How and why Chris Long made ridiculous Super Bowl tattoo bet

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How and why Chris Long made ridiculous Super Bowl tattoo bet

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Meet Ken Flajole. He's been the Eagles' linebackers coach for the past two seasons. His name is pronounced FLAY-juhl. He's the oldest member of the Eagles' coaching staff. 

And his bald head and face might be tattooed on Chris Long's body pretty soon. 

In an interview with NFL Network during media night on Monday, Long revealed that he had a bet with Flajole. If the Eagles win the Super Bowl, he'd get the 63-year-old's face tattooed somewhere on his body. 

According to Flajole, that's 100 percent accurate. 

Long and Flajole worked together in Philadelphia this season but their relationship goes back several years. While Long was still playing in St. Louis, Flajole was his defensive coordinator from 2009-11. They reunited this year when Long joined the Eagles as a free agent. 

On Wednesday, Flajole said the bet came about from a simple conversation the two had way back in training camp. According to the coach, here's how that conversation went: 

Flajole: "Chris, there wouldn't be anything greater for me than to be able to hoist that Lombardi Trophy with you." 

Long: "Flaj, I'll tell you what, if we win the Super Bowl, I'll put a tattoo of your face on my body."

Flajole: "OK. Be careful about making bets because if this comes to fruition I'm going to hold you to it."

And here we are. 

Flajole has gotten the most out of his linebackers this season, even after the devastating loss of middle linebacker Jordan Hicks. He has Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks playing the best ball of their careers. And he's been able to coach around the revolving door at the middle linebacker position, from Hicks to Joe Walker to Najee Goode to newcomer Dannell Ellerbe. 

Meanwhile, Long has had a resurgent season with the Eagles. After winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots last year, Long wanted to join a defense that he thought would take advantage of his strengths. The 32-year-old has been a big part of the defense's success and this run to the Super Bowl. 

So this possible victory would mean a lot to both men. It means enough to end up in ink. Flajole said Long is a "man of his word" even though he might try to buy his way out of the bet or try to broker a deal. 

Will Long actually get the tattoo? 

"Oh, he'll do it," Flajole said without hesitation. "He'll do it."

Flajole isn't exactly sure where Long's new ink will go if the Birds win the Super Bowl. 

But he has an idea. 

"I'm sure it's going to be someplace that's concealed very easily," Flajole said laughing. "I said, 'Chris, you don't want to be my age, with people looking at something and saying who's that guy?"

Breaking down 6 young Eagles Doug Pederson is impressed with

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Breaking down 6 young Eagles Doug Pederson is impressed with

On Thursday, before the final practice of the long spring, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked if there were any players lower on the depth chart who have stood out over the last few weeks. 

Pederson started by mentioning some players who came into the league last year. Eventually, he named six guys. 

Let’s take a look at each of them. 

Rashard Davis
The first name to come out of his mouth. Not bad for a first-year player from James Madison. Davis is 5-foot-9, 175. The receiver also has the ability to return, something we’ve seen him do since he’s been with the Eagles. 

Davis was signed as an undrafted free agent a year ago and spent most of the 2017 season on the practice squad. He was signed to a futures deal after the completion of the season. 

At JMU, Davis was a standout receiver and returner, on his way to being named an FCS All-American. Davis returned four punts for touchdowns and had 42 catches for 530 yards and three more touchdowns as a receiver. 

With the Eagles, he faces an uphill battle to make the roster, but they seem to like his versatility. 

Greg Ward
Pederson mentioned Davis and Ward in the same breath and it’s easy to see why. Both are smallish slot receivers who were a part of the same undrafted class. Ward’s story is slightly different though. At 5-11, 186, Ward was a prolific quarterback at the University of Houston but is making the transition to receiver at the NFL level. 

He was signed as an undrafted player last year and spent the season on the Eagles’ practice squad, at times taking over scout-team QB reps to imitate mobile quarterbacks. 

While at Houston, he proved to be a dual threat. He was a good passer, but his legs made him dangerous. This spring, Ward got some run with the first-team offense and the Eagles seemed to like his trick-play potential. This past week, we saw the offense run some trick plays with him, where he became the passer. On one, he even threw the ball to Nick Foles, sort of like the Philly Special. 

Shelton Gibson 
Last year, Gibson was a fifth-round pick out of West Virginia, but he didn't get to play a ton. He caught just two passes all season and they came in that regular-season finale against the Cowboys. 

But Gibson has looked good this spring (see story). That's a really good sign because he had a terrible spring and terrible summer as a rookie. It was probably in part because he came from a really simple college offense and had to pick up the Eagles' complex scheme. 

This year, he's thinking less and making more plays. 

Rasul Douglas 
It seems a little weird to put Douglas on this list after he was a third-round pick a year ago and then started five games in the Super Bowl season, but he’s buried on the depth chart. 

The thing that hurts Douglas is his body type. He’s strictly an outside cornerback. So while Sidney Jones, De’Vante Bausby and D.J. Killings have gotten first-team reps in the slot, Douglas is planted firmly behind Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby at outside corner. He’s probably behind Jones either way. 

That’s gotta be tough for Douglas, going from starter to being back on the bench. But he’s the perfect example of the depth this team has at the position. Pederson says Douglas has “emerged” this spring. 

Dallas Goedert
It’s no surprise Pederson is bullish on Goedert, whom he said is “going to be a nice fit for us as a tight end.” The rookie from South Dakota State had a great spring. He caught everything and is an athletic specimen. 

There’s a really good chance Goedert can be a monster in the red zone (see story).

Still, a long way to go, and we’ll see what happens when the pads go on, but there’s no reason to think Goedert can’t be a huge contributor as a rookie. 

Aziz Shittu
Probably a name you haven’t heard in a while, but Shittu has stood out as much as any defensive tackle can in non-padded practices. 

Shittu came to the Eagles as an undrafted free agent from Stanford in 2016. But thanks to that stupid college graduation rule he missed all those spring practices. That allowed another undrafted rookie (Destiny Vaeao) to get in front of him and Shittu never recovered. He was brought back to the practice squad in 2016 and then signed a futures contract before last season, but then suffered a knee injury in May and was placed on IR. 

It appears he’s healthy now and is showing some of that burst that made him intriguing to the Eagles in the first place. 

Eagle Eye: The Eagles got some really big rings


Eagle Eye: The Eagles got some really big rings

In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks discuss the Eagles' Super Bowl rings. How does it compare to what Barrett got with the Steelers championship winning team in 2006? How will the players spend these coming weeks off? And the guys get you ready for the weekend.

1:00 - Eagles get their rings.
5:00 - Should Gunner and Barrett have gotten rings?
8:30 - What are those parties like?
11:00 - How hard is it to move on from last year and look ahead?
13:00 - This is when Super Bowls are won.
15:00 - Guys get you ready for the weekend with some weird news stories over this week.

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