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Michael Bennett Q&A, Part 2: Why he was screaming on the sideline

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Michael Bennett Q&A, Part 2: Why he was screaming on the sideline

He’s got a team-high eight sacks, which is only two off his career high of 10 set in 2015 with the Seahawks, and is the third-most in Eagles history by a player 33 and older — behind William Fuller in 1995 (13 sacks at 33 years old) and 1996 (13 sacks at 34).

Over the last nine games, his 7.0 sacks are sixth-most among all NFL defensive ends.

He’s been a beast lately, and after practice on Thursday Bennett spoke at length about the challenges he’s faced joining the Eagles after five seasons — and three Pro Bowls — playing for the Legion of Boom in Seattle.

Below is Part 2 of our conversation with Michael Bennett. You can read Part 1 here.

Q: "You were seen on the sideline a few times shouting at defensive line coach Chris Wilson. Was that just frustration?" 

A: “It was frustration, and we’re competitors. I’m the ultimate competitor when it comes to playing this sport of football. I’m just a competitor and I want to be on the field. I think there’s situations I can help the team out when it comes to rushing and game-time situations that I think I should be in there helping and I think overall when it comes to rushing the passer, I think I’m still one of the top rushers in the NFL when it comes to hits, pressures and all that kind of stuff. No offense to anybody else, but I feel like I should be out there in times like that.”

Q: "What did you learn about yourself this year?"

A:  “I learned a lot about myself. People look up to me a lot for inspiration, a lot of things that I do, and I always talk about adversity, and you can talk to people when they’re going through adversity and when they’re going through certain situations, and then it becomes your turn and you have to swallow your own pills. The things you’re telling people things to do. And for me, I had to be able to stand up and say, ‘This is a little bit different for me, but I need to be able to adjust,’ and I think any great player in the NFL has to be able to adjust to their situation, and for me, being able to adjust to the way we play the game, being able to adjust to the way Doug (Pederson) is different from Pete (Carroll), adjusting to the way Jim (Schwartz) is different from Kris (Richard, former defensive coordinator) and all these different people. Getting used to Fletch instead of (Seahawks defensive ends) Cliff Avril and Frank Clark. Getting used to all these different pieces, and I think I’ve done a great job of getting through that.”

Q: "Were you worried things would never get better?" 

A: “I think I was definitely worried about that because it was new. I haven’t had that kind of adversity for a while. I’ve been established in the league for a long period of time and I never had to really fight for position or time and all of a sudden you out there and it’s like, ‘OK, let’s do this.’

Q: "You just turned 33 and this is your 10th NFL season. Are you ready to go into broadcasting full-time?"

A: “Commentating is fun but I don’t know if I’m ready to move on just yet. I feel like I’ve still got all-star years in me left. I think I proved that this year. I think a player is really judged not by the beginning of his career, the first five or six years, I think he’s judged on the end. I think the great players, in their 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th year, they’re still dominant. You look at (Julius) Peppers, you look at (Dwight) Freeney, you look at (Drew) Brees, they’re in their 17th, 18th year, and they’re still playing (at a high level), and that’s how you really tell somebody’s career.”

Q: "You're only two shy of your career high in sacks at 33 years old. Is that surprising?" 

A: “I feel like this is one of the best defensive lines I’ve played with in the NFL, so I’m not surprised. I’m never surprised by anything I do.”

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at the Eagles' 2019 schedule. What are the easiest and most difficult parts?

The guys give their prediction for each game. Also, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas spoke in their pre-draft chat with the media. How important is this draft for the organization?

1:00 - First impressions of the 2019 schedule.
7:30 - Roob's and Dave's perfect predictions for all 16 games.
30:30 - Importance of this upcoming draft.
34:00 - Eagles really like Nate Sudfeld.

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A traveler's guide for Eagles' 2019 road schedule

A traveler's guide for Eagles' 2019 road schedule

There’s no San Francisco on the schedule. No Seattle. No Denver, Phoenix or London.

From a traveler’s perspective, this is not a great schedule.

That doesn’t mean Philadelphians won’t pack airplanes and hotels once again to see their favorite team on the road.

So book those flights to Green Bay, Buffalo and Minneapolis and hope it doesn’t snow!

With the NFL schedule out Wednesday (see Eagles' full schedule), here’s a look what awaits you as you travel to one (or more) of the nine cities the Eagles travel to this coming season.

