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Eagles News: Philadelphia believes Carson Wentz “can be repaired” – Bleeding Green Nation

Eagles News: Philadelphia believes Carson Wentz “can be repaired” - Bleeding Green Nation

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Eagles will press pause before coming up with a Carson Wentz plan – PFT
The Philadelphia Eagles, officially eliminated from the postseason, will play their final game tonight against Washington. Immediately after the game, the planning for 2021 will begin. When it comes to the quarterback position, the Eagles will press pause before engaging in a full and complete evaluation. Generally speaking, the Eagles believe starter-turned-backup Carson Wentz can be repaired, and that he can resume his successful career. The first question is whether Wentz will be reinstalled as the starter for 2021 or whether Wentz and 2020 second-round draft pick Jalen Hurts will compete for the job. In theory, the Eagles also could decide to make Hurts the starter with no competition between him and Wentz. That outcome seems the least likely at this point, primarily because the Eagles continue to believe in Wentz.

To trade or not to trade: Joe Banner says Eagles need to decide quickly on what to do with Carson Wentz – Inquirer
Domo: Let’s assume Doug is going to be coming back. Who do you think he wants to go forward with as his quarterback – Wentz or Hurts? […] JB: I think it’s really hard to know that. Not from (firsthand) knowledge other than knowing the people, it’s impossible for Doug and Carson to have gone through this season together and not have developed some tension between them. There was just too much stress, too much disappointment. They’re both driven, highly competitive people. Now, you could step away from the scene and that could all evaporate. Or there can be some lingering damage from that. There’s no way for us to know that. What I know is Doug is calling very different plays with Jalen at quarterback than he was with Carson. It makes me think that Doug may be a little bit excited by some of the things that he thinks he can do with somebody that’s as mobile as Jalen and doesn’t have a history where you have to worry about him getting hurt. And it looks like he has a build where he can actually take more contact and hits than probably most quarterbacks. So I can’t tell you which one he prefers. But it does look like he’s excited and even a little bit rejuvenated in terms of getting creative and using zone reads and RPOs and some of the things he backed off of with Carson.

Report: Doug Pederson expected to return as Eagles head coach in 2021 – BGN
This development seems like bad news for Carson Wentz? The Eagles can’t possibly run it back with both Pederson AND Wentz … can they?

The Kist & Solak Show #219: JIM SCHWARTZ EMERGENCY POD! – BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak react to the news of Jim Schwartz letting his contract expire after the 2020 season, discuss his legacy, and debate which candidates the Eagles should target to replace him! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Should the Eagles treat Week 17 like a preseason game? – PhillyVoice
Question from Ross: Any chance the Eagles try to trade Dillard? Or is his value so low due to injuries and looking bad that it’s better to bring him back into camp? … It actually costs slightly more on the cap to trade him than to just keep him, so you’d have to get something worthwhile in return for him. I don’t think there’d be much of a market for him, since as you said, he stunk as a rookie and he missed his entire second season. If someone were interested (again, unlikely), I’m sure the Eagles would listen.

Schwartz Gone, Doug Back? – Iggles Blitz
It would be crazy if the Eagles brought back Pederson and Howie Roseman, while losing Jim Schwartz. The defense was the least of my concerns. I was more focused on fixing QB/the offense and upgrading the overall talent level of the team. Ugh. Ian Rapoport had a tweet mentioning “significant staff changes”. He didn’t offer any details. I don’t know if this is speculation or something he’s heard behind the scenes. The Eagles have been adjusting the coaching staff since winning the Super Bowl. They can certainly make improvements, but the key is still to upgrade the talent level of this team. No matter who is calling plays/teaching players, they need more talent to work with. Back to DC. It will be interesting to see what the Eagles do there. Matt Burke was the DL coach this year and is a Schwartz disciple. He could make sense since the roster is built for a 4-3, 1-gap scheme. He has DC experience. DBs coach Marquad Manuel also has DC experience and could be a candidate. Of course, the Eagles may want to find someone with a different set of ideas.

Eagles DC Jim Schwartz won’t be back: Who might replace him? What’s his legacy? – The Athletic
I think overall he did a really good job. From 2016 to 2020, the Eagles defense ranked eighth in Expected Points Added per snap, according to TruMedia’s model. It was never lower than 17th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. It’s easy to forget now, but the defense (fifth) actually ranked higher than the offense (seventh) in DVOA during the 2017 Super Bowl season. Often, Schwartz was asked to do more with less. The Eagles have had 11 top-100 picks over the past five seasons, and just three of those were used on the defense. According to Over The Cap, they ranked 30th in defensive spending in 2020. Schwartz’s philosophy was basically: Give me some pass rushers, and I’ll figure out the rest. He was frustrating and stubborn at times, but overall he did a very good job. Building an efficient offense and a mediocre defense is a recipe for success in today’s NFL. The Eagles have spent eight top-100 picks on offense in the past five years and have the third-most-expensive offense in the league. They rank 28th in offensive DVOA. That’s what’s responsible for the 2020 season failures, not Schwartz.

