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Eagles’ Carson Wentz ranked outside of top 10 NFL QBs by analyst

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz ranked outside of top 10 NFL QBs by analyst

Last year, when NBC Sports’ Chris Simms created his list of the top 40 quarterbacks in the NFL, he had Carson Wentz at No. 3. 

This year, he has Wentz at 11. 

Simms said he actually made Wentz third about two weeks before Wentz tore his ACL in the 2017 season. Since then, Wentz had to rehab the ACL/LCL and then suffered a stress fracture in his back in 2018. 

“Here’s the thing with Carson Wentz and why he’s No. 11,” Simms said. “It’s really availability, is the No. 1 reason he’s No. 11. The talent is top-5 talent.” 

Simms, a former NFL QB, went on to say Wentz is a “more physically gifted version of Andrew Luck.” 

By his incredibly high standard set in 2017, Wentz had a down season last year as he recovered and battled a new injury. But he still completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for over 3,000 yards in 11 games and had a TD-to-INT ratio of 3-1. Good, but not at his MVP-like level. 

So, is Simms right to rank Wentz as the 11th best quarterback in football? To answer that question, let’s first take a look at the guys outside the top 10. 

11. Carson Wentz 
12. Philip Rivers 
13. Dak Prescott 
14. Matt Stafford 
15. Kirk Cousins 
16. Nick Foles 
17. Baker Mayfield 
18. Derek Carr
19. Jared Goff
20. Mitchell Trubisky 

21. Jimmy Garoppolo 
22. Sam Darnold 
23. Josh Allen 
24. Kyler Murray 
25. Joe Flacco 
26. Andy Dalton 
27. Jameis Winston 
28. Case Keenum 
29. Marcus Mariota
30. Lamar Jackson 

31. Jacoby Brissett
32. Josh Rosen
33. Ryan Tannehill
34. Eli Manning 
35. Ryan Fitzpatrick 
36. Robert Griffen III
37. Drew Lock 
38. Dwayne Haskins
39. Colt McCoy 
40. Tyrod Taylor 

A little surprising to see Rivers come in at No. 12; he’s probably a top 10 guy too. And there are some other surprises along the way as well. I don’t really understand how Goff can be lower than Derek Carr. 

And Goff and Prescott are both ranked lower than Wentz, but will both cash in thanks to Wentz’s new contract. 

You’ll also notice that Wentz is the highest-ranked QB in the NFC East. Prescott is at 13, Eli is at 34, while Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy take 38 and 39, somehow behind RGIII, who hasn’t started an NFL game since 2016. Unless Simms shocks the world and puts Daniel Jones at No. 1 (that would be incredible), the Giants’ first-round pick isn’t even in the top 40. 

But based on that list, we can figure out who will be in Simms’ top 10. We don’t know the exact order, but here are the 10 guys he has yet to name: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson.  

You’re not going to get any argument from me on the first five names I listed. Mahomes, Rodgers, Brady, Wilson and Brees deserve to be there. We could certainly argue about Big Ben or Ryan or Watson, but if Simms’ whole argument is about health, it becomes harder. 

Even Simms admitted Wentz has top-five talent and he absolutely does. I would have probably had Wentz sneak into my top 10, but if he stays healthy in 2019, there’s no question he’ll be back in the top 10 this time next year. 

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Eagles still living rent free in Tom Brady’s head

Eagles still living rent free in Tom Brady’s head

It has been over two years since the Eagles took down the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. 

And Tom Brady still isn’t over it. 

Even though Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, even though he’s won six Super Bowl rings — and one of them has come since then! — the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles is still rattling around in his head 840 days later. 

It came up on Sunday during The Match: Champions for Charity. 

 

“It’s the Eagles that I cringe, bro, not the Falcons.”

Well, yeah. Brady and the Patriots erased a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI to beat the Falcons to cap off the 2016 season. The Patriots were primed to repeat if the pesky Eagles and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles didn’t get in the way. 

Earlier on Sunday, during the Peyton Manning/Tiger Woods vs. Brady/Phil Mickelson match (they raised $20 million for coronavirus relief efforts, by the way), Manning said he should have brought his brother Eli or Nick Foles to caddy for him just to rattle Brady. Eli and Foles are the two quarterbacks who have taken down Brady in Super Bowls. 

And Foles had some fun playing along too. 

This seems like a good time to remind everyone that there’s a real goat named Foles at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.

Maybe that’s the real reason Brady left New England. Couldn’t even take the family to the zoo without a reminder of Super Bowl LII. 

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Dispelling 10 long-standing Eagles myths

Dispelling 10 long-standing Eagles myths

These are all accepted Eagles truths, passed down over the years and taken for granted as gospel.

Only one thing.

They're wrong.

