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Get to know Eagles senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello -
Scangarello spent the 2019 season as the offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Denver Broncos. Drew Lock finished his first year in the league with a 4-1 record to match John Elway for the most wins by a rookie quarterback in franchise history. The Broncos’ 2019 rookie class played the sixth-most snaps in the NFL. In addition to Lock’s success, tight end Noah Fant had the most catches (40) and receiving yards (562) by a first-year tight end in team history.

Broncos Film Room: An inside look at the offense Rich Scangarello is bringing to Denver - DNVR
What truly stood out from the Wagner tape was how many pro-style concepts Scangarello was already running at an FCS program in just one year of being the OC. Spread and air raid offenses have primarily been adopted in the NCAA because they’re easier to install and simplify the game. Rather than following that trend, Scangarello, as he has done in the pros, was able to install a diverse and more sophisticated offense, and made it work. While more spread looks from his college days would make him a sexier film study, Scangarello’s ability to get his players quickly familiarized with his playbook and executing at a high level, in a short amount of time, really stood out. [BLG Note: Article from January 2019.]

Making sense of the Eagles’ new offensive coaching staff - Inquirer
Scangarello, 47, ran the Shanahan scheme, as in Mike and Kyle, in Denver. He was Kyle’s quarterbacks coach with the 49ers from 2017 to ’18 and an assistant under him with the Falcons in 2015. Shanahan’s system isn’t “run-based,” as many assume, but his run schemes are diverse and, when executed, effective. Its gap blocking is intricate, as is its use of pre-snap motions and multiple personnel groupings. The run can set up play-action, but that thinking is archaic. You don’t need to establish the ground game for play-action to work. The run was established long ago. But Shanahan’s play-action passes are often designed to air the ball out deep. The Eagles were lacking in outside speed, but some of their downfield concepts had become predictable. Scangarello, who has obvious experience working with quarterbacks, will also factor into the pass game.

Kapadia: Eight thoughts on the Eagles’ coaching staff changes - The Athletic
Scangarello has an interesting background. He has five years of NFL coaching experience, most recently serving as the Broncos offensive coordinator last year. Scangarello coached the 49ers’ quarterbacks in 2017 and 2018. He spent two other seasons as a quality control coach in Oakland and then Atlanta. Joe Flacco uncharacteristically criticized Scangarello at times last season for being too conservative. The Denver Post reported head coach Vic Fangio wanted Scangarello to take more shots downfield and keep his foot on the gas when the Broncos had leads. In a December game against the Chargers, Scangarello wanted to take a knee with the score tied and seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Fangio overruled him. The Broncos drew a 37-yard pass interference penalty and kicked the winning field goal. Last year, Flacco produced a downfield completion on just 3.1 percent of his dropbacks, which ranked 31st out of 34 quarterbacks. In the offseason, Fangio fired Scangarello in favor of Pat Shurmur. One thing I harped on last year was the Eagles coaches need to build on Wentz’s aggressive nature rather than just urge him to take what the defense gives him. Frank Reich consistently preached to Pederson to be more aggressive. It’ll be interesting to see what Scangarello’s approach is.

Eagles “stay or go” results heading into the 2020 offseason - BGN
ALSHON JEFFERY — 32% stay. Moving on from him doesn’t make financial sense but I’m really not sure how you bring him back into the fold after he’s allegedly trashed the starting quarterback two years in a row. My sense is the team doesn’t want him back in the locker room.

Moves Are Official - Iggles Blitz
Too often I think people get caught up in names. I don’t remember fans going nuts when the Eagles hired Frank Reich or Jim Johnson. Steve Spagnuolo was unknown when the Eagles hired him. Sean McDermott slowly and methodically climbed up the coaching ladder over the course of a decade before he became the team’s DC. I like the combination of internal promotions and finding outsiders. I also think there is something to be said for having a young coaching staff. Go get young guys that are hungry, driven and energetic. Mix them in with veterans like Jim Schwartz, Jeff Stoutland and Ken Flajole. You do need combinations of ages, backgrounds and personalities.

Bold offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams: Gurley trade, QBs on move - ESPN
The Eagles will make a splash move at cornerback. Both starting corners from 2019, Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, are free agents. While it wouldn’t be a surprise if Mills were brought back into the fold, Philadelphia will want import a proven difference-maker to hold down one side of the field. The CowboysByron Jones and the Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr. are among the top projected free-agent corners. Whether it be via free agency or a trade, Philly will make some waves.

Examining NFL Draft Capital in 2019 & Looking Ahead to 2020 - Over The Cap
The Ravens (+11), Broncos (+9) and Eagles (+9) being the three teams that the Fitzgerald Chart valued the most as compared to the Rich Hill Chart is entirely unsurprising. The Ravens have earned the most compensatory picks of any franchise in the NFL since compensatory picks were created, and they trade down very often. The Broncos traded down from No. 10 to No. 20 with the Steelers just last year in a great trade for Denver in which they added a 2020 3rd Round pick. And the Eagles have embraced analytical decision-making in all facets of football as much or more than any other NFL team.

Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and the Biggest Story Lines of the NFL Offseason - The Ringer
With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, let’s break down the stories that will define the league’s spring and early summer. Most pressing is the possibility that some big-name quarterbacks might be on the move.

The Philadelphia Union 2020 kits have officially dropped - Brotherly Game
The new home Philadelphia Union jersey for 2020 officially dropped on Wednesday night with Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott showing off the new threads at an event in New York City.

XFL Season Preview - Football Outsiders
The Defenders’ quarterback is Cardale Jones, who won the National Championship with Ohio State in 2015, starting just 10 games for the Buckeyes over two years before going to the NFL and doing essentially nothing. He’s joined by running back Jhurell Pressley, who led the AAF in rushing yardage and is one of the best players from that league to move to the XFL, considering many of their biggest stars were snatched up by NFL practice squads. The Defenders boast plenty of talent at the skill positions besides just Pressley, though — Donnell Pumphrey is the NCAA’s all-time leader in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage, although he could never find a way into the Eagles’ lineup, and Rashad Ross was another AAF standout with 36 catches, 583 yards, and seven touchdowns in just eight games. Add in NFL veterans like Matt Elam and Jay Bromley on defense and the Defenders are set to make some serious noise.

Everything you want to know about the new XFL - SB Nation
The Super Bowl is barely in the rearview mirror and, yet, there’s already more professional football on the way. The relaunch of the XFL is upon us, with the inaugural season kicking off this weekend. It’s been easy to put the XFL on the back burner while the NFL season was still underway, but now the newest secondary league is trying to stick where many have failed before (including the first iteration of the XFL, which both launched and died in 2001). How is this time different? What can you expect? Who are the teams? Let’s dive in and get all your big questions answered.


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