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NFL Smart People Share 25 Ways to Improve Professional Football – FMIA
Chris Long: "I've learned to never make a decision based on just one thing. The decision to retire was complicated. It was based on health, which is still very good, and the family we have two young children, and football, which includes a chance to win and my role and my geography. It's in Philadelphia that I wanted to play a few more years. I love Philadelphia. But as a player, I learned that the most important thing for me is Sunday and that I have the chance to play a big role. It seemed like the player-coach was sort of the role that was going to be played for me – playing 10, 12, 15 maybe playing a game. I'm a rhythm player. I have to put people in place, I have to be in the flow of the game. If I sit on the bench for three sets, I can not have a rhythm, I'm going to be cold and maybe I'm going to hurt myself. Some people think it's great – play less and you will not be hurt. Dude, I want to play ball. In Philadelphia, after Malik Jackson's signing, there did not seem to be much chance of competing there. But they have been honest with me all the time. I appreciate the honesty. I will always love Philadelphia and the Eagles, but I did not want weeks 4 and 5 to come back and that people think: Whoa, where is Chris? Chris is he retired? I would rather do it this way than disappear. And I did not want to start somewhere around the country again.
Chris Long Eagles' career was one of a kind – BGN
You had to be there. We were.
Long Gone – Iggles Blitz
After Sweat and Miller, the Eagles have Daeshon Hall and Joe Ostman. In fact, I like Hall well and think that he could be a player to watch. Hall had a half-sack in the Houston match. He stood out a few times on the STs. He will have a full off season in the program and I think he will open his eyes. Ostman feels like Steven Means 2.0. He will be excellent in practice and his teammates will rave about him. At the end of the day, I just do not know if he's good enough to play in the NFL. I'd love it to make me eat my words (with funyons next to it). We'll see what Ostman does this summer.
Colts quietly win the offseason – MMQB
Have a good trip to Chris Long, who was such an interesting guy that you'll find him in the NFL. He is the son of Howie Long. He went to Thomas Jefferson's school. He was the second choice in the draft. He played a long time for a sad team in a small market. He was dislodged by this team a few weeks after his announcement in LA the following year, he won a Super Bowl with the largest dynasty of the time, and then returned the following year with a another team to beat this dynasty and win another title. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro during the off-season to raise funds for drinking water in Africa. He has sometimes been the only white face in the NFL players' fight for social justice reform. He has been four-time alternative to the Pro Bowl, but has never played the game. And his last honor as an NFL player came after his last game, when he was named Man of the Year by Walter Payton in the NFL in February. I would say that is a lot for a guy who just turned 34 years old. Former NFL linebacker, James Laurinaitis, entered the league a year after Long, played seven years with him, was Rams' defense captain and was injured. On the same day as he, he texted me on Sunday to his friend: "It was such an honor to share the caucus with Chris. Such a good teammate, a ball game, but a guy who approached the game the right way. Never asked his heart. His willingness to cope with the noise when the situation was hectic in St. Louis was a great example for me. It was with great joy that I saw him raise two Lombardies, but a greater joy to see him do what he did with waterboys and in his initiative for youth education. . He has gone much further than the public knows, and it is thanks to his heart to use his platform to improve the lot of all others, which is an honor to call him a friend. Congratulations to a career of dreams. And here's Chris hoping his next 34-year-old will be just as unique as his first 34-year-old.
Veteran Experience, Promising Youth Sets DE Image – PE.com
You may not know the name of Daeshon Hall, but it's time to get to know him. Carolina's third-round pick in 2017 and Texas A & M, where Hall played in 52 games with 39 starts and solid production, Hall played nine defensive shots in his NFL debut week 1, but he's injured knee later. session that eventually sent him to the injured reserve and ended his rookie season. Hall was released by the Panthers as the team reached the limit of its strength of 53 last September, a surprising move to drop a third-round pick a year later. Hall then joined the San Francisco training squad for three weeks, then joined the Houston 53 roster for a few weeks. He was then cut by the Texans and signed with Houston's training squad in October. The Eagles, lean in defense because of a series of injuries, added Hall to the Texans' training club on Dec. 11. He played 16 caps for the rest of the regular season and had a half-sack against Houston and seven caps. in both playoff games. Hall, a lean 6-5 and 265-pounder, impressed the Eagles with his athleticism and balloon brilliance, as well as his size and speed on the field with the kickoff cover. Howie Roseman highlighted Hall's work between the end of the 2018 season and the month of April. [BLG Note: Hall gets mentioned before Josh Sweat in this article, for what it’s worth.]
