Even after being named MVP of a Super Bowl LII, even after saving the Eagles 2018 season and taking them to the playoffs, Philadelphia continued to tell quarterback Nick Foles he just wasn’t good enough. QB Carson Wentz, who has been injured the last two seasons, will be their starter. Foles decided that it was time to move on, and he paid $2 million to do it.
The Eagles had picked up Foles $20 million option, but that would mean he would continue to carry a clipboard for Wentz. Foles paid the fee to be released from that option, but Philadelphia still has the ability to franchise tag him. This would give the team the ability to trade him. It has been reported that multiple teams are interested in bringing Foles on board. This isn’t surprising considering the state of the quarterback situation in the NFL.
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There are plenty of NFL players that are doing great things in their various communities, and they all deserve to be celebrated.
One such player is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long. As you know, he was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year this past Saturday. Long, like the other nominees for the award, has long been a good guy in his community. However, to me, he sticks out for some very important reasons.
I’ve always felt that if you’re given a platform to do some good, then it’s your responsibility to do just that. Not that you have to, of course, but it’s a good thing to do.
Long’s Waterboy initiative has been in place since 2016. Its goal is to bring fresh water to the African country of Tanzania by building sustainable wells. The goal is to build 32 wells, one for every team in the NFL. He is bringing together veterans, NFL players, and has recently expanded to include NBA players as well.
One year ago on January 30th, quarterback Alex Smith was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins. The trade was to display the unbelievable talent of QB Patrick Mahomes and to usher in a new era in Washington.
Smith signed a 4-year contract worth $94 million dollars to help a franchise who kept falling short of the goal with QB Kirk Cousins at the helm. In his first debut for the Redskins, Smith threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns and gave them their first win against the Arizona Cardinals.
But in a horrific event in Week 11, against the Houston Texans, Smith went down writhing in pain to only be carted off the field. His injury was later determined to be a compound and spiral fracture to his tibia and fibula. Frankly, it was the worst injury Smith could have received as it became the eerie replica of the Joe Theismann injury 33 years to the day. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there for Smith as he incurred several infections that required additional surgeries.
The Dallas Cowboys made it to the Divisional Round only to see their season end against the Los Angeles Rams, finishing with a 10-6 record and champions of the NFC East.
Despite the demands of some fans and media analysts that believe it is time for head coach Jason Garrett to go (including myself), there is someone who could take the offensive play calling to a whole different level. That someone is former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo was ousted out of his job as signal caller in Dallas after an injury in preseason paved the way for then rookie, Dak Prescott to earn the coveted job. After a spectacular rookie season in 2016 and a 13-3 record, Romo knew his time in Dallas was over. He was even seen on the sideline of the final game saying, “Wow, it is his time.”
In a press conference held by Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson, they all but said goodbye to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
When asked who will be starting next season, Pederson told reporters Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterback moving forward.
After sitting out games nursing an ACL injury, Wentz watched his team win a Superbowl led by a backup quarterback. If that wasn’t motivation enough to come back with a vengeance, well, I don’t know what is.
After an MVP-esque 2017 season, Wentz sat out the final few games after tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams. No one could have predicted what happened next, sparking a quarterback debate on who should be the next franchise QB for the Eagles that lasted longer than it should have.
What was a promising start for the Philadelphia Eagles ended in tears for the fans of the defending champions. Eagles were up 14-0 going into the second quarter and had everything going their way until quarterback Nick Foles was intercepted and the momentum completely shifted. After that, the Eagles’ defense was too tired to find an answer.
They started off on top converting a turnover into a touchdown. Then later that quarter, Foles hit wide receiver Jordan Matthews for their second and final touchdown of the game. Eagles earned a total of 151 yards and were barely able to add any more.
It’s fair to say Foles threw some questionable passes, either they were overthrown or underthrown. The offense also had trouble converting third downs.
After a nail-biter of a game, the Philadelphia Eagles let out a breath of stunned excitement as they witnessed a missed field goal that would have ended their season. It was an ugly first half of football, with Chicago leading 6-3 at the break, but Philly returned a changed team.
QuarterbackNick Foles at one point took advantage of a crucial mistake by the Bears and hit rookie tight end Dallas Goedert for a 10-yard touchdown, taking back the lead.
Even with two early interceptions by Foles, this Eagles team didn’t give up. The defense kept them in the game all four quarters. Left tackle Jason Peters played a major factor in protecting his quarterback and helped the front line shut down linebacker Khalil Mack.
With under a minute left to play, Foles threw a 2-yard pass to receiver Golden Tate to take the late lead by just one point, and missing the two-point conversion, leaving enough of a chance for the Bears to try for a field goal.
It was 31 years ago that a strange eerie fog rolled into Soldier Field in a critical NFC divisional playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a beautiful brisk day in Chicago and clear skies. But there was a cloud of uncertainty between the two teams.
Eagles head Coach Buddy Ryan was going head-to-head against his former team, a team he had built a fierce defense with that dominated in 1985, resulting in a Super Bowl title.
In 1988, the Eagles had the worst pass defense in the league. This year the Eagles rank 30th in passing defense, while the Bears rank seventh. Back then head coach Mike Ditka said that “if we don’t beat ourselves we can win this game”. I would say that same statement would apply today for the Bears going into the playoffs this Sunday. But for the 88’ Eagles, that was the case as they could not score a touchdown due to penalties, including some that negated two touchdowns in the first half.
The Titans won a road game at MetLife Stadium in rainy and cold New Jersey. The victory was extra sweet as the Titans have not had a shutout game since December of 2000 when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-0.
The wintery weather may have cost the Titans some points, as there were some dropped passes and a missed field goal kick. But behind Derrick Henry’s strong run game, the team prevailed. Henry had a great game with two touchdowns, 33 carries, and 170 yards.
The Titans defense was also strong; the defense was able to hold the Giants star rookie running back Saquon Barkley to only 31 yards. The Titans defense had two turnovers during the second half of the game, with safety Kevin Byard getting his third interception of the year, and linebacker Kamalei Correa forcing a sack-fumble on Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. The fumbled ball was picked up by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.
Coach Vrabel stated at the post-game press conference that he was proud that his team did not have any turnovers in the “tough conditions on the field”.
The game was prolonged unnecessarily by the NFL refs who seemed to want to review far too many plays, and it took them a long time to reach decisions. The fans out in the cold had to have been frustrated by the delays. While we are on the subject of delays, the Titans did get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for having two “delay of game” calls in a row; rather strange.
All in all, it was another Derrick Henry show, with the running back breaking the record for most rushing yards in back to back games. He beat Earl Campbell’s record of 405 yards with 408 rushing yards.
The Titans will face the Washington Redskins next week at home on Saturday with a late afternoon kickoff time of 3:30 CT. Tennessee is now 8-6 for the season and the team needs to win the next two home games for any chance to get in the playoffs.
The Titans were hyped at the end of this game and performed a “Remember the Titans” celebration dance routine. The hype and the teamwork needs to carry on for two more weeks, for two more victories for Tennessee to have a chance to get to the Super Bowl.