Zaslal: út 13. listopad, 2018 3:50 Předmět: In Pederson's book released Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles
With a straight face and a shoulder shrug www.authenticsphiladelphiaeagles.com , Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone provided a subtle response to being criticized in Doug Pederson's new book. Jacksonville led New England 14-10 with 55 seconds remaining and two timeouts, but Marrone called for Blake Bortles to run out the clock and head to the locker room. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Jacksonville was the first team last season to take a knee with that much time remaining in the first half.Marrone received several texts about Pederson's book — "Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion" — excerpts of which were released earlier this week."I got a couple text messages, saying like, 'Blah, blah blah, blah, blah,'" Marrone said. "And I'm just like, 'Hey, Doug won a Super Bowl. Doug did a great job of coaching. I'm sure there's a long line of people that have the same questions or feelings. It's just what you're going to do."Then Marrone dropped this nugget: He said he read a book written by Mark Manson during the offseason that ended up on The New York Times Best Seller list. The title? "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (expletive): A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life."Marrone never mentioned the title of Manson's book in his response to a question about Pederson's book. But his message seemed clear.Here's one to bookmark now: The Eagles and Jaguars play Oct. 28 in London, an opportunity for the coaches to discuss their philosophies face to face."So those things happen and that's it," Marrone said. "But I respect the hell out of him and his team and he won a Super Bowl, so. We lost, and when you lose, you question everything so I don't have a problem with it."In his book, Pederson said he watched the watched the game and was "screaming at the TV in my office" and thinking "you've got to be kidding me right now. It made me mad because Jacksonville had New England right where they wanted them."The Patriots overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Jacksonville 24-20 and reach the Super Bowl. Pederson said Jacksonville's cautious approach "fueled me.""They could have at least tried for a field goal," Pederson wrote. "They took it out of their quarterback's hands, and they didn't give to their big back Leonard Fournette. I thought, 'If they lose this game, this is why.' Sure enough they would go on to lose the game."Facing a similar situation in the NFC title game against Minnesota, Pederson and the Eagles managed a field goal late in the first half after getting the ball with 29 seconds remaining. Two weeks later in the Super Bowl, Pederson's aggression helped the Eagles claim their first Lombardi Trophy.Birdbrained: Week 2 Mailbag Howdy team! It’s mailbag time.If you ever want to get your questions in, hit me up on Twitter @BenjaminSolak. If you don’t have a Twitter Philadelphia Eagles T-Shirt , you can also e-mail me at benjamin [dot] solak [at] gmail, but I will probably tell you to get a Twitter (and answer your question anyway).Good question.I think we all expected a few initial weeks without Alshon — and considering the conditions under which he finished 2017, I think he more than earned the rest. His absence I considered in my season-long predictions.Hollins, on the other hand, is the bigger disappointment. While he, of course, only represents a WR4 when healthy, he has good special teams value and broke the rotation in 2017 — in a spread-the-wealth attack, every pass catcher is valuable. Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter, while flashing with promise, can’t be considered proven or consistent players at this point — so depth is the biggest concern.How much is my season-long projection affected? Minimally. Philly beat the Falcons, should still beat the Bucs, the Colts, and the Titans all before that Week 5 Minnesota game. If Alshon’s back by then, we’re basically right on schedule.RE: tight ends powering us to victory — I certainly hope so! I’m gonna call Doug now and tell him that 24% of the snaps for Dallas Goedert is unacceptable! (Lol jk Doug scares me since the Wentz press conference.)This feels like a response to my uhh should we sign Darby? post from earlier this week. If it wasn’t, sorry — I’m just trying to get them clicks.Short answer: yes. Philadelphia has 1) more youth/draft capital at CB than DE, and have 2) invested more time and effort into said youth. Also, 3) apples to oranges, Brandon Graham is probably better than Ronald Darby.Long answer: it’s not that easy. It is worth noting that Brandon Graham will be over 30 come extension time, and would likely demand more money than Darby (25) would — for a team staring down the barrel of a massive Carson Wentz extension, every penny-pinching option should be considered. It’s also worth nothing that Graham has made it clear he expects a fat check, while Darby at the very least has not been so forthright in his demands.Gun to my head, I’d still extend Graham before Darby — but it’s more of a conversation than we initially thought, and the team will likely move mountains in an effort to keep both. Don’t get married to that *cut Bennett* idea, by the way. If Jernigan never returns to form (sadly a strong possibility) Philadelphia Eagles Hats , Bennett becomes very valuable to this team.Legally, I cannot confirm that I spent several years collecting enough Giants fans’ tears — whether organic or induced — in order to actually draw myself a bath and bathe in them. But if I had — and again, I can neither confirm nor deny — this Darnold thing would feel juuuuuuuuust like that.Jokes aside, I’ll be more willing to gloat and taunt when Darnold is actually good, which requires multiple years of evaluation to know for sure. (When you begin boasting on a small sample size, you start shooting off Dak > Wentz takes prematurely, and look where that leaves you.)In avoiding results-based analysis, the Giants forgoing a quarterback for a running back that early in the Draft was a bad process, and worthy of ridicule regardless of Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Lamar Jackson’s respective seasons. Make that the meat of your mockery — every good throw from a passed-over quarterback is just garnish; insult to the injury.The Eagles/Falcons RB snap counts were as follows:Darren Sproles: 40%Jay Ajayi: 40%Corey Clement: 18%From what I understand, Ajayi felt a little gimpy early, which cut into his snap time. I would expect to see his percentage climb a bit — and Sproles’ drop accordingly — when everyone is healthy. Think just 45/35 instead of a perfect split.Clement around 18 makes sense to me, to be frank. While Corey a great dude, with Sproles back on the field, he’s no longer the best “______” back. Ajayi is a better runner, in both zone and power, while Sproles is a better pass-catcher and protector. He’s just a change-of-pace guy at this point.There will be fluctuation — for example, I think this upcoming Bucs match-up calls for a heavy dose of Sproles. But 45/35/15 is my expected ratio moving forward.Great question. Love it. Let’s start here. Both DB Coach Cory Undlin and SAF Coach Tim Hauck have expressed their lack of interest in transferring Sul to a safety role. That never should have been an idea in the first place, in my opinion — and as of this point, it isn’t one for the coaches in the building.Now, let’s look forward. With Sidney Jones manning the slot, it’s tough to imagine Sul never getting a crack at starting on the outside. Darby’s contract expires this season; Jalen Mills’ expires next season. Unless both players are retained on new deals (unlikely), there will be a starting outside slot open for competition by 2020 at the latest — that’s the last year of Sul’s contract. That’s not to say Sid won’t get an opportunity to work outside (with Maddox in the slot) when that day comes — just that it will be a competition.Let’s assume that day comes in 2019 Philadelphia Eagles Hoodie , after Darby moves on. What is the stronger starting three? Sul-Sid-Mills, or Sid-Maddox-Mills? (Maybe even Sul-Maddox-Sid, but don’t tell the Mills’ stans I threw that out there.)I think Sul gets himself the starting job in 2019. He’ll have had another year of developmental work in the building — one more than Maddox, who will be working to earn the starting slot job — and the team will not want to move Sid out of the slot if he finds success there. Douglas seems an improved player in his second season, and he brings a size profile and a production profile that nobody else on the roster does.Also, I’m a fan of his. So go Sul.I do not, though I like your thought process. Howie ain’t never acquired capital for capital’s sake. There’s always a multi-step plan in place.But Philly’s about to become a team burdened with big contracts — Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Alshon Jeffery, Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins, and Zach Ertz all represent 8-figure cap hits in the upcoming years. Carson Wentz, Brandon Graham, Ronald Darby, and Nelson Agholor all could soon join them.Philly doesn’t have the money to acquire somebody big — not an established NFL star, at least. They need rookie contracts. It’s nigh on impossible to trade for a star player on a rookie contract — it only just happened with Khalil Mack, and that was with a 6-year extension tagged on to the trade package. Philadelphia just isn’t in that fiscal position.That being said, don’t be surprised if Howie’s 11 picks in the 2019 Draft class become 7 or 8 as he trades up/around to ensure the Eagles land the contributors they believe in. With such a deep and talented roster, eleven draft picks simply won’t make it onto the final 53-man team — so it’s better to move up and get impact players you know will matter in 2019.That depends.If you like it, then fun story: I’ve starting learning how to cut my hair myself. Been working on it for a few months now — it’s tricky but it’s fun, and more importantly it’s cheap. Thanks for the compliment.If you don’t, then a barber. You probably don’t know him; he goes to a different school.
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