Jim Schwartz marvels over rarely used DB's preparation

Jim Schwartz marvels over rarely used DB's preparation

He hadn’t played defense since October. 

Not a snap.

When he had to? With the game on the line? On a pivotal third down?

Sidney Jones was ready.

“He's had a great attitude and he's worked hard on the practice field,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “And he's worked on different parts of his game. He's worked fundamentally on his game. So when you do that? There's an old adage in the NFL: ‘Stay ready so you don't have to get ready.’ Well, Sid stayed ready.”

After the Eagles beat the Giants Monday night, Jones spoke about his first defensive snap in six weeks.

On Thursday, Schwartz talked about what he’s seen behind the scenes from Jones since he got benched after the Bills game.

“That was an important part of the game,” Schwartz said. “Third-and-3 is a tough down defensively, and then coming in cold the way he did. But it didn't surprise me at all. It didn't surprise us at all because Sid has worked really, really hard in this last month or so.”

The Eagles had just tied the game at 17-all, but the Giants had a 3rd-and-3 on their own 32-yard-line with a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter. Jalen Mills was already out with an elbow injury, and his replacement, Rasul Douglas, had just gotten hurt on second down.

So with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter, out comes Jones.

He lined up on the defensive right side opposite Darius Slayton, who had two long touchdowns in the first half. Like any smart quarterback, Eli Manning went after Jones. But Jones played Slayton very aggressively and got a hand in to break up the quick slant.

It was his only snap. But it was huge.

“His role has decreased, but that hasn't affected his work ethic, that hasn’t affected his preparation or his attitude,” Schwartz said. “All those things have been good, and that's going to serve him well as he goes forward and as we go forward, because we talk about it all the time. We say a lot of times the night before a game, somebody's going to be called upon to make a play in this game and they might only play one play in the game. Well, sure enough, it was true. That was a big play. I don't know if we win that game if he doesn't make that PBU, because it was a tie game at that point in the fourth quarter, had a couple of injuries. He went out cold, they came right at him and he was up for the challenge.”

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Super Bowl LIV: Brian Dawkins will ‘shed tears of joy’ if Andy Reid wins Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIV: Brian Dawkins will ‘shed tears of joy’ if Andy Reid wins Super Bowl

Brian Dawkins is an emotional guy and he knows he won’t be able to contain those emotions if he gets to watch Andy Reid win the Super Bowl on Sunday. 

Dawkins, who played under Reid for 10 seasons in Philadelphia, was on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants on Wednesday night to promote K9s For Warriors and Reid was a major topic of conversation.  

How happy will you be if Reid wins the Super Bowl? 

“I know I’m going to shed tears of joy if that’s the case,” Dawkins said. 

Dawkins, 46, played in 18 career NFL playoff games but just one Super Bowl. He was 31 for the Eagles’ loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. 

Reid and Dawkins have a close relationship. It’s so close that in 2018, when Dawkins was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Reid chartered a plane to Canton, Ohio, just so he wouldn’t miss it. He was back in Kansas City for training camp the next morning.

A couple years ago, Dawkins was extremely excited when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and he’d be pretty excited if Big Red finally gets his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday in Miami. 

One thing Dawkins said he won’t do is get ahead of himself. If Reid wins the Super Bowl, he won’t celebrate until the game is over. 

But if the game goes final and Reid wins his first ring … 

“I know that I’ll be extremely excited for him, his family, everything that they’ve gone through, he and his family and he as a coach has gone through,” Dawkins said. “There’s so many wonderful coaches that have come from under him that are doing fantastic jobs in their own rights. 

“So many players that continue to reach back and show him love time and time again, so that tells you what type of coach he was, yes, but the dude he is. He’s a phenomenal human being. I’m excited for this opportunity for him to get back to this point but I know that he’s telling them and telling himself that it’s not time to celebrate yet, we still have work to do.”

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

Remember way back at the start of the NFL season when Carli Lloyd hit a field goal attempt after an Eagles practice?

If you don't, you can watch here as a refresher.

Well, she makes her return to the field in this Super Bowl commercial for Secret Deodorant alongside Crystal Dunn ... and it is powerful.

Often times, Super Bowl commercials are light-hearted and comedic … but there are also times where they hit a home run in relaying a message that has to be said. This is one of those times.

In a brief moment in the opening frames you can catch a glimpse of the current scoreboard for the game  — where you can see the kicker’s team is down by just a single point with 3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. It’s now or never.

It wasn’t until after their team won the game, where they took their helmets off to celebrate, revealing their true selves. Powerful women.

The crowd went silent at first, initially in shock, but cheers quickly fill the air.

As the commercial winds down, ‘Let’s kick inequality’ appears on the screen.

Also found in the description of the video on their YouTube page, is this:

More than two-thirds of girls believe that society doesn’t encourage women to play sports so we are setting out to change this notion by spotlighting fierce female athletes  — specifically two major women’s soccer players  — in ‘The Secret Kicker,’ which is aimed at defying conventional expectations and championing equal opportunities for women.

Well done, Secret Deodorant, well done.

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