Another Coaching Update

Posted: February 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Nexium 2.5 mg granulado pediatrico dosis | 1 Comment »

We have some more information on Eagles coaching changes.

This is interesting. The Eagles let Chris Wilson leave and promoted his backup. Why the change?

We don’t know anything for sure at this point. I thought it might be player development. If promoting from within, that wouldn’t make as much sense. It is possible that this is personality driven. Wilson is a former college coach. NFL players are very different than college players. That can lead to issues over time.

As for Daniels…

Obviously Doug Pederson places real value in having former NFL players as coaches. These aren’t just star players being given jobs because of their careers. Pederson hires coaches who have paid their dues and who are willing to put in the work it takes to succeed. Being an assistant coach in the NFL is not easy.

Daniels knows the Eagles scheme and the roster. That kind of continuity has value. Now he gets the chance to be the DL coach for a team that believes in focusing on DL play. This is a big opportunity for Daniels.

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Mike Bartrum is another former player. He was a TE and LS during the Andy Reid era.

There is a report out of West Virginia that Bartrum was hired to be the TEs coach. That is not the case. The Eagles already have a TEs coach in Justin Peelle. He’s also an outstanding coach. Beyond that, Bartrum has limited coaching experience. He is trying to get started so he’ll have a lesser job.

In a way, Bartrum could remind Pederson of himself. Bartrum played for Andy Reid, retired and then got into high school coaching. Now he’s moving on to the NFL. Bartrum will start out with a grinder position to learn his way around the NFL and to also get a taste of things. Some love it (Pederson), while other former players realize this just isn’t meant for them.

I think it is good for Pederson to keep adding young coaches to his staff. You must find and develop coaching talent just like you do with players.

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I know some people wanted Mike Groh gone or some veteran offensive coach brought in to help.

Pederson has confidence in himself. He has confidence in Groh, who did more in 2017 than I think most people realize. Pederson thinks highly of Press Taylor. Pederson is confident in Duce Staley and Jeff Stoutland and everything they do with the run game.

Carson Walch is now the WRs coach. I don’t know how much he did last year in terms of helping with the gameplan or exactly what’s he’s good at. Walch has been an offensive coordinator before so he should be able to help with some part of the gameplan work.

If the offense does struggle again, you’ll get your changes.

Pederson just doesn’t believe that will happen.

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That was one amazing day.

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Game of Tag

Posted: February 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Nexium 2.5 mg granulado pediatrico dosis | 1 Comment »

Another day, more speculation.

Will they or won’t they?

Mike Florio is now raising a new question. Can they?

He is right, if you go by the letter of the law.

Florio loves to stir the pot. He’s a lawyer by trade and brings that mentality to his analysis. I heard his radio show recently and he talked about how the draft is un-American and should be abolished. He’s right on that to an extent, but while the draft is bad for players, it is good for the league and the overall sport. Nobody is going to get rid of it.

It will be interesting to see if Foles or his agent try to argue the Eagles shouldn’t be able to tag him. Foles is loved by the organization. He loves the organization. But this is business and that can lead to some hurt feelings.

Stay tuned.

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We also have some coaching news.

The Eagles love to promote from within so this makes sense. I wrote this about Walch when he was hired a year ago.

Walch is a CFL guy, but he did work under Groh in Chicago back in 2013 and 2014. Walch has coached receivers, but he has also been an offensive coordinator. Pederson likes to bring in guys who understand the passing game and how to call plays. He can then have them focus on part of the Eagles offense (Red Zone vs 2-minute vs run plays vs 3rd down vs trick plays). You then take all of these elements and build them into a gameplan.

Groh and Walch having experience together can be a good thing. You like it when coaches speak the same language and know how to get on the same page. Guys who come from very different backgrounds can struggle to do that.

Dave Zangaro offered an interesting nugget.

As for Istvan, he was a player at Southern Connecticut State under Stoutland and then joined Stoutland’s staff after graduation. After his time at Southern Connecticut, Istvan went to the University of Buffalo, Milford Academy, Rhode Island and Cornell before his short stint at Keiser.

While at Milford Academy as an offensive coordinator, Istvan coached LeSean McCoy.

Istvan and Stoutland should work well together.

This is interesting. Pannunzio worked for the Eagles under Chip Kelly. Obviously he must have impressed someone if they are willing to bring him back.

Pannunzio has had his most success as a TEs coach, but the Eagles don’t need help there. He could come in as a coach or to be a member of Football Operations. It will be interesting to see what title he’s given and how he’s used.

