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Chris Long, Torrey Smith shut down Saints fans' 2018 postseason theory

Chris Long, Torrey Smith shut down Saints fans' 2018 postseason theory

As sports fans look for things to talk about with their favorite leagues on pause, things like re-drafts and "What if?" lookbacks have become extremely popular. It's understandable.

What's not understandable: Saints fans thinking they can rewrite history and take away the Eagles' incredible early-2018 Super Bowl run.

On Wednesday, Saints blog Canal St. Chronicles published a "What if?"-style post asking what might've happened if the Minneapolis Miracle never occurred in the 2018 Divisional Round matchup between the Saints and the Vikings.

The Vikings, of course, won on an insane last-second Stefon Diggs touchdown, then went on to get smoked by the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Would the Saints have experienced anything different had they won, and then trucked up to Philly?

Former Eagles Chris Long and Torrey Smith have some thoughts.

Long saw the post fly across his timeline on Wednesday morning, and replied with an of-the-moment Michael Jordan meme:

He left things up to interpretation, but it's clear he thinks the Eagles would've taken the Saints out, just like they did with Minnesota.

Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith didn't mince any words, with a slightly NSFW response:

Ha.

The Eagles' magical Super Bowl run had an air of "Everything went right and fell into place" about it, so it's at least interesting to think about how one or two changes could've thrown off that mojo.

But the post operated under the impression that the Saints would absolutely have beaten the Eagles.

That's not going to fly.

From a logical standpoint, the Saints couldn't hold off a Vikings team that got absolutely squashed the next week, so ... no. And from an intangibles standpoint, the Linc was as fired up as it's ever been during the championship game, and the Birds had reached "team of destiny" levels during the playoffs. It would've taken something superhuman from the Saints to stop that Eagles team.

Long and Smith chiming in on Wednesday reminded everyone just how much fun the Eagles, and their fans, had in 2017-18. What a time it was.

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How Torrey Smith is trying to help the Eagles get Stefon Diggs

How Torrey Smith is trying to help the Eagles get Stefon Diggs

Torrey Smith helped the Eagles win one Super Bowl, and it looks like he’s trying to help them win another one.

Smith, who caught 20 passes for 157 yards and a TD for the Eagles during the 2017 postseason, was on social media Monday trying to recruit disgruntled Vikings Stefon Diggs — who both played at Maryland — to his former team.

The 26-year-old Diggs, who has 165 catches, 2,251 yards and 15 TD catches the last two years with the Vikings, has made it clear he’s not happy in Minnesota, and tweeted out Monday afternoon, “It’s time for a new beginning.”

Diggs isn't a free agent, but if he continues expressing his displeasure with the organization, maybe the Vikings would be open to trading him.

Smith, who retired after last season, had an idea!

Smith and Diggs both played at Maryland and although they didn’t overlap, they’ve been close for some time.

In a 2015 story on website Baltimore Fishbowl, Diggs is quoted as saying he spoke frequently with Smith after he declared for the draft following his junior year.

“Torrey Smith, as anybody knows, he’s a great person,” Diggs said. “Along the process, I gave him a lot of phone calls, text messages to see where I should be training, what I should be doing as far as just the whole process. He gave me a lot of guidance and a lot of advice. I really appreciate that. I try to pick his brain as much as I can to get all the information I can for the next level, because I’m trying to be a sponge.”

Smith was in College Park from 2008 through 2010 before getting drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Ravens. Diggs spent 2012 through 2014 at Maryland before getting drafted in the fifth round in 2015 by the Vikings.

Smith spent four years with the Ravens and two with the 49ers before his one season with the Eagles. He retired after catching six passes with the Panthers in 2018.

Diggs has been dropping hints that he’s unhappy in Minnesota for a while now.

“I feel like there’s truth to all rumors, no matter how you dress it up,” he told reporters covering the Vikings in October. I can’t sit up here and act like everything is OK. It’s obviously not.”

The Eagles are desperate for wide receivers. They have only 33-year-old DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and — for now — 30-year-old Alshon Jeffery under contract.

Diggs signed a six-year contract extension just 20 months ago that runs through 2023 with base salaries ranging from $10.9 million in 2020 to $11.4 million in 2023.

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The legend of Bryan Braman’s pre-Super Bowl LII speech grows

The legend of Bryan Braman’s pre-Super Bowl LII speech grows

The Eagles had plenty of leaders on their Super Bowl team back in 2017 but none of them gave the pregame speech in the locker room before Super Bowl LII.

Bryan Braman did.

On The Ryen Russillo podcast earlier this week, former defensive end Chris Long said that he was normally the player to speak to the team in the locker room but on Super Bowl Sunday, Braman, the long-haired special teams maniac, got going.

“I didn’t give it before the Super Bowl,” Long said. “Because we had a guy named Bryan Braman, special teams guy, looks like he’s in a biker gang, long hair, I don’t think he was covered in tattoos.

“Bryan Braman was an absolute psychopath and he was like our cameo speech guy. And sometimes he would just, real impromptu, start screaming and looking like a fucking hedgehog, knocking shit over in the locker room, eyes bulging out of his head. And, of course, he did look like a Sons of Anarchy dude so you were like, yeah, I’m listening. But Braman got going Super Bowl Sunday and I was like, ‘Yeah, you got it, bro.’”

There’s something great about Long mostly calling Braman by his full name.

And let me say, I covered Braman in Houston and in Philadelphia and he’s definitely one of those mystical type of guys. Really soft-spoken in person but an absolute crazy person on the football field, with a look to match. Anyone who has been around Braman or remembers his “kill, maim, destroy” comment from his introductory press conference in Philly won’t find this much of a stretch.

When pushed about the content of the speech, Long said he couldn’t give too many details.

“Let me just say it was violent,” he said through laughter.

When Long had Torrey Smith on his Green Light podcast released Friday, he was asking Smith about the Super Bowl he won with the Ravens and about who gave the pregame speech. It was, of course, Ray Lewis. Then Long couldn’t help himself.

Long: Who gave a better pregame speech: Bryan Braman or Ray Lewis?

Smith: The amount of spit that’s being thrown around out there, man. I’m gonna roll with Ray Lewis. Braman is the craziest thing. … The world needs to understand the type of rage that can happen in football.

Long: I tried to explain to somebody in an interview the other day … because we were talking about who gives pregame speeches. Malcolm would usually talk on the field and I would do it in the locker room a lot of times. But if Braman started yelling, everybody just got the f— out of the way. And most people have no idea who Bryan Braman is but if you played with Bryan Braman, you know exactly who Bryan Braman is. And then they asked me the contents of that speech. Do you remember the contents of that speech?

Smith: I don’t know. I just know it was about blood and …

Long: … murder and like …

Smith: 300 in football.

Sounds about right. And based on a short clip of the clip posted by Mychal Kendricks the day after the 41-33 win in the Super Bowl, they’re both correct.

You can click the link here but just know it’s extremely NSFW … well, not safe for anything really.

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