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Offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams in 2020 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: A field-stretching wide receiver. Secondary needs: cornerbacks, safety. The Eagles’ 2019 season was defined in large part by their attrition, particularly at offensive skill positions down the stretch. A lack of wide receivers, and specifically DeSean Jackson, due to injury created a season in which running back Miles Sanders led the team in receiving yards on passes 20 or more yards downfield. It’s hard to have an effective passing game when that is your reality. Jackson should be back and healthy in 2020, but the Eagles could still benefit by adding a speedy receiver or two this offseason.

Eagles outlook: Howie Roseman performance review - BGN
While Roseman’s contributions to Philadelphia’s championship victory should always be appreciated, it’s fair to be disappointed with how the team hasn’t been able to maintain their elite status. The Eagles are merely 19-16 (including three postseason games) since hoisting their first Vince Lombardi Trophy. Looking back even further, the Eagles are 87-73 in the regular season and 4-4 in the playoffs since Roseman was first promoted to general manager in 2010. If you remove 2017, the Eagles are 74-70 in the regular season and 1-4 in the playoffs. Obviously, one can’t just take out the Super Bowl year when evaluating Roseman. He absolutely deserves credit for that. The question is: to what extent was that season the outlier? Can Roseman get the Eagles back to being one of the best teams in the league?

Chiefs Offense Rose From the Dead in the Fourth Quarter to Make a Super Bowl Champion Out of Andy Reid - MMQB
I like the ideas the Eagles have had over their offensive coordinator search. KC’s Mike Kafka, San Francisco’s Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur, and USC’s Graham Harrell are all good coaches with good ideas, but none wound up being available for hire. And now, we’re three weeks from the combine, and Doug Pederson is still looking. Which isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not ideal, since assistant coaches generally don’t become available in February.

2019 Seasons In Review - Rotoworld
12. Philadelphia Eagles. If you need to pull a rabbit out of your head, Doug Pederson remains the man to call. The Eagles’ coach is making an annual tradition out of snatching playoff appearances from the jaws of the golf course. His 9-7 squad could not produce a postseason victory, though injury was an unusually convincing alibi. How banged up was the Eagles’ offense? Greg Ward No. 1 receiver banged up. The final straw was Carson Wentz’s Wild Card concussion. Despite the offensive chaos, the buck probably should have stopped with an underachieving defense, but Pederson made the somewhat surprising decision to retain DC Jim Schwartz. 18-14 since their Super Bowl LII victory, the Eagles are idling in Jason Garrett-land. Garrett’s NFC East departure means that may no longer be an option in 2020. The Eagles need to up their game.

Football Will Always Be There for You - Inside Hook
In the last photo I have of my father, he and my mother are watching the Eagles play the Bears last November. My father, carefully buttoned into a light-blue shirt, waves toward the camera. Someone who had not known him — who did not know how his knowledge of the world had dwindled from reveling in the intricacies of organic chemistry to feeding the dog, with help, to querulously parsing the intentions of these three strange people, his wife and daughters — would have thought my mother was the sick one: she looks exhausted, anxious, determined. However hard it is to have Alzheimer’s, it may be harder still to take care of someone with it.

The Athletic’s 2020 “Super Bowl Era” franchise rankings - The Athletic
15. Philadelphia Eagles. Last year: No. 14. Total: 49 points. The irony of being tied with the Chiefs is made a bit more interesting by the timing of both franchises finally winning that next title after waiting so long. The Eagles were the big movers on 2018’s list with their first-time Super Bowl championship, jumping up 11 points with their unlikely win to leave the ranks of the “never won it” forever. It is somewhat surprising that they did not secure a Super Bowl during that run from 2000-2010, with Andy Reid always having Philadelphia in the mix and going to NFC championship games five times in eight years. Like the Vikings, the big zero on their ledger was a constant source of misery. Unlike the Vikings, they never have to hear it again. They may have dropped a spot this year but certainly feel like they are still the team to beat in their own division for now.

How Andy Reid’s trick play came to life in the Super Bowl - Arrowhead Pride
”We’ve worked on that play since the first day of OTAs,” said Mahomes. “We kept working on it every single week. We kept working on it — executing it and doing it the right way — waiting for the perfect time to call it. When we were there and coach said it, I was like, ‘It’s time. Let’s do it.’ “We all did it the right way,” added Mahomes. “Damien Williams had a great catch from the snap and hit it up the middle. You never know when those plays are going to get called, so you just keep working, trying to perfect them every single time you get an opportunity.” Reid is frequently called an innovator. But sometimes innovation is simply being aware of what has been done before — and finding the right time to use that knowledge.

For the Reid family, Andy’s first Super Bowl win was for late son, Garrett - Inquirer
“It was a moment with our family where we all got to cry and really feel my brother looking down on us,” Crosby said. “Garrett’s spirit was there. It was a huge family moment seeing my dad’s dream finally come true.” Tammy said she wore a ring on Sunday that her children had once given her in honor of Garrett. When the others had married, they each gave her one, she explained, but they had decided at some point that she should have one for Garrett, as well. She wore the sapphire-encrusted piece along with her wedding rings. “The fact that we were all here, that was amazing,” Tammy said. “Except for ‘G.’ So sad, but I know he’s watching us.” Andy said he kept his emotions at bay. “I’m all right there. I think of the good things,” the 61-year-old coach said. “I try to. Always the good things.”