Roob’s 10 reasons why Lurie is keeping Pederson – NBCSP
8. Doug and Howie: This is an underrated but important part of this whole dynamic. Whoever the head coach is here has to have a solid working relationship with Howie Roseman, and Doug does. I’ll never forget Reid’s words after he was fired following the 2012 season: “Everybody has to be pulling in the same direction.” The relationship among the owner, general manager and head coach – the three most powerful people in any organization – is a tricky one, and if all three respect and trust each other, listen to each other and are pulling in the same direction you at least have a chance, and I think Lurie believes that’s the case.

Playoffs on the line for Washington at Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17 – ESPN
Bold prediction: Regardless of starting quarterback, it’ll be the defense and run game that flourish for Washington. Running back Antonio Gibson will run for 75 yards and a touchdown, and defensive end Chase Young will record two sacks. But maybe this is the boldest prediction: Washington will score on its opening possession for the first time all year.

Keeping an eye on … Travis Fulgham, Michael Jacquet, Brett Toth in finale –
That four-game stretch when Travis Fulgham had 27 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns – leading the NFL in receiving in that period of time – seems forever ago. Fulgham has had eight catches in the six games since. What’s happened? “I just need to stay the course, keep getting better every day, keep working on my craft, and whenever the team calls my number, I need to answer. I just need to make the play for them,” Fulgham said earlier in the week when asked that question. “In regards to the drop-off, there is only one ball to go around, so I’m not worried about that, but when my time comes again, I’ll be ready. Of course it’s disappointing. You want to do everything you can to help your team and I wish I was able to do that.” Fulgham really didn’t have an answer for why his playing time and his targets have significantly decreased. “Some guys got healthy and that’s just kind of the way it goes. If they need me out there, I’ll be out there. It’s kind of just how the business goes,” he said. Fulgham defended his practice habits and his in-game performance, keeping his focus on what he can control.

2 D/STs to start and 2 D/STs to fade in Week 17 fantasy football – DraftKings Nation
D/ST Sits — Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team. Over the last two weeks, we’ve seen the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense get shredded by DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. This weekend, it does not get any easier as they are facing a Washington Football Team that is trying to win the NFC East. The Eagles defense could be without a few starters such as Fletcher Cox, Jalen Mills, and Derek Barnett. If those players do not play, we could see the Washington offense move up the field with Alex Smith under center.

Injury update: Washington planning to start Alex Smith vs Eagles – Hogs Haven
Alex Smith is feeling good and the plan is for him to start on Sunday vs the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Football Team will still need to check his health tomorrow morning, but everything is pointing in the right direction for Smith to return to the field after missing the last 2 1/2 games with a calf injury. Smith looked like he could possibly return last week, but after practicing fully on Friday, the decision was made to shut him down the next day. Sunday’s game is the biggest of the year, and will determine if the WFT wins the division, or starts the offseason. Washington controls their own destiny, and it doesn’t matter what happens in tomorrow’s Cowboys vs Giants game as long as they beat the Eagles.

Report: Kellen Moore to stay as Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator in 2021 – Blogging The Boys
It is no secret that Kellen Moore is in the final year of his contract with the Cowboys and with a job available that seemingly makes so much sense (in a world where these types of things rarely line up like this) it has made much sense that Moore could possibly leave the Cowboys for Boise State. Moore has been instrumental to the Cowboys’ offensive success and efficiency since taking over as offensive coordinator, and we didn’t get to see it in its fully intended form for an entire season this year as Dak Prescott went down in Week 5. Thankfully, it appears as if there will more opportunities in the future. On the eve of Week 17 it was reported by ESPN that Kellen Moore is not only staying as the Cowboys offensive coordinator, but that he is bypassing an opportunity to be the head coach at Boise State in order to do so. The Cowboys are apparently signing him to an extension per the worldwide leader.

