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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts’ connection to Philadelphia’s new quarterbacks coach

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/28/21.

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New Eagles QB coach has connection to Jalen Hurts - NBCSP
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski from an article last May, Johnson states how Hurts was reminiscent of Prescott and how Johnson’s connection with Hurts dates back to when the Eagles QB was as young as four. Hurts’ father was an assistant coach at a Texas high school at the same time that Johnson was playing for the team. Johnson went even as far as to recruit Hurts to Mississippi State before the quarterback ended up at Alabama instead.

New QB Coach - Iggles Blitz
I love the fact the Eagles are bringing in someone from the college game. That’s where cutting edge ideas come from, not the NFL. Johnson won’t come in with some magical play that will make the Eagles invincible, but he will have some fresh ideas to bring to the table. Florida had one of the best offenses in the nation this year. QB Kyle Trask had an amazing season. He fed the ball to TE Kyle Pitts and WR Kadarius Toney. Those positions should be thought of loosely. Those guys were playmakers and the UF coaching staff treated them as such. They moved them around and fed the ball to them a lot. Good scheme plus great execution led to a dynamic offense. It is also important that Johnson is black and now takes over an important position. QB coaches have a chance to progress to being a head coach. More than a few people think Johnson has that kind of potential. Listen to him talk here and you can see where he is impressive.

Florida offensive coordinator Brian Johnson to become Eagles quarterbacks coach, per reports - Alligator Army
Johnson left Mississippi State to spend one year as offensive coordinator under Major Applewhite at Houston in 2017, but rejoined Mullen as he came to Florida that fall, already on his fourth distinct job before turning 31. And Johnson thrived at Florida, helping refine Feleipe Franks and especially Kyle Trask alongside Mullen while playing a significant role in Florida’s recruitments of Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson. He was also elevated to the title of offensive coordinator in 2020, making him the first Black man to serve as offensive coordinator for the program, though what that move did to change Johnson’s duties is unclear, as Mullen continued to — and likely always will — handle the bulk of the playcalling as an offensive-minded head coach, and Johnson likely had plenty of input in an offensive brain trust that also includes longtime Mullen assistants Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy without having the OC title.

What the Eagles should do at defensive end - BGN
OUTLOOK: The Eagles have an interesting decision to make on Barnett this offseason. Having him play on his fifth-year option, valued at just over $10 million, doesn’t seem like a viable course of action for a team in Philly’s cap situation. The Eagles could look to sign the 24-year-old to an extension, perhaps in the Isaac Seumalo mold (team-friendly, betting on upside). Or maybe they’ll just cut him to clear that $10 million, especially now that Jim Schwartz — a fierce Barnett advocate — is now gone. The injury history is also a concern considering he’s missed one-third of the Eagles’ games over the last three years. Ultimately, the guess here is that the Eagles still have hope for Barnett’s future and will thus try to extend him.

17 Deshaun Watson trade proposals, ranked from least likely to most likely to happen in the 2021 NFL offseason - ESPN
Teams with cap constraints. New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These teams are each in varying states of cap distress heading into the offseason. Even given Watson’s relatively modest $10.5 million cap hold for 2021, the Eagles and Saints don’t really have a way to add that much to their cap given their outgoing free agents and current cap construction. The Buccaneers are up against it and committed to Tom Brady in the short term; Brady also has a full no-trade clause.

Grading the fantasy football landing spots in Mel Kiper’s first 2021 NFL mock draft - Fake Teams
1.06 Philadelphia Eagles — WR Jaylen Waddle. Yes of course the Eagles should get one of these top three wide receivers given how abysmal their passing game was last year. Waddle has game breaking speed and easily would step into the Eagles’ no. 1 pass catcher role. Let me now take the rest of this paragraph to tell you, Howie Roseman and Nick Sirianni, that starting Carson Wentz in 2021 is a dumb idea after what Jalen Hurts showed in his starts this year. Don’t be dumb. Wentz = bad. Hurts = good. Grade: A.

