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  • Philadelphia says, “Thank you Nick Foles!” Foles’s time with the Eagles was initially cut short in 2015 when Chip Kelly traded him to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. I remember sitting and thinking, “Nick Foles might not be Philadelphia’s answer, but I know for sure it’s not Sam Bradford.” As it turns out, Foles was the answer for Philly. After a rough season with the Rams, contemplating retirement, and serving as a backup in Kansas City, Foles returned to his NFL home city and delivered the ultimate reward to the fans. As his time as an Eagle has officially come to an end and he signs with the Jaguars, let’s take a look back at some of his highlights as we say, thank you Foles! Draft day in 2012 In 2012, the Eagles selected Foles with the 88th pick in the draft. In his book, “Believe It”, Foles talks about the night he was drafted. He was watching the draft with his family in Texas. As they were getting around to the Eagles pick, the power in his home went out and in the midst of trying to get it back on, he lost his cell phone. He found the phone as it was ringing with a Philadelphia phone number on the front. When he answered, Andy Reid was on the other line. Before the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles, and more specifically, Doug Pederson, were the only team to work out Foles. His first few years with the Birds In 2012, Reid’s last year as head coach, the Birds didn’t provide much excitement. The team went 4-12 in a huge letdown season. One positive, however? Nick Foles. In a late-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles stepped in for an injured Michael Vick. In the final minutes,...
  • He’s coming home! After a few years of speculations, and “will he, won’t he” discussions, DeSean Jackson is FINALLY coming home. When he left the Washington Redskins, it was thought to be a possibility that Jackson would sign with the Eagles, however, he chose the Buccaneers. Finally, this time, the Bucs were about to release the speedy receiver. However, the Eagles jumped in and traded for their former star. Jackson’s first round with the Eagles After three years at Cal, Jackson was selected by the Eagles in the second round, with the 49th pick of the 2008 NFL draft. From 2008-2013, Jackson recorded a total of 6,117 receiving yards (three 1,000 yard seasons) and 32 touchdowns. Let’s also not forget the other four touchdowns that he added as well. There was one that was titled “Miracle at the Meadowlands Part Two”. He was released by Chip Kelly after just one season with the head coach. It’s absolutely time for him to come home. We never wanted him to leave! With the Redskins, then the Bucs From 2014-2018, Jackson spent five years total with both the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For those teams, he registered 4,144 receiving yards (two 1,000 yard seasons) and 21 touchdowns. If anyone has any doubts about what D-Jax can still do, I encourage you to remember the first play of their game against the Eagles just this past season. Why coming home is a good idea for D-Jax First of all, no player has more 50+ yard receptions for or against the Eagles than Jackson. Secondly, no one in NFL history has more 60+ yard touchdowns than Jackson. The Eagles fans never wanted him to leave. Freakin’ Chip did. He’s another excellent weapon for Carson Wentz. Think about it…Alshon Jeffery, Jackson, Nelson Agholor,...
  • The unsung heroes that led to the Eagles success There are four guys that I will discuss as unsung heroes of the 2018 season in this article. The media and fans slandered these folks consistently throughout the season. At times, they deserved the criticism. However, at this point looking back on the season, the final successes that the team had were because of the following four individuals. The unsung heroes of the defense, starting with Jim Schwartz The first unsung hero to talk about is Schwartz. Schwartz took a lot of heat this season. His prevent style defense was a frustration of many Eagles fans. Especially on 4th & 15 and 4th & 10 situations that ended up being the difference between wins and losses. In 2017, the Eagles ranked fourth in interceptions with 19, fifth in rushing touchdowns allowed with seven, and fourth in turnover percentage at 15.4%. In 2018, the team ranked 25th in interceptions with 10, 19th in rushing touchdowns allowed with 14, and 25th in turnover percentage at 9.1. The numbers weren’t there. And the takeaways weren’t there. However, this defense never quit. Going into the back half of the season, it was crunch time for the playoffs. Schwartz got these guys disciplined and playing together, helping secure a playoff berth. The defense held strong against the Rams, Texans, and Redskins to lead the Eagles to the playoffs. Let’s not forget that the Bears offense was considered too explosive for the Eagles to contain. Schwartz needs the credit for getting that defense solid. Corey Undlin Although Schwartz deserves credit for the defense as a whole, there is one key piece to the puzzle that was crucial in the development of the defense. That piece is Undlin. Undlin is the defensive backs coach for the Eagles. Reminding...
