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Jalen Mills has a message for ‘fake Eagles fans’

Jalen Mills has a message for ‘fake Eagles fans’

Jalen Mills had a bad game Sunday against the Bucs, but instead of doing what most players would do and avoid social media, Mills made sure to see all the hate. 

And he had a message for everyone who sent it his way: 

On Tuesday afternoon, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Marc Farzetta caught up with Mills and asked the third-year corner why he decided to respond to those folks saying mean things about him on the internet:

It is what it is. As far as I’m concerned, we’re in the same predicament we were in last year that we’re in now. It was the same type of energy. So that’s why I said (it). I’m acknowledging it. 

All those fake Eagles fans, keep that same energy. When we start rolling and get back to where we’re going to get to at the end of the year, we don’t want to hear from you.

When asked if he uses the negativity on social media as motivation, Mills said he doesn’t, that he’s already self-motivated. But that seems like it might not be exactly true. Because if it’s not motivating, why bother?

While some fans have been completely rational, understanding that Mills had a bad game, others are ready to panic and pull him from the starting lineup. This probably has something to do with having a healthy Sidney Jones available. Jones has looked good as the Eagles’ slot corner through two games. 

But the thought of pulling Mills from the starting lineup after two games is far too reactionary. Remember, the Eagles won a Super Bowl with this guy last year. He was their best corner while Ronald Darby was getting over that dislocated ankle. If he doesn’t make sure Julio Jones can’t catch that ball against the Falcons, the Eagles’ season ends in the divisional round. 

No, Mills didn’t play a good game against the Bucs, but he shouldn’t be benched. Not yet. And he probably doesn't deserve to get hateful things said to him by frustrated fans. 

If you still want to hate Mills, though, go ahead. He’ll be happy to see it as he’s scrolling through his timeline.

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Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowler after all.

Johnson, snubbed in the original Pro Bowl announcement, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. There was no word on which offensive lineman dropped out of the game.

It was a little surprising that Johnson didn't make the team initially. He's considered one of the NFL's most dominating right tackles and was a first-team all-pro in 2017.

He didn't seem thrilled when the original team was announced a month ago:

Johnson missed the last three games of the regular season and the playoff loss to the Seahawks with a high ankle sprain, and it’s unknown whether he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.

But for the purposes of bonuses and status, he’s now officially a three-time Pro Bowler.

Johnson becomes the seventh offensive lineman in Eagles history selected to three or more Pro Bowls.

Jason Peters was picked to seven between the 2009 and 2016 seasons. Tra Thomas, Bob Brown, Bucko Kilroy, Jason Kelce, Jim Ringo and Brandon Brooks have all been picked to three.

The 29-year-old Johnson becomes the Eagles’ sixth Pro Bowler, joining Brooks, Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and Rick Lovato.

Johnson, the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, recently signed a contract extension that runs through 2025.

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Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

On Monday night, the Dolphins announced their 2020 coaching staff and there was a notable omission.

No Jim Caldwell.

So now the 65-year-old former head coach, OC and quarterbacks coach has plenty of free time if the Eagles want to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening (if they haven’t already).

According to ESPN, Caldwell is interested in coaching after missing the 2019 season for health reasons.

Shortly after the Eagles fired Mike Groh earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim McManus mentioned Caldwell and Kevin O’Connell as candidates. O’Connell has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator, a position that is somewhat like the one in Philly because the head coach is the primary play-caller.

Earlier on Monday, we learned that USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who interviewed with the Eagles, is expected to return to Southern California for next season. So cross him off the list.

Caldwell is an intriguing name because of his history with quarterbacks. It would make sense for the next offensive coordinator to be someone who could have a positive influence on Carson Wentz as he enters what should be the prime of his career.

While candidates like Harrell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are fast-risers in the coaching world, Caldwell has been coaching longer they’ve been alive. He has an impressive resume.

Caldwell has been an NFL head coach twice (Colts and Lions) and was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. Peyton Manning went to nine straight Pro Bowls with Caldwell coaching him.

The Eagles are taking their time choosing a coach but their brass is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl and that can often be an opportunity to meet with several coaches within a few days. It would make plenty of sense if Caldwell is on their list; and now his schedule should be wide open.

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