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Roob's 10 mid-March Eagles observations

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Roob's 10 mid-March Eagles observations

We're deep into free agency, the draft is rapidly approaching and the 2017 Super Bowl champion Eagles are being reshaped into a new team.

Which means it's a perfect time for a Roob's 10 Observations.

1. As the Eagles move on from LeGarrette Blount and reshape the running back position, it’s intriguing to ponder just how good Corey Clement can be. From what I saw last year? I think the kid can be a stud. His touches were limited until late in the season, but how many rookies have had 300 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards and averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry and 13 yards per catch? Would you believe three in the last 40 years? A guy named Jesse Clark with the Packers in 1983, a guy named Adrian Peterson with the Vikings in 2007 and a guy named Corey Clement. It’s tough to project, but he can run, he can block, he can catch, he’s got a real flair for making big plays and a terrific knack in the red zone. Can’t wait to see him in an expanded role.

2. As for Blount, you can’t understate his value to the Eagles last year, both as a running back and a leader. For a guy with his resume to come into that locker room and not once complain about his workload – even when he had no carries against the Chiefs – was remarkable. His selfless attitude really resonated with the young guys in the locker room. And I know a lot of fans were upset to see him go, but as incredible as his Super Bowl performance was, you can’t forget that in the seven games leading up to the Super Bowl he averaged 2.9 yards per carry. And he’s 31 years old. If the reported numbers are correct, Blount’s $4.5 million 2018 salary makes him the 12th-highest-paid running back in the league. Good for him. I wish him well. He was a huge part of that 2017 team. But it made no sense for the Eagles to bring him back.

3. It’s amazing how much money teams keep throwing at Sam Bradford. He’s got 34 wins in eight seasons, he’s never had a winning record, he’s never made a postseason, and on the rare occasions when he’s been healthy, he’s won only 43 percent of his starts. Oh, and he’s missed 42 games since 2013. “He’s our guy!”

4. Speaks volumes that both Blount and Torrey Smith singled out Duce Staley in their tweets or Instagram posts saying goodbye to Philly after joining new teams. Staley wasn’t even Smith’s position coach, and he still singled him out. Blount wrote: “To my main man Coach Duce Staley – You have impacted my life on and off the field and pushed me to be the best version of me I can be and for that I thank you!” Staley is such a natural leader and such a big part of what the Eagles accomplished in 2017. He’s going to be a head coach one day.

5. The Eagles lost Vinny Curry, but they have Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett and Chris Long. They lost Trey Burton and Brent Celek, but they have Zach Ertz. They lost Smith, but they have Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins. They lost Blount, but they have Jay Ajayi and Clement. They lost Patrick Robinson, but they have Sidney Jones, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Ronald Darby and Daryl Worley. They’ve lost a lot, but they’re still stocked at every position where they lost someone. Pretty darn good roster planning.

6. I feel like in the wake of Nick Foles’ brilliant postseason, people are forgetting exactly how good Carson Wentz was before he got hurt. So here’s a list of every quarterback in NFL history with 33 or more touchdown passes and seven or fewer interceptions in a season before his 30th birthday: Carson Wentz.

7. I wonder how much Haloti Ngata has left. He’s 34, he’s coming off a torn biceps, and he’s five years removed from his last Pro Bowl. Beau Allen was quietly a solid backup defensive tackle and played a big role in that D-line rotation the second half of the season after Tim Jernigan hurt his ankle. I don’t mind the signing. Ngata comes cheap and there’s really nothing to lose. But it’s been a while since he’s been a dominant player, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in.

8. If you’ve never been to Canton, Ohio, plan your trip now. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a great place to visit any time. But the weekend of Brian Dawkins’ induction is going to be unforgettable. Dawk’s speech is going to be epic.

9. The Philly Special may be the greatest play in Eagles history, but where does the fourth-quarter fourth-down conversion rank? The Eagles trailed with 5½ minutes left and faced a 4th-and-1 inside midfield when Foles converted a short completion to Ertz. If they don’t convert, they lose. That’s gotta be a top-10 all-time play. Maybe top-five.

10. Tight ends with more catches than Ertz in their first five NFL seasons: Kellen Winslow Sr., Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates.

Roob's 10 observations a month after the Super Bowl

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Roob's 10 observations a month after the Super Bowl

It’s been a month now, and I’m guessing most Eagles fans still wake up some mornings, sit up, look around and then the reality hits them.

“Holy crap … The Eagles actually won the Super Bowl.”

This is called winning. And it's fun.

