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Eagles News: Andy Reid invites Donovan McNabb to talk to the Chiefs ahead of Super Bowl LIV

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Super Bowl LIV: Andy Reid brings Donovan McNabb to Chiefs practice to address team - NBCSP
Three days before facing the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs had a special guest at practice on Thursday morning. Andy Reid’s longtime quarterback Donovan McNabb addressed the Chiefs before the morning session in Florida, according to a pool report. “He’s been there and done it,” Reid said to pool reporter Dan Pompei. “He’s been in the league, played a long time. It was good hearing from him.”

NFL free agency buzz: “Logan Ryan will be in play for the Eagles” - BGN
Ryan is indeed a native of Camden County, New Jersey. He attended Eastern Regional High School located in Voorhees Township and then played college football for Rutgers. Moving closer to home could certainly be an appeal for him after previously playing for the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. Ryan, a 2013 third-round draft pick by the Pats, does not lack experience. He’s logged 85 starts in 109 career games played and has only been inactive for three games. Over the span of seven seasons, Ryan has notched 494 tackles, 78 passes defensed, 17 interceptions, 11 sacks, nine forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. Strong track record of durability and production while always playing for teams that had more wins than losses.

SUPER BOWL LIV: Jay Ajayi - BGN Radio
Running back Jay Ajayi joins RJ Ochoa (Blogging the Boys) & Jeanna Thomas (The Falcoholic) to discuss his experience in the Super Bowl, his eMLS career with the Philadelphia Union, the surprising season from Ryan Tannehill and more! Powered by SB Nation.

Dorktown: NFL teams should go for two way, way more often - SB Nation
But two teams in particular jump out as the most fascinating. The first is the Philadelphia Eagles. They chased that second point a lot (relatively speaking), with the Steelers the only team that surpassed their total of 26 attempts. And for good reason: they were awesome. Having successfully converted 19 of the 26, that’s nearly a point-and-a-half, which as we saw above comfortably led the league. It’s a mark so high that, when combined with that tougher extra point, meant every time Doug Pederson sent his kicker on the field after a touchdown, he was conceding a lot. [...] So the team going for 2 more than just about anyone is also the team most sabotaging themselves by not doing so even more (and while the league-wide discrepancy is 0.064 points, just in case you’re curious that skyrockets all the way to 0.148 when isolating the 27 teams that weren’t allergic to converting 2-pointers).

Eagles RB Miles Sanders talks Wentz huddle, love for mom on Pat McAfee Show - PhillyVoice
The best part of the interview came when McAfee questioned Sanders about Carson Wentz. ”What’s something that’s said inside the huddle?” McAfee asked. “I’ve never been inside of a huddle.” ”He’ll say, ‘Man, let’s ball out and have fun, be a playmaker, be a dog,’ you know, all that stuff that I like. ‘Be a dog.’ He’ll say that to me every game and that’ll just get me ready, you know?” Sanders said. “That’s the type of lingo I’m used to and he’ll bring it out of me.”

Rumors Heating Up - Iggles Blitz
DeSean Jackson feels like a lock to return. Greg Ward will be back, likely as your fourth or fifth option. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside will return, with a chance to be your third or fourth option. Will Alshon Jeffery return? Great question. There is a strong argument that says get rid of him and just eat the cap cost. You can also argue that if you’re going to have to pay him anyway, why not play him? He is talented. Jeffery isn’t the guy from 2017 anymore, but he’s still an effective starter. The big issue is whether he’s a problem in the locker room or not. The Eagles need to figure that out and decide what to do with him. The Eagles could spend pick 21 on a WR. They could sign someone like Robby Anderson in free agency. They could possibly make a trade for a veteran. Lots of options. I do not see them looking into Odell Beckham Jr. He is super talented, but seems like an awfully big headache.

What we learned at the Senior Bowl -
In 2018, Hennessy earned a single-digit jersey number, given to the toughest players on the team. According to Pro Football Focus, Hennessy had the lowest rate of pressures allowed (0.6 percent) in the regular season among all FBS centers, allowing zero sacks and just two pressures in 329 pass blocks that season. He followed that up by earning midseason All-America honors from both PFF and The Associated Press. Hennessy said it was a dream to represent Temple at the Senior Bowl, seeing pictures of former teammate cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, who was a standout during last year’s Senior Bowl and became a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts. A native of Bardonia, New York, Hennessy is looking to not only follow in Ya-Sin’s footsteps, but in his brother’s as well. Thomas Hennessy is the long snapper for the New York Jets. North Carolina defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge called Hennessy the toughest player he faced in Mobile. The next challenge is if Hennessy can tear up the turf at next month’s NFL Scouting Combine.

How 49ers’ Mike McDaniel’s NFL journey started as child with Broncos - NBCSP
Neither Mike McDaniel nor Mike LaFleur calls plays with the 49ers, but both have significant responsibilities in taking the lead on Mondays and Tuesdays in putting together the game plans. It is a collaborative effort with everyone on the staff, including offensive line coach John Benton, running backs coach Bobby Turner, tight ends coach Jon Embree and receivers coach Wes Welker. McDaniel and LaFleur could have kept their options open for next season by declining to sign contract extensions. But a year ago, they both signed deals through the 2020 season, and will likely sign new deals this offseason through 2021. [BLG Note: So much for one of these Mikes being the Eagles’ next OC?]