Week 2 — Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go

Not only a modern cosmopolitan city but one that played a major role in the Civil War and also the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

3 places to visit

1. World of Coca-Cola, 2. Georgia Aquarium, 3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site 

Travel tip

Atlanta’s MARTA rail system easily connects the airport with downtown and the touristy Buckhead area north of the city.

For more Information, click here.

Week 4 — Green Bay, Thursday, Sept. 26, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go 

This small community of barely 100,000 is a unique and historic NFL destination.

3 places to visit

1. Lambeau Field, 2. The Outagamie County Historical Society in nearby Appleton, 3. National Railroad Museum in neighboring Ashwaubenon (Most of Lambeau’s parking lots are located in Ashwaubenon).

Travel tip 

Lambeau Stadium is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and the roads can get incredibly congested. If you’re going, leave earlier than you’ve ever left for a sports event.

For more information, click here.

Week 6 — Minnesota, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because who doesn’t want to visit the site of the greatest moment in recent Eagles history.

3 places to visit 

1. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2. Minnehaha Regional Park (if the waterfall isn’t frozen), 3. Mall of America

Travel tip

You will get lost in the Mall of America. I promise. The place is ridiculously huge. The mall, the world’s largest, has kiosks throughout all the concourses where you can actually print out step-by-step directions to whatever store, restaurant or parking lot you’re looking for. If you don’t use the kiosks, you won’t find your way out, and you’ll be stuck for the rest of your life in a giant mall.

For more information, click here.

Week 7 — Dallas, Sunday, Oct. 20, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go

Because other than being the home of the Cowboys, Dallas is actually a pretty great city.

3 places to visit 

1. Dealey Plaza Museum, 2. Dallas Museum of Art, 3. Texas Discovery Gardens

Travel tip 

The Dallas Metro area is massive. From Mesquite on the east side to Fort Worth on the west side can easily take an hour and a half with no traffic. Always allow plenty of time to get where you’re going.

For more information, click here.

Week 8 — Buffalo, Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Honestly? You shouldn’t go. But if you really have your heart set on visiting Buffalo, more power to you!

3 places to visit 

1. Niagara Falls, 2. Waterfront/HarborCenter area, 3. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

Travel tip 

If you don’t want to fly, you can make the drive — weather permitting — from downtown Philly to Buffalo in about 6½ hours. 

For more information, click here.

Week 13 — Miami, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because in a season in which the Eagles visit Buffalo, Green Bay and Minneapolis, Miami should be somewhat warm when the Eagles get there.

3 places to visit 

1. South Beach, 2. Miami Beach, 3. Everglades National Park.

Travel tip 

Before you book your flight, look into Fort Lauderdale Airport as well as Miami Airport. It’s smaller, nicer, easier to navigate and closer to Hard Rock Stadium and really not much farther to Miami’s beaches and attractions.

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Week 15 — Washington, Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because it’s got more museums (most of them free) and historical sites than anywhere in the country.

3 places to visit 

1. The Lincoln Memorial, 2. The Washington Monument, 3. The Smithsonian museums.

Travel tip 

Don’t drive. Take the train and use Washington’s expansive Metro system to get around the city and neighboring towns.

For more information, click here.

Week 17 — East Rutherford, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because the Eagles always win. The Eagles are 10-2 against the Giants at the Meadowlands since 2008

3 places to visit 

OK, this is a challenge, but here we go: 1. Outlet shopping across the N.J. Turnpike in Secaucus, 2. Nearby Jersey City is a growing, bustling city, and the large downtown plaza at the end of Christopher Columbus Boulevard — J. Owen Grundy Park — offers incredible views across the river of Manhattan, 3. The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum in nearby Teterboro.

Travel tip 

If you’re taking the N.J. Turnpike to MetLife Stadium, make sure you stay to the left just past Exit 14 and take the so-called Western Spur north to the stadium area instead of the Eastern Spur, which will take you into Hoboken and the Lincoln Tunnel.

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Preseason, Game 2 — Jacksonville, Thursday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Why you should go 

It’s Florida, so many of the attractions in Jacksonville are water-related. Beaches, water parks, fishing, cruises, etc. But Jacksonville is also a real hub for art galleries and museums. And it’s only a two-hour drive from Disney World.

3 places to visit 

1. Jacksonville Zoo, 2. Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, 3. Historic Amelia Island

Travel tip 

TIAA Bank Field, where the Eagles played in the 2004 Super Bowl, is in downtown Jacksonville, within easy walking distance of numerous hotels. If you’re only going in for the game, there’s no reason to rent a car.

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