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Dynasty in the making? Eagles' Super Bowl could be start of something big

Dynasty in the making? Eagles' Super Bowl could be start of something big

The Eagles just won the first Super Bowl in franchise history — and, no, it’s not too soon or being greedy to think that this is only the beginning.

Based on the progress made by Carson Wentz alone, it was becoming easy to project the Eagles as a perennial contender for the next decade. Then Wentz got injured, and over the course of the next eight weeks, it became crystal clear that this team was more than just an ascending superstar quarterback.

The Eagles have a great front office, a great coaching staff and a great roster, with the vast majority of the key members set to return next season and much of the core in place for much longer.

Naturally, the architect, Howie Roseman, isn’t going anywhere. But Roseman will also continue to receive sage advice from vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas in 2018. An influential voice in many of the Eagles’ offseason signings and draft picks, Douglas was blocked from interviewing for another job and will continue serving as the GM’s right-hand man.

Doug Pederson obviously will remain in his position, coming off a win over perhaps the greatest coach in NFL history, proving his doubters wrong once and for all. The best part is that Pederson’s staff will likely stay largely intact, with only some minor changes among the position coaches anticipated. At this stage, coordinators Jim Schwartz, Frank Reich and Dave Fipp are probably sticking around.

Among players, Nigel Bradham, LeGarrette Blount, Patrick Robinson and Darren Sproles are among the key free agents. Yet out of the bunch, only Bradham is a full-time starter, while the Eagles are built to withstand losses at running back and in the secondary.

Even beyond 2018, Wentz*, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod and Sidney Jones are all under contract through 2021.

(*Wentz’s current contract ends in 2020, with a team option for 2021.)

Most important of all, the Eagles have the quarterback, provided Wentz is restored to full health after suffering a torn ACL. And if there is any concern at all, Nick Foles — he was only the Super Bowl MVP, after all — is under contract for another year, which is plenty of time to sort things out.

This is a roster filled to the brim with young, unsung heroes like Corey Clement, Nelson Agholor, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, Derek Barnett. And it’s also a roster stacked with leadership that won’t lose its appetite for winning, guys like Wentz and Foles, like Jenkins, like Brandon Graham, like Kelce and Johnson, like Jay Ajayi.

The Eagles just won a world championship missing Wentz, Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos and Darren Sproles. Imagine what almost this exact same group could accomplish at anything close to 100 percent.

Imagine the damage that can be inflicted in the NFC East, in the conference, in the NFL for the next few years or longer. The Eagles have quarterbacks. They have a team. They have coaching. They have the front office.

The Eagles have everything it takes to turn one magical season into another run at the prize in ‘18, and in 2019 and for who knows how long.

Whether or not they reach the mountaintop again, this season may be the first of many when the Eagles are in the hunt to win the Lombardi Trophy. Enjoy the celebration, but when it’s over, realize there’s still a whole lot more left ahead for this group.

Joel Embiid takes shot at Aron Baynes on Twitter

Joel Embiid takes shot at Aron Baynes on Twitter

With the Sixers eliminated, Joel Embiid was asked at his end-of-the-season press conference if he had a prediction for which remaining team would win the NBA championship.

His response was short and simple.

"Nah," he said, "I don't care."

However, Embiid looks like he's still keeping some tabs on the NBA postseason.

And, watching from afar, he's apparently not too impressed with Aron Baynes.

If you recall, during the Eastern Conference semifinals series in which the Sixers fell to the Celtics in five games, Embiid and Baynes had their moments.

Lots of physicality. A few minor scuffles. And this monster dunk by Embiid.

That's probably what the Sixers' big man was referring to when he tweeted Monday night during Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics series.

Could this play have prompted the tweet?

Baynes probably isn't focused on Embiid or Twitter right now in the heat of the Eastern Conference Finals, but maybe he'll be asked about the tweet during media availability sessions before the series goes to Game 5 Wednesday.

The 31-year-old from New Zealand, a role player not known for tons of offense but with a championship ring, can become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. We'll have to see where he plays next season, but let's hope some matchups with Embiid are in the near future.

Eagles teammates expose Nelson Agholor's golf swing

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Wendell Smallwood's Instagram story

Eagles teammates expose Nelson Agholor's golf swing

Fortunately for Nelson Agholor, he doesn't make a living off his golf swing.

Instead, he gets paid to make plays on the football field, something he did plenty of during a career year last season, helping the Eagles win their first-ever Super Bowl title.

But that didn't prevent his teammates from ribbing him Monday.

Zach Ertz and Wendell Smallwood exposed their buddy by posting videos of Agholor golfing not so well (to put it nicely) on their Instagram stories, which you can watch here.

It clearly looks like Agholor is a beginner at the sport of golf. Give him credit for trying. Known for being one of the hardest workers in the Eagles' locker room, it wouldn't be surprising to see, with time, Agholor develop that golf swing.

But for now, he's going to draw some comparisons to Charles Barkley.