Dave Gettleman’s fate as Giants’ GM up in the air as season ends – Big Blue View
I can see the “he should go” argument. There were missed opportunities and free agent mistakes in the first two offseasons of Gettleman’s tenure. There has been too much losing. Gettleman is going to be 70 in February and maybe it’s time for a new approach. I can see the “he should stay” argument. As far as we can tell, Gettleman and Joe Judge work well together and share a vision for how the Giants should be built going forward. Last year’s free agency moves were outstanding. Despite the struggles on offense this season, the organization appears to believe in Gettleman’s decision to draft Daniel Jones in 2019. If Gettleman and Judge are on the same page, and ownership believes in the direction Judge has laid out, why mess with that? Personally, I’m fine with either decision the Giants make.

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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin fined $5K for spearing – ESPN

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin fined $5K for spearing - ESPN

NEW YORK — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Thursday for spearing Boston Bruins rookie Trent Frederic, an amount that is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

Ovechkin delivered a spear in an upward direction to Frederic’s groin with five minutes left in the third period of the teams’ game Wednesday night in Boston. Ovechkin was given a minor penalty for slashing and Frederic one for cross-checking on the play.

Asked about the fine after practice Thursday, Frederic said: “It’s out of my pay grade. The NHL does a good job in all that stuff, so I just leave it up to them.”

The two players exchanged shoves minutes earlier after Frederic hit Ovechkin. Frederic dropped his gloves, but nothing transpired.

“I thought it was kind of natural,” Frederic said. “When I dropped him, he went in the boards weird, and when he got up, he wasn’t happy about it. The read I got was, ‘I don’t know if you want to fight me or what?’ So, that’s the read I had. Maybe (my gloves) came off a little quick. But just kind of protecting myself at the same time, too.”

Frederic and Capitals tough guy Tom Wilson fought during a game in Washington earlier this season. Bruins teammates credited Frederic for helping spark a comeback victory in that game.

The Capitals went on to win Wednesday’s game 2-1 in a shootout. Ovechkin had one of his most active games of the season with 16 shot attempts – five on goal – and six hits in over 23 minutes of ice time.

“He’s a big body, he plays hard, he finishes checks,” Frederic said. “He gives it out just as much as he takes it.”

Frederic said he was feeling fine and didn’t make much of his tangles with Ovechkin.

“I think I was just playing hard,” Frederic said. “He’s a good player, so anytime you can get a good check on him, obviously you’re trying to do it. Just playing him hard. The respect I give him is just by playing him hard.”

The Capitals had the day off Thursday. Boston and Washington face off again Friday night, with Bruins center Charlie Coyle potentially out a second consecutive game after entering the league’s COVID protocol Wednesday.

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Study shows less than 1% of pro athletes infected by COVID-19 also developed inflammatory heart disease – ESPN

Study shows less than 1% of pro athletes infected by COVID-19 also developed inflammatory heart disease - ESPN

Five of 789 professional athletes infected with COVID-19 were later found to have suffered inflammatory heart disease in the largest study to date on the cardiac impact of the virus in sports.

In data published Thursday in JAMA Cardiology, doctors affiliated with six U.S.-based leagues followed the 789 infected players last year between May and October.

Before returning to play, the athletes underwent three noninvasive tests that tracked heart rhythms, took an ultrasound of their hearts and measured a protein in their blood that can be a signal of heart damage. Thirty athletes had abnormal test results and were referred for a cardiac MRI. Doctors diagnosed five cases of inflammatory heart disease (0.6% of the total), with three cases identified as myocarditis and two as pericarditis.

Dr. David Engel, a cardiologist at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and one of the paper’s lead authors, said the results were in line with current assessments that cardiac injury from COVID-19 correlates with the severity of symptoms. The study incorporated infected athletes who were symptomatic and those who were asymptomatic. All five of the cases of cardiac illness included symptoms that “exceeded empirical definitions of mild COVID-19 illness,” according to the paper.

Doctors are still waiting for even larger datasets being compiled by the Big Ten athletic conference and the NCAA. Individual universities have published data from their own screenings with mixed results. An Ohio State University study made headlines in the fall when researchers found that four out of 26 athletes — or 15% — had signs of myocarditis after COVID-19. A later University of Wisconsin study found just two cases out of 145 athletes.

Myocarditis is a rare but known effect of viral infections, including those that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza or mononucleosis. Left undiagnosed and untreated, it can cause heart damage and sudden cardiac arrest, which can be fatal.

Concern about it and other heart ailments fueled initial debates about playing sports during the pandemic, especially last summer as it related to college football. Engel attributed part of those worries to confusion over how to interpret studies that used cardiac MRIs to identify illness.

The professional sports leagues that contributed data to the JAMA Cardiology paper — the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer — followed a standardized screening procedure recommended by the American College of Cardiology. It included blood tests, an electrocardiogram and a resting echocardiogram, or heart ultrasound. Further tests, and eventually diagnosis, were based on abnormalities from the initial screening.

