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Carson Wentz taking disappointing news, missing goal in stride

Carson Wentz taking disappointing news, missing goal in stride

Just after I asked Nate Sudfeld what Carson Wentz’s mood had been like this week after finding out he wasn’t going to fulfill his goal of playing in Week 1, the third-string quarterback pinged back a mischievous smile. 

“He’s been super crabby,” Sudfeld said just loud enough so Wentz, who had crept up behind us, could hear. 

Wentz, who stopped by his locker before a shower, flashed a little smile. He then agreed it was a little awkward for Sudfeld to be answering questions about him while he was right there. 

“Don’t worry,” said Wentz, who wasn’t made available by the team for interviews this week. “I’m leaving in a minute.” 

As soon as he was gone, Sudfeld gave his real answer. 

“He’s been awesome,” Sudfeld said. “He’s obviously a competitor and he worked really hard to get back, but he also understands the big picture and it’s always smart to be cautious. But he’s not changing his approach. He’s still treating this week as if he’s starting. He’s still the leader of the team, he’s doing a great job of it.” 

Of course Wentz is disappointed. 

He’s human, after all. 

From the time he tore his ACL and LCL last Dec. 10, his goal was always to be ready to play in the first game of the next season. He worked out and rehabbed his left knee for the last nearly nine months with the hope that he’d be able to suit up when the Eagles host the Falcons on Thursday Night Football. Instead, he’ll be watching, and that can’t be easy. 

Wentz sent out that tweet on Monday after the announcement was made by Doug Pederson that Nick Foles would start Thursday. Like he has done throughout his rehab, Wentz is going to rely on his faith to get over another tribulation. 

Just don’t expect Wentz to mope. That’s not his style. Even though he has surrendered his starting job to Foles for the time being, he’s still the franchise quarterback. And he’s still putting in work during the week. 

Foles, like everyone else, has been impressed with how hard Wentz has worked in rehab and has “seen it up close and personal.” Wentz’s worth ethic has always impressed Foles. 

“I have all the respect in the world for him,” Foles said. “He just stays the same and keeps working.” 

Pederson admitted that, of course, Wentz is disappointed from the standpoint that any athlete is disappointed when they miss a game. Pederson on Tuesday seemed proud about the communication he’s had with both quarterbacks over the last few months and admitted the source of his frustration earlier this week was because that communication was superseded by a premature report. 

While the head coach wouldn’t update Wentz’s status beyond saying he’s still “close,” he did say there have been no setbacks in his recovery. 

“Carson is in a great spot,” Pederson said. “He's in a great spot right now. He's supportive. He understands. He knows exactly where he's at. He works every single day to get back on the field. That's all I can ask for.”

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Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Harold Carmichael learned back on Monday that he had finally made it into the Hall of Fame, but for logistical reasons he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody until after the official announcement on Wednesday.
 
As it happened, on Tuesday night, Harold found himself sitting next to his close friend and long-time coach Dick Vermeil at a dinner at NaBrasa Brazlian Steakhouse in Horsham.
 
For three hours.

Vermeil had just learned he didn't make it into the Hall of Fame. Carmichael had just learned he had.

And he couldn't say a word.
 
“It was killing me,” Carmichael said. “We talked about being disappointed that he didn’t get in, but I couldn’t say anything to him. He was promoting Dick Vermeil wines and we had about 160 people and they were asking me if I’d heard anything yet and I would just get off the subject. I really didn’t want to lie to anybody. I just couldn’t say anything about it. It was very, very tough for me. It’s still tough for me right now because I’m still trying to answer a lot of the texts. Got over 400 just in the past 24 hours and phone messages. My mailbox is full. They just gotta have patience. Like I did for 36 years.”
 
Carmichael’s wait is over.
 
This fall, he’ll be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside more than 300 other all-time greats.
 
Carmichael retired after the 1984 season, so he’s been eligible since 1989. Despite ranking 5th in NFL history in receptions when he retired, he was never even a finalist until this year.
 
“I didn’t know if I deserved to be in there,” Carmichael said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing I should be in there for the past 30-some years. It was not a lock for me. I didn’t know if I was good enough. I tried to do my best, but it was not for me to say I should be in the Hall of Fame. It was for me to try to put the numbers up and try to be the type of person they would want to represent the Hall of Fame.”
 
From 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL in yards (8,414), touchdowns (77) and catches (549). 
 
When he retired after playing two games with the Cowboys in 1984, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in catches, 7th in yards and 7th in TD catches.
 
Today, 36 years after his last touchdown, Carmichael still ranks 24th in NFL history in TD catches.
 
This is all from a kid who didn’t get recruited to play major-college football, was a walk-on at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was drafted in the 7th round.
 
“When I got here, Harold Jackson and Ben Hawkins were the starting receivers,” Carmichael said. “They were veterans and I was trying to learn how to be a football player and questioning whether I could play in the National Football League.”
 
Now, nearly half a century later, Carmichael has been recognized as one of the greatest of all time. 
 
He’s only the 8th receiver drafted in the 7th round or later to make it into the Hall of Fame and the first whose career began in the 1970s or later.
 
Carmichael, 70, said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind as congratulations have come in from 50 years worth of friends, teammates, coaches and associates.
 
“My son said to my wife, ‘Mom, I didn’t know so many people loved dad like this,’” Carmichael said.

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Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

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Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro try to figure out what’s taking Doug Pederson so long to hire an offensive coordinator. 

Some top names have already found jobs. The guys update the remaining vacancies and speculate about the Eagles’ plan and toss out one new theory. 

They also look back at the biggest lessons from the 2019 season. 

• Coaches are getting hired all over the NFL 
• Updating offensive coordinator opening
• What are the Eagles’ waiting for? 
• Lessons from the 2019 season 
• Will Jordan Howard be back in 2020? 
• Figuring out which DEs are on the bubble 
• Our championship weekend predictions 
• Harold Carmichael is finally Hall-bound
• Which Eagles player is next? 

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