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Chris Long, Torrey Smith shut down Saints fans' 2018 postseason theory

Chris Long, Torrey Smith shut down Saints fans' 2018 postseason theory

As sports fans look for things to talk about with their favorite leagues on pause, things like re-drafts and "What if?" lookbacks have become extremely popular. It's understandable.

What's not understandable: Saints fans thinking they can rewrite history and take away the Eagles' incredible early-2018 Super Bowl run.

On Wednesday, Saints blog Canal St. Chronicles published a "What if?"-style post asking what might've happened if the Minneapolis Miracle never occurred in the 2018 Divisional Round matchup between the Saints and the Vikings.

The Vikings, of course, won on an insane last-second Stefon Diggs touchdown, then went on to get smoked by the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Would the Saints have experienced anything different had they won, and then trucked up to Philly?

Former Eagles Chris Long and Torrey Smith have some thoughts.

Long saw the post fly across his timeline on Wednesday morning, and replied with an of-the-moment Michael Jordan meme:

He left things up to interpretation, but it's clear he thinks the Eagles would've taken the Saints out, just like they did with Minnesota.

Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith didn't mince any words, with a slightly NSFW response:

Ha.

The Eagles' magical Super Bowl run had an air of "Everything went right and fell into place" about it, so it's at least interesting to think about how one or two changes could've thrown off that mojo.

But the post operated under the impression that the Saints would absolutely have beaten the Eagles.

That's not going to fly.

From a logical standpoint, the Saints couldn't hold off a Vikings team that got absolutely squashed the next week, so ... no. And from an intangibles standpoint, the Linc was as fired up as it's ever been during the championship game, and the Birds had reached "team of destiny" levels during the playoffs. It would've taken something superhuman from the Saints to stop that Eagles team.

Long and Smith chiming in on Wednesday reminded everyone just how much fun the Eagles, and their fans, had in 2017-18. What a time it was.

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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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