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Rankings: The NFL’s top quarterbacks heading into Super Bowl LIV - PFF
16. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. It was an odd season for Wentz, who was playing better than the stats showed during the first few weeks of the season before ranking near the bottom of the league in PFF grade over the second half of the season. He did have to deal with an incredible number of injuries to his supporting cast, and the end of the season saw multiple gutsy performances when throwing to a different group of receivers seemingly every week. On the positive side, Wentz was among the league’s best in big-time throws, and he was excellent when playing under pressure and outside of structure, though those are all facets that are difficult to duplicate moving forward. On the other hand, Wentz was mediocre in stable situations and below average at hitting open throws, but surrounding him with a full season of good playmakers should get him back on track. Key Stat from QB Annual: Wentz ranked below average in accuracy to all levels of the field other than 20-plus yard throws, where he was 2.5 percentage points above the league average.

Report: Eagles interviewed quarterbacks coach Press Taylor for offensive coordinator job - BGN
4) The OC hire should ideally help to maximize Carson Wentz. Has Taylor really done that as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach over the past two years? I’d say no. At least one NFL executive believes that Taylor has been going too easy on Wentz. That sentiment lines up with things that I’ve heard about the Taylor-Wentz relationship being much more buddy-buddy than the typical coach and player dynamic. (And it’s not hard to believe given Taylor is only five years older than Wentz.) Perhaps getting Taylor out of the quarterbacks coach role would be good, then, but would the new hire really bring the tough love that John DeFilippo once gave to Wentz? McManus curiously mentioned Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter as a possible replacement if Taylor gets promoted. Trevor Lawrence has obviously thrived under his coaching but does Streeter have the proper cachet when it comes to coaching up Wentz? We already know Taylor doesn’t.

Eagles Update Goulash Extravaganza - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton get you up to speed on what the Eagles have been up to including front office and coaching moves, All Or Nothing, mock speculation, the Senior Bowl and much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out awards for the 2019 Eagles, NFL Honors-style - PhillyVoice
Most Valuable Player: Carson Wentz. There were some ups and downs along the way, but Wentz put any doubts about his status as the franchise quarterback to bed during the Eagles’ late season run to the playoffs when he put an injury-devastated team on his back and willed them to four straight wins, two of which were fourth quarter comeback wins.

Why Dolphins’ Mack Hollins feels he’s in a better place than with Eagles, and the strangeness of his release -
Then, he left one of the NFL’s oldest teams for one of its youngest. It re-energized him, even though he only played 16 offensive snaps in four games for the Dolphins. The youthfulness of that locker room suits him, he said. “It’s definitely a different vibe because if you look at just the dynamic of older players, they have kids, they have families, they’re not hanging out in the locker room all day,” Hollins said. “That’s one of the biggest things I saw in college: Everybody’s got the same schedule and nobody is hanging out with their kids, they’re in college. They’re in the locker room. That’s where you get to know guys. In Philly, the guys are just older. In Miami, I’m like one of the older receivers so I get to hang out with the guys a little bit more.”

From Philadelphia to Dana Point, nearly everyone is hoping this time is Andy Reid’s - Inquirer
The national sentiment matches that of Philadelphia if not more so. Who doesn’t love a good story? And the 61-year-old Reid finally hoisting the Lombardi Trophy — after nearly 40 years of coaching, 21 as a head coach, after coming so close before, after watching two proteges from his vast tree win before him, after personal sacrifice and family tragedy — would qualify as a page-turner. But there’s more to the affection for Reid, just as there is more to the rotund coach, with the bushy mustache and stoic public demeanor. He may reveal only so much, but Reid’s legion of allies is outspoken, and through their accounts his greatness has seeped into the public consciousness. “He’s done everything right from his work ethic to what I call his humanity. So who wouldn’t pull for him?” former Eagles president Joe Banner said. “He’s been dreaming of being a head coach and of winning a Super Bowl his whole life, and anybody who knows him can’t believe it’s taken 20-odd years to get there because he’s as good as or better than many of the coaches that won Super Bowls.”

Eagles, NFL surprise autism advocate David Siegal with a trip to the Super Bowl -
A self-advocate for autism awareness, David Siegal is headed to Super Bowl LIV for his inspiring contributions to ending stigmas in the workplace.