  • Howie Roseman keeps the Super Bowl hero The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham in 2010, 13th overall out of Michigan. Looking back, some weren’t too thrilled with the selection. As the draft continued, the Seahawks selected Earl Thomas with the 14th pick, and the Patriots took Gronk in the second round. However, BG was always consistent in his play for the Birds. He played only 16 games total in his first two years as an Eagle recording a total of 17 total tackles and three sacks. He will always be remembered as the Super Bowl hero, for his strip sack of Tom Brady. Howie Roseman somehow worked his magic to keep our Pro-Bowl defensive end. Brandon Graham’s stats since 2012 Since 2012, the Super Bowl hero has only missed one game. He recorded a total of 39.5 sacks (season high in 2017 of 9.5), 300 combined tackles, seven passes deflected, and 15 regular season forced fumbles. Not a bad career thus far. However, when Chip Kelly gave him the 4-year $26M extension in 2015, fans weren’t totally sold. Up until that point, he hadn’t really delivered in a big way for a first round pick. Apparently, his best was yet to come. How we ended up keeping BG to this point When Kelly was tossed, and Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz came in, the Eagles went back to a 4-3 defense instead of the Kelly system’s 3-4. In this system, Graham thrives coming off the edge, constantly putting pressure on the quarterback. Whether it shows up in the stats or not, BG is always in the backfield putting pressure on opposing offenses. He had his best season in 2017 at 29 years old. He recorded 9.5 regular season sacks, and perhaps the most important one of his career in the playoffs....
  • ESPN holds a conference call for Mel Kiper to discuss his mock draft On Tuesday, February 19, Mel Kiper and ESPN hosted a conference call, allowing ESPN Draft Analyst Kiper to answer questions regarding his first mock draft for this offseason. There are several interesting prospects in this year’s draft at all positions. The Eagles have a few different needs this year including a defensive end, an offensive lineman, and a running back. Which they will draft we’ll have to wait and see. However, Kiper thinks that the Eagles will take a corner with their first pick in the draft. The Eagles picks in the 2019 NFL Draft The Eagles have their first pick at #25 after finishing the season 9-7 and losing in the divisional round of the playoffs. They also have two second-round picks, a 4th round and a projected 4th round, a 5th round, a 6th round, and two extra projected 6th round picks. Personally, I would love to see the Eagles take an actual need with their first-round pick instead of a “nice to have” player. I’ll explain what I mean. Mel Kiper giving his opinion Kiper, as I mentioned before, predicts the Eagles will take a corner with their first-round pick. He has Trayvon Mullen going to the Birds. When asked about this prediction on the call, he explained that in this NFL, “you can never have enough coverage.” He said it’s a corner driven league and you need four or five to be successful in coverage. When describing Mullen, he noted that he has the coverage ability and pass breakup ability that forces offenses to avoid his side of the field. At 6’2″ and 186, he’s a big corner that can get the job done. Obviously, the Eagles had some injuries that really hurt...
  • The Conquering Kili program The Conquering Kili program, according to the Waterboys website, “raises funding for wells while empowering veterans by proving that anything is possible, taken inch by inch.” Walter Payton Man of the Year, Eagles own Chris Long climbs Mount Kilimanjaro alongside former Seattle Seahawk, and Green Beret, Nate Boyer alongside vets and NFL players. What does the Conquering Kili challenge represent? The summit of the mountain represents the journey by African women to find clean water for their families. While they train for their journey up the mountain, the players and vets raise awareness and money to provide clean water and closer wells to these people in Africa. So far, the Waterboys initiative has built 55 wells throughout Tanzania. According to their website, each well can serve up to 7,500 people. Therefore, to date, the wells have served over 200,000 people in need of clean water. It’s easy to see why Long won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Who will be joining this year’s Conquering Kili climb? Long announced the rosters joining the Conquering Kili climb for 2019. As you can see, there are some familiar names on there. Over the last few weeks, Long had been campaigning for former Eagle, Beau Allen to join the climb. Apparently, the peer pressure worked and Allen committed to join his former teammate on the summit. In addition to some former teammates of Long’s, there are some current ones joining him as well. Eagles center, Jason Kelce, and defensive tackle, Haloti Ngata will also be climbing the mountain and raising money to support the Waterboys initiative. This is just another testament to the togetherness of this Eagles team, and to the kind of character these men have. Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet to the top. That’s 3.5...
  • It was supposed to be a good week. The Saints lost and got the karma that was coming their way, Adam Schefter reported that Carson Wentz would be ready by OTAs, and also the Sixers are playing well! Unfortunately, however, a reporter decided he was going to ruin that for all of us. A story was published yesterday morning suggesting some extremely negative things about Wentz. But what should we make of this story? A recap of the Wentz story The article suggests that Eagles players have universal love for Nick Foles, but not for Wentz. It insinuates that Wentz “bullies” coaches into doing what he wants on the field. The article also suggests that “anonymous sources” in the form of players and coaches describe Wentz as ‘selfish’ ‘egotistical’ and ‘uncompromising’. The writer also says that Wentz ‘doesn’t like to be questioned.’ The story then continues on to say that Wentz ’caused friction within the offense.’ There’s also a weird comparison to Andrew Luck for absolutely no reason, and once again exploitation of the “favoriting Ertz” narrative even though Foles and Wentz had nearly the same average targets per game to all the receivers. Why I, and most fans, have a problem with this article The article states that the writer compiled information over the last two months. Two months ago, the Eagles were 4-6 and had just lost to the Saints. It was a rough time and emotions were raw. Not only does he use that to exploit the situation for his own agenda, but he also insults Wentz several times in the article, saying his “aw-shucks, overgrown-Opie-from-Mayberry routine plays well with the local and national media .” Come on, am I supposed to take your article seriously after reading that? No way. The writer is a historic Wentz...
