Ya, that’s right. Another Super Bowl article. Like I said on yesterday’s podcast, we are in the middle of the dead period around the NFL. The “grind” between mini-camps and OTA’s that drive NFL media and fans bonkers.
Doug Pederson may have turned the page from the Super Bowl win against the Patriots in February but while we have some time, let us take another trip down memory lane to February 4th in Minnesota.
Only this time with a look at some of the plays you may have forgotten about in the big game that was more important than one might think, and were over-shined by the likes of the Philly Special, Brandon Graham’s strip sack, Zach Ertz’s game-winning touchdown, and other famous moments from the Eagles first ever Lombardy Trophy.
Torrey Smith’s reenactment of the David Tyree’s helmet catch
It was only a third-down conversion early in the first quarter in a scoreless ball game but Patriots fans around the country had to be getting deja vu from seeing this right? Let us go back 10 years ago to when David Tyree made a similar catch to keep the Giants alive and eventually go on to end the Patriots perfect season.
— Louie DiBiase (@DiBiaseLOE) July 6, 2018
Smith’s catch wasn’t a super important one but the resemblance here is just so awesome. Best unintentional troll job in sports.
Nelson Agholor does his impression of Randall Cunningham
Another early play in the game that wasn’t extremely important. However like the Torrey Smith helmet catch, this reception by Agholor, taking a hit, spinning around and staying on his feet looks like something Randall Cunningham did back in the day.
Foles drops it in a bucket to Alshon along the sidelines
Foles made some pretty beautiful touch passes along the sidelines including this one to Alshon Jeffery. This ball couldn’t have been placed better. Over the heads of Stephon Gilmore and Patrick Chung, far enough away from Harmon to make sure Jeffery doesn’t get leveled while making the catch.
Rodney McLeod bodies Brandin Cooks
Brian Dawkins is that you? The Eagles defense was gashed by Brady throughout the game but repeatedly in the first half the defense tightened up in the red zone and forced New England to kick field goals.
Although Malcolm Jenkins knocking out Brandin Cooks is the go-to highlight for big hits in this game, Rodney McLeod body slamming Cooks before he exited the game was a gem.
Brandin Cooks did not have a great experience in his first Super Bowl.
Gostowski misses the extra point
Love this one. Mr. Perfect finally caved on the biggest stage. There might not be a more automatic kicker in the NFL than Gostowski but on this day…..this was our day.
Back shoulder perfection to Nelson Agholor
Agholor made some pretty important plays in the Super Bowl but this one is the most impressive. It might be a better throw from Foles than it is a catch from Agholor but it was a play of perfection from both sides. Back shoulder throws might be the most difficult to make consistently in the NFL but Foles in the clutch places this one right on the money.
Agholor gets tough on a reverse
Another smaller play on the big scheme of things but is another example of how far along Nelson Agholor has come since being labeled a bust after two of the worst seasons a receiver has had to start off his career.
Pederson implemented reverse plays to Agholor on a number of occasions throughout the playoffs now that the speed we saw at USC was showcased on the field.
Agholor got tough on this one, lowering the shoulder and running through two defenders to get the first down.
Foles hits Agholor on the run
Everytime you thought “ok this is when the Patriots start pulling away” Nick Foles would make another tough play to keep the Eagles drive alive. He isn’t the most athleticly gifted quarterback in the league but Foles was able to evade the rush by rolling to his right and delivered a perfectly placed ball to Agholor.
Jake Elliott has ice in his veins
Jake Elliott. Off a pracitce squad. Hit a 46-Yard FG to put the Eagles up by 8 with only a minute left in the Super Bowl. Ice. In. His. Veins.
Special teams set up the defense to finish the job
The last drive that resulted in a failed hail mary attempt by the Patriots could have been a lot easier if the Eagles special teams didn’t set them up with horrible field position.
New England tries a reverse but Bryan Braman and Najee Goode were having none of it.
Each and every one of these plays was crucial to the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. With so many incredible moments from the game, a lot of these plays went unnoticed until now.
Is Jordan Matthews back?
After 3 seasons as the Eagles primary wide receiver, Jordan Matthews was traded to the Buffalo Bills for Ronald Darby.
One year later the Eagles are razor thin at wide receiver and may just be bringing the former second round pick back.
It may not be the reunion story people were expecting but after Matthews had a workout with the Eagles Tuesday, it looks like he may be in midnight green this Sunday.
Louie and Gino break down EVERY aspect of this potential move. Why are fans so upset? How will it impact Nelson Agholor? What will they do when Alshon Jeffery comes back? Will Wentz and Matthews start up right where they left off in 2016?
Check it out:
Double debut on Sunday?
Wentz is back! Wentz is back! Tell the people! Wentz is back! According to Doug Pederson Carson Wentz has been cleared for contact and will start against the Colts this Sunday.
