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Chris Long still plans on getting LBs coach tattooed on him

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Chris Long still plans on getting LBs coach tattooed on him

All of the Eagles’ assistant coaches met with reporters Monday morning, so as the defensive group entered the practice bubble, I made a beeline for linebackers coach Ken Flajole. 

He’s entangled in one of the most important stories — possibly a scandal — in recent Eagles history. 

“The first and most important question I have. Did Chris Long get a tattoo of you on his body?” 

You might remember that in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII, we learned that if the Eagles won the big game, Long said he would get a tattoo of the Eagles’ bald-headed linebackers coach somewhere on his body. 

During that week, Flajole told us the origins of the tattoo bet and his relationship with Long (see story).

Update: Flajole says Long is planning on getting the tattoo on his back but hasn’t yet. 

“It’s in progress right now,” Flajole said. “I don’t think it’s done yet. He has showed me the picture and he’s showed me where he’s going to put it. That’s still to be determined. He still hasn’t done it yet. We’ll stay on him about it.” 

The Eagles have minicamp this Tuesday through Thursday, so it’s safe to say if Flajole’s face isn’t tattooed on Long yet, he’s probably going to wait until after the minicamp and before training camp begins later in the summer. 

In the meantime, check out this video of Flajole from the winter talking about the origins of the bet. 

Maybe soon enough, when all this is over, we’ll all be able to focus on the simplicity of football again. 

How and why Chris Long made ridiculous Super Bowl tattoo bet

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How and why Chris Long made ridiculous Super Bowl tattoo bet

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Meet Ken Flajole. He's been the Eagles' linebackers coach for the past two seasons. His name is pronounced FLAY-juhl. He's the oldest member of the Eagles' coaching staff. 

And his bald head and face might be tattooed on Chris Long's body pretty soon. 

In an interview with NFL Network during media night on Monday, Long revealed that he had a bet with Flajole. If the Eagles win the Super Bowl, he'd get the 63-year-old's face tattooed somewhere on his body. 

According to Flajole, that's 100 percent accurate. 

Long and Flajole worked together in Philadelphia this season but their relationship goes back several years. While Long was still playing in St. Louis, Flajole was his defensive coordinator from 2009-11. They reunited this year when Long joined the Eagles as a free agent. 

On Wednesday, Flajole said the bet came about from a simple conversation the two had way back in training camp. According to the coach, here's how that conversation went: 

Flajole: "Chris, there wouldn't be anything greater for me than to be able to hoist that Lombardi Trophy with you." 

Long: "Flaj, I'll tell you what, if we win the Super Bowl, I'll put a tattoo of your face on my body."

Flajole: "OK. Be careful about making bets because if this comes to fruition I'm going to hold you to it."

And here we are. 

Flajole has gotten the most out of his linebackers this season, even after the devastating loss of middle linebacker Jordan Hicks. He has Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks playing the best ball of their careers. And he's been able to coach around the revolving door at the middle linebacker position, from Hicks to Joe Walker to Najee Goode to newcomer Dannell Ellerbe. 

Meanwhile, Long has had a resurgent season with the Eagles. After winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots last year, Long wanted to join a defense that he thought would take advantage of his strengths. The 32-year-old has been a big part of the defense's success and this run to the Super Bowl. 

So this possible victory would mean a lot to both men. It means enough to end up in ink. Flajole said Long is a "man of his word" even though he might try to buy his way out of the bet or try to broker a deal. 

Will Long actually get the tattoo? 

"Oh, he'll do it," Flajole said without hesitation. "He'll do it."

Flajole isn't exactly sure where Long's new ink will go if the Birds win the Super Bowl. 

But he has an idea. 

"I'm sure it's going to be someplace that's concealed very easily," Flajole said laughing. "I said, 'Chris, you don't want to be my age, with people looking at something and saying who's that guy?"

Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole injured in second quarter

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Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole injured in second quarter

Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole needed to leave the sideline on a cart after being taken out by a play near the sideline late in the second quarter. 

The 63-year-old position coach was standing on the sideline when linebacker Nigel Bradham took out Pierre Garcon near the sideline and Flajole was wiped out too. It looked like Flajole's head slammed into the ground. It took a few minutes before he even sat up. 

Players and coaches gathered around the coach as trainers checked him out. Eventually, Flajole was helped to a cart that took him off the field at halftime. On one play, linebacker Najee Goode was almost late getting into the game for a play because he was standing near Flajole. 

Flajole returned to the sidelines for the start of the second half.

Flajole (pronounced FLAY-juhl) joined the Eagles' coaching staff last year. He is the oldest coach on the Eagles' staff. 

You'll likely remember when news of Flajole's hire broke last year, it let folks know the Eagles must have a head coach in place. Later that day, reports surfaced that Doug Pederson was hired.