  • On this day Three years ago, the Eagles announced Doug Pederson as the next Head Coach In the 2015 season, it was obvious that the Eagles needed a change. Jeffrey Lurie wasted no time in firing Chip Kelly. The fit on the field and in the locker room didn’t work. The players weren’t too fond of the Chipper, and it was obvious. Players were consistently voicing their displeasure, and the team was going nowhere. So, Lurie pulled the plug. There were several different opinions of who the Eagles should target as their next head coach. However, one consistent opinion was that Pederson was NOT the right choice. Three years later, here we are as the reigning Super Bowl champions, and Pederson STILL doesn’t get all of the credit that he deserves. The end of the Kelly era Eagles fans were angry. Kelly was supposed to be our saving grace. His fast-moving offense was supposed to take the league by storm. In his first year, it did. But after that, the rest of the league figured out the system and it was impossible for the offense to get anything going. Then he started kicking franchise players out the door. He got rid of Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and of course, Nick Foles. The fanbase wanted a change and so did management. When the Eagles fired Kelly, a few names swirled around the city as ideal coaching hires. Those guys included Tom Coughlin, Ben McAdoo, and Adam Gase. The Dolphins beat us to Gase, and the Giants beat us to McAdoo. I obviously don’t have to tell you how that went… The official hiring decision Three years ago, on January 18, 2016, I was studying abroad in Scotland. Immediately, I dropped everything and started finding out everything I could about...
  • When looking at the list of free agents, who should stay or go? When Howie Roseman regained control of the Eagles, and they realized they found their franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, Roseman put together a championship roster. Within that roster came a lot of one and two year deals. In addition to those small contracts, this is also a year that includes some additional decisions with guys that have been Eagles for a while. It’s no secret that this is going to be a different looking team come September. Roseman surely has his work cut out for him over the next few months. It will involve some difficult goodbyes, but ultimately, the goal is to win another Super Bowl. Here is an early look of who might stay or go before the 2019 Eagles season. The list of free agents The following players are offensive free agents:Golden TateChance WarmackMike WallaceDarren SprolesRichard RodgersJordan MatthewsJay AjayiRick LovatoNate Sudfeld (RFA)Jake Elliott (Exclusive Rights) The following players are defensive free agents:Brandon GrahamHaloti NgataChris MaragosCorey GrahamRonald DarbyPaul WorrilowLaRoy ReynoldsJordan HicksDJ Alexander A few guys will retire I think this will be the last year for Corey Graham. He thought about hanging it up last year, but only came back because the Eagles offered him a contract. If Sproles decides he wants to play, the Eagles will keep him. If not, he’ll retire. I also think that due to the quietness and second surgery with Chris Maragos’s knee, he will also retire. Chris Long also contemplated retirement after last season, but decided to finish out his contract. So, I assume he will retire as well. The last guy on the list who might move on to retirement is Ngata. Ngata said in 2016 that 2017 would be his last season, but he ended up on...
  • An unfortunate end to the 2018 Eagles season For a second there, it looked like the magic would continue. They had the beginning of another sensational run. Unfortunately, a loss to the New Orleans Saints cut the ride short. As the 2018 Eagles season comes to an end, here are some things to love and hate about yesterday’s game. Thing to hate #1: Stupid penalties in crucial situations I will be the first to say that getting Tim Jernigan back was crucial to this little run the Eagles went on. However, when a play is made on a third down, and you get a penalty for taunting and give the Saints an automatic first down, that’s unacceptable. You’ve been here before, Timmy. Those bonehead penalties are rookie mistakes. You’re a playoff vet. There’s no room for that especially in the playoffs. Thing to hate #2: Nick Foles’s first interception This one is partially on Foles and partially on Zach Ertz. Did Foles underthrow Ertz? Yes. However, in that situation, Ertz needs to recognize that and turn into a defender on that play. A player of his caliber needs better awareness in that kind of situation. Marshon Lattimore was in position to catch the ball, Ertz needs to just bat it to the ground there. Thing to hate #3: Creativity declined as the game went on One of the most consistent complaints about the 2018 Eagles season has been the lack of creativity in the playcalling. Last night, overall, was no different. After the Eagles scored twice, the creativity seemed to fade. One of the reasons they went to the Super Bowl last year was because of their creativity in the NFC Championship game. The Eagles stayed creative from the beginning. They put their foot on the gas and never let...