What is the next step for the Philadelphia Eagles defense after Chris Long's retirement? – PennLive
The Eagles' first free attack addition was defensive tackle Malik Jackson, a former Pro Bowler who was the highest paid player at one point in his career. It gives the Eagles a dynamic combination of interiors with the All-Pro Fletcher Cox, and should also boost the Eagles' pass. Over the past six seasons, Jackson has averaged close to 5.5 bags per season, with a career high of 8.0 in 2017. In the past two seasons, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has led a defensive team – Brandon Graham in 2017, Michael Bennett in 2018 – inside to rush to the defensive attack, and Long would enter the game to sneak into the net-passing areas, in especially during the third test. With Jackson in the group, the Eagles can more often keep two defensive tackles on the field. This is one of the obvious ways to reduce Long's playing time. Jackson will be one of the main reasons why the Eagles' pass is a bit different in 2019. It may return to its 2017 form – it had harvested 3.5 sacks last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars – The Eagles should be able to get a good thrust in the middle and on the edge.
The former St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long retires – Turf Show Times
Perhaps rightly, Long was dropped when the Rams moved to Los Angeles. It was a good time for Long to research the type of environment the current Los Angeles Rams offer talented veterans at the end of their careers. And he found these environments with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles where he won the Super Bowl rings, one with each. But Chris Long was more than a football player. He led a life of charitable works that extended well beyond the football field to his Waterboys campaign to provide clean water to parts of Africa. His outreach efforts also helped eliminate homelessness and became the first white NFL player to support the national anthem events when he put his arm around the CB Eagles Malcolm Jenkins who raised the fist a week after the riots in Long's hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Jeffrey Lurie quotes Doug Pederson and Nick Foles in his opening address – Inquirer
"In the end, you have to make a judgment on the human character that no algorithm can really capture," Lurie said. "When we decided to recruit Doug Pederson as a new coach, we received a lot of criticism for what seemed like a totally unconventional choice, based on his career experience at the time. But what I saw at Doug was not just an expert in football strategy and tactics, but also a unique level of empathy for players as individuals – and a Real insight into how people work in teams. "
Eagles mailbag: potential escape from Derek Barnett, sustainability issues and Carson Wentz contract – NBCSP
I guess that answer depends on your definition of "break year". Barnett's 2018 season ended prematurely with a shoulder injury that had bothered him before the Eagles interrupted him. But at the beginning of the year, I thought he was the best defenseman on the team (at that time, Michael Bennett did not play well and Brandon Graham recovered from his injury to the ankle). In six games, Barnett has collected 2 and a half sacks. But before the shoulder injury, he had collected 2 1/2 in four games before missing the fifth week because of the shoulder injury that finally ended his season. So Barnett was on the pace for 10 bags before the injury. With a lot of opportunities this season, I think Barnett can be a double digit bag guy. Sure. It's a good bar to define. Before Fletcher Cox did it in 2018, Connor Barwin was the last Eagle to rank among the top 10 bags in 2014. One thing is for sure: it's a great year for Barnett. The Eagles left Bennett, Chris Long just announced his retirement and the Eagles managed to get noticed earlier in what was supposed to be a historically rich class. Barnett must not only be a starter, but be extremely productive in third grade.
Will Jets stars Le'Veon Bell and Leonard Williams still be part of Adam's family? – ESPN
Next man: I do not think the Jets will rush into a GM decision, they should not either, but the word in the league is that Joe Douglas is the favorite. In contacting different factions of the industry – scouts and agents – I heard that good things about Douglas, the vice-president of Philadelphia Eagles' staff. He spent 16 years at the service of Baltimore Ravens' staff, alongside the highly respected Ozzie Newsome, who has just retired from GM. Douglas's curriculum vitae is impressive, but he has never run an organization. Until a person occupies the big chair, you never really know how she is going to handle the pressure. Do not buy rumors from Peyton Manning; it's intriguing, but not on the current radar. Another question: do you trust the property to find the right match? The Jets have failed their tandem coach since Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum.
NFL regulation on concussions only worsens – Deadspin
In what the plaintiffs' lawyers consider a total disaster, the federal judge who oversaw the NFL's dispute settlement on Thursday rejected a motion to reconsider the rule changes for doctors she had approved last month. As noted above, these changes will make it even more difficult for players to pay and represent a huge victory for the NFL. Judge Anita B. Brody's decision was not a surprise. This followed a hearing last week in Philadelphia, where Brody's tone and series of questions indicated that she was convinced that the main issues affecting the settlement process of the settlement claims remained the Potential players, lawyers and claims physicians are always denied, on appeal or languishing during the audit.
Tony Romo's failing position in Seattle requires deep backtracking – SB Nation
But what about what happened before that? So many things had to fall perfectly in order to make of this moment what it is and how it stays in our mind. The pain and grief of an entire franchise, the fans forever split on the quarterback, the lack of success in the playoffs. That masked what was driving us at that moment. We forgot everything that gave birth to hope and made the landing after the fall much more difficult. Welcome to a historic moment.
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