These may not seem like big moves, but they could be. Andy Reid built a brilliant coaching staff in 1999. He lost guys every year and the staff really fell off after the Super Bowl. Doug Pederson needs to keep adding good coaches to his staff or to the Football Ops staff.

Let’s hope he chose well.

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Move, Countermove

Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Nexium 2.5 mg granulado pediatrico dosis | No Comments »

The dance between Nick Foles and the Eagles has begun.

Foles owes the Eagles $2M to void the option.

Sheil Kapadia provided an interesting nugget about that.

This will be the rarest of the rare, an Eagles player handing a check to Howie Roseman.

Once all of this takes place, Nick Foles is a free agent. The Eagles can use the franchise tag on him to control his rights and in order to trade him. Or they can let him walk and try to get a comp pick in 2020. Neither route is perfect.

The more I think about this, the less likely it feels like Foles gets traded. There are a lot of moving parts and I’m just not sure there will be a strong market for his services. Some teams will want him, but I don’t see enough suitors to drive a team to deal for him.

Never say never when it comes to NFL teams and QBs.

So true, Mr. Bama.

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Speaking of Jimmy Bama, he wrote a piece reviewing Howie Roseman’s moves over the past year.

Two things really stood out. First, I had forgotten Corey Nelson existed. He went from potential starter to unemployed. What a disappointment.

The other thing, which ties into Nelson, the Eagles got very little out of their free agent signings. They must do a better job this year. I know they didn’t have much money to spend and they were bargain shopping, but the returns were bad.

Free agency was huge for the Eagles in 2017. They need to find more hits like Chris Long, Patrick Robinson and LeGarrette Blount.

To be fair, injuries were a key reason for the struggles of the free agent class. Mike Wallace never got a chance to show what he could do. Haloti Ngata was slowed by a calf injury until December. He finally looked good at that point. Paul Worrilow missed the entire season.

One benefit of this is that the Eagles had to find help during the season. That led to additions like Cre’Von LeBlanc and Treyvon Hester, who could become good roles players for several years.

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Top 10 Plays of the Year

No Fletcher Cox?

Sure feels like they should have included something with him. I don’t know if he had a signature play during the year, but he did give us highlights every single week.

I do love watching him run over Jared Goff. That was beautiful.

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Carson Confirms He’s Human

Posted: February 4th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Nexium 2.5 mg granulado pediatrico dosis | Comments Off on Carson Confirms He’s Human

We finally got to hear Carson Wentz’s side of the story.

A few weeks back we heard the unnamed sources side of things. You remember, Carson was selfish. He was demanding. He bullied coaches. Some teammates weren’t all that keen on his personality and way of doing things.

Carson went on the record to offer his thoughts on the hit piece.

“It’s never obviously fun to read your name being thrown around like that, but at the end of the day, try not to stress about it too much and let the media or the perception of others dictate who I am,” Wentz said last week. “I know who I am, first of all. I know how I carry myself, I know I’m not perfect, I know I have flaws. So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. I’m not going to do that. But at the end of the day, I will say our locker room is really close. If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them.”

Some people took this as Carson agreeing with the piece. That is wrong. Read all of Carson’s comments and you can tell he has serious issues with plenty of it. Sheil Kapadia wrote an excellent piece that had Carson’s comments and offered his own insight.

Rather than come out and just dismiss the whole thing, Carson was smart. He admitted that he is demanding, can be selfish and has a type-A personality. He knows he’s not perfect and isn’t trying to act like he is. Carson talked about his relationship with Coach Groh and shot down the idea that he bullied the young offensive coordinator.

“The fact of bullying Mike Groh … Groh and I talked to each other that day when it came out, and I think we all know that never took place,” Wentz said. “I even go back to the year before with Frank (Reich), I know Frank has gone and said that he and I used to have these competitive arguments, but they’re healthy. That stuff happens. That’s, I think, what good football teams have, the ability to respectfully do that and be stubborn and those things. It was the same way with Groh. In my opinion, he is a very good football mind and in my opinion I feel like I have something to contribute too, so I thought we had some really healthy dialogue. To say, quote ‘bullied him’ I’d say that’s kind of disrespectful to Groh. I don’t think anyone bullies coach Groh. And then B, I think we have a great relationship and it’s just going to keep getting better. That line, I was kind of blown away with what that would have meant.”

One of the reasons the Eagles drafted Carson is that they loved his personality and mindset. They wanted someone who would speak up. They wanted a strong leader. QB is not a position where someone can be deferential and succeed.

While Carson is going to reflect on the things that were said about him, he isn’t looking to change who he is.