We’re here today to dispel 10 long-standing Eagles myths. To shoot down the conventional wisdom and replace it with cold, hard, indisputable facts.

It probably won’t help, but we’re going to try! 

Myth No. 1: Donovan never won any big games!

To this day, only 11 quarterbacks in NFL history have won more playoff games than McNabb, and every one that’s eligible is already in the Hall of Fame. Playoff games are big games. McNabb may not have won the biggest game, but he won plenty of big games. 

Myth No. 2: Mike Mamula was a first-round bust!

Mamula averaged .41 sacks per game as an Eagle. Brandon Graham has averaged .36 sacks per game as an Eagle. Mamula played five seasons and had 31 1/2 sacks, or 6 1/2 sacks per season. Trent Cole is considered an all-time Eagles great and averaged 8 1/2 sacks per season. Two sacks fewer sacks per season than a multiple Pro Bowler doesn’t make one a bust. Now, should he have been the 7th pick overall? Of course not. But Mamula was an average player. Jon Harris and Marcus Smith were defensive end busts. Not Mike Mamula. 

Myth No. 3: Todd Pinkston was worthless!

Pinkston didn’t have a great career, but he served a purpose. During the four years from 2001, his first season playing significant snaps on offense, until 2004, his last  season before his career-ending Achilles injury, Pinkston had 19 catches of 40 yards or more. During that same four-year period, only Terrell Owens (25) and Randy Moss (22) had more in the entire league. Pinkston’s 15.1 yards-per-catch during that span was 7th-highest in the league. Pinkston overall had a disappointing career for a 2nd-round pick, but he was actually one of the NFL’s top deep threats in the league when he was healthy. 

Myth No. 4: Chip Kelly was a terrible coach!

Chip Kelly was indeed a terrible general manager. One of the worst. His personnel decisions were unfathomable. He had no clue how to communicate with players, how to deal with the scouting staff, how to build a roster. But he did go 10-6 and 10-6 in his first two seasons as the Eagles’ head coach — one of only three Eagles head coaches to win double-digit games in his first two years — and became the first Eagles coach with a top-4 offense two years in a row since Greasy Neale in the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship seasons. Chip’s .553 winning percentage as Eagles head coach is higher than Buddy Ryan, Dick Vermeil or Ray Rhodes. And Chip certainly build a very good coaching staff. Six of the assistants he hired were on Doug Pederson's staff in 2017.

Myth No. 5: Doug Pederson has to run the ball more! 

The Eagles have the 9th-most rushing attempts in the NFL in four years under Pederson.

Myth No. 6: Trent Cole was a good player but always faded at the end of the season!

This one always bugged me because people would keep repeating it but never bother looking it up. Trent had 24 1/2 career sacks in Weeks 1 through 4, 18 1/2 Weeks 5 through 8, 25 1/2 weeks 9 through 12 and 22 Weeks 13 through 16. So in his 10-year career, he actually had more sacks the second half of the season (47 1/2) than the first half of the season (43).

Myth No. 7: If Alshon didn’t drop that pass in New Orleans, the Eagles would have beaten the Saints in their 2018 playoff game!

Alshon’s drop, which turned into a Marshon Lattimore interception, ended the season, but the narrative that the Eagles would have beaten the Saints if he held onto the ball is flawed. If Alshon caught that pass — the last pass Nick Foles threw in an Eagles uniform (so far) — the Eagles would have had 3rd-and-3 at the Saints’ 23-yard-line at the two-minute warning down six. The Eagles were 12-for-25 that year on 3rd-and-3 so there was only a 48 percent chance they’d even have a chance to convert a fourth down. And even if they did, they were 20th in the NFL in 2018 in red-zone touchdown percentage (33 of 56 drives). And even if the Eagles did score, the Saints may have had time to do get within field goal range. A lot more had to happen for the Eagles to win that game than Alshon catching that pass. 

Myth No. 8: The Eagles should have kept Nick Foles instead of Carson Wentz!

Since the Super Bowl, Wentz has completed 66 percent of his passes with 48 TDs, 14 interceptions and a 96.4 passer rating. Foles during the same span has completed 68 percent of his passes with 13 TDs, 10 INTs and an 87.8 passer rating. 

Myth No. 9: Buddy Ryan was a great coach!

Imagine having Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Seth Joyner, Eric Allen, Clyde Simmons, Wes Hopkins, Byron Evans, Andre Waters, Keith Jackson, Mike Quick, Keith Byars and Randall Cunningham and never winning a playoff game?

Myth No. 10: The Eagles should have moved on from DeSean Jackson. He’s always hurt!

Even missing most of last year, Jackson has still played the second-most games of any NFL wide receiver since he was drafted in 2008, behind only Larry Fitzgerald. Jackson and Fitzgerald are the only active NFL wide receivers to start 10 or more games in 10 seasons.

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