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Deserving Hall of Famers, Agholor's improvement, more in Roob's observations

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Deserving Hall of Famers, Agholor's improvement, more in Roob's observations

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — One day left until Super Bowl LII finally gets here, and it's a happy edition of Roob's 10 Random Eagles Super Bowl Observations because it starts with …

1. Dawk is a Hall of Famer (see story).

2. That deserved its own line. But let me share a quick story. It was the day before the Eagles left Lehigh for the 2006 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, and I wanted to talk to Dawk about one day maybe being a Hall of Famer. Dawk at that point was getting ready for his 11th NFL season and his career was already remarkable, although he would go on to make four more Pro Bowls, three of them with the Eagles. I waited and waited and waited for Dawk, who was out on a practice field talking to Sean McDermott, now the Bills' head coach but back then the Eagles' assistant defensive backs coach. Eventually, there was nobody left at the entire compound except Sean and Dawk, talking intensely as the sun blasted down on them, and me standing there watching from 40 yards away. Finally, after close to half an hour of intense conversation, they began walking over toward me, and I asked Dawk what they had been talking about. And he said, "We were just talking about the Hall of Fame and what it takes to become a Hall of Famer and what it means to be one and the level of play I need to continue playing at if I'm going to one day become one." Dawk always wanted to be the best ever, and on Saturday he was recognized that way. Nobody is more deserving.

3. As for T.O., I can't say I'm happy for him. I don't particularly like him or care about him. I saw the effect he had on that 2005 Eagles team. He set out to destroy the Eagles from the inside because he was unhappy with his contract, which really speaks volumes about what he was all about as a player and a person. But this is the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Teamwork or Hall of Unselfishness. There's no denying the numbers. He was definitely deserving (see story).

4. I keep having this vision of Alshon Jeffery having a huge game Sunday. Alshon has been strong in the postseason so far, with nine catches for 146 yards and a couple touchdowns against the Vikings. I don't think the Patriots can cover him. I don't think they can stop him. I think he has a T.O. 2004 Super Bowl type of game.  

5. I spent a few minutes Thursday just watching a very self-assured, very relaxed, very poised Nelson Agholor sitting on a podium surrounded by TV cameras and microphones fielding all sorts of questions about Nick Foles, about Doug Pederson, about Jeffery, about the Super Bowl, and I couldn't help think … "This guy couldn't catch a pass and got benched last year." And look at him now. It's just remarkable how far Agholor has come. From a guy who caught 11 passes for 99 yards the entire second half of last season to playing a major part on a Super Bowl team. I asked him if he's taken a moment to reflect on the last year and he said he hasn't. Which probably is another sign of how far he's come. "I’ll be able to process it when it’s all said and done," he said. "The most important thing right now is to get my energy and my focus and for us to get the job done. And when I’m home in the offseason with my family, we can give hugs and I can thank them, but right now the most important thing is to get the job done. Just being here isn’t my dream. I feel like a lot of my teammates understand that and feel the same way. I don’t want to just be here. Being on this podium is cool and we appreciate being here, but at the end of the day getting the job done is the most important thing.”

6. So how much sleep do you think you'll get tonight?

7. Interesting to note that the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter of their seven Super Bowls under Bill Belichick. But they’ve also only allowed one touchdown in those seven first quarters and 15 total points. The Patriots are so good at adjusting and finishing strong. Of their five Super Bowl wins, they've only led going into the fourth quarter twice. They are just never out of a game, which we obviously saw last year. Then again, the Eagles are pretty darn good late in games as well. They haven't allowed a second-half point in their two playoff games, and they've outscored their last five opponents 45-15 after halftime. But the Patriots are 184-22 when leading at halftime, including a 48-2 mark in their last 50 games. They're 19-4 under Belichick in the postseason when they lead at halftime. I feel like it's really important for the Eagles to get off to a strong start. Be physical early. Set a tone that, "Hey, we belong here as much as you!"

8. Foles has handled himself so well this week. Definitely not wide-eyed or in awe of the moment. If he's overwhelmed, it's not showing at all. Two months ago he was an anonymous backup running scout team with Shelton Gibson, Marcus Johnson and Greg Ward. On Sunday, he starts in a Super Bowl. God, I love sports.

9. Time for my pick. I just feel like the Eagles have the edge up front on both sides of the football. I expect the Eagles' offensive line to give Nick Foles time to throw and give the running backs room to run and their defensive line to overwhelm the Patriots' offense and wear down New England's O-line. The strength of the Patriots is the greatest quarterback of all time. The strength of the Eagles is their two lines. And I'll take the team relying on two dominating lines over the team relying on a 40-year-old quarterback. I'm going Eagles 27, Patriots 20, and Philly celebrates an NFL championship for the first time in 57 years.

10. Nick Foles Mind-Boggling Stat of the Day: Postseason performances with 69 percent accuracy and no interceptions in Eagles history: Nick Foles 3, Every other quarterback in franchise history: 0.

Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

It’s 2019 and somehow Donovan McNabb is owning headlines in Philadelphia.

The Eagles’ former franchise quarterback sent out a series of tweets on Monday afternoon, attempting to further clarify his critical comments about Carson Wentz from this past weekend. 

On Saturday, McNabb was on a CBS radio show and was asked about Wentz. He said if Wentz doesn’t get out of the second round of the playoffs in the next two years, the Eagles should draft another quarterback.

Then Lane Johnson, never shy with his opinions, chimed in. He called McNabb a snake with emojis and then further explained his problem with McNabb’s comments.

Now, McNabb has responded again:

The last tweet nails the root of the problem with McNabb’s comments. 

If some talking head on a national network said these things, we would have already moved on. Heck, we probably wouldn’t have even cared. But this is McNabb. I normally want everyone to speak the truth and give honest opinions, so this might seem highly hypocritical, but in this case, McNabb can’t be this oblivious to how his comments were going to be seen. 

McNabb has to be more self-aware than this. He has to know that when he says something about the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, he’s not saying it as a talking head; he’s saying it as the Eagles’ former franchise quarterback. 

And there’s already a perception — plenty of it earned — that McNabb has passive-aggressive tendencies, that he still feels he was mistreated during his time in Philadelphia, which has seemingly left a bitter taste in his mouth. Now, all he’s doing is perpetuating those perceptions and thrusting himself into the spotlight 10 years after he played his final snap with the Eagles. 

It’s a shame these things seem to keep happening because McNabb is an all-time great Eagle. Maybe it’s unfair he’s being persecuted for giving an opinion that was asked of him. But there’s going to be a spotlight on any comments he makes about Wentz. Either he didn’t realize that, which would be a huge oversight, or he didn’t care. 

I’m not sure which one is worse. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Donovan McNabb's latest comments on Carson Wentz. It's surprising how unaware McNabb continues to be.

It's draft week! The guys do a mock draft roundup trying to predict what the Eagles will do with the first pick. Also, who were some of the best and worst draft picks in team history?

0:30 - It's draft week!
3:00 - Donovan McNabb speaks out again.
9:00 - How will McNabb be remembered in the future?
16:00 - Any chance he makes the Hall of Fame?
20:00 - First-round mock draft roundup.
23:00 - Roob unfollows someone on Twitter.
33:00 - Latest session with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.
41:00 - Underrated great team draft picks.
47:00 - Draft picks that didn't quite work out.

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