South Philly Chiefs bar gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday - NBCSP
Well, we know where the party is going to be in Philadelphia on Super Bowl Sunday. You better be a Chiefs’ fan if you want to get in though. Marc Farzetta catches up with this South Philly staple ahead of the big game.

Graham Names G.J. Kinne As Offensive Coordinator - Hawaii Athletics
University of Hawai’i head football coach Todd Graham announced the hiring of former NFL quarterback and Philadelphia Eagles staff member G.J. Kinne as offensive coordinator. Kinne was a standout quarterback for Graham at the University of Tulsa. Kinne (pronounced kinny) spent last season on Doug Pederson’s staff with the Eagles, where he held the title of offensive special projects, assisting the offensive staff with game planning. ”GJ Kinne was a bowl championship collegiate quarterback and one of the best I’ve ever coached,” Graham said. “He also has experience playing and coaching at the highest level in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. We are elated to have him lead our offense.”

Making the Mostert - MMQB
49ers breakout back Raheem Mostert only seems like he came from nowhere. The real place—New Smyrna Beach, Fla., some 250 miles up the coast from Miami—has everything to do with why he’ll be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Five things to watch in Super Bowl LIV - Arrowhead Pride
On the flip side, Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s unit will be facing off against 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. After orchestrating great performances from his defense all season, Saleh has suddenly become a head coaching candidate. The 49ers allowed the eighth-fewest points in the regular season — and forced the sixth-most turnovers. That is an impressive turnaround from last season, when the 49ers gave up the fifth-most points and forced the fewest turnovers. As impressive as the defensive coordinators have been this season, good offense usually beats good defense. But on Sunday, which defense makes a the right play at the right time could easily make the difference in the game.

Five 49ers to watch in the Super Bowl: All eyes on Jimmy G - Niners Nation
Jimmy Garoppolo. The game won’t come down to if Jimmy G plays well or not. He’ll have to make throws, but he has all season. Keep an eye on Garoppolo’s nerves. Is he missing high early on? Is he holding on to the ball longer? Or is he playing confident, fast, and letting her rip? Usually, once Garoppolo gets hit is when he starts playing his best ball. The story of the Super Bowl will be the 49ers offense and how efficient they are, specifically in the red zone. Everyone will tell you Shanahan was protecting Garoppolo in the playoffs, completely ignoring how the Niners build a lead. They’ll tell you he can’t throw, ignoring that he’s statistically the best third-down quarterback in the NFL. Who cares that he led the offense back against the Saints down 13 points, or drove the field against Seattle, twice. Or completed two big-time third down passes against the Rams. That doesn’t matter as it doesn’t fit their narrative.

Breaking down 194 NFL media picks for Super Bowl 54 - DraftKings Nation
UPDATE: We now have 194 picks — primarily media, but also some oddsmakers. Of the 194 picks, 116 people picked the Chiefs and 78 picked the 49ers.

Super Bowl LIV betting guide: Best bets on game and props - ESPN
I believe there are two key factors as to why the wrong team is favored in this matchup, and they both find their roots in the cognitive bias known as recency bias. The Chiefs hung a combined 86 points in spectacular fashion on the Texans and Titans this postseason, leading many to fawn over the unstoppable nature of this high-powered offense. However, both of those contests took place at Arrowhead Stadium against organizations that boast two of the worst pass defenses in the NFL (Houston, 29th; Tennessee, 24th). For comparison’s sake, San Francisco finished the regular season ranked first in the NFL in pass defense (169.2 yards per game) and tied for fifth in sacks (48). Kansas City’s offense won’t have nearly the same level of success in the Super Bowl as it had in its two previous playoff matchups.

The 11 best rookie performances in Super Bowl history - SB Nation
5. Corey Clement, RB, Eagles (Super Bowl 52). When the Eagles defeated the Patriots in 2018, Clement had four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown, averaging 25 yards per catch. The undrafted free agent’s 55-yard reception was the Eagles’ longest offensive play in Super Bowl history. That also broke the Super Bowl record for the longest catch by a running back. His 100 receiving yards are the third most for a running back in a Super Bowl, and he was just the second Eagles back with 100 receiving yards in a playoff game.


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