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Carson Wentz vs. Donovan McNabb in Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations! - NBCSP
1. The question I’ve been asked more than any other since the season ended is: “What are they going to do with Alshon?” And it’s an intriguing one. Howie talked about Alshon when he met with the media a couple weeks ago, and bringing him back - if he’s healthy - makes sense in a way. When he’s healthy, he’s the most talented WR on the roster … by far (I know, I know, low bar), they’ve got to pay him anyway, and you can’t replace an entire corps of wide receivers, so why not keep the best one? But then I keep coming back to … I just don’t want this guy in my locker room. I don’t want him anywhere near Carson Wentz. I don’t want him near the young, impressionable wideouts the Eagles are going to draft. It’s a tough call, especially because of the economics. And Jeffery’s foot injury complicates everything. But bottom line is I just don’t think it’s a good idea for him to be in the building, and it’s up to Roseman to figure out a sensible way to make sure he’s not.
What the Eagles should do at guard - BGN
Outlook: With Jason Peters and Vaitai potentially not back in 2020, the Eagles could be counting on Matt Pryor to be the team’s top backup at every non-center position. The team’s 2018 sixth-round pick has experience playing at both tackle and guard. At the very least, Pryor projects to be the top backup behind Brooks and Seumalo.
More on Harrell - Iggles Blitz
There would be risk in hiring Harrell. He’s never coached in the NFL. He did play in the league, but coaching is a whole other ball of wax. There could be a tough time mixing in Harrell’s ideas with the Eagles offense. There is also the possibility that Harrell could do a great job. If that happened, would he become a head coaching candidate? You don’t want to avoid good candidates for fear of losing them in the future, but there is something to be said for stability on a coaching staff. There is no perfect candidate for the Eagles. I would rather see Pederson take a chance on someone like Harrell than an NFL coach. College football is where some of the best coaching gets done and where incredible innovation takes place. Take a chance on Harrell and see how he could help improve the Eagles offense.
20 Eagles predictions for 2020, from high-profile departures to offseason additions to potential records - The Athletic
5. The Eagles sign a starting cornerback in free agency. The Eagles need to improve the secondary, which they’ve tried to do organically during the past three seasons. My prediction: They go the other route this offseason and look for immediate help on the free-agent market, someone who can be their No. 1 cornerback. They will have the cap space to be creative. Looking for a name? How about the top cornerback on Sheil Kapadia’s top 50 list: the Cowboys’ Byron Jones. He would be a major upgrade in the secondary, and the move would weaken a division rival that already must prioritize Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. It would cost the Eagles, who were burned by the cornerback acquisitions of Byron Maxwell and Nnamdi Asomugha last decade, but they cannot let that history inhibit them.
Patrick Mahomes Is ‘The Whole Package,’ Running Chiefs Into Super Bowl LIV To Meet The 49ers In Miami - FMIA
6. I think the Chiefs have a nice assembly line of offensive minds, and when Andy Reid loses one, he moves the next guy up the line. He lost offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to the Eagles as head coach in 2016, and Matt Nagy took his place. Reid lost Nagy as Bears head coach in 2018, and Eric Bieniemy moved up. If Bieniemy had gotten a head-coaching job this winter, quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka likely would have ascended to the coordinator job. But as Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, the Eagles could be interested in Kafka as offensive coordinator, and if they request an interview, the Chiefs don’t have to allow it. So that’ll be interesting to watch.
Andy Reid is a great coach, whether he gets his Super Bowl win or not, and every Eagles fan should give him his due - Inquirer
Around here, the question of whether you’re rooting for Reid and the Chiefs to win Super Bowl LIV keeps coming up. It’s a natural topic to be batted around at a weekend family get-together or among buddies in front of the flat-screen. But at this point — less than two years removed from the Eagles’ own Super Bowl victory — if you’re still hoping Reid and his team fall on their faces in two weeks, you’re so tribal and blinkered in your allegiance to the Eagles and so attuned to his coaching shortcomings and imperfections that you can’t see him for what he is: arguably the best coach in team history, certainly the architect of the longest stretch of success in team history, and a first-ballot, slam-dunk, don’t-think-twice-about-it inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s trite, of course, to point out how parochial Philadelphia is, especially where its sports franchises are concerned. But it’s trite because it’s true, and there’s an under-the-dome quality to the way many Eagles fans and followers view Reid, as if their perspective has been shaped more by a thousand idiosyncratic decisions and moments and words during his tenure here than it has by the totality of his career.