“There was a lot of controversy about how to interpret these cardiac MRI studies and really what the meaning of these findings were,” Engel said. “This study had a very clinically relevant approach. Patients who tested positive went through the recommended screening from the American College of Cardiology. It was only after there were abnormalities that we went on for further testing. Using this step-wise approach, we found what we considered to be clinically relevant incidents of myocarditis and pericarditis to be quite low.”

Ten of the doctors involved in the study — there are 16 authors listed — disclosed that they had received financial compensation or were employed by one of the leagues or associations involved. Engel is the NBA’s consulting cardiologist.

The five players diagnosed with heart conditions, who were not identified for the purposes of the study, were all subject to three to six months away from their sports and will continue to be tested to determine the longer-term effects of the illness on their physical condition. Moving forward, the American College of Cardiology has recommended eliminating screening for athletes who had asymptomatic or mild cases while maintaining the same screening process for those who had moderate or severe symptoms.

“What was reassuring is that all of the athletes who went through the screening, the 784 of 789, were able to achieve a safe return to play,” Engel said. “This was unknown. Early in the pandemic, when these answers were not known … we were able to demonstrate that going through a rigorous and systematic approach to screening, we were able to achieve a safe return to play.”

In a joint statement, the six leagues said in part: “As with other lessons professional sports have learned about COVID-19, the results of this study are being shared broadly to continue to contribute to the growing body of knowledge about the virus — a commitment we collectively share with each other and our players for the benefit of society beyond sports.”

The study results appear to be good news for athletes who had COVID-19, said co-author Dr. Jonathan Kim, a sports cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta who also works as a team cardiologist for the Atlanta Falcons.

“All the four major sports are done with 2020, all of them ultimately returned to a season — including those athletes who were included in this registry — and some sports like the NBA now carried over into a new season,” Kim told Kaiser Health News. “Those athletes are obviously still playing and are doing OK.”

The study did not shed light on what might happen over the long term with those players who were diagnosed with heart inflammation. They will continue to be monitored with MRIs to see if the effects fade away with time.

“Only time will tell if, five years from now, we’ll have an epidemic of failed hearts,” said Dr. Robert Bonow, a cardiologist at Northwestern University and editor of JAMA Cardiology who was not affiliated with the study. “But I think that is unlikely.”

Results of the two other forthcoming studies on the possible COVID-cardiac link are expected to be published soon, pending peer review.

ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach and Kaiser Health News reporter Markian Hawryluk contributed to this report.

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Carson Wentz’s New Jersey home is for sale – Bleeding Green Nation

Carson Wentz’s New Jersey home is for sale - Bleeding Green Nation

As if Carson Wentz to the Colts wasn’t official enough, he and his wife have put their Woodstown, New Jersey home up for sale (hat tip to Crossing Broad). There’s plenty of room inside the sprawling 7,408 sqft mansion, and plenty of room outside on the 11-plus acres of land — with an adjacent 23 acres also available —, and has a $1.7 million asking price.

Carson Wentz’s New Jersey home is for sale - Bleeding Green Nation

The home has the exact kind of lodge vibe you would expect from someone hailing from North Dakota, but has just enough modern accents throughout. The home has tons of amenities including an in-ground pool and a theatre room. There’s also plenty of garage space, and what looks like an area for all Wentz’s hunting gear — and a Philadelphia Eagles blanket, that may or may not be included.

Carson Wentz’s New Jersey home is for sale - Bleeding Green Nation

Seeing how isolated the property is really gives you a sense of how the former Eagles’ QB was able to keep to himself, especially in the final few months of his time in Philly.

Carson Wentz’s New Jersey home is for sale - Bleeding Green Nation

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Alistair Overeem issues statement on UFC release: ‘The final run has come to an end’ – MMA Fighting

Alistair Overeem issues statement on UFC release: ‘The final run has come to an end’ - MMA Fighting

Alistair Overeem has released his first statement since parting ways with the UFC.

On Thursday via a statement on Instagram, the longtime heavyweight contender confirmed reports of his release from the organization he’s competed for since 2011, stating that “The final run has come to an end, but what a run it has been.”

Overeem’s release came in the wake of a second-round TKO loss to Alexander Volkov in February, which snapped a two-fight win streak for “The Reem.” During his time with the UFC, Overeem compiled a 12-8 record and competed once for the promotion’s heavyweight title, losing to Stipe Miocic at UFC 213. He holds notable wins inside the octagon over Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, and Brock Lesnar, in addition to numerous high