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Did the Eagles just end the Patriots' dynasty?

Did the Eagles just end the Patriots' dynasty?

As the Delaware Valley basks in the glow of getting that King Kong-sized monkey extracted from their backs, one of the added perks of the Eagles' Super Bowl win is who it came against. That's right, The Hoodie, Tom Terrific and the Evil Empire.

Revenge is a dish best served cold and Doug Pederson and Nick Foles were cooler than the sub-zero temperatures outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. But did the Eagles' win spell the end of the Patriots' dynasty? Let's explore:

Tom Brady
Let's be real clear, this is not about performance. Brady won NFL MVP at the age of 40. What he's doing at his age in his sport is unheard of. The question is: How much longer does he want to do this?

Brady is fanatical about everything from his diet to proper sleep, conditioning with his personal trainer, etc. But at what point does he say to himself, 'I'm good, there's nothing left to prove?' Five rings, the G.O.A.T. title and Gisele money? Last but not least, the physical beatings he's endured through 18 NFL seasons.

Brady/Belichick/Kraft
It's been perhaps the greatest player-coach-owner run in sports history. But are there cracks? ESPN had a detailed story prior to the playoffs chronicling a rift between the trifecta. Ego has brought down many a high-ranking man or conglomeration. Think Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. Belichick, like Brady, is widely considered the best who's ever done it. But at 65 years old and having won seven rings as both a head coach and assistant, how much more grind does he have left in him?   

Matt Patricia out
Although Josh McDaniels had a change of heart and will be staying on as the offensive coordinator and not taking the Colts' head-coaching gig, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has accepted the Lions job. Belichick has lost many an assistant over the years and did just fine, but one additional move needs to be made.

Gronk done?
Rob Gronkowski did not shoot down a report after the Super Bowl that he is considering retiring. Gronk is only 28 and when on the field, he is as dominant at his position as anyone in football. But keep in mind, he has had nine reported surgeries since his last season in college. Four on his forearm, three on his back, one knee and one ankle. Not to mention the concussion he suffered in the AFC Championship game this season. He too has won rings and made a lot of dough. Stepping away may not be that far-fetched.

Free agency
Here are some of the key contributors to this year's Patriots team that will be hitting the free agent market: CB Malcolm Butler, OT Nate Solder, WR Danny Amendola, RB Dion Lewis, DT Ricky Jean-Francois, LB Marquis Flowers and LB James Harrison.

What does all this mean?
Look, if we've learned one thing about Brady and Belichick, they are like the villain in a horror flick, they can be shot, stabbed, run-over, thrown in a shallow grave, but you better make sure they're dead. If not, don't count them out.

But wouldn't it be sweet if the Eagles were the ones to end the dynasty?

Why Jeff Lurie's response to national anthem policy was disappointing

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Why Jeff Lurie's response to national anthem policy was disappointing

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, a Philadelphia Eagles podcast, Reuben Frank discusses the NFL's new national anthem policy and why he was disappointed by Jeff Lurie's reaction. A look at the Eagles' linebacker situation and what's the next move after a couple losses. Don't bet against Carson Wentz.

Also, rookie cornerback Avonte Maddox joins the podcast. And a look at some Zach Ertz statistics that may surprise you.

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Roob's 10 observations: Anthem policy, Kendricks' career, Wentz

Roob's 10 observations: Anthem policy, Kendricks' career, Wentz

Some thoughts on the NFL’s new anthem policy, Mychal Kendricks’ release, Carson Wentz’s return to practice and – of course – the Joe Callahan Stat of the Day!

It’s all in this week’s OTA edition of Roob’s 10 random Eagles observations!

1. The NFL’s anthem policy banning players from peaceful demonstrations during the anthem bothers me for a few reasons. First of all, it’s a dangerous precedent for the league to unilaterally restrict any such form of personal expression. Legislating opinions never works. Players are going to find other ways to express their opinions, and the policy is only going to breed resentment between the players and the league, which is the last thing the league needs right now. But more than that, I really have problems with the word “disrespect.” When someone arbitrarily decides what is and what isn’t “disrespectful,” you really get yourself in a lot of trouble. Nobody who’s listened to Malcolm Jenkins so eloquently discuss his reasons for raising his fist during the anthem would ever accuse him of being disrespectful. And also, since this is a policy that affects mainly African-American players, it has strong racial implications. These are issues that aren’t going to just go away, whether or not the NFL tries to make them disappear.

2. And I found Eagles owner Jeff Lurie’s statement uncharacteristically tepid and vague. Lurie has been courageously supportive all along of Jenkins, Chris Long and all the players league-wide who’ve used their platform to fight for equal rights and social justice. All that statement did was avoid taking a stand on the new NFL policy. Disappointing.

3. Onto football matters! There’s no question the Eagles are a better football team with Mychal Kendricks on the field. Kendricks was solid last year and very good in the postseason. But the bottom line is Kendricks has felt unwanted and disrespected for a long time. The Eagles have been trying unsuccessfully to unload his contract for a couple years, and Kendricks knew he had no future here. If a team doesn’t want a player and the player doesn’t want to be with the team, it’s not a healthy relationship. And that’s why Kendricks is gone. But Kendricks handled what could have been an ugly situation with class and professionalism, and he’s got a Super Bowl ring to show for it. He never became the Pro Bowl player I expected when I first saw him play in 2012, but he was a decent player here for six years, and he leaves as a champion.

4. Jason Kelce announced the start of the 5K at the Eagles Autism Challenge at the Linc in terrible conditions and parodied his Super Bowl parade speech: “They said it was too cold! They said it was too rainy!” Hilarious.

5. Watching Carson Wentz actually participate in individual drills at practice Tuesday morning was pretty wild. For him to be out there looking comfortable and fluid taking drops and firing passes just 5 1/2 months after hobbling off the field at L.A. Coliseum was awfully encouraging.

6. I’m really starting to think Wentz plays Sept. 6.

7. One note about the Eagles’ linebacker depth. The days where teams ran three linebackers out there on every play are long gone. The Eagles last year played three linebackers on about 12 percent of their defensive snaps. In the Super Bowl, the Eagles played a total of three reps with three LBs. So if Jordan Hicks can stay healthy and Nigel Bradham plays like he did last year, the Eagles will be fine. Big if with Hicks. When the Eagles do play three ‘backers, I expect Corey Nelson to handle that role. Really, it comes down to Hicks staying healthy.

8. Career completion percentages of current Eagles quarterbacks:

82.6 percent … Nate Sudfeld
71.4 percent … Joe Callahan
61.5 percent … Carson Wentz
61.1 percent … Nick Foles

9. Was fun watching Mike Wallace run around at practice on Tuesday. Excited to see what he brings to this offense. He’s 31, an age where many receivers are slowing down, but he was one of just two receivers in their 30s last year who caught 50 passes and averaged 14.0 yards per catch (Ted Ginn was the other). And with Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery here, he doesn’t have to be THE GUY. None of them do. That’s the beauty of this offense.

10. Potentially, this is the best trio of receivers the Eagles have ever had. Would you rather have DeSean, Maclin and Avant or Jeffery, Agholor and Wallace? I think this group is more versatile and slightly more talented. It’s close.