One-on-One: Harold Carmichael - PE.com
Harold Carmichael sits down with Eagles legend Mike Quick to discuss being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former team executive Bill Davis Sr. passes at 81 - PFT
Bill Davis Sr., a former football coach and NFL team executive who spent more than a decade with the Dolphins, Browns, and Eagles, died Saturday in Florida. He was 81. […] In 1986, Davis became the Eagles’ V.P. of player personnel, arriving the same year as coach Buddy Ryan and laying the foundation for a run of success with the acquisition of players like defensive tackle Jerome Brown, cornerback Eric Allen, linebacker Seth Joyner, defensive lineman Clyde Simmons, and receiver Cris Carter, who like Kosar in Cleveland arrived via the supplemental draft. Bill Davis Jr. followed his father into the football business. Currently the linebackers coach in Arizona, Bill Davis Jr. has served as defensive coordinator with the Cardinals, 49ers, and Eagles.
2020 Senior Bowl Preview: Wide Receivers - The Draft Network
Most Talented: Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State. There might not be a first-round pick from this group (maybe, who knows), but there will be a handful of these players who are chosen on Day 2. Brandon Aiyuk took a big leap in production this season and could very well be one of those players. After recording just 474 receiving yards in 2018, he finished with 1,192 receiving yards in 2019. He also saw his yards-per-catch average jump from 14.4 to 18.3. As of now, Aiyuk is the player who brings the most to the table. He’s fluid and quick when it comes to getting off the ball and into his route. If you don’t get a hand on him, he’s going to blow by you one way or another. He is very comfortable in space, and is a nightmare to pursue and tackle once he hits the open field. The test for Aiyuk will be how he fares against man coverage. He is not as natural creating separation when dealing with physicality, and that’s necessary to play as a primary outside receiver at the next level. We’ll see how comfortable he is with it in Mobile because the rest of the playmaking ability a team wants from a wide receiver is there.
Report: Jason Witten could join Jason Garrett in New York - Big Blue View
The Giants have an opening for a new tight ends coach with Lunda Wells being hired by Mike McCarthy in Dallas. Witten certainly has experience at the position and could be a great teacher for Evan Engram and Kaden Smith, particularly in the finer points of route running and dissecting coverages. Witten has never been a good athlete and has consistently had to rely on his route running savvy and football IQ over the last several years. ...Except Mortensen’s report sure makes it sound as though Witten wants to play, not coach.
ESPN speculated that Jason Witten could follow Jason Garrett to the New York Giants... as a player - Blogging The Boys
There is a lot to wonder about what Garrett’s Giants will look like, but it’s possible that they may look something like the Cowboys. On Sunday morning we speculated here at BTB about some former Cowboys assistants that he could poach for his new offensive staff, but what if he goes further than that? ESPN reported on Sunday morning that Jason Witten, who is technically a free agent, could follow Jason Garrett to the New York Giants... as a player.
Exclusive: ‘Hungry’ Dez Bryant Explains His Pitch to Cowboys to Let Him ‘Take Witten’s Role’ - CowboyMaven
In our one-on-one interview with comeback-minded Dez Bryant, he makes it clear he continues to “work in the lab,” as he likes to describe his training regimen. But the always-entertaining Bryant is also constantly “workin’ it” via social media, most recently with an eye-catching response to the news that his old teammate Jason Witten might be leaving the Dallas Cowboys. “Give me the role they gave Witten,” Bryant tweets on Sunday during NFL Championship Weekend, adding that he’s taking “no shot at Witten” with the suggestion. “Let me play with Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott), (Tony) Pollard, (Michael) Gallup, (Amari) Cooper, (Randall) Cobb, (Blake) Jarwin ... “Think about it.” Dez ...are you serious? “I’m where I need to be (physically) right now,” Bryant tells CowboysSI.com. “I’m more serious than ever.”
