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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/6/20.

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What NFL history tells us about J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s future - NBCSP
What does this all mean? Of the 19 second-round wide receivers drafted in the 20-year period ending in 2018 who caught 10 or fewer passes as rookies, more than half — 10 of them — finished their career with fewer than 50 catches. Five others had fewer than 200 catches. For every Jackson, Porter or Henderson, there’ve been three Dexter Jacksons, Limas Sweeds or Terrence Murphys.

Report: Eagles add former Broncos offensive coordinator and Mississippi State assistant to coaching staff - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles adding “passing game coordinator” to Press Taylor’s title isn’t the only coaching news we’re hearing today. ESPN’s Tim McManus is also reporting that the Eagles are expected to add former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello and former Mississippi State passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andrew Breiner to the team’s coaching staff. It’s not yet clear what titles Scangarello and Breiner will hold. The Eagles are expected to officially announce their 2020 coaching staff by the end of this week so we might have to wait until then. Adding Scangarello and Breiner figures to address the Eagles’ need for some fresh, new offensive ideas. It’s good to see they’re making some external hires instead of merely promoting from within.

The QB Scho Show #51: Mahomes vs. Garoppolo & First Round QBs - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield talk about how things went down between Patrick Mahomes vs Jimmy Garoppolo plus thoughts on how many quarterbacks will go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft!

The New Model - Iggles Blitz
We don’t know Scangarello’s title yet. I’m assuming he would be the QBs coach. He held that position in SF in 2017 and 2018 before going to Denver to be the OC last year. I like adding Scangarello to the staff. He coached at the college level for 15 years, all with small schools. You aren’t having success at that level by virtue of recruiting stars. You have to out-scheme opponents and develop talent, traits that serve you well at all levels. Scangarello coached under Kyle Shanahan in ATL and SF. I know Shanahan is catching a lot of flak for his game management in the Super Bowl, but he is brilliant when it comes to scheming, especially in the run game. I wanted the Eagles to bring in someone from his staff for that reason and also to help with the short passing game. SF led the league in yards after the catch. That’s been a weakness for the Eagles the last couple of years.

Eagles promote Press Taylor, add Rich Scangarello, Andrew Breiner, but won’t have OC - ESPN
Philadelphia also needs a wide receivers coach after firing Carson Walch. They showed interest in Vanderbilt receivers coach Aaron Moorehead, though it’s not yet clear whether he has been brought into the fray. Pederson is expected to announce his staff in full later this week.

Beat back and forth: Takeaways on the Eagles’ coaching staff changes - The Athletic
I was reading up on Scangarello, and he has a pretty interesting background. He left the college ranks to become a quality control coach with the Falcons in 2015. I’m sure we’ll talk to him about it, but it seems like he wanted to learn more about Shanahan’s scheme, and looked at it almost as a one-year internship. He returned to college, but when Shanahan got the 49ers job, he hired Scangarello to coach the quarterbacks. Working under Shanahan means a zone running game (outside zone) and a lot of boot-action, getting the quarterback outside the pocket. If you want to be excited about this hire, that’s one aspect to look at. It took Pederson way too long last year to move Wentz out of the pocket by design. Once he started doing more of that, it paid off. I would suspect that Scangarello’s level of expertise in that area should help.

Eagles mailbag: Plenty of free agency and draft questions | Early Birds - Inquirer
Question from @scottacular7: Will the Eagles be in play for a top-3 WR or CB free agent? [...] Answer: Wide receiver, no. Cornerback, yes. That’s just my hunch, but I think with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside under contract for next season, the Eagles will likely look more to the draft than free agency. Jeffery’s future is uncertain because of his foot injury, and because the Eagles may not want him anymore, but Jackson may be more likely to return. The Eagles just can’t go into next year without insurance behind him, which is why I could see them adding a second-tier free-agent receiver like the Chiefs’ Demarcus Robinson. As for cornerback, the Eagles have some work ahead as well.

