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Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority’

Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority’

PHOENIX — The kelly green dream is still alive. 

At his annual availability with reporters at the NFL owners meetings, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the Eagles are still working on finding a way to bring back the very popular kelly green jerseys. 

“We’re working on that hard. High priority,” Lurie said. “I don’t know if it’ll get done for the 2019 season, but I have some hopes for the 2020 season.” 

Lurie again confirmed their goal is to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate, “at this point.” 

This is a saga that has been ongoing for the last couple of years, dating back to a rule proposal from the Eagles back in 2017 that would allow teams to use multiple helmets. They withdrew the proposal before it reached a vote. That’s the holdup right now; the league prohibits teams from using multiple helmets and the Eagles’ helmet is midnight green, an obvious fashion clash with a kelly green jersey. 

This is the second year in a row, Lurie said he thought it was somewhat doubtful the jerseys would be brought back for the next season but was optimistic about the following season. 

At least one prominent player would clearly be on board. 

At last year’s owners meetings in Orlando, I tracked down competition committee chairman Rich McKay, who said the opposition to a new rule was a safety issue. It’s an antiquated rule from when the league was worried that every player be fitted correctly for just one helmet. It seems crazy that the NFL, with it’s billions of dollars, couldn’t maintain standards for multiple helmets per player. 

Last year, McKay seemed optimistic the rule would eventually change. 

Lurie, in recent years, has consistently said he wants to bring back the kelly green jerseys, but only if they have helmets to match. 

At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it. But Lurie annually keeps hope alive. 

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Why Duce Staley keeps having visions of Ricky Watters and Charlie Garner

Why Duce Staley keeps having visions of Ricky Watters and Charlie Garner

Duce Staley has seen first-hand all the great Eagles running back tandems of the modern era.

If he didn't coach them, he was part of them.

Duce was an Eagles rookie in 1997, when Ricky Watters netted over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and Charlie Garner added close to 800.

In 2001, Staley had over 1,200 net yards and Correll Buckhalter over 700. By 2003, Brian Westbrook had joined Staley and Buck for the vaunted three-headed monster that carried the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game.

Even Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles each had over 750 net yards under Staley's watch in 2016. And in 2017, he coached Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount to big years during the Super Bowl run.

“You know how we do it around here,” Staley said Thursday. “We’ve been doing it as far as running back by rotation for a long time.”

And that’s the case again this year with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders.

Staley spent seven years with the Eagles as a player, and he’s now in his ninth year as coach, having served under Andy Reid, Chip Kelly and Doug Pederson.

And after all those terrific tandems, Howard and Sanders could wind up being one of the best.

Both are young, both are talented, both work well together, and they have the benefit of an offensive line that’s playing at a high level.

Nine games in, Sanders has 641 scrimmrage yards and Howard has 594. This is the first time two Eagles running backs have had 500 yards from scrimmage and at least a 4.0 rushing average after nine games since 1973 (Norm Bulaich, Tom Sullivan.

The Eagles have never had two running backs with 1,000 scrimmage yards in the same seaason. Sanders and Howard are on pace to get there

When Duce watches them, who does he see?

“I think, honestly, they remind me Charlie Garner and Rickey Watters, thunder and lighting,” he said. “That’s what it reminds me of every time I see them out on the field.”

Howard has 525 rushing yards,  a 4.4 average and seven touchdowns. Sanders has over 300 yards both rushing and receiving.

In Staley’s scenario, Howard is Watters, a tough, physical inside runner, and Sanders is Garner, a faster, more elusive back.

“You look at Jordan, he’s always falling forward, he’s always falling forward,” Staley said. “What we take pride in is if nothing’s there, getting back to the line of scrimmage. That’s very important. It’s hard to call plays for 2nd and 13, but if it’s 2nd-and-10 it’s a little easier.”

As for Sanders, he just gets better and better each week. Since Week 3, he’s 12th among all NFL running backs in scrimmage yards.

“He’s slowly but surely coming along,” Staley said. “Some of my teachings, some of T.J,’s teachings (T.J. Paginetti, assistant running backs coach). We take pride in ball security, we take pride in protecting the quarterback, and he’s already a natural runner, so slowly but surely he’s coming along.”

The Eagles are among seven teams with two running backs on pace for 1,000 scrimmage yards.

If you want to put the football in the hands of a couple tough, physical, versatile rotational running backs, it’s hard to imagine a better young tandem than Jordan and Sanders.

And if  you're going to pick the perfect guy to coach a couple tough, physical, versatile rotational backs, it’s hard to imagine a better guy than Duce.

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Eagles vs. Patriots 2019: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

Eagles vs. Patriots 2019: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

The Eagles (5-4) are hosting the Patriots (8-1) at the Linc on Sunday in a rematch of Super Bowl LII.

Here’s everything you need to know:

3 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
4:25 p.m.: Eagles vs. Patriots on CBS
7:30 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP
9:30 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP

The CBS broadcast team for Eagles-Patriots is Jim Nantz (play by play), Tony Romo (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline).

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP.

The Eagles opened up at 3.5-point home underdogs against the Patriots.

The referee for this game is Bill Vinovich, whose crew has called the fewest penalties in the league this year. In eight games, they’ve called just 100 penalties. The next closest group has called 115. The Eagles have won their last three games with Vinovich as the ref.

Remember the Super Bowl?

It’s hard to go into this game without thinking about Super Bowl LII, the last time these two teams met in a game with stakes. A lot has changed since February 2018, but there’s plenty that’s stayed the same. And that’s why both teams have used the Super Bowl game tape as a tool during this week. The Eagles have claimed they’re able to watch it without emotion, but I have a hard time believing that.

The overall outlook

The Eagles have seven games left in the season and actually have a better chance to make the playoffs than the Cowboys, who also have a 5-4 record. There’s a good chance the entire season could come down to Week 16 at the Linc, but the Eagles have five games before that. These next two games, against the Patriots and Seahawks, are really tough. But after that, the Eagles play the Dolphins, Giants and Redskins. So even if the Eagles lose the next two, they’re not in an awful position.

This particular game

The Patriots have an 8-1 record, but just two of those wins (Steelers, Bills) have come against teams with winning records. In fact, their other six wins are against the Dolphins, Jets, Redskins, Giants, Jets and Browns. So how good are the Patriots? It’s a fair question, especially after they were spanked by the Ravens 37-20 before the bye week. If any team deserves the benefit of the doubt, it’s Bill Belichick’s unit, but this team might not be the juggernaut its record suggests.

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