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Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni competes to the extreme: ‘He’s a wild man’ - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon warns that whatever you do, never — under any circumstances — invite coach Nick Sirianni to play a game of blackjack. Or chess. Or HORSE. Or anything that even remotely involves winning or losing. You’ll come to regret it. “The guy is, in my opinion, like exhaustingly competitive,” said Gannon, via the Eagles team website. Gannon worked alongside Sirianni on the Indianapolis Colts’ staff from 2018 to 2020 before joining him in Philadelphia this offseason — Gannon serving as cornerbacks coach and Sirianni offensive coordinator — and would often be sucked into Sirianni’s competitive aura. “He’d come in and he’d start drawing up plays and I’d say, ‘Nick, this takes that away.’ And it would [turn into] these three-hour conversations where I’d be like, ‘Dude, I gotta go.’ “You don’t want to [challenge him to a competition] because he’ll probably beat you, and if he doesn’t beat you, he’s not going to let you leave before he does beat you somehow. ... He’s a wild man, now. He’s a wild man.”

March Madness: It’s Time to Vote in Round Two of our Eagles Media Field of 64 - Crossing Broad
[BLG Note: Click the link, scroll down, and drop me a vote in the Chris Gocong region, if you’d like! I’m the only remaining BGN writer/podcaster left in the tournament.]

Looking at the history of pick No. 12 and comparing it to No. 6 - BGN
No one will be surprised to see that No. 6 has been more successful than No. 12. Has it been THAT much more fruitful, though? It’s not an insignificant difference, to be sure. But I don’t know that it’s massive. On a related note, the draft pick value chart doesn’t illustrate a huge gap between No. 6 and No. 12. The difference is worth 400 points, which is the value of No. 50 near the middle of the second round. (With the Eagles acquiring the Dolphins’ 2022 first-round pick, they gained at least 590 points assuming the worst-case scenario in which Miami wins the Super Bowl. The Eagles also picked up 20 points by moving up 33 spots on Day 3 this year.)

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A top three wide receiver should be available to the Eagles at pick 12 - PhillyVoice
And for good measure, if you look at the the teams immediately behind the Eagles in the draft order, you have the Chargers (Keenan Allen, Mike Williams) at 13, and the Vikings (Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson) at 14. They would both be extremely unlikely to trade up for a wide receiver. Assuming three wide receivers don’t go in the top 7 picks (that feels like a pretty safe assumption), one of Chase, Smith, or Waddle should still be available.

A Wanted Man - Iggles Blitz
The bottom line to all of this is that the Eagles didn’t move back to pick 12 on a whim. They didn’t make that move lightly. They obviously think there is a player they like who will fall to that spot. Maybe that is DeVonta Smith or Jaycee Horn or some OL/DL. Or as I wrote the other day, maybe this is the year to go for a LB. The Eagles have a plan. We’ll have to wait and see if it works out.

Don’t sleep on free agency, even in these late stages - PE.com
Free agency has slowed to a trickle three weeks into the process. That’s just the way it works in the NFL. But just because the news is slow and just because the names out there aren’t going to make huge headlines or sign megadeals doesn’t mean teams can’t help themselves. The Eagles, as we know, are always on the lookout. They have interest in upgrading every part of the roster. There are players out there who can help a team in 2021 and by the time the NFL Draft rolls around, most of the available players now will sign on with a team. This isn’t to suggest that the Eagles are on the verge of a signing. Instead, it is a reminder that anything can happen and that adding players this late in free agency can pay dividends in a lot of ways. Long and Robinson, circa 2017, are the perfect examples. The moral of the story is this: Don’t sleep on free agency and the impact it can have, even with April a couple of days away. Building a roster comes in many shapes and forms, including the late-free agency signings that don’t seem like much at the time but sometimes really pan out in perfect ways.

What to Expect From Justin Fields’s Pro Day Workout - MAQB
Fun twist to all this—the architect of Justin Fields’s workout tomorrow is ex-NFL quarterback John Beck, the guy who also drew up Zach Wilson’s workout. Fields will start with four quick throws from under center and then the gun to show how fast he can get rid of the ball, and that’ll give way to a 65-throw script. There’ll be under-center throws that mirror what is typically done at the combine, staple throws from Ohio State’s offense, throws with NFL play-action concepts, and some movement throws. Then, there’ll be a few where space is shut down around him, and he has to plant his feet and throw out of a “crowded” area. The idea here is to showcase how capable he is of throwing out of any situation, which of course will highlight his high-end natural gifts. (If he runs a 40 in the low 4.4s, as the Ohio State staff thinks he will, that’d do that too.) And as for who will be there, those in the top 10 will be well-represented. Jets GM Joe Douglas, assistant GM Rex Hogan and OC Mike LaFleur; 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters, college scouting director Ethan Waugh and QBs coach Rich Scangarello; Falcons GM Terry Fontenot, coach Arthur Smith and OC Dave Ragone; Eagles QBs coach Brian Johnson, Panthers GM Scott Fitterer, coach Matt Rhule, and director of player personnel Pat Stewart; and Broncos GM George Paton are all expected to be in attendance. The Patriots, who’ve been linked to Fields, are sending exec Eliot Wolf and their area scout.

Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Malcolm Jenkins. Every NFL team’s best free agent addition of past decade - The Athletic
Philadelphia Eagles. Best free agent: Malcolm Jenkins, safety, 2014. Analysis: Jenkins was not considered the best safety on the market in 2014 when the Eagles signed him to a three-year, $16.25-million contract while Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward signed more lucrative deals. But Jenkins proved to be the right decision for the Eagles, and he thrived in Philadelphia while becoming a key performer on defense, a respected leader in the locker room and a fixture in the community. Jenkins spent six years with the Eagles. He never missed a game. He barely missed a snap. He made the Pro Bowl three times. He was a key player in their only Super Bowl victory. There have been other good signings during this period, such as Brandon Brooks in 2016 and Nick Foles in 2017. But Jenkins tops the list.

Marquise Goodwin found a new job and he’s incredible at it - NBCSP
It’s been a wild year for Goodwin, who signed a one-year contract with the Eagles, only to opt out of the season because of COVID concerns. When the season ended, his rights reverted back to the 49ers, who released him last week. Turns out Goodwin had a different sport in mind. The 30-year-old Goodwin, a one-time track and field superstar, competed in the long jump Saturday for the first time in five years and not only posted an Olympic-qualifying mark, he recorded the No. 4 mark in the world this year. Competing at the Florida International Pro Addition at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla., Goodwin soared 26 feet, 7 3/4 inches, a mark that only three other athletes in the world have reached this track season.

Detroit Lions ‘intrigued’ about moving Halapoulivaati Vaitai to guard - Pride Of Detroit
The remaining eight games at right guard were assumed by Halapoulivaati Vaitai. One of the Lions’ biggest free agency signings in 2020, not much has gone as planned for Vaitai since landing in Detroit. Originally signed as an offensive tackle, Vaitai quickly transitioned inside due to injuries. Vaitai himself saw a very injury-riddled season, which led to uneven play throughout the entire year. So the future of the right guard was unclear as ever heading into free agency. And with no moves on the offensive line three weeks into free agency, it’s even less clear what the Lions are doing. However, head coach Dan Campbell provided some clarity during his media session Monday afternoon, specifically with Vaitai. “Until we get our eyes on him and see where we feel like he fits best, it’s hard to just put that in stone, but I will say this—and we’ve talked to him about this—we’re a little intrigued by moving him inside to guard,” Campbell said. “That does intrigue us, and so we may—as a starting point—work there and see where we’re at.”

Mike McCarthy knows he messed up, but does he have what it takes to fix the Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
Mike McCarthy is the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. That either makes you happy, makes you sad, or makes you feel somewhere in between. For a lot of people, there is this built-in certitude that he’s inevitably going to be an upgrade of former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. After nearly a decade of coming up short, just the removal of Garrett alone would seem like a big improvement for a large group of fans. Of course, the grass is not always greener on the other side as McCarthy’s first year with the Cowboys was a disaster. But in his defense, so much that went wrong were things completely out of his control. The multitude of injuries, including losing Dak Prescott for most of the season, provided a huge obstacle that is going to be a problem for any head coach.

Trust in Tua - The Ringer
The Laremy Tunsil trade from 2019 is the gift that keeps on giving in Miami. The Dolphins’ draft dealings further replenished their arsenal of picks, and exhibited a show of faith in Tua Tagovailoa.

How a ‘Call of Duty’ player accidentally leaked an NFL trade - SB Nation
I never, ever recommend using a mic when gaming with strangers, but sometimes it has its perks — like accidentally overhearing a starting offensive lineman might be traded. Over the weekend Reddit user “ProbationOfficer” was hanging out playing some Call of Duty: Warzone when they heard something curious over a teammate’s mic.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Tuesday- Things get worse for Deshaun Watson + 49ers speak about big trad‪e‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
In today’s episode, SI.com has details about an alleged incident between Deshaun Watson and a woman during a massage, the 49ers speak about their big move up to #3, and Hue Jackson claims he was lied to by the Browns.

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