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Frank Reich leaving the Eagles

Frank Reich leaving the Eagles

Winning the Super Bowl does have a downside. The Eagles have now lost their top two offensive assistant coaches under Doug Pederson. 

Not long after they already lost quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to the Vikings, the Eagles are now losing offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who has agreed to become the Indianapolis Colts' new head coach. Reich is expected to be officially introduced in a press conference on Tuesday. 

Reich received a five-year deal from the Colts, according to NFL Network. 

"Frank is a tremendous coach and very deserving of this opportunity," Pederson said in a statement released by the Eagles. "He was a valuable member of our staff and we have all benefited from working with him over the last two years. As good as he is as a leader and teacher, he's an even better person. We could not be more excited for him as he takes this next step in his career and we wish him and his family all the best."

The Colts were prepared to hire Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and were even ready to introduce him as their new head coach last week, but McDaniels backed out of the deal, which re-opened the coaching search. Maybe the Colts lucked out; Reich was extremely well-respected in the NovaCare Complex. 

With DeFilippo and Reich gone, the Eagles have two big holes to fill on their coaching staff. Their top two internal candidates are running backs coach Duce Staley and receivers coach Mike Groh. It would make sense for Staley to finally get a promotion to OC and for Groh to take over as QBs coach, while young assistant Press Taylor could then become the wideouts coach, but the team hasn't decided anything yet. Pederson does like the idea of promoting from within, though. 

It'll be important for the Eagles to make the right decisions when they replace their coaches who leave. In the early Andy Reid days, many of his coaches left and the team sometimes struggled to replace them with the same quality of coach. 

If you're wondering why DeFilippo couldn't have just waited around to see if the Eagles' offensive coordinator position opened up, it's a fair question. But in Minnesota he'll get a chance to call plays, something that didn't seem likely in Philadelphia while Pederson is still in town. And because DeFilippo's contract was up, the Eagles couldn't block him from leaving this year. 

Reich, 56, has been the Eagles' offensive coordinator for the last two years and has acted as an offensive sounding board and collaborator with head coach and play-caller Pederson. The two seem to have a very close relationship. 

It's pretty safe to say Reich will be a "players coach" in Indianapolis. The players in the Eagles' locker room really respected and loved to play for him. He's a down-to-Earth guy, who happens to be a pretty intelligent offensive mind. 

Before joining the Eagles, Reich was the offensive coordinator with the Chargers and before that was their quarterbacks coach. Reich had a long career in the NFL as a quarterback, most notably as Jim Kelly's backup in Buffalo. 

It's a good sign that other teams want to hire away the Eagles' coaches and it simply comes with the territory for successful teams. But it will be important to see how they replace them once they leave. 

Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three key players at practice. 

Derek Barnett (ankle), Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) and Nelson Agholor (knee) all missed Friday’s session after also missing Thursday. 

It’s rare for players to miss the first two practice days of the week and play that weekend. 

Barnett, it seemed, hurt his ankle during the loss to the Dolphins but was able to finish the game, playing 50 snaps. This season, Barnett is second on the team in sacks with 4 1/2 and has played more snaps (78 percent) than any other defensive lineman. 

The only other defensive players to play more than him this season are Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. 

If Barnett can’t play on Monday, it’s likely Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat will see more playing time and perhaps Genard Avery will see a few more snaps. Maybe even Daeshon Hall or Shareef Miller might get to play a bit. 

Agholor has been dealing with his knee injury since the Patriots game. He missed the game against Seattle, but returned last week to play 63 snaps against the Dolphins. Last week, Agholor was limited in practice the first two days of the week and was not given a game status. 

If Agholor can’t play, Greg Ward could perhaps have a bigger role on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Grugier-Hill didn’t report concussion symptoms until Thursday and was then placed into the NFL’s concussion protocol. Based on the timing of all that, it seems like a long shot that he’ll be able to play on Monday night. 

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Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

The one bit of solace Eagles fans can take from the 2019 season so far is that it’s been a complete disaster for the Cowboys too. 

On Friday morning, the day after the Cowboys lost to the Bears to fall to 6-7, a cranky Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan in Dallas for his weekly spot and the station had to briefly drop his call after two consecutive swear words in the interview. 

But Jones came out of the gate cranky. 

The Cowboys’ owner and GM was asked if he had any answers for the way the team is playing right now and his answer was short: 

“We’re not playing very well.”

Are you embarrassed? 

That was the question that set him off a little bit.  

Hey, get your damn act together yourself. OK? Now, we’re going to have a good visit this morning but settle down just a little bit. We’ve got a lot to go over, now go on with your question. But I’m going to give you the answers I want to give you this morning. And I don’t like your attitude to come in. I’ve been traveling all night and I don’t have the patience to jack with you today.

A little later, Jones was asked if he understands why there are so many questions about head coach Jason Garrett. 

Here was his answer with the swear word at the end. 

Of course I understand why they come up. Our fans are interested. They’re frustrated that we’re not playing better and I understand that and I know. That goes with the territory. And I fully expect to have those questions and I know that if you really think about it, if I did have answers as to different directions regarding talent … if I did, I would not share them right now. Because, first of all, if you’ve got other teams’ talent in mind, that’s tampering. Even if you had something in mind, unless they’re not involved in the National Football League right now and that wouldn’t be smart if they were involved other places. So we want to do a good job here, I want to do a good job with you guys but there’s a whole bunch of time where I have to bulls--- the hell out of you.

One of the hosts then said he totally understood that. 

To which, Jones replied: “Do you understand bulls---?” 

That was when the radio station’s system took over and dropped the call with the Cowboys owner. The program director explained that they had to hit the dump button twice in a short span of time and the system is designed to then kill all sound but the hosts. 

A bit later, Jones rejoined the program. 

“I had been talking the whole time,” Jones said. 

Strange interview, but definitely worth the listen. 

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