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Alshon Jeffery has loud statement for the doubters

Alshon Jeffery has loud statement for the doubters

MINNEAPOLIS — After his Bears finished with a 3-13 record last January, Alshon Jeffery proudly guaranteed a Super Bowl win the next year. Throughout this season, Jeffery made sure to clarify that he never specified a team. 

On Sunday night, his guarantee came to fruition, but he's not one to say "I told you so." 

OK, so maybe he is. 

"Man, what I told y'all?" Jeffery said, breaking into a grin by his locker after the Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium (see breakdown). "Before the season, I said I guaranteed that we were going to win the Super Bowl. I never said a team. 

"Whatever team I joined, we won the Super Bowl. And I said it earlier this week, we were bringing that trophy back to Philly. Speak it into existence. That's hard work and dedication." 

This offseason, the 27-year-old receiver left the city that drafted him and the city where he had spent the last five years of his life. Jeffery came to Philadelphia because he said the Eagles wanted him more; he felt it. As soon as he landed, he said it felt like home. 

That's why he didn't bother waiting for another crack at free agency when he signed an extension during the season.

And it's why he never had any doubt about making his guarantee a reality. 

"Nah, man. I believe in us, man," Jeffery said. "I said it all along. Ain't nobody f------ with us. The only ones that could stop us is us. We went out there and proved it. We world champs."

Throughout the week, amid the craziness that follows the Super Bowl, Jeffery was incredibly locked in. He said time and time again that he was in Minnesota for only one thing and it wasn't fun. All he cared about was the win. And he helped make it happen. Jeffery caught three passes for 73 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown from Nick Foles in the first quarter (see Roob's observations).

Like they had been in their previous two playoff games, the Eagles were underdogs in the Super Bowl. Of course they were (see story). They lost Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks, Darren Sproles, Chris Maragos and more. 

Jeffery never thought about turning back on his prediction. 

"Just keep doubting us," Jeffery said. "Y'all doubting us now? I bet Vegas doubted us, too, huh? Hey, we are world champs. We are top dogs. We aren't underdogs. We are the top dogs."

Not long after Jeffery returned from celebrating with his teammates under the floating green confetti (see celebration), he said the Eagles are trying to start their own dynasty (see story). Jeffery is under contract through 2021. Most of the team comes back for the 2018 season. 

So is he ready to make another guarantee for next year? 

"We are going to enjoy this one, man," Jeffery said. "We are going to enjoy this one."   

Pederson interviewing 2 for Eagles' OC job

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Pederson interviewing 2 for Eagles' OC job

While many folks are off for Presidents Day, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is hard at work trying to figure out how to replace Frank Reich. 

Pederson is spending his Monday interviewing running backs coach Duce Staley and wide receivers coach Mike Groh for the Eagles' vacant offensive coordinator position, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the news Monday. 

It's possible one or both coaches could take over in some sort of offensive coordinator role. 

Reich left his post as offensive coordinator earlier this month when he accepted the head coaching job in Indianapolis. While it might not seem like an OC who doesn't call the plays has a big role, Reich was a good sounding board for Pederson and seemed to be very-well trusted by the head coach. He also helped put the weekly gameplan together. 

It makes sense that the Eagles don't want to go outside the organization to hire an offensive coordinator. Pederson trusts Staley and Groh and the chemistry inside the NovaCare Complex was tremendous during the Eagles' run to Super Bowl LII. 

Either way, Pederson is going to oversee the offense and call plays. Staley or Groh, if one or both are promoted, will handle some extra responsibility, but it'll still all be on Pederson. 

While Staley has been with the Eagles as a coach since 2011, working his way up from a quality control coach to running backs coach in 2013, Groh is a newcomer. He was added to the staff before the 2017 season to take over for Greg Lewis after the Eagles fired him. Groh did an impressive job last season, particularly with helping transform Nelson Agholor from a bust to one of the team's more explosive weapons. 

LeGarrette Blount makes his desire to stay in Philly clear

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LeGarrette Blount makes his desire to stay in Philly clear

LeGarrette Blount is fresh off of his third Super Bowl title and second in two years with two different teams. 

It sounds like he doesn't really want to go to a third team in three years. 

Blount, 31, played on a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million with the Eagles in 2017, but is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 14. He made it pretty clear on Sunday that he wouldn't mind coming back to Philly for another run. 

"It's early so we'll see," Blount said on NFL Network. 

"Obviously I like it a lot there. They like me a lot there. It's a mutual respect and a mutual agreement thing about how we feel about each other. Obviously, you guys know how I feel about the team, the guys; I love those guys. 

"I can't say enough about Duce (Staley), just for the simple fact for how well I was coached there and how good he helped me understand things. I feel like Duce is one of the best running back coaches, one of the best coaches I've ever had in my entire life. I obviously want to be a part of that for a while, so we'll see how it goes."

Blount began the year as the Eagles' top running back, but lost some of his role once the team traded for former Pro Bowler Jay Ajayi. But Blount still played a significant role in the Eagles' run to winning Super Bowl LII. 

During the season, he was the team's top rusher with 173 carries for 766 yards and two touchdowns. But then in Super Bowl LII, he had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, helping the Eagles to a 41-33 win over his former team, the Patriots. 

The Eagles are going to bring back Ajayi and second-year player Corey Clement. After that, things get murky. Blount and Darren Sproles (coming off injury) are both set to become free agents. 

Blount wasn't shy about his love for the Eagles during his interview on Sunday. He cited trust and how they handled the Ajayi trade with him as big reasons why. 

"They talked to me throughout the process of it happening," Blount said. "They were like, 'we're trading for Jay Ajayi, we just want to let you know.' Like I said, that's obviously another big thing for me, the honesty in that building and how open they are and how they don't keep any kind of secrets for you. They just tell you how it is. It's a big respect thing. Duce was the first person to reach out to me and be like, 'hey, we traded for Jay Ajayi. I just want to let you know.' Again, man, that's why it's a place that I love and I hope to stay there." 

Late in the six-and-a-half minute video, the crew brought out Clement while Blount was answering a question about the rookie. Blount laughed during the middle of his answer, but then got back on track and praised Clement. The two became very close during the 2017 season. 

After Blount's answer, Clement got to chat with his teammate and said getting to work with Blount was a "tremendous opportunity" and would clearly like to keep the core group together in the running back room next season. 

Obviously, it's not up to Clement, but Blount will play a big role and we already know what he thinks of the Eagles.