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A loopy Carson Wentz FaceTimed Eagles after surgery and asked about new plays

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A loopy Carson Wentz FaceTimed Eagles after surgery and asked about new plays

Next man up. That's this 2017 Philadelphia Eagles team's motto.

So it's Nick Foles' turn at quarterback now that Carson Wentz has been lost for the season. The man who would follow in Foles' footsteps? That would be Nate Sudfeld.

The quarterbacks on this team are extremely close.

"They’re honestly like brothers to me," Sudfeld told reporters on Thursday.

Sudfeld also relayed a rather funny FaceTime call he and Foles received from Wentz right after his surgery to repair his torn ACL.

“He was pretty loopy after the anesthesia. He was trying to figure out the new plays we put in," Sudfeld said.

There wasn't a whole lot of small talk, apparently. Wentz is in positive spirits, Sudfeld said, as also seen in his video message to fans.

Of course Carson wanted to talk football.

“The first question from Wentz, ‘so what’s this new play I saw in the emails?’ I was like, ‘you sure you want to know right now?” Sudfeld said.

“Do you expect anything less from Carson? He was ordering a burger at the same time.”

“He was loopy but he was good. Classic Carson."

Eagles fans are going to miss Classic Carson on the field the rest of the season, sadly.

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Photo of Wentz post-surger via his IG:

Eagles fan arrested for punching a horse after ejection from Falcons game

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Eagles fan arrested for punching a horse after ejection from Falcons game

A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And sometimes a horse gets punched by an Eagles fan.

Anyone who has ever attended an Eagles game at the Linc and walked through the tailgates before and after the game, you know there is some strange stuff going on.

But this story from Saturday is one even the most hardened Eagles fan couldn't have seen coming, blinders on or not.

A Whitehall Township man was arrested for... punching a horse after he was ejected from the NFC Divisional playoff game against the Falcons. 

The Philly PD released this statement:

"On Saturday, January 13th, 2018 ,Security personnel at Lincoln Financial Field ejected the defendant because he was intoxicated and did not possess a ticket. After the male was ejected he walked over to a mounted officer and began punching the horse in the face, neck and shoulder area. The officer on the horse was then struck in the legs by the male. Another officer came over and grabbed the male who was placed in custody. The horse and officer were not injured."

He was arrested and is now facing assault charges.

It's unclear what the horse did, if anything, to provoke the alleged assault. The horse was unable to share its side of the story because horses can't talk.

The Eagles were playing the Falcons, not the Indianapolis Colts or Denver Broncos who failed to make the playoffs this season.

Mike Lombardi backtracks on Doug Pederson criticism — sort of

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Mike Lombardi backtracks on Doug Pederson criticism — sort of

Having previously stated Doug Pederson is unqualified, former NFL executive Mike Lombardi is finally walking back his criticism of the Eagles’ head coach. Kinda.

It only took a 13-win season and a trip to the NFC Championship game for Lombardi to admit he might’ve been mistaken.

Even now, Lombardi doesn’t sound entirely convinced about Pederson, who’s a strong candidate for Coach of the Year.

Lombardi garnered attention back in September after questioning Pederson’s credibility.

“Everybody knows Pederson isn't a head coach,” Lombardi said during one of his regular NFL podcasts for The Ringer. “He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.”

The comments grew beyond meaningless banter when Lombardi was tied to Jim Schwartz, and a report stated the Eagles’ defensive coordinator was actively working to undermine Pederson — just days before the start of the regular season.

It all seemed like a bunch of nonsense at the time, and the entire narrative over whether Pederson is the right person for the job hasn’t aged well. So four months and an Eagles win over the Falcons in a divisional playoff game later, Lombardi was finally ready to go back on his podcast and say he was wrong.

Well, sort of.

"I admit, I’m wrong. Okay, Doug Pederson was way better than I thought he was going to be in terms of his ability to lead that team. I think Jim Schwartz is a tremendous defensive coordinator. I think he deserves a lot of credit here. But I thought (Pederson) did a really good job with Nick Foles (Saturday). So all you Philly fans give me all this crap about, ‘Give Doug Pederson his due,’ yeah, okay, I was wrong. He’s a better coach. Now he’s going to have to do it again this week, and we’ll see how that is, but for me, I think when you win a playoff game, and you beat a team that you’re an underdog to, and you beat (Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan), and Nick Foles plays well enough, I think you deserve it. I think I have to admit — hey look, I think I was wrong in terms of how far I went with Doug, I’m not sure how great of a coach Doug is, but I was wrong in terms of how far I went with it."

Lombardi almost immediately praises Schwartz, before going on to say Pederson needs to prove himself again in the conference title game, he still doesn’t know how good Pederson is and the actual problem with his comments was the extent of his criticism, not necessarily that he was critical of Pederson in the first place.

Again, the Eagles won 13 games this season, earning the top playoff seed in the NFC, a postseason bye and home-field advantage throughout the tournament. Then they defeated the reigning conference champion Falcons and are now one victory away from a trip to the Super Bowl. He absolutely should win Coach of the Year. Even last season, Pederson won seven games as a first-year head coach with a rookie quarterback, so the idea he was ever wholly unprepared, as Lombardi suggested, was always a laughable take.

It’s safe to say Pederson has put any and all doubt to rest. There’s no need to qualify that statement or assign credit to somebody else. Pederson is good at his job. That much is a fact.

Look, almost everybody had concerns about Pederson when he was hired in 2016 and coming into this season. Perfectly reasonable. What Lombardi said in September was as preposterous as it was inaccurate, and anything less than saying he was completely, 100 percent incorrect isn’t backtracking nearly enough.