Spotting greatness: The story behind the Eagles’ 1999 hiring of Andy Reid - Inquirer
“His title [with the Packers] may not have been coordinator, but he was so involved in game-planning with Mike,’’ Lurie said. “I have a very close relationship with Mike, and he told me nobody was more impactful in the game plans and being a part of their success than Andy. He said it didn’t matter that Andy didn’t have the coordinator title.’’ Reid’s obsession for detail and planning was evident when he showed up at his interview with that now-famous Webster’s Dictionary-sized notebook. “The book had everything you could possibly imagine if you were preparing yourself to become a head coach in the NFL,’’ Banner said. “He literally had things like notes from speeches that other head coaches had given on opening day. The thing that maybe was most impressive to us was he had ranked every coach at every single position one through 10, including college guys. He literally had a draft board of coaches. He would have a wide receiver coach as the sixth-rated guy, and you’d ask him why he was No. 6, and the extent of detail and insight he showed in answering those questions was really stunning. To this day, I’ve seen nothing like it from any other coach.’’

Andy Reid’s Beautiful Mind - The Ringer
Football is not a sport of giant leaps. There are only, by rule, so many ways you can line up on a football field, and even the biggest innovations are small, nuanced changes building on decades of other modifications. The best minds, like Andy Reid and Bill Belichick, are to football what Malcolm Gladwell once dubbed Steve Jobs: tweakers, who don’t invent a lot but change a lot. Reid started as a West Coast offense scheme baron. He worked under West Coast offense legend Mike Holmgren as an assistant before taking the offense, which relied on short, horizontal passing routes, with him as a head coach in Philadelphia. Reid kept incrementally building the offense until it included, well, basically everything. The Fast and the Furious started out as a pretty basic car racing movie in 2001, and by 2017, its plots involved Russians with nuclear weapons. Reid began his career as a West Coast savant who built an offense that folded in nearly every innovation of the sport. But, in both the Fast franchise and in Reid’s career, the main ingredients are still there.

54 Questions and Answers for Super Bowl 54 - Rotoworld
9. What is Andy Reid’s record after a bye week? Technically the fabled “Reid after a bye” legend applies this week. The long-time Eagles and Chiefs head coach has been nothing short of remarkable when given an extra week’s worth of rest over the years: Straight up: 23-5. Against the spread: 19-9.

The Timing Was Perfect for Steve Spagnuolo to Finish His Super Bowl Journey With Andy Reid - MMQB
“I’m not gonna lie, when I was an assistant working for (former Eagles DC) Jim Johnson in Philadelphia, I knew at some point Jim would retire. And Andy had already talked with me about replacing Jim,” Spagnuolo said. “I had visions then, especially after we lost the Super Bowl in ’04, of someday being able to do that in that job for Andy. And then I went on my own trek and had the great success in New York, etc., etc. But to turn around 12 years later and be able to possibly fulfill that, to me, would mean the world. I’m indebted to Andy. I’m not sure I get the chance to be in this league if it’s not for Andy. So for me to be able to have some hand in him finally reaching the ultimate would, to me, be a blessing from God, number one, and make me feel complete insomuch as I’m able to thank him. That would be the best way for me to thank him.”

Chiefs lineman Stefen Wisniewski on trying season: ‘God allowed it to test me, to bring Him glory’ - Sports Spectrum
EDITOR’S NOTE: Stefen Wisniewski spoke with Sports Spectrum during Super Bowl Opening Night about his faith and his time with the Kansas City Chiefs. Afterward, the left guard said he wrote a piece he wanted to publish on our website. Enjoy! Every man playing in the Super Bowl has a story. Here’s mine. After seven mostly successful years playing in the NFL, which included 90-plus starts and a Super Bowl ring with the Philadelphia Eagles, my career took a sharp turn downhill. In 2018, I was benched during the season, fired at the end of the year, re-hired, then fired at the end of training camp this year. I spent the first five weeks of the 2019 season unemployed, on my couch watching NFL games. It was a frustrating time. But I believe God allowed all this to happen to me to test me, to bring Him glory, and to teach me how to better follow Him.

Barnwell’s Super Bowl LIV preview: What to know for 49ers-Chiefs, with predictions and more - ESPN
The Chiefs have been able to overcome sloppy play on defense and special teams by scoring at an astronomical, unsustainable rate on offense, even by Mahomes’ incredible standards. The 49ers won’t shut down Mahomes, and I would be worried about a fourth-quarter comeback if the 49ers are winning once the pass rush begins to tire and Reid finds a weakness, but this is the best defense Mahomes has faced during the postseason by a considerable margin. The 49ers should be better along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in this game, and that has won football games for a century now. If Mahomes can overcome those advantages and still guide Reid to his first Super Bowl victory, we’ll be lucky enough to see it. 49ers 27, Chiefs 23.

Super Bowl LIV Preview - Football Outsiders
We’ve been lucky to have a string of very close Super Bowls with matchups that looked very close going into the games, and this one is no different. But I give the slight edge to Kansas City. I think San Francisco will be able to have offensive success running the ball, but their defense is not going to go out and make Patrick Mahomes look like Kirk Cousins looked three weeks ago. Calling for a high-scoring game didn’t end up working out for me last year but I’m calling for a high-scoring game again this year. I also think it will be close, but the Chiefs are the favorite with the better chance to come out ahead.

Jason Witten wants to continue to play with the Cowboys in 2020 - Blogging The Boys
When Jason Witten game out of retirement lat year, he signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys to continue his career. At the time, most thought that it would be just for one season and he would retire again, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to Jon Machota, Witten would like to return to Dallas but won’t rule out playing elsewhere in 2020.


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