Pro Bowl first-timer Brandon Graham ready to ‘have the time of my life’ -
In other Eagles news ... a feel-good story. Three Eagles are “in” Sunday’s Pro Bowl, a virtual event as it turns out to be played in the format of a Madden 21 video game, and for first-time Pro Bowler Brandon Graham, nothing is going to ruin “the time of my life.” The details of the event were kind of sketchy until the last couple of days as Graham was asked, a few times, how available he would be for events, all of them virtual. The answer: I’ll do everything and anything you want. “I just want to have the time of my life and enjoy the experience, no matter whether we’re playing in it or not,” Graham said last week in a phone conversation. “Next year is another goal for me so that I can play in it.”

Report: Colts TEs Coach Jason Michael Also Joining Nick Sirianni’s New Eagles Coaching Staff - Stampede Blue
In particular, despite limited playing time and battling a lingering knee injury, Alie-Cox had a breakout season for the Colts of sorts—as he was PFF’s 5th best graded tight end overall with a +81.0 overall grade. Having already lost Sirianni, defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon, and pass game specialist Kevin Patullo to the Philadelphia Eagles this early offseason, the Colts just saw another coach poached—as Michael joins the ever-growing long list of Colts coaching castoffs headed to the City of Brotherly Love.

Reports: David Culley Is The Houston Texans’ New Head Coach - Battle Red Blog
Only time will tell how Culley’s tenure in Houston will go, but it’s not like he’s totally unqualified. Culley has worked in the NFL since 1995 and has been on some impressive staffs. While he’s certainly no spring chicken, Culley is well seasoned when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. With how the Houston fanbase has been in turmoil the last few weeks, this hire may come as negative news to some. However, let’s give him a fair shot. [BLG Note: Culley was on the Eagles’ coaching staff from 1999 through 2012.]

Jason Witten to retire from NFL after 17 seasons, will sign one-day contract with Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
Three years ago the Dallas Cowboys laid out the silver and blue carpet at The Star in Frisco to say goodbye to one of the greatest players in franchise history - tight end Jason Witten. A lot has happened since then as the Cowboys saw Witten return from his lone year in the ESPN Monday Night Football booth to play for them once more, and a year ago many thought he would hang up his cleats for good. Ultimately that was not the case as Witten, who clearly had intentions to coach, flocked west towards the Las Vegas Raiders along with several other members of the 2019 Cowboys team. It was there that his team went 8-8 and barely missed the playoffs, a fortune he knew all too well with Dallas, and it appears as if he is now ready to officially move on from the NFL.

Rams expected to have open QB competition if Jared Goff isn’t traded -
Jared Goff’s overall record as the Rams’ quarterback is quite strong, but it’s not keeping his job completely secure. The writing has started to appear on the wall in bits and pieces in the last two weeks for Los Angeles, which might be headed toward a significant change under center. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported an open quarterback competition between Goff and backup John Wolford should be expected this summer if Los Angeles does not trade Goff before the Rams open camp. [BLG Note: It would be pretty interesting if the Rams have a QB competition while the Eagles just hand the starting job to Carson Wentz.]

2021 Senior Bowl Day 2 – National Team - Scouts Notebook
Another strong showing for WR D’Wayne Eskridge. He has the speed to get deep and showed that when he hauled in a couple of long TDs today. The thing I love about Eskridge is that he also is physical. He isn’t bothered by a DB grabbing or pushing him. Eskridge plays through the contact. He still gets open and still catches the ball. Eskridge could be a terrific slot receiver. He can move the chains and also be a playmaker. He can thrive in the right situation.

The SB Nation NFL Show: Landing spots for Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, and Matthew Stafford this offseason - SB Nation
The three rules of real estate are location, location, location. The same can apply to NFL quarterbacks. Due to a variety of circumstances, we should be seeing more QB movement this offseason than we have in a long time - including movement involving some of the biggest names at the position. When it comes to those names, where, exactly, are the best spots to end up? That is the exact question Brandon Lee Gowton and I looked at in today’s SB Nation NFL Show. When it came to the most accomplished name on the list, Brandon had a locale in mind that would certainly infuriate a lot of NFL fans.


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