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Golden Tate didn’t know what he was running on game-winning play vs. Bears

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Golden Tate didn’t know what he was running on game-winning play vs. Bears

Golden Tate caught the game-winning touchdown in the Eagles’ 16-15 win Sunday over the Bears in Chicago. 

But he didn’t even know what route he was supposed to run until halfway through the play. 

Tate admitted as much on the sideline. It was picked up by NFL Films’ microphones. 

Carson Wentz: That route was nasty. I mean, you gave him a look back. 

Tate: Bro, I didn’t even see him alert it!

Mike Wallace: What made you do it then? 

Tate: I looked back and I saw him rolling! 

Doug Pederson said there was actually no kill call on this play. The sprint out was the play that was called, so the run would have been the kill. Either way, Tate didn’t begin running the sprint out right away. On the video of the play, you can see Tate look back at Foles and once he sees him running to that side, he takes off. 

I caught up with Wallace on Thursday to chat about the play. He said it was impressive recognition from Tate, but it comes with experience. He said all those meetings and film sessions pay off in that moment when Tate was forced to react instantly in a split-second. 

We do this every single day, so it just becomes second nature to you. He’s been in the league nine years. It’s definitely impressive. Definitely an impressive play by him, but when you do this every single day, it just kind of comes natural and he’s a smart player. Everybody knows that. You just see it. Natural instinct reaction. There’s only one of two things, so he just made the right play, man. We needed it. It was so clutch. 

The crazy thing is that it actually helped sell the route. When Tate turned around, he was clearly thinking he’d see the ball in Sproles’ hand. So what looked like a head fake was just Tate learning in real time that he’d better run his route. That's what Wentz was praising on the sideline. 

Maybe the Eagles ought to incorporate that head fake into the route from here on out. 

“It was nice,” Wallace said. “That’s what sold it, I think. Because the guy didn’t know he was doing it. He’s like waiting and once he noticed it, he just turned his head and went. Natural reaction. But we might need to tell coach to put the head fake in. It was nice.”

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Eagle Eye Podcast: How long will the loss sting for the players?

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Eagle Eye Podcast: How long will the loss sting for the players?

Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks are still recovering from the Eagles' loss Sunday. How long does it take players to get over a loss like that?

The guys start to preview offseason decisions the Eagles will have to make.

1:00 - The loss still hurts.
12:30 - How long does it take to forget about this loss?
14:30 - More respect for Doug Pederson.
18:00 - How does upcoming free agency affect handling a loss like that?
21:00 - Who's coming back next season? Who will be elsewhere?
28:00 - Future looks bright.

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Does this move make Nick Foles to Jacksonville more likely?

Does this move make Nick Foles to Jacksonville more likely?

The Jaguars were already one of the favorite teams to land Nick Foles this offseason. And that was before they brought in his former QBs coach. 

Now, John DeFilippo is heading to Jacksonville and it’s fair to wonder if Foles won’t be too far behind. 

Foles and DeFilippo weren’t together long in Philadelphia. Foles came back in 2017 so the two worked together for just one season, but that season ended with Foles holding the Super Bowl MVP trophy. DeFilippo was highly regarded by the Eagles and by the quarterbacks in his meeting room. 

This is what Foles said about DeFilippo late last season, when it became likely Flip would find a job elsewhere. 

He grinds. He puts us through some stuff, which is awesome. He's a great coach. I know he's focused on us right now, but I also know he's going to be a great head coach someday, and I'm excited for his opportunity.

DeFilippo, 40, might still be a head coach someday soon, but he’s going back to an OC position for now. He was the OC and play caller in Minnesota but was fired by head coach Mike Zimmer before the conclusion of the 2018 season. 

Even before the arrival of DeFilippo, the Jaguars were clearly in the mix to get Foles. 

The real question would be whether or not they’d be willing to part with draft picks to get Foles or if he’d simply be a guy they might want to sign if he becomes a free agent. 

The Eagles were able to get to an incredibly high level of play while DeFilippo was working with Foles, so it would make some sense for there to be a reunion in Jacksonville. It doesn’t mean this is where Foles will definitely end up, but there seems to be at least a little better chance after this move.

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