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Patriots' dynasty? 'That s--- don't matter' to Alshon Jeffery

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Patriots' dynasty? 'That s--- don't matter' to Alshon Jeffery

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Some of the Eagles enjoyed the media circus of Super Bowl week in Minnesota. Some of them rode roller coasters in the mall and shopped and played along as wacky "reporters" asked wacky questions. 

Alshon Jeffery wasn't one of them. 

"I'm only here for one thing," Jeffery said this week. "I don't care about the fun stuff."

The 27-year-old receiver has waited six years in the NFL to get to this point. Heck, he waited six years just to get into the playoffs. Eventually, he'll take some time to reflect and probably appreciate it more. But for now, he has a laser focus. 

He doesn't care about how many catches he has or if he scores a touchdown; he just wants to win one more game. 

And even though he respects them, Jeffery is not intimidated by Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots' dynasty. 

"That's what we're trying to start in Philly," Jeffery said. "At the same time, they in the way of what we're trying to get. We're trying to get a trophy, man. We're trying to bring this trophy back to Philly for the first time. We're trying to win the Super Bowl. All that dynasty stuff, that s--- don't matter to me.

"S---. It's time to go get it man. I feel like, s---, [Brady] in the way of where we're trying to get. We came here for one reason. That's to bring that trophy home."

Jeffery has been in Philly for just one season, but it's pretty clear he gets what bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Philly would mean to the city. It would mean a ton for him too. From a couple weeks before the playoffs began, Jeffery has ratcheted up his intensity and focus. He's been selfless all season and he really means it. He doesn't care if he catches a single pass on Sunday, as long as they're celebrating afterward. 

He once predicted a Super Bowl championship before he even became a free agent, before he joined the Eagles and he's now one win way from making it happen. Jeffery said he believed it into existence. 

As far as the Patriots go, they've won five Super Bowls since 2002 and have been the most consistently dominant team of the past 20 years. Of course, in Super Bowl LI, they looked beatable. The Falcons went up 28-3 before Brady and the Pats stormed back for an incredible comeback win. Jeffery saw it. 

"Every year is a new year," he said. "I just know we got our foot on the gas and we're going at they neck. We ain't taking it off."

Jeffery said he doesn't think the Patriots' experience advantage in the big game will matter as much as "want-to." He wants it bad. 

On Sunday, there's a good chance Jeffery will be lined up against Stephon Gilmore, who was his college roommate at South Carolina. He said Gilmore was a good roommate who respected his personal space. The two are still friends but haven't talked this week. As you might imagine, Jeffery wasn't ready for a trip down memory lane this week; he's looking forward to facing Gilmore, but doesn't really care who covers him. 

He doesn't care about anything except getting to hold the Lombardi Trophy late on Sunday night. 

During the week, he played along just a little bit. He was asked to name his favorite Hispanic comedian and couldn't think of George Lopez's name. A couple days later, he seemed to regret that he just couldn't get the answer out. 

Not that he cares that much. 

"Honestly, I just want to play football," Jeffery said. "This is pretty cool, it's a great moment. I probably won't reflect back on all this until after it's over. But I just want to play football." 

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 the 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.