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Brian Dawkins chooses longtime teammate for Hall of Fame intro

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Brian Dawkins chooses longtime teammate for Hall of Fame intro

Brian Dawkins has chosen longtime teammate and close friend Troy Vincent to introduce him this summer at Dawk's Hall of Fame induction.

Dawkins was selected in February for enshrinement in the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class.

"The presenter that will actually be on the stage will be Troy Vincent," Dawkins said in a video posted on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's website.

"My teammate in Philadelphia. We came there the same year. Almost from Day 1 he kind of ... not kind of, he took me under his wing on becoming a professional. Not just a football player but a professional. The details. The details that he went through, the particulars of how he played the position of cornerback was the same way he lived his life (and ran) his businesses that he had off the field.

"He's a guy I can call anytime. Any time of night. And tell him 100 percent all what's going on with me, and I know he's not going to judge me, and it's not going to leave his lips (for) anybody else.

"And the most important thing for me, being a man of faith, is that I know he's going to pray with me. So all those things combined are the reasons why Troy was the perfect guy to introduce me to the Hall of Fame."

Vincent, a native of Trenton and graduate of Pennsbury High in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, spent his first four seasons with the Dolphins before signing an offer sheet with the Eagles before the 1996 season that the Dolphins didn't match.

The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round a month after signing Vincent, and the two spent eight years together in the secondary, reaching the playoffs five times and the NFC Championship Game three times.

During those eight seasons, Vincent reached Pro Bowls and Dawkins made the first three of his nine Pro Bowls.

Vincent retired after the 2006 season and Dawkins after the 2011 season.

Dawkins, Vincent and Eric Allen are the only Eagles defensive backs picked to five or more Pro Bowls.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.

Dawkins' former Eagles teammate, Terrell Owens, will also be inducted. He hasn't yet announced who will present him.

Dawkins will be the 21st former Eagle inducted into the Hall of Fame but only the ninth who spent the majority of his career with the Eagles.

If you've given up on Carson Wentz, you're out of your freaking mind

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If you've given up on Carson Wentz, you're out of your freaking mind

When Carson Palmer told our Dave Zangaro over the summer that it really takes a quarterback two years to get himself physically and mentally right after reconstructive knee surgery, I kind of brushed it off.

God didn’t design your knee to split it open, pull everything apart, wrap stuff with pliers, wrench stuff down, screw a ligament into a bone and then sew it all back up. That wasn’t intended for the knee.

Carson Wentz will be different, I figured. He’s Carson Wentz. He’s Superman.

I figured he’d pick up right where he left off once he was healthy enough to play.

It hasn’t gone that way. Wentz may be Superman, but his knee is human. And we’re all seeing that.

It’s been a disappointing year for the Eagles and a disappointing year for Wentz.

And it’s tough to put your finger on exactly what’s happening with him, other than he just doesn’t look like himself.

His numbers are really good. He’s got the seventh-highest passer rating in the NFL. He’s on pace to join Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers as only the second QB in history with 25 or more TD passes and single-digit interceptions in consecutive seasons.

He's faced five top-10 defenses, and he’s got 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in those games.

So he’s not playing poorly by any means, although the Saints game was a disaster for everybody. 

But he just looks off. We all see it. Something isn’t right.

Decision making has been clunky. Comfort level in the pocket isn't there. At times he holds the ball too long and at times he misses open guys. 

And it has to be the knee. And the way I figure it has to be temporary.

I’ve written a lot about Carson the last couple weeks, but I needed to again because this needs to be said:

If you’ve given up on Carson Wentz you’re out of your freaking mind.

The way he played last year before he got hurt — flinging the ball up and down the field, using his legs as a springboard for playmaking, making huge plays at huge moments — didn’t just disappear.

Considering everything, he’s really performed at a high level this year. He shredded his knee a year ago yesterday. He didn’t have OTAs. He didn’t have a training camp. He didn’t have a preseason. 

