Mike Lombardi

Mike Lombardi responds to Jason Kelce's burn

Mike Lombardi responds to Jason Kelce's burn

Jason Kelce delivered one of the single greatest championship day rants of all time. Dressed in a full Mummers costume, a nod to the outfits worn in the New Year's Day parade held annually in Philadelphia, Kelce was seen high-fiving fans and riding a bicycle during the parade route, but he saved his best for last.
Still in costume, Kelce stepped to the microphone on the art museum steps and called out many of the hot takes that have been said and written about these Eagles. The one person Kelce called out by name was former longtime NFL executive Mike Lombardi.
"When Doug Pederson was hired, he was rated as the worst coaching hire by a lot of freaking analysts out there in the media," Kelce said. "This past offseason, some clown named Mike Lombardi told him that he was the least qualified head coach in the NFL! Doug Pederson! The man who went for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl with a trick play! He wasn't playing just to be mediocre. He's playing for a Super Bowl. And it don't stop with him. It does not stop with him."
Lombardi heard the speech and responded via Twitter shortly after Kelce ended his speech with a flurry of curse words.

It's hard to argue with Doug's results.
Entering this season, Lombardi was very critical of Pederson but later backtracked on his comments and actually picked the Eagles to win the Super Bowl against his former employer, the New England Patriots, when many thought the Eagles were overmatched.
The Eagles have fed off the negative comments of others and their underdog status and, perhaps, it's one of the contributing factors to their success this season.

Jeffery's role, Pederson's personality, and more in Roob's observations

Jeffery's role, Pederson's personality, and more in Roob's observations

Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis, record-setting third-down conversions, and Vince and Mike Lombardi highlight Monday's edition of 10 random Super Bowl observations, which will appear every day between today and Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

That should be 140 total random Super Bowl observations! 

1. You could just sense Nick Foles and Alshon Jeffery building up their chemistry over the past few weeks, and in these two playoff games Jeffery has played like the star the Eagles hoped they were getting when they signed him. Jeffery was 4 for 61 against the Falcons and 5 for 85 with two TDs against the Vikings. Foles targeted him five times and he caught every one, including that 53-yard TD on a scramble drill. Jeffery needs 66 yards in the Super Bowl to break the franchise record for receiving yards in a single postseason (211 in 2008 by none other than Kevin Curtis). Jeffery is just blossoming now. His two TDs Sunday give him 11 this year, and only Harold Carmichael, Tommy McDonald, Terrell Owens and Mike Quick have had more in a season in franchise history. He just looks more and more comfortable each week, especially in the red zone, where he has a real flair for going up and getting the ball. I have a hunch he's going to have a big game in Minneapolis.

2. The Eagles have allowed 15 second-half points in their last five games. 

3. Pretty funny after everything that’s transpired over the past few months that the Super Bowl winner receives the Lombardi Trophy. Definitely not named after Mike

4. According to Pro Football Focus, 69 of Jay Ajayi’s 73 rushing yards Sunday night came after first contact. That means 94.5 percent of his yards came after he was hit. That’s remarkable and speaks to just what a tough runner he is. 

5. Corey Graham was such an underrated signing. He’s been very solid as a third safety and like newcomers LeGarrette Blount, Torrey Smith, Chris Long and Dannell Ellerbe, he’s a winner and has a Super Bowl ring. He knows what it takes. Graham’s interception Sunday was his third career postseason INT, and only two active players — Antoine Bethea and Tramon Williams, with four each — have more. Solid guy, solid player.

6. Soon after the media was allowed in the locker room after the game Sunday night, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill snuck over to this panel on the wall and plugged his iPhone into a jack and instantly music began blasting over speakers throughout the locker room. Grugier-Hill closed his eyes and started dancing. Rodney McLeod cracked up but yelled over, “Come on, Kamu. You can’t be playing Lil Yachty in the locker room while the media is in here,” and everybody cracked up. This team is so loose and having so much fun right now. Doug Pederson deserves so much credit for letting these guys show their personality all the time, whether it’s in an end zone celebration, in the locker room before a game or on the sideline with the German Shepherd masks. If you’re loose, you can just go out and play your game. If you’re tight, it’s tough to be at your best. Pederson understands this as well as any coach I’ve ever been around.

7. Amazing that the Patriots’ top two receivers this postseason are former Eagles: receiver Danny Amendola (18 for 196) and running back Dion Lewis (16 for 111). Amendola spent the early part of the 2009 season on the Eagles’ practice squad before the Rams signed him. Lewis was the Eagles’ fifth-round pick in 2011 and spent his first two NFL seasons with the Eagles before being traded to the Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

8. The Eagles’ 456 yards of offense Sunday are the most they’ve ever had in a playoff game, two more than they had in the 2008 NFC Championship Game. It was the second most the Vikings have allowed in their 49 franchise playoff games. The Giants netted 518 in their 41-0 win over the Vikings at Giants Stadium in 2001. The Eagles' 27 first downs are also a franchise playoff record. 

9. I can’t get past the fact that 24 months ago Pederson had never coached above the high school level and Foles was mulling retirement. Twenty-four months ago! Look at 'em now! This is why sports rule!

10. Maybe the craziest thing about Sunday’s game was the Eagles' ability to convert on third down against a defense that came into the game historically among the best in NFL history on third down at 25.4 percent. The Eagles were 10 for 14 on third down, good for 71.4 percent. That’s third-best against the Vikings in any game — regular season or postseason — since 1991, which is as far back as available records go. To put that 71.4 percent figure in perspective, the Eagles converted more third downs Sunday (10) than the Vikings' last four opponents had combined (eight). 

Former Pederson hater calls Super Bowl 'horrendous matchup' for Pats

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Former Pederson hater calls Super Bowl 'horrendous matchup' for Pats

Don't you try to get on our good side now, Lombardi.

As the Eagles gear up to play for the Vince Lombardi trophy on Feb. 4 against the Patriots, it appears they've already won the Mike Lombardi trophy.

On his GM Street podcast Sunday night following the Eagles' win, Lombardi said he's picking the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.

"It's a horrendous matchup for the Patriots," said Lombardi, who spent time with New England's front office and coaching staff from 2014 to 2016.

"I'm gonna pick Philadelphia in the Super Bowl come hell or high water. ... I think it's a horrendous matchup for New England, I do. What Jacksonville did in the first half (of the AFC Championship Game), running Kansas City's style of offense, spread the field, force you to play inside and with power, that's been the kryptonite for New England, and that's what Philly does all the time."

Lombardi even went as far as to say the Eagles could be the toughest NFC team the Patriots have faced during Tom Brady's string of Super Bowl appearances.

"Of all the teams they've played in the playoffs, this will be the most complete type of team they've had to play because they're good in all three areas," Lombardi said.

The Patriots know that all too well. In December 2015, in one of Chip Kelly's final games as Eagles head coach, they went up to Foxboro and beat the Patriots, 35-28, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

This cast of Eagles characters is different, but six key defensive players from that game — Malcolm Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Mychal Kendricks and Beau Allen — remain. Don't underestimate the confidence the defense gained in that game.

As for Lombardi, the man is a fountain of knowledge and interesting stories from his decades in the NFL. Week after week, GM Street gives you the kind of insight few other NFL podcasts do. But he took a lot of heat in Philadelphia this season because of his strong preseason criticism of Doug Pederson.

He took all of that back this weekend after watching Pederson call a near-perfect game that constantly put Nick Foles in position to succeed.