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Press Taylor ‘under consideration’ for Eagles OC - 94WIP
While many are focused on the potential promotion of Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley to offensive coordinator, Radio.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora says the organization may have a different assistant coach in mind for the open position. ”I think (Eagles QB coach) Press Taylor is somebody who is very highly thought of in that organization and could get a bump up,” La Canfora told Jon Marks and Ike Reese on Tuesday’s 94WIP Marks & Reese Show. “You guys know (John) DeFilippo has been there before. I mean look, it’s Doug Pederson’s show you know what I mean? And I think it’s more about having people in the building who can help create, come up with ideas, and come up with strategies, and come up with game plans.” [...] “If that’s how it played out, I wouldn’t be shocked,” La Canfora said of Taylor. “I think that’s one of the things under consideration.”

What the Eagles should do at quarterback - BGN
But the positives outweighed the negatives for Wentz. He shed the injury-prone label (to some extent, at least) by playing all 16 games for the second time in his career. He became the first player in NFL history to ever to throw 20 or more touchdowns and seven or fewer interceptions in three straight seasons. He became first Eagles passer in franchise history to go over 4,000 yards ... and the first quarterback in the league to go over 4,000 without having a single wide receiver with at least 500. Wentz really elevated his teammates — which mostly compromised of practice squad promotions — down the stretch. His efforts were a big reason the Eagles were able to bounce back from 5-7 and win four straight games to clinch the NFC East. Wentz erased the tired “he isn’t clutch!” narrative by stepping up in pressure situations (see: game winning drives in Week 14 and Week 15). His numbers from the Eagles’ final four games, which were must-win scenarios: 117/173 (67.6% completion), 1,199 yards (6.9 average), 7 TD, 0 INT, 100.8 passer rating.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Vikings and Seahawks are dead - PhillyVoice
And even if they didn’t get the first down, the Packers would have had a 4th and inches at the Seahawks’ 36 yards line, which they likely would have picked up, and even if they didn’t, the Seahawks would have had to have driven 64 yards with 1:40-ish left on the clock with no time outs. In summary, shut up, Seahawks. And stop wearing those incredibly lame 12 jerseys. “YAY WE’RE THE BEST FANS EVERRRRRRRR!”

Now Hiring - Iggles Blitz
Duce Staley – No thanks. I loved Duce as a player and he has done a good job with the RBs in Philly, but I value new blood coming to the offense. If Staley had more of a diverse background, you could make a case for him. If the Eagles decide to go for him, it would be for his leadership skills and there is value in that. Press Taylor – See above. I prefer to have an outsider join the coaching staff. Jay Gruden – I think there is merit to this idea. Gruden has been an OC and a head coach in the NFL. That kind of experience can be helpful. He worked with a lot of good assistants who have gone on to have success. I also like his background as an Arena League player and coach. That gives you a whole other way to look at football.

Rankings: All 32 NFL coverage defenses through 17 weeks of the regular season - PFF
21. Philadelphia Eagles. Due to the numerous injuries that were sustained throughout the year, eight different cornerbacks played meaningful snaps for the Eagles throughout the regular season, and all of them earned a grade below 70.0. Through 17 weeks, the Eagles played a zone coverage shell on 58% of their snaps to better protect their ever-changing lineup of players. The high volume of zone coverage enabled the Eagles’ secondary to allow the fifth-lowest completion percentage (59.4%), and because zone coverages allow defenders greater vision and a faster break on the ball, the side also forced the most incompletions (58) in the NFL. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz would love to have a healthier rotation of players, but his use of multiple zone schemes served as the right band-aid to help capture the NFC East title.

Hey Reggie Bush, YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG EAGLES CORNERBACK! - NBCSP
Reggie Bush vividly remembers every detail of the hardest hit he ever took. Except who hit him. Bush, a co-host of FOX Sports’ College Game Day, was asked on Monday’s show by a Twitter viewer what was the hardest he was ever hit during his 11-year NFL career. Every Eagles fan knows the answer to that question. My hardest hit is well-documented,” Bush said. “You can probably go look it up on YouTube right now. It happened in 2006 in the NFC Championship Game, and we’re taking about quarterbacks leading their receivers into bad throws, and the great Drew Brees almost got my head tooken off. Well, he did get my head tooken off. Thankfully I’m here to live and tell about it. It was a very interesting experience. I would not recommend it for the average person and I’m lucky to be alive. It was Lito Sheppard.” OK, first of all, it wasn’t the NFC Championship Game, it was the conference semifinal round a week earlier. But … LITO SHEPPARD?????

Where are they now? C Mark Slater - PE.com
Having then worked for a wholesale sporting goods company for six years, Slater, his wife, Rachel, and sons Steve and Ben, moved to Minnesota. In 1994, he founded his own fishing tackle and hunting business, Slater Sales, in the city of Norwood Young America. ”I’d gotten to know a lot of guys who were factory reps over the years because I’d been buying stuff from them,” Slater says. “It just evolved from there, and now I’ve got eight guys that work for us. We cover into Michigan and Ohio and, of course, around here in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. We represent factories and sell products. I’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for. I’ve got a wonderful wife. My health is fairly good. My family is healthy and I’ve got a good business. I’m living the American dream, basically.”

An Eagles’ perspective on new Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Cory Undlin - Pride Of Detroit
Well on Monday they got their answer when the Lions went out and hired Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin. The city erupted with joy of the news that Matt Patricia had hired his friend that he worked with in New England 16 years ago. Many aren’t happy. Some are left wondering why? Just about everyone has talked to their friend that’s an Eagles fan who is happy the Lions took Undlin off their hands. Things have been going really well. I’ll be honest. I have no idea who this guy is. I’m sure I’m not the only one. So I decided to chat with our friend Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation and get some answers and info. Here’s what he had to say.

Report: Brady Headed to NFL - And The Valley Shook
As had been indicated over the weekend, the Carolina Panthers offered LSU’s Joe Brady their offensive coordinator position, which he will accept. News broke this afternoon from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, among others. This isn’t a huge surprise. While LSU was prepared to pay Brady handsomely, the 30-year-old assistant apparently sees himself back in the NFL. LSU can offer money and titles, but NFL coach is something else entirely. While it’s disappointing to lose such the assistant coach of the year after just one amazing year, it’s certainly a worthwhile tradeoff, given the year the Tigers just had. [BLG Note: Brady won’t be coming to Philly as the Eagles’ OC.]

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring after eight seasons - Cat Scratch Reader
I don’t know what to say here. This is literally the biggest shock we’ve ever seen at Cat Scratch Reader while covering this team. Luke lives and breathes football, and to see him walk away from playing a game he is among the best to ever play at 29 years old is certainly something we didn’t expect to be talking about on a Tuesday night in January.

It’s the two-year anniversary of the Minneapolis Miracle, so let’s watch it again - Daily Norseman
Yes, I know what happened in the game that followed this one, but in addition to this being the anniversary of this game, there’s another reason I’m putting it up here.

Five Lessons Learned From the NFL’s Final Four Playoff Teams - The Ringer
The Titans, Chiefs, Packers, and 49ers took very different routes to get to championship weekend, but these teams share some philosophies that have helped them in the regular season and throughout the playoffs

Antonio Gates’ NFL legacy is as a pioneer for both tight ends and college basketball players - SB Nation
Antonio Gates didn’t have a single reception as a college football player. He had 955 as a pro. The former Kent State basketball star ended his NFL career after sitting out the 2019 season. He hung up his cleats after 16 seasons with the Chargers, the club that took a chance on an inexperienced athletic dynamo back in 2003.

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