With Alshon Jeffery still week to week and Mike Wallace now out indefinitely, do the Eagles need to get more help for Wentz?
Perhaps an old friend like Jeremy Maclin or Jordan Matthews? What about trading for Josh Gordon by the 4 pm deadline?
DeSean Jackson and the Eagles: A redemption story that never was
When DeSean Jackson runs out of the tunnel Sunday taking on his former team, you can’t help but wonder if Jackson will think about what could have been.
Just a year ago Jackson was a free agent after spending three seasons in Washington. Even before the 2016 season ended, speculation arose that the former Eagle might be coming back to the city where he spent six seasons becoming one of the most dangerous deep threats in NFL history.
During the Eagles-Redskins week 16 match-up, an employee at Lincoln Financial Field asked Jackson “You coming home?” Jackson’s reply got Eagles fans everywhere excited about a possible reunion.
The moment I thought DeSean was coming back pic.twitter.com/dyhb9VpNbs
— Louie DiBiase (@DiBiaseLOE) September 15, 2018
Not only did Jackson comment on a potential comeback with the security guards, but he also told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he wanted to play for a great quarterback (praising Carson Wentz) and that coming back to the Eagles would be a “great story or ending I guess you could say.”
The pairing made perfect sense. In the three years that Jackson wasn’t with the Eagles, the team was unable to replace him at wide receiver, rolling through the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham, Josh Huff, Jordan Matthews, and Miles Austin.
They also couldn’t find anybody to cover Jackson who suddenly was playing the Eagles twice a year.
He went from being the most dangerous deep threat in Eagles history, to the most dangerous threat to go deep against the Eagles.
Jackson gave the Eagles fits as he exposed the mediocre groups of Carry Williams and Bradley Fletcher, Byron Maxwell and Nolan Carroll, followed by Carroll and Leodis McKelvin.
He was the kryptonite of the Eagles. They could not stop the once Giant, Cowboy, and Redskin killer that was now the biggest Eagle killer in the NFL.
Since 1983, DeSean Jackson has the most 50-yard catches for the Eagles and the most 50-yard catches against the Eagles.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 12, 2018
The Eagles finally had the opportunity to do right by Jackson who was cut unexpectedly by Chip Kelly after (or before) a story came out that Jackson had gang ties back in California. It was speculated that the Eagles leaked the story as a way to justify cutting a receiver who had a career year in 2013. Jackson who has never got in trouble off the field spoke on the matter often, saying he grew up with friends that did get involved with gangs but he had never been a part of it.
Now that Chip Kelly was out of the picture and the Eagles desperately needed weapons to surround Carson Wentz with, it seemed like DeSean Jackson could be coming home.
Jackson seemed to like the idea, the Eagles reportedly had interest, and even former teammates like Brandon Graham and LeSean McCoy were talking about the potential reunion.
“It’s an exciting feeling to get an Eagle back. I’m excited because he should have never left. Everybody knows that DeSean, yes, things were happening while he was here, but he’s a good guy. I used to be with him all the time.”
“I’m just happy because I kinda knew already. I’ve talked to him. I talked to him when Doug (Pederson) got hired. We have fun during the season. He’s like, ‘B.G. you know I’ll be back, man.’ But now that it’s official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you’ll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean … I’m saying official as far as the end of season, now we’re gonna really see.”
Instagram live w/ Shady McCoy tonight was interesting. Called Kiko a bumb and said Desean told him he was going back. Whatever that means.
— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) December 25, 2016
The comeback of a fan favorite never came to fruition. Jackson, in a free agent market where a lot of teams were willing to pay big money for weapons like him, cashed in with Tampa Bay.
The Eagles took the route of bringing in Alshon Jeffery on a one-year prove it deal, while bringing in Torrey Smith to be their new DeSean Jackson.
Smith struggled to make the deep plays down the field but signing Jeffery over Jackson seemed to pay off as the Eagles finally had a complete WR1 who scored 12 touchdowns on the year including three in the playoffs. Jeffery was one of the biggest reasons the offense opened up and the team never looked back winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Jackson has to think that potentially could have been him had he and the Eagles worked something out in free agency.
With DeSean instead of Jeffery, Wentz would still have plenty of weapons on offense to take the MVP-caliber step he took in year two.
He commented on the Eagles winning the Super Bowl in an appearance on “Undisputed”, and how he and players like McCoy or Jeremy Maclin could have been with that Super Bowl team had Chip Kelly kept them around.
But DeSean’s situation is different from that of McCoy and Maclin. The Eagles were interested in bringing Jackson back. Had he asked for less money, perhaps the Eagles bring him home and he is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with the Eagles.
What a story it could have been.
Instead, Jackson will be looking to once again be a problem for the Eagles secondary this Sunday. This time with a journeyman quarterback and a team that despite being 1-0, has a lot of question marks for this season and the future.
Gotta wonder if Jackson would do it differently if he could go back to 2017 free agency.
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