Lessons Learned From the 2019 NFL Season - MMQB
Basically, the football side of the Eagles’ front office is structured on two tracks underneath Howie Roseman. There’s a VP of player personnel (that’s Andy Weidl, and it was Joe Douglas before that) and a VP of football operations (that was Berry). The former oversees the scouting department. The latter basically oversees everything else (video, training, strength and conditioning) in the organization football-wise. And there’s obviously some level of overlap between the two areas, which makes the communication between the two VPs important, with both those guys ultimately reporting directly to Roseman. Roseman’s involved in both sides—just think of this as if he had offensive and defensive coordinators. An interesting addendum to that is that I’m told Berry plans to set up Cleveland that way, which is part of why there was a shakeup in the front office.

Tale of the Tape: Rich Scangarello’s breakout game - Mile High Report
I have been a fan of Rich Scangarello since he was hired. I liked the idea of pairing a young offensive coordinator, groomed under Kyle Shanahan, who had done time in the college ranks with a defensive coach like Vic Fangio. After seeing the product on the field, I haven’t been disappointed. Well, I haven’t liked the end results on the field very much, but the designs and structure of the offense that Scangarello has implemented here in Denver is the best I have seen since Peyton Manning was at the helm. Now, that isn’t saying too much, given what we’ve had at offensive coordinator over the last several years, but so far, eight games in, I have really liked what I have seen from him. [BLG Note: Good article from November about the Eagles’ new coaching assistant.]

2020 NFL offseason outlook: First order of business for each of the 32 NFL teams - CBS Sports
Philadelphia Eagles — This draft is loaded with WRs. Select several.

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce honor Andy Reid with emphatic speeches at Super Bowl parade - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl championship parade in 50 seasons concluded at Union Station with several speeches to a crowd that was estimated to have nearly 1 million people in attendance. After talks from Missouri governor Mike Parsons, mayor Quinton Lucas, team owner Clark Hunt and president Mark Donovan, general manager Brett Veach was kind enough to say what we all were thinking. “Let’s keep this short and sweet because let’s be real, we all came out here to hear Travis Kelce’s speech, right?” said Veach to thunderous applause. And Kelce delivered. “Can you dig it?” he shouted into the microphone. “I love this team. I’m wearing half the beers I’ve been trying to drink, baby!”

The 7 people we are happiest for at the Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade - SB Nation
Andy Reid. It took 21 years and more than 200 wins, but the future Hall of Famer finally got his first Super Bowl victory. Reid, one of the greatest and most quotable coaches the NFL has ever seen, isn’t satisfied with just one championship, however. At the parade rally, he told the fans, “Next year, we’re coming right back here. One more time, baby!” Then he wisely ceded the spotlight to Travis Kelce, who gave his coach a thundering shoutout. “Twenty-one years, how about that? Twenty-one years,” Kelce said. “Y’all know what that means? Everybody here’s thinking, ‘Oh that’s when I can legally get a drink.’ No! 21 years, that’s how long it’s just been turning for my guy Andy Reid.

Kansas City Sports Fandom Has Achieved Nirvana - The Ringer
The Chiefs won the Super Bowl in dramatic fashion less than five years after the Royals won the World Series in a similar way. A lifetime of fan-base dreaming has been fulfilled—and the future is suddenly boundless.

Which major Dallas Cowboys extension of last offseason looks best a year later? How about worst? - Blogging The Boys
Jaylon Smith is an incredible story. The fact that he is even physically capable of playing well or poorly is a testament to his inner strength and resolve and all of that is fully acknowledged. The Cowboys thought they were ahead of the curve with Smith and looked to ride the wave that was his second official season playing for them. The deal that they gave him didn’t exactly incite riots, but he certainly did not play to that level in 2019. He is not one of the the better linebackers in the game at this moment. What’s more is that many people believed that Smith was more focused on other things, things like personal branding and his own individual projects. The finances of this deal make it hard to really regret, but the overall package of it aren’t fun to look at these days.

XFL 2020: Which team should you adopt? Here are some reasons to root for each - CBS Sports
Why you should support the St. Louis BattleHawks: Um, duh. They have the best name in the XFL. And one of the coolest logos. And if you like cities that have a little something extra to prove because they were abandoned by an NFL team, St. Louis is your team. Also, the BattleHawks are the only XFL team to play in a dome (The Dome, as they call it), so hopefully fan support means loud home games.

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