Kevin Stefanski tells Steve Wilks he won’t be back as Browns DC, source says; Closing in on 49ers’ Joe Woods, according to report - Cleveland.com
New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has told Steve Wilks he won’t be back as defensive coordinator after only one season, a league source told cleveland.com. Wilks is under contract for two more years with the Browns, but will not be sticking around in any capacity. Last week, NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported that Stefanski was down to Wilks and 49ers defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Joe Woods for the defensive coordinator job, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Browns are closing in on Woods, 49. [BLG Note: Steve Wilks for Eagles DB coach?]
Report: Jaguars to interview Jay Gruden for vacant OC position - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars and head coach Doug Marrone are still searching for a replacement offensive coordinator after mutually parting ways with John DeFilippo earlier in the week. According to a report form NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars will be interviewing former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden for the position. This comes just a few days after the team interviewed former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and long-time offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, for the offensive coordinator job and an undisclosed position on the offensive staff, respectively. [BLG Note: Would be nice to see the Eagles at least interview Gruden.]
Rapid Reaction: This AFC championship belongs to Andy Reid - Arrowhead Pride
On Sunday night, Reid and the Chiefs accomplished the one, single goal that could deem their season a success by defeating the Titans 35-24 in the AFC championship. They should be favored in the Super Bowl against the winner of the NFC title game. For the first time ever, the Lamar Hunt Trophy is home. And Reid deserves all the credit, because had the Chiefs lost again, he would have undoubtedly received all the blame.
Chiefs open as 1.5-point favorite vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 54 - DraftKings Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are set to square off in Super Bowl 54. The two teams will kick things off at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET in Miami, Florida at Hard Rock Stadium. DraftKings Sportsbook has released their opening line for the Super Bowl, and the Chiefs are early favorites. Kansas City has been installed as a 1.5-point favorite and the point total is 53. The Chiefs are -124 favorites on the money line, while the 49ers are +102 underdogs.
Super Bowl LIV predictions, picks, odds, big questions for 49ers-Chiefs - ESPN
Reason for hope: The Chiefs have reason to believe they’ll win in every game they’re quarterbacked by Mahomes. They’re 27-8 with him as their starting quarterback. The eight losses are by a total of 36 points, and Mahomes as a starter has never lost a game by more than seven points. Reason for concern: For a team with as many great offensive skill players as the Chiefs have, they struggle at times in the red zone. They scored a TD on just 54% of their trips inside the opponents’ 20 during the regular season. A failure to finish drives in the Super Bowl would most likely prove costly. The Chiefs win if ... they rely on Mahomes to carry them. He hasn’t let the Chiefs down yet. If the Chiefs play to his many strengths, they’ll claim their first Lombardi trophy in 50 years.
The Packers’ Crushing NFC Championship Loss Is a Victory Lap for NFL Analytics - The Ringer
All season long, Aaron Rodgers and Co. outperformed their advanced numbers. Green Bay’s luck finally ran out on Sunday night against the 49ers.
Raheem Mostert went from NFL castoff to 49ers playoff legend - SB Nation
The greatest running performance in 49ers playoff history didn’t come from a first-round pick. It came from a player six other teams decided they didn’t want before he found a home in the Bay Area. Raheem Mostert has been one of the biggest factors in the San Francisco’s newfound postseason success. But his 58-yard performance — one that included a muffed punt recovery — in a Divisional Round win over the Vikings was merely an appetizer for his main course. He feasted on the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, torching a shaky run defense for 160 yards and three touchdowns ... in the first half alone. Mostert outgained Green Bay 156-93 (he had one catch for -4 yards) en route to a 27-0 halftime lead that left little doubt about who the NFC’s top team was. By the third quarter he’d broken Colin Kaepernick’s record for most rushing yards in a playoff game in San Francisco history. He finished his night with 220 yards and four touchdowns — second only to Eric Dickerson’s 1986 showing against the Cowboys as the league’s top postseason running performance.
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