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Eagles part ways with defensive line coach Chris Wilson and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer

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Eagles part ways with defensive line coach Chris Wilson and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer

The Eagles will have at least a couple changes to their coaching staff in 2019 as they have parted ways with defensive line coach Chris Wilson and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung is also gone, the source said. Chung's contract expired. 

Wilson spent the last three seasons with the Eagles under Doug Pederson, while Brewer was hired just before the 2018 campaign. Chung had been here since 2016 in his second stint; he was also with the Eagles under Andy Reid from 2010-12. 

The changes were first reported by the Inside the Birds Podcast. 

The Eagles have allowed Brewer to seek out other opportunities and it appears he’s reportedly close to landing the receivers coach job at Louisville. 

Dating back to the Chip Kelly Era, the next hire will be the Eagles’ fifth wide receivers coach in the last five years. They need to find some more consistency at this spot. 

Before Brewer in 2018, Mike Groh was the receivers coach in 2017 before getting promoted to offensive coordinator this season. Former Eagles receiver Greg Lewis held the job during 2016 but was fired after just one season. In 2018, the entire offense seemed to struggle early in the season and the receivers were definitely a part of that. 

Brewer spent just one season with the Eagles after spending the previous six seasons as the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at the University of North Carolina. This was his first NFL job. 

The Eagles have some talent at the receiver position, but also plenty of questions. They’ll bring back Alshon Jeffery, who will have a cap hit of over $14 million next season. He’s their No. 1. But after that, Nelson Agholor is scheduled to make over $9 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, while Golden Tate, Mike Wallace and Jordan Matthews are set to become free agents. 

The Eagles also didn’t get barely anything from Mack Hollins or Shelton Gibson in 2018. Hollins spent all season on IR. That was disappointing because Brewer was Hollins’ receivers coach at North Carolina and many thought the move to hire Brewer would get the most out of Hollins, who mysteriously vanished when placed on IR before the season. 

Meanwhile, Wilson was the Eagles’ defensive line coach for all of the first three seasons under Pederson, so his departure might be seen as more of a surprise. He was also Fletcher Cox’s defensive line coach at Mississippi State. 

Wilson was the last hire of the original coaching staff in 2016. He was hired in late January while the Eagles’ brass was at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. 

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One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

It’s “easier than ever” to attend the Super Bowl, according to a Stub Hub press release.

It may also be easier than ever to go into debt doing it.

StubHub this week announced a program that allows fans to finance ticket purchases — including Super Bowl tickets — and pay for them over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.

All at the bargain-basement price of up to 30 percent interest.

Stub Hub, in conjunction with financial firm Affirm, introduced a program this week that allows consumers to use Stub Hub to purchase tickets and during the check-out process elect to finance the purchase through Affirm. 

Although ticket buyers can use Affirm for most Stub Hub purchase, the company is rolling out this program as a way to encourage fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets to buy them at potentially exorbitant interest rates.

According to financial web site The Balance, the average credit card interest rate as of December was 21.26 percent.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, consumers can purchase event tickets now and pay over time,” reads a joint press release from Affirm and Stub Hub. 

The StubHub-Affirm joint press release makes it sound like paying 30 percent interest is a financially sound idea: “With U.S. credit card debt at an all-time high and many consumers looking to kick off the new year with better financial habits, they’re demanding more transparent financial products that align with their interests.”

According to a CBS News story that examined the Stub Hub program, two lower-level end-zone tickets selling on Stub Hub for $15,760 on a 12-month, 30-percent loan would cost the buyer an additional $2,676 in interest.

The story also said that unlike credit cards, there’s no financial benefit for consumers to pay this sort of loan off early. 

Ted Rossman of creditcards.com appeared on CBS MoneyWatch and warned consumers against using this sort of financial plan to pay for tickets makes no financial sense.

"It is a huge risk to make any type of discretionary purchase with something that carries a rate of 10 percent to 30 percent,” Rossman said on the show, according to the CBS News story. "It's risky to buy it now and think you are going to pay it later."

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After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

Earlier this month, Jason Kelce called Brandon Brooks “the best offensive lineman in the NFL.” 

Turns out, ProFootballFocus agrees.

On Thursday, PFF named Brooks the winner of its annual Bruce Matthews Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the NFL. The Eagles were also named the best overall offensive line in the league. 

It’s an honor Brooks deserves after he was egregiously snubbed by voters for the Associated Press All-Pro team earlier this month. It was an absolute joke that Brooks wasn’t even named to the second team. No disrespect to Zack Martin or Marshal Yanda but Brooks was better than both of them this year. 

There’s no doubt that Brooks is the best right guard in the NFL. PFF thinks he’s the best overall OL in the league too. 

Here’s what they said about him:

“Brooks has been a perennially underrated player throughout his NFL career, whether it was playing in Houston or Philadelphia. Aside from a rookie season in which he played just 173 snaps, he has earned overall PFF grades of at least 74.0 every season since. Four of those six seasons before this one saw him top 80.0 overall, but this year he took his game to another level, earning an overall grade of 92.9. For years we have been making the case that he deserves Pro Bowl, and then All-Pro, recognition, and now he deserves to be acknowledged as the best offensive linemen in the game.”

While opinions are split on ProFootballFocus, their evaluations for offensive linemen are incredibly valuable. PFF has been able to give stats to a position that was previously stat-less. No, they don’t necessarily know assignments or the exact designs of plays, but they grade each and every play and that detailed analysis can take some of the human element out of giving these awards. 

When the All-Pro voters made their selections, they picked two guys at right guard in Martin and Yanda who have a longer history of playing at an elite level. PFF doesn’t care about that. They did their game-by-game, play-by-play evaluations and came to the conclusion that no other offensive lineman was better than Brooks this season. 

According to PFF, Brooks gave up just one sack and and 19 pressures on 647 pass snaps. That’s pretty impressive. But it’s even more impressive that Brooks was that dominant eight months after suffering a torn Achilles. 

For the start of next season, Brooks will be coming off a shoulder surgery, but there’s no doubt he should be able to return to his dominant form in 2020. 

The Eagles know what they have in Brooks. They signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a four-year extension during the season that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL and will keep him in Philadelphia through 2024.

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