All of our lives changed in one way or another that frigid February evening in Minneapolis. So let’s take a look back with 10 Eagles Observations One Month after They Won the Super Bowl.

1. One thing I didn’t expect going into the Super Bowl was a big game from LeGarrette Blount. Blount’s productivity had clearly dropped the second half of the season. Through the Bears game in November, he was averaging 4.8 yards per carry — fourth-highest in the NFL. The next seven weeks, Blount averaged 2.9 yards per carry — second-worst in the NFL during that span. The other thing is, the Super Bowl is a young man’s game. Going into Super Bowl LII, only two running backs Blount’s age had rushed for 50 yards in a Super Bowl while averaging 4.0 yards per carry — none since O.J. Anderson in 1991. No running back 31 or older had ever averaged 6.0 yards per carry in a Super Bowl. Or even 5.0. So history was against him. And on the Eagles’ first drive, Blount had two carries for minus-1 yard. But Doug Pederson stuck with Blount, and on Blount's next carry, he plowed through traffic for a 36-yard gain, and on his following carry, he ran 21 yards for a touchdown. Blount finished with 14 carries for 90 yards, unprecedented numbers for a back his age. It was a remarkable performance, even more remarkable considering his age and the way he finished the season.

2. Putting Tom Brady’s performance in context, he became only the seventh quarterback in NFL history — regular season or postseason — with 500 passing yards and no interceptions in a game. That’s what the Eagles overcame.

3. And this: Going into the Super Bowl, 39 teams in NFL history had gained 600 yards in a game and none had lost. The Eagles allowed 613 and won.

4. Keep this in mind when watching the combine: The Eagles’ Super Bowl roster had more players who were undrafted or drafted in the fifth through seventh rounds (28) than drafted in the first three rounds (23). The combine has its purpose, but ultimately how many reps you do or how fast you do the three-cone drill doesn’t make you a champion.

5. For those who still buy into the nonsense that Nick Foles’ postseason was a fluke, consider this: Only six quarterbacks in NFL history have had more postseason games with a passer rating of 100 before their 30th birthday: Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. If Foles was a fluke, then those guys were flukes, too.

6. Let’s put the Eagles’ offensive performance in Super Bowl LII into context: The Eagles netted 374 passing yards and 164 rushing yards. That made them the first Super Bowl team and only the fourth team in NFL postseason history with 350 passing yards and 150 rushing yards. The Eagles recorded the fifth-most passing yards in a Super Bowl and the sixth-highest rushing average. How do you stop that combination? It speaks volumes about Pederson’s play calling that the Eagles were able to do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted and that he was able to mix up the play calls to the point where whatever he dialed up worked. Doug called a perfect game. The man is a genius.

7. Regarding the Philly Special, I don’t know what’s more incredible to watch: The exchange between Doug and Nick on the sideline or the play itself. I still can’t believe either one actually happened.

8. All year Pederson spoke about how he wanted his guys to just have fun, do what they do best, relax and enjoy every moment. That was just Corey Clement, Trey Burton and Nick Foles being themselves and having fun on that play. You can’t execute that play under that spotlight, on 4th down in a Super Bowl, with 100 million people watching, if you aren’t loose and free and having fun.  

9. I was talking to Clement postgame in the locker room when an emotional Jeff Lurie came over and embraced him. I snapped this with my phone. Love this picture:  

10. The most amazing stat ever is that Foles has 14 incomplete passes combined in the second half of his four career postseason starts. Fourteen. He’s 48 for 62 for 544 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions and a 130.4 passer rating. That’s not even possible.

An Eagles player got a huge eagle tattoo after Super Bowl win

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An Eagles player got a huge eagle tattoo after Super Bowl win

The Eagles won the Super Bowl and Philadelphia fans want to remember it forever.

But it's not just Eagles fans getting crazy tattoos to commemorate the Super Bowl victory, it's also the Eagles players.

Corey Clement shared images of the new eagle he got on his arm and it is not small. It is mean looking and badass.

There's also a vertical "SBLII" behind his ear.

Clement, of course, had a huge game against the Patriots that was something of a microcosm of the Eagles' season, so it's no surprise he wants to keep it close to him. But pro sports careers are fickle. What if he gets cut or traded and ends up playing for another team? As most of you know, Clement is from nearby Glassboro, New Jersey and can claim Philly fandom his entire life.

And I suppose if he ever did end up playing for another team in the league he could simply say he is a big fan of wildlife and America.

What would you rather have on you forever? A badass Eagle like Clement or Jason Kelce's face in full Mummer's gear?

@danczartattoo 💉

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