Let’s get to Philadelphia Eagles left…
Could one of these seven NFL teams finally celebrate the first MVP in 2023? – NFL.com
Regret hurts. Last year’s MVP runner-up to Patrick Mahomes, Hurts is coming off a stellar campaign entering his age-25 season. One of the league’s fresh new superstars, Hurts and his Eagles are hungry to bounce back after falling short in their Super Bowl mission. In his first season as a starter, the dual-threat dynamo totaled 25 touchdowns. In 2022, he posted a total of 35 TDs. He’s on the rise and a bona fide MVP candidate ahead of time.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is uncertain. That’s his superpower. – Asks
The most insecure athletes I’ve been around who used those insecurities to push them to higher levels of performance are Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dawkins. In fact, I compared Hurts’ work ethic to Jordan, Bryant and Dawkins on the podcast. Not bad comps. And yes, all three were uncertain. Each in his own way, to his own degree, but each of them was driven by something more than the simple pursuit of excellence. They were the best at their business, but never thought they were good enough. They were obsessed with proving their critics wrong, even when the criticism was mild; and by obsessed I mean they got angry and vengeful and maybe a little bit scared. Their single-minded, furious focus on perfecting their techniques, preparing their bodies, and understanding their craft and its strategies, while still adding skills to repertoires, made them…different.
The new basketball on grass – BGN
Eagle’s high usage rate seems intentional. Quez Watkins struggled this season, but he was targeted more than twice in just one of the Eagles’ first 8 games, and half of his goals for the season came when Goedert was injured. Zach Pascal, a head coaching favorite who started 40 games over three seasons from 2019-2021, played 29% of the snaps and saw just 19 targets. In five games in relief of Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra combined for just 15 goals. And this wasn’t a byproduct of Jalen Hurts, in Gardner Minshew’s two starts, Brown, Smith and Goedert combined for 71% of the attempts. Is this the future of football? There is something to be said for spreading the ball around and not being too predictable. But with a good – not even elite – trio of pass catchers capable of receiving the ball anywhere on the field, what’s to be gained by deliberately spreading the ball around to inferior players?
Eye on the Enemy #143: Ranking all 16 NFC teams in order – BGN Radio
John Stolnis ranks all 16 NFC teams in order, ranking which playoff drought teams were most likely to snap those streaks and which teams that have never won a Super Bowl are most likely to snap that streak this year.
Roob’s Top 10: Ranking the best head coaches in Eagles history – NBCSP
3. Doug Pederson: What Pederson and the 2017 Eagles did was historic and unforgettable and electrifying, going 13-3 and then rolling to the Super Bowl championship with backup quarterback Nick Foles after eight years without a single playoff win. Everything Pederson did in 2017 worked. Every decision, every gamble, every risk, every move. The fact that he was not named Coach of the Year is a travesty. The odd thing about Pederson is that his four other Eagles teams were a combined 29-34-1, even though the 2018 team won the double-doink wild-card game in Chicago. Pederson was just 42-37-1 overall in his five years here, but his four playoff wins are second-most in franchise history behind the guy who hired him, Andy Reid, and he remains one of only three coaches to lead Eagles to a championship.
Pretty Good Roster – Iggles Blitz
All the new faces in the defense could lead to some problems. At the same time, there are some good replacements. We all want to see Nakobe Dean on the field. Reed Blankenship could prove to be a good starter. A combination of Jalen Carter and Milton Williams could be productive in place of Javon Hargrave. There is risk. There could also be a good reward. The point about corners is interesting. It feels like it’s a variance position. Jalen Ramsey was dominant in 2021. He wasn’t as good last year. Xavien Howard was All-Pro in 2020, but more up and down last year. Stephon Gilmore has been up and down in recent years. JC Jackson had 22 INTs from 2019-2021 while playing for the Pats. He signed a big deal with the Chargers and struggled. Corner is really a difficult position to figure out. The Eagles got a great cornerback for most of last year. It will be interesting to see if Slay and Bradberry can keep it up or have more matches this season.
Where are they now? FB Anthony Toney – PE.com
Buddy Ryan took care of the Eagles’ offensive backfield needs for the next four seasons during the 1986 NFL Draft, when the head coach selected Anthony Toney, a running back from Texas A&M, after selecting Ohio State halfback Keith Byars with the 10th pick in the first round. , 27 picks later in the second. “Well, Buddy was kind of like, “Hey, we’re bringing these two guys in and we expect them to make plays.” He expected us to be able to run the ball, be able to catch the ball, be able to run-block and pass-block. I know that for sure,” Toney laughed. The duo would have a delayed start while Byars dealt with a broken foot, and then used Toney in training camp to run, catch and block as a halfback, a position he played in high school and initially in Texas A&M. “They weren’t really sure how his foot was going to heal and if he was going to be able to play right away,” Toney says. “He came to practice and it was like, ‘Is his foot okay? Will he be able to play?’ So there it was. But I was willing to do anything to help us win. Whatever the team needed.”
Dallas Cowboys offseason A to Z: The state of the team through every letter of the entire alphabet – Blogging The Boys
A: Another year where the drought remains alive. Obviously, we’ve been waiting a very long time for the Cowboys to reach another NFC Championship Game, hopefully win it, reach another Super Bowl and hoist the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy. It’s crazy to think that almost 30 years have passed and that at the time of Super Bowl XXX, the team held five of them and had appeared in eight.
Big Blue View Mailbag: Evan Neal, Now Winning, More Questions – Big Blue View
Ed says: Jeffrey, here we go again with Neal to guard things. Yes, I think he gets the whole year. What else are the giants going to do? Move him to guard midseason, a position he hasn’t played since his sophomore year at Alabama? It’s not fair to him – or to Daniel Jones. Maybe Neal will end up on duty one day. However, I wish Giants fans would stop trying to make him one before he has had a fair shot to prove if he can be a good NFL right tackle. They are much harder to find than guards and you don’t want to give up on a potentially good one too quickly. If Neal flops again in 2023, then the Giants have a decision to make.
Football field: Should NFL players be allowed to play? – SB Nation
All rise. The Honorable Judge JP Acosta presides in Football Court Case No. 5621-07, “Should NFL Players Be Allowed to Play During the Season?” Represents the affirmative — Yes, players shall be allowed to play: Represents the negative — No, players shall not be allowed to play: Sir, you are sworn and may begin your arguments. Football Court is SBNation.com’s ongoing series where we discuss some of the biggest topics in the NFL. Think of it as First Take, but without the performative shouting.
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