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Malcolm Jenkins resumes national anthem protest for Eagles-Steelers preseason game

Malcolm Jenkins resumes national anthem protest for Eagles-Steelers preseason game

Malcolm Jenkins resumed demonstrating during the national anthem Thursday night. 

Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists, protesting against racial and social inequality in the United States. Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins. And Michael Bennett walked out of the locker room late and continued to walk down the sideline behind his teammates while it played. 

Jenkins and Bennett told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this week that they weren’t sure what they were going to do during the anthem. 

During last season, Jenkins stopped his anthem demonstration (raising a fist) after the NFL pledged $100 million to causes aimed at combatting social injustice. He clearly thought they were on the right track until the new policy. 

Then came the NFL’s anthem policy, which was created, then put on hold. 

This is the first time the Eagles have had a game since the new national anthem policy was created and then halted. Last month, the policy was put on hold thanks to an NFL agreement with the NFLPA.

Basically, the new anthem policy stated league personnel must “stand and show respect for the flag” and if they choose not to, they may stay in the locker room until after the song has been performed. Under that policy, teams would be fined by the league, not players. And then teams would be responsible for disciplining players if they wanted to. 

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Bennett, whom the Eagles acquired in a trade this offseason, sat through the anthem last season while still with the Seahawks. Like Jenkins, Bennett has been very outspoken on matters of social and racial injustice. 

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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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It looks like Eagles’ high-ranking front office member might stay after all

It looks like Eagles’ high-ranking front office member might stay after all

It sounds like Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry might be staying in Philadelphia after all. 

Berry, 32, interviewed with the Browns for their vacant general manager position last week but it seems like another candidate is going to get the job. 

According to Cleveland.com, Vikings assistant GM George Paton “could be hired as Browns GM early this week” as the top candidate for the gig.

Berry has been a hot name this offseason; he’s been mentioned for two possible promotions outside the Eagles’ facility. The other was with the Panthers but the Eagles reportedly turned down their request to interview him because the Panthers’ job wouldn’t involve final personnel say.

So despite plenty of interest in Berry, it appears there’s a pretty good chance he stays put for at least another season with the Eagles under Howie Roseman. 

Berry joined the Eagles last winter. The Eagles created the position for Berry because they wanted to find a way to get the Harvard-educated fast-riser into their building. Before coming to the Eagles, he was already in Cleveland as the Browns’ vice president of player personnel for three seasons. 

It was in that former role that he formed a relationship with Kevin Stefanski, who interviewed for the head coaching job in Cleveland before but finally got hired this offseason. The problem for Berry is that Paton is even closer to Stefanski from their time together in Minnesota. 

With Roseman firmly entrenched as the general manager in Philadelphia, it seems inevitable that the Eagles will eventually lose Berry. But it’s beginning to seem like that won’t happen this offseason. 

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