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Mike Francesa incensed over Kelce speech, calls for Eagles to cut him

Mike Francesa incensed over Kelce speech, calls for Eagles to cut him

Jason Kelce launched into one of the greatest championship celebration speeches ever a week ago today and Philadelphians loved every minute of it.

You know who didn't love it? Some guy from New York.

Longtime radio personality Mike Francesa, mostly known outside of New York for repeatedly falling asleep on the air, did not like Kelce's speech one bit and even called for Jeff Lurie to get rid of him because of it.

Francesa was talking with Sal Licata on something called the WOR Sports Zone earlier this week when he ripped into the Mummered One.

“Should have stayed home, the jerk," Francesa begins on Kelce. "Why is that I have to be in my car when these guys win championships, and they decide that they are going to grace the audience with this profanity-laced stupidity. You gotta turn it off, your kids can’t even listen it. He sounded like a total moron. How about going up there and acting like a champion and not acting like a total moron? I turn that stuff off. I’ve seen LeBron James do that, now I’ve seen him do that. You know what? It’s not the time or place. You ever heard of winning like a champion? Somebody should have taken a hook and pulled him off.”

The thing is, Kelce wasn't acting like a moron at all. Yes, he dropped an F-bomb or two towards the end of his speech for effect, but what he had to say was actually thoughtful, well-structured, heartfelt, and wonderfully delivered. One could even call his underdog message inspirational.

And as to why Francesa has to be in a car in the middle of a Thursday afternoon is unclear. Perhaps he hasn't figured out how seatbelt clips work.

“I was in the car when I heard it and people were replaying it like it was the greatest thing in the world. How dumb are you to replay that? I wouldn’t give that one second airtime. That’s embarrassing. That’s not the place or the time to do that. You got kids who take off from school, you got people who this is a life experience for them to be at a parade for a Super Bowl for a city, and you go up there and go into a 15-minute, profanity-laced tirade? It’s ridiculous. If I were the owner of the team, I’d cut him.”

Kelce's speech was not 15 minutes. It was 5 minutes and 30 seconds. And there wasn't any profanity until midway through the 4th minute.

Anyway, Mike Francesa doesn't like Jason Kelce. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Jason Kelce doesn't care.

Cause he's from Philly. 

Carson Wentz married Madison Oberg over the weekend in Philly suburb

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Carson Wentz married Madison Oberg over the weekend in Philly suburb

Carson Wentz is a married man.

The Eagles' quarterback and his bride, Madison Oberg, kept things on the DL and got married in Bucks County over the weekend.

Wentz shared photos of their engagement back in February and again posted a couple of select shots from their wedding to his Twitter on Monday.

"Such a blessing to finally get to marry my best friend! It was an incredible day and God has his fingerprints all over our story! I’m a lucky man with one amazing wife #WentzUponATime," Wentz tweeted.

The ceremony over the weekend reportedly took place at The Lake House Inn and was visible to a boater named Christy Stack, who snapped a couple of photos and shared them to Facebook.

"We could hear the whole ceremony! And then after 'you may kiss the bride' a guy on a kayak did the Eagles chant ," Stack wrote on Facebook.

Congrats to Wentz and his new wife. The guy just keeps collecting rings in 2018.

Here's a look at the setting as shared by the caterer:

Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at defensive back?

Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at defensive back?

Arguably the Eagles’ biggest offseason departure, Patrick Robinson jumped to the Saints in free agency, leaving a massive void at nickel cornerback. On the bright side, the secondary could receive a boost from Jones after the 22-year-old corner essentially redshirted his rookie season due to injury.

Is the influx young, unproven talent in 2018 enough to make up for the loss of a veteran starter who was playing at a high level last season? The Eagles will soon find out.

BETTER

More talent at cornerback

Apart from Robinson’s exit, there’s reason to be bullish about this group of corners.

Naturally, Jones stands out. The Eagles wound up with a potential steal in the 2017 draft after Jones, a potential top-ten pick overall, fell to the second round with a ruptured Achilles. He spent all last season rehabbing the injury, only appearing in a meaningless Week 17 game against the Cowboys, and finally expects to be healthy and ready to contribute full-time in year two.

Jones isn’t the only cause for optimism. Fellow class of ’17 member, Rasul Douglas, has a full season under his belt and should continue improving. The Eagles also spent a fourth-round choice on Avonte Maddox, a potential plug-and-play option in the slot. Even returning starter Ronald Darby stands to benefit from offseason program and with last year’s dislocated ankle behind him.

WORSE

Nickel cornerback

No matter who takes over in this spot, there’s likely to be some drop-off. Not only was Robinson a savvy vet with previous success in that role, which isn’t currently the case for any of the candidates. He also posted a opponents’ passer rating among 61.8 opponents passer rating in coverage in the slot, third-lowest among qualifying corners.

The Eagles will enter camp with a competition to take over in the slot, with Jones, Maddox, Darby, Jalen Mills and even De’Vante Bausby all getting looks. Surely somebody from that collection of players will do okay. Just don’t expect the level of dominance Robinson brought to the job.

THE SAME

Safety duo

With all the changes at corner, it should be reassuring to know Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod return, lending stability on the back end. Jenkins is coming off his second trip to the Pro Bowl in three seasons, while McLeod remains quietly solid as the unit’s centerfielder.

Corey Graham is still a free agent as of this writing, but it’s highly probable he or another vet will sign with the Eagles at some point to fill the third safety job. Whenever that comes to pass, the position will look roughly the same as it did a season ago.

THE UNKNOWN

Sidney Jones

While the buzz surrounding Jones is certainly understandable, the harsh reality is he’s essentially a rookie coming off a major injury. Top-ten talents miss, too, even when they show up to the NFL with both of their Achilles tendons fully intact.

One positive is Jones didn’t look like he was in over his head in very limited action for the Eagles last season. At 6-foot-0, 181 pounds, and with 4.4 speed – if healthy – he certainly has the tools to play at this level. Then again, Jones already missed a bunch of practices during OTAs, calling his durability into some question.

Until Jones gets on the field and proves it, he’s a first-year player recovering from a serious injury. Everything else is merely a projection.

BETTER OR WORSE?

This is a close call. The Eagles appear to have more overall talent with the additions of Jones and Maddox, and continued development of others in the system. In theory, more talent usually makes for a better unit. Then again, it’s unclear whether any of those players can perform at a high level in the slot, where Robinson was one of the stingiest defenders in the league last year. Without a clear-cut solution there, it’s difficult to escape the feeling the Eagles got a little WORSE despite being deeper.