Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links …
Inside the Trade Negotiations That Gave Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay What They Wanted – MMQB
The Eagles’ press conference wasn’t a great look for Nick Sirianni. But indications I’ve gotten is that he’s been willing to poke fun at himself for it, which is a good sign for the 39-year-old. One moment came with NBC Philly’s John Clark. “I gotta look at the tape,” Sirianni joked to Clark. ‘I’ll go back, just like I always do. And just like a game, there’s gonna be calls that you want back, and there’ll be calls where you say, man, that was a good call, I put my players in good position. So what do we do? We go back, we look at the tape, and the most important thing is you try and get better each day, over and over and over again, so you’re better the next time out.” The truth is, that was a tough spot for the new Philly coach to be in. He was standing alone at a podium, staring into a camera and reading off prepared remarks—which I think is always a mistake. He seemed nervous, and that was probably a result of the rough start. We’ll see if it actually relates to who he becomes as a head coach. But based on his reputation as a high-energy, detailed and diligent coach, my guess is it won’t carry over to the day-to-day of his job, which is a tough one to be sure, starting with the decision he and the front office have coming on how to handle Wentz (who, as of right now, isn’t exactly pleased to be there).
QB Carousel Begins – Iggles Blitz
We don’t know where Wentz’s head is. Does he want to make this work? Does he want to stay with the Eagles? The Eagles need a clear, decisive answer from Wentz before they can make plans. He must tell Sirianni and the organization that he’s committed to making this work and that he willing to do whatever that takes. If he gives a soft commitment or hedges his answer at all, the Eagles must move on. There can’t be any bargains or casual agreements. All in or nothing.
Carson vs. Donovan and lots more in Roob’s random observations – NBCSP
The only thing Carson Wentz can do to save face at this point is telling Nick Sirianni he wants to compete for the starting quarterback job, he believes in himself, he’s confident he can beat out any challenger, he wants to lead this team, he’s excited to work with the coaches and if he doesn’t win a training camp battle he’ll do all he can to help the starter prepare. Anything short of that and he’s gone.
NFL Mock Draft Roundup: 8 different options for the Eagles at pick No. 6 – BGN
Clearly no consensus pick for the Eagles coming out of the Senior Bowl. Chase and Smith are going to be popular options we discuss ad nauseam leading into late April. There’s no guarantee both players will be on the board, though. Some mocks have both SEC receivers getting picked before No. 6.
From the Bleachers #51: Dan Campbell from the Wonder Years – BGN Radio
Dan “Soupy” Campbell from Philly band the Wonder Years joins Shamus to discuss the Jalen Hurts vs. Carson Wentz dilemma, the offseason quarterback carousel and the life of a musician during the pandemic.
Spotlight Shines On Tampa Defense Ahead Of Super Bowl LV; Inside The Rams-Lions QB Swap – FMIA
Words spoken by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during Friday’s press conference introducing Nick Sirianni as head coach: 2,068. Words spoken by Lurie about assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley: 142. Words spoken by Lurie about fired coach Doug Pederson, who led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl victory: 0. To be fair, Lurie has said a couple of nice things about Pederson since the firing. But it was odd to never use his name in a 2,068-word preamble naming his successor.
Jeffrey Lurie offers unique insight into the process that led to Nick Sirianni – PE.com
The original pool of candidates was 25 – individuals from both the pro and college ranks, coaches with both offensive and defensive backgrounds, and a range of experience from first-timers like Sirianni to former head coaches. From that pool of 25, the Eagles interviewed 10 prospects. “We don’t make it easy. Our interviews are long. They’re anywhere from usually seven to 10 hours, non-stop. We delve into every aspect of the sport, leadership, football, in many, many ways. Our fan base, what we want to accomplish in the near future and going forward,” Lurie said. “We go into the details of their background, not just their résumés, but every aspect of leadership potential, X’s and O’s, of course, but far more than you would expect in terms of just what’s on a football résumé.” Lurie made the final decision, but there was a wealth of resources that informed the choice.
Washington Struck Out on Matt Stafford – So What’s Next? – Hogs Haven
Carson Wentz – New Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was non-committal during his introductory press conference on Wentz’s future with the team. What really hurts(no pun intended) is they are currently projected to be over the 2021 salary cap, and Wentz’s contract is a big reason for this. Let’s not forget to mention Jalen Hurts, who looked much better than Wentz in extensive action during the second half of the 2020 season. What to watch here if Wentz become available, is the Colts who should be ready and waiting to pounce!
Senior Bowl 2021: Biggest 2021 NFL draft risers and fallers from practices, workouts – ESPN+
Quinn Meinerz, C/G, Wisconsin-Whitewater. Players such as Meinerz make the Senior Bowl such a great tool for evaluation. Coming from Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, he has never matched up across from an NFL-caliber defender; I don’t care how dominant you look at that level, it’s still going to be difficult to “trust the tape.” When that same dominance translates to the Senior Bowl, it makes buying in a lot easier. Meinerz put multiple guys in the turf throughout the week of practice, including possible early-round picks such as Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike and Pittsburgh’s Patrick Jones II. Meinerz played his way into legitimate Day 2 consideration.
2021 Senior Bowl: Daniel Jeremiah’s top 10 NFL draft winners from week of practice – NFL.com
Quincy Roche, edge rusher, Miami. I think Roche came into the week as a likely early Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) pick, but he probably pushed himself up to Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) based on his work at the Senior Bowl. I came away impressed by how hard he battled from rep to rep. He just kept showing up in team drills. He has heavy hands and a motor that runs hot.
Covid-19 vaccines are great — here’s why you also still need to wear a mask for now – Vox
After months of exhausting isolation, widespread economic pain, and an extraordinary toll on human life and health, several Covid-19 vaccines are here. Surely, this means we can stop wearing a face mask? Eventually. As with so much else in this pandemic, there isn’t an easy answer for exactly when we can start to relax. But, clearly, the rapid rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, like the ones developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, is our best path out of the crisis. “We have every reason to believe that these are among some of the very best vaccines that we have ever tested,” said Aaron Richterman, a fellow researching infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. Though clinical trials give us confidence that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines block close to 95 percent of cases of the disease — thereby preventing the most severe outcomes of Covid-19 — there are still some uncertainties. Key among them is how well vaccines work to block transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Vaccines serve not only to protect individuals but also, after a certain threshold of vaccination, the population as a whole. That threshold is herd immunity — where even people who haven’t been vaccinated or infected before are protected because so many of the people around them are immune.
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