“I think for one, I’m 26 years old. My personality, to some extent, ain’t going to change,” Wentz said. “What’s gotten me here, what’s gotten me successful, I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, now I’m going to have this free-spirited, Cali-guy vibe.’ That’s just not going to change. So to answer your question, I think you’re to some extent correct. The Type-A mindset — there’s things to learn, there’s a fine line. Any time you’re a Type-A guy, there’s a fine line being pushy and ‘shovey’ and humble and humility and walking that line. Definitely learning to navigate that always and never trying to look down on anybody or make it seem like I’m better than anybody. But at the same time, as a Type-A, so to speak, confident person that’s confident in off-the-field things and then on the field with what we like, that’s not going to change. That’s not going to go anywhere. I think that’s something that is a positive if used correctly, yes.”

The most important thing is for Carson to be Carson. If he changes too much, that could affect his play. Tom Brady has a strong, forceful personality. If he turned into Mr. Sunshine, that would change who he is on the field. Brett Favre was a fun-loving, over-the-top personality. That’s also how he played. If he was more prim and proper off the field, he would have been a different player.

I think Carson handled this situation wisely. He addressed this in a timely fashion. He wasn’t defensive. He didn’t come off as holier than thou.

The next year is going to be really interesting for Carson Wentz. He’s going to have a lot of pressure on him to play well and carry the team. He needs to show he can stay healthy and actually make it to the postseason. Carson also will be under a microscope when it comes to incidents. If he is seen looking frustrated at a teammate, that will lead to speculation. If he gives a coach a funny look, some will question that.

If Carson and the Eagles have a terrific season in 2019, all of this nonsense will go away.

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We have a coaching update.

Kinne was a Training Camp legend as a player with the Eagles. He was Brandon Lee Gowton’s favorite player (better than Reggie + Dawk combined).

Unfortunately Kinne lacked talent. He knew his future lay in coaching. Kinne has been working in college to develop his coaching skills. Now he’ll be back with the Eagles.

We don’t know exactly what his role will be. The Eagles need a WRs coach. They could fill that internally, which would lead to a shuffling of some roles. Kinne is obviously a young coach the Eagles feel is worth developing.

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Making a Market

Posted: February 3rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Nexium 2.5 mg granulado pediatrico dosis | 1 Comment »

There is nothing simple about Nick Foles, from his up-down-up career to his current contract situation. The Eagles know they have a valuable commodity. They want to get something in return for that commodity. The trick is how to pull that off.

We got some reports yesterday.

Is Schefter right?

Chances are this report came directly from Howie Roseman and it was “leaked” to generate a market for Foles. The Eagles can trade him, but the process to do that won’t be easy. If the Eagles have serious doubts about finding a trade partner, they may have to let Foles walk in free agency and plan on a comp pick.

There are a couple of problems with the comp pick route. First, that pick would be at the end of the third round in 2020. You’d be talking about pick 100, give or take, and having to wait a year for that. The other problem is that you only get the comp pick if you don’t sign any big free agents. That would limit the Eagles options this offseason. Were they to sign a big free agent, that would offset the loss of Foles and there would be no compensation.

If a trade is at all possible, that is definitely the way to go.

Sheil Kapadia wrote a good piece on the situation.

There is going to be a limited market for Foles no matter what. He isn’t what every team is looking for and some teams know they don’t have the pieces in place to bring out the best in him.

Still, some team could look at Foles as a guy who could put them over the top. If so, he’s worth trading for. That’s the team Roseman is hoping to draw out by getting this report out in the media.

There is no guarantee this will work. Back in 2005 the Eagles tried to trade DT Corey Simon, who they had tagged. They worked out a deal with the Ravens, but Simon wouldn’t agree to a contract. Eventually the Eagles rescinded the tag. Simon signed with the Colts and the Eagles go nothing for him.

The Eagles have two things going for them. First, Foles is a QB and that makes more valuable that a typical position player. Teams do crazy things for a QB. The Vikings gave Kirk Cousins $84M guaranteed. Multiple teams have given Sam Bradford big money to come fail for them.

The other key here is that Roseman is one of the most active traders in the league. He knows how to get deals done. He got something in return for Matt Tobin and that’s impressive. Roseman has also brokered big trades. He dealt Sam Bradford a couple of years ago. He traded for Michael Bennett just a year ago.

If anyone can pull this off, it is Roseman.

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Chris Long is a good football player. He’s truly special off the field.

It really makes you feel good to see someone who realizes he’s been given a lot and goes out of his way to pay it back.

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