No shortage of love for Chiefs’ Andy Reid, who shared his most heartwarming moments with his wife, son - Yahoo! Sports
“Listen, Andy ... he’s like a father, a grandfather,” Burkholder told Yahoo Sports. “I said, ‘I want to win this for you.’ And he was like, ‘No, I want to win it for everybody.’ “This is Andy’s deal, and why it’s so special — Andy Reid will never take credit. He’ll always take blame and give credit to everybody else. Tonight, we will all give him credit. And it’s the first time we’re able to do that.” Burkholder has seen Reid at his lowest. The two have been together for two decades, which means Burkholder had a front-row view of all those tough losses over the years. And while Reid may be a rock on the outside, his friend is one of the few who know how much they affected him. “Andy takes every loss hard,” Burkholder said. “I know the fans don’t understand it. Like, I love the man and I see him everyday, like five times a day, but after a loss I don’t want to see him. And I ride on the bus with him, and I say very little to him.”

Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid Fulfilled Their Super Bowl Destiny—and They’re Only Getting Started - The Ringer
The best compliment you can give to Patrick Mahomes—and there are many—is that Sunday did not feel like a miracle. When Mahomes is on the football field, there is the possibility that the next play is going to be the best play you have ever seen. Yet his brilliance—the stadium-shaking, the era-changing passes—seems inevitable. The Chiefs became the first team to erase three double-digit deficits in three playoff games, and Mahomes became the first quarterback to make this feel routine. Chiefs players talked about what Mahomes said to them in their darkest hour on Sunday: The answer was nothing. Because no one was particularly nervous. This isn’t mythmaking; this is common sense.

Barnwell on Super Bowl LIV: Andy Reid’s masterpiece, and how the Chiefs came back and the 49ers blew it - ESPN
Super Bowl LIV was decided by two third downs. The first was the absolute nadir of Kansas City’s hopes, when ESPN estimates the Chiefs held just a 3.9% chance of winning their first title in 50 years. Facing a third-and-15 with 7:13 to go in the fourth quarter down 20-10, the Chiefs desperately needed a big play from Patrick Mahomes, who had thrown his second interception of the game on the prior drive. Punting the ball back to the 49ers might have let San Francisco bleed the clock and produce a game-killing touchdown. Instead, Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill on a 44-yard bomb, as the Chiefs dialed up a play that they hit for a big gain on third-and-15 in last year’s AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. After scoring one touchdown on their first six drives, the Chiefs woke up and scored a touchdown on that drive and the following one. In the course of 12 offensive plays, they went from trailing 20-10 with a win expectancy of 3.9% to leading 24-20 with a win expectancy of 77.7%. After nearly collapsing, they became the first team in Super Bowl history to score 21 points on offense in the fourth quarter and only needed half of the quarter to do it.

Super Bowl 54: Andy Reid’s Super Bowl win By the Numbers! - NBCSP
MATCHING LARRY BROWN: By winning the Super Bowl in his 21st year as a head coach, Reid tied the record for any major sport for longest coaching tenure before his first championship. Larry Brown, whose tenure with the 76ers overlapped with Reid’s tenure with the Eagles, won his first NBA title with the Pistons in 2004, his 21st year as an NBA head coach and ironically the same year Reid lost his first Super Bowl. PILING UP THE WINS: Reid moved 6th place in NFL history with his 15th postseason win. Big Red trails only Bill Belichick (31), Tom Landry (20), Don Shula (19), Joe Gibbs (17) and Chuck Knox (16).

Former Montana Grizzly, NFL journeyman Colt Anderson hired by Cincinnati Bengals - Missoulian
After a two-year hiatus from professional football, Colt Anderson will be making his return to the NFL—this time as a coach. According to Field Yates, an NFL Insider for ESPN, Anderson—who last saw action as a player with the Buffalo Bills during the 2017 season—was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant special teams coach. He’ll serve under head coach Zac Taylor who wrapped up his first season with a 2-14 record. [BLG Note: Anderson played for the Eagles from 2010 through 2013.]

Ranking all 63 Super Bowl starting quarterbacks - SB Nation
17. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, Super Bowl 52. Foles became a Philadelphia legend by being a more prolific version of Hostetler (and catching a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass in the dang Super Bowl).

Five Super Bowl thoughts, with a Cowboys slant - Blogging The Boys
This is not good news for the Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliott has the biggest running back contract in NFL history. The evidence from this Super Bowl is that was a gross misuse of resources. The leading rusher in the entire game was the Chiefs’ Damien Williams. He had 104 yards in a game where neither team put up gaudy offensive numbers. A big chunk of that came on the victory sealing 38-yard touchdown run with just 1:12 left. It was one of the biggest defensive breakdowns of the night for the Niners, but his work all game had some arguing that he was the real MVP. That is probably in error. What is a pure fact is that he entered the league as an undrafted free agent and was signed as a free agent by Kansas City in 2018 - at a tenth of the cost of Elliott.

Greg Olsen officially released, plans to visit the Bills and Redskins this week - Hogs Haven
The Carolina Panthers officially released TE Greg Olsen today. The two sides had mutually agreed to part ways last week, and now Olsen is an unrestricted free agent. The Panthers saved $8.1 million with Olsen’s release. Adam Schefter reports that Olsen, who turns 35 this year, will be visiting the Buffalo Bill’s and Washington Redskins this week. It has been widely speculated that Olsen would be interested in a reunion with former Panthers, and new Redskins, Head Coach Ron Rivera.


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