caldwell stepped down from his position as Dolphins assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach in July. He turns 65 this month, and it’s unclear whether Caldwell wants to resume the daily grind of being an offensive coordinator. Perhaps he’d be better served in a consultant/offensive advisor role.
What a Weekend! The Chiefs’ Reborn Offense Drives a Playoff Comeback for the Ages - MMQB
The Eagles’ offensive coordinator situation played out interestingly this week, with coach Doug Pederson saying Mike Groh was safe one day, then talking to owner Jeffrey Lurie and firing him the next. So what happened? Putting the pieces together, I think Philly was eyeing Dallas coordinator Kellen Moore, thinking a new coach would let him go. That didn’t happen. Mike McCarthy kept Moore. And maybe at that point Pederson wanted to pull back on the idea of whacking offensive coaches. And maybe Lurie had already gotten in his head they were making changes. So here we are.
Biggest looming 2020 free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
Offensive tackle Jason Peters. The Eagles invested a first-round pick in the 2019 draft on tackle Andre Dillard to be Peters’ successor. But is he ready to take over? The coaching staff will have to give an honest assessment of that before the front office decides to move on from Peters, 37, who is not as dominant as he once was but remains better than most.
Toyota Player of the Year: Carson Wentz | 2019 season - PE.com
QB Carson Wentz has earned Toyota Player of the Year honors after becoming the first in Eagles history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.
Cory Undlin really got a coordinator’s job? Yes, and Malcolm Jenkins endorsed the Eagles’ DB coach. - Inquirer
Jenkins said Undlin deserves credit nonetheless. “For him to do what he’s done with these guys, in the scheme we play, was really remarkable,” Jenkins told me last week. “He’s a very good teacher.”
Grading the Detroit Lions hire of new defensive coordinator Cory Undlin - Pride Of Detroit
It’s obvious to me that this guy was well respected in Philadelphia. There are several reports out there that the players thought quite highly of him and respected him. He was also very clearly respected by the coaching staff there, as many believed Undlin was the next in line to become defensive coordinator had Jim Schwartz landed himself a head coaching job this offseason. I tend to trust those that are close to man over fans who only have statistics—which are based on a ton of different factors including personnel, injuries, draft scouts, free agency pickups, etc.—to base their opinions. And let’s not kid ourselves here, the Eagles suffered massive injuries among their defensive backfield in the past two years and it certainly had an effect on Philly’s pass defense.
Bill Lazor hired as new Bears offensive coordinator - Windy City Gridiron
Lazor has extensive work with quarterbacks, having been the quarterbacks coach for numerous teams since his coaching career began in 1994. Under his tutelage, both Nick Foles and Andy Dalton made Pro Bowl appearances. He was first speculated as a potential target for the Bears’ offensive coordinator position by the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.
Coach Jerry Gray not returning to the Vikings - Daily Norseman
Jerry Gray, who has coached the Vikings’ defensive backs throughout the Mike Zimmer era, has been told that he will not be returning this season. Gray has been a coach in the National Football League since 1999, and has played a significant role in the development of the Vikings’ defensive backs since he joined Zimmer in Minnesota in 2014. His name had been bandied about as a potential replacement for George Edwards as the team’s Defensive Coordinator, but now it would not be surprising if he’s one of the many that ends up following Kevin Stefanski to be part of his staff with the Cleveland Browns. [BLG Note: Gray and Jim Schwartz overlapped in Tennessee from 1999 through 2000.]
Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
Is Dan Snyder really done messing up this team? I. Have. No. Freaking. Clue. I sure hope not. I know it is possible. Here is what I lean on: Snyder can’t escape the reality that he has shit all over this town and this fanbase. He has milked us for every penny and he has marketeered (a word?) this thing into the ground over two dongcades (definitely a word now). The guy looks pretty beat up...as beat up as a billionaire can look. The Rivera hiring buys him a shred of credibility. The promotion of Kyle Smith helps as well. The complete deconstruction of his utterly woeful operation over the past month has me leaning forward in my chair. I will gladly get excited about Rivera and Del Rio and Haskins and perhaps Chase Young...but I am not yet ready to employ my pixels in a full-throated defense of Dan Snyder. (I used them all when we signed Trung Canidate.)
Drug charges against Patriots safety Patrick Chung conditionally resolved - Pats Pulpit
Drug charges facing New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung have been conditionally dismissed, the Belknap County Attorney’s Office announced Monday. “The State has agreed that it will file what is known as a ‘conditional nolle prosequi’ of the charges,” Belknap County attorney Andrew Livernois said in a statement obtained by WPRI’s Yianni Kourakis and ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As part of the agreement, Chung must remain on good behavior for two years, submit to periodic drug testing once per month for the first 12 months and every 90 days for the period thereafter, and complete 40 hours of community service connected to drug-abuse prevention and education within 18 months. Twenty hours of Chung’s community service are required to take place in New Hampshire.
The Rooney Rule Is Broken—Will the NFL Do Anything to Fix It? - The Ringer
The NFL was forced into action 17 years ago, but it’s hard to find positive signs of the Rooney Rule’s impact today. NFL players are overwhelmingly black now, as they were in 2003, but that isn’t reflected on the sidelines or in C-suites. This year’s coach-hiring cycle is as disappointing as its predecessors have been: No black coaches were hired for five open head coaching positions. One Latino coach, Ron Rivera, was reshuffled into the coaching ranks in Washington after he was fired by the Panthers. Four white coaches filled the remaining open positions: The Cowboys hired former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, the Panthers replaced Rivera with Baylor coach Matt Rhule, the Giants turned to Patriots assistant Joe Judge, and on Monday the Browns announced the hiring of Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. It’s the third season in a row when only one coach of color was hired for a top job.
Eric Bieniemy’s Chiefs just put up 51 points in a playoff game. Why isn’t he a head coach yet? - SB Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs made NFL history with their brilliant comeback to defeat the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round, 51-31. Down 24-0, quarterback Patrick Mahomes went off in the second quarter to give his team a 28-24 lead at halftime. Mahomes tied former Washington QB Doug Williams’ postseason record with four touchdowns in a quarter. KC didn’t slow down in the second half, scoring another 24 points to complete a 51-7 run. FIFTY ONE TO SEVEN! It was a pretty bad look for Bill O’Brien’s Texans team, leaving many wondering if he’s the right guy for the job. But an even bigger question coming out of the game is how in the hell hasn’t an NFL team hired Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy yet?
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