And it’s important to note that he didn’t have any time off, either. While his teammates were celebrating a Super Bowl, Carson was grinding for hours every day at the NovaCare Complex. He went right from the 2017 season to surgery to rehab to facing the Colts and I’m sure there’s some fatigue involved here, too.

In the Washington game two weeks ago, Wentz ran around and made more plays using this legs than he had all year, and I thought, “Whoa, he’s back.”

Then Sunday in Dallas, he again looked sluggish and slow-footed in the pocket, and you’re reminded that this is a non-linear process. 

All Wentz is going through is what anybody who’s ever torn up their knee has gone through, and that’s a slow, arduous process with highs and lows, ups and downs and lots of frustrating moments.

I’ve heard everything the last week. People are giving up on him. They want to trade him. Bench him. Draft a quarterback. Sign Nick Foles to a long-term deal. 

Suds. There’s always someone who wants Suds.

Twitter’s a funny place, isn’t it?

All Wentz needs is some time. It’s the one thing we never want to give anybody, but he needs it.

The guy we saw play 13 games at an MVP level last year hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s just still finding his way back. And Doug Pederson’s shaky play calling sure hasn’t helped.

And despite all this Wentz has a higher completion percentage than Pat Mahomes, a higher passer rating than Jared Goff, more passing yards than Russell Wilson.

Wentz is going to win a lot of football games for this team over the next decade. 

Giving up on him because he’s been inconsistent less than a year after ACL surgery is lunacy.

Looking at it honestly, I feel like Wentz hasn’t really fallen short. Maybe the only thing that was off was our expectations.

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Out in Minnesota, should Eagles bring back John DeFilippo?

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Out in Minnesota, should Eagles bring back John DeFilippo?

The Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo on Tuesday afternoon and we’re all thinking the same thing. 

Come on back, Flip. 

And it would obviously make some sense. The Eagles’ offense has struggled this year and we’ve sort of reasoned for weeks now that the Eagles have missed former OC Frank Reich and former QB coach DeFilippo. Now one of those guys is available. And the Eagles have always had a very high opinion of DeFilippo. 

So should the Eagles bring him back?

That seems like a totally reasonable course of action, but first we have to figure out if he’ll be available to bring back. 

It isn’t exactly a surprise that Flip was fired in Minnesota; it didn’t seem like he and head coach Mike Zimmer had a great working relationship. I wonder how much damage Flip’s relatively short stay in Minnesota has done to the perception about him around the rest of the league. 

Because DeFilippo is still just 40 years old and had been seen as an up-and-coming offensive mind in the NFL. But his offense in Minnesota has floundered, especially recently, putting up just 17 points in the last two games after bringing in Kirk Cousins on a mega contract this offseason. 

The real question then circles around whether or not other teams are going to be calling for DeFilippo. As an offensive coach, it’s likely his desire is to continue to be a play caller. If he gets that opportunity elsewhere, he probably wouldn’t be too keen on returning to Philly to take a backseat to Doug Pederson. 

But if that opportunity to become an OC and play-caller doesn’t present itself, it would make sense for the Radnor High School product to be open to a return to Philadelphia in some capacity. Hey, maybe the Eagles could even bring him back this season in a Hue Jackson sort of role in Cincinnati. Although, that might not sit well with the guy currently in the OC chair. 

It is pretty telling that Eagles fans are calling for DeFilippo, a guy who has been running a meager offense that’s scored 21.7 points per game. That sort of shows how bad things have been in Philly this year with Groh as offensive coordinator.

While Doug Pederson deserves the brunt of criticism for the problems on offense this season, Groh is the OC and deserves his share too. Over these last three games, barring a huge offensive turnaround, there are going to be calls for Groh’s job. 

“I just come to work,” Groh said on Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t really get involved with any of that stuff. Just trying to put a great plan together and try to win one game this week.”

Groh heard the news about DeFilippo’s getting fired shortly before his weekly press conference. Groh classified his former coworker as a good friend and said he feels for him, calling this an unfortunate part of the business. 

It might end up being unfortunate for Groh too. Because you have to think the Eagles would have at least some level of interest in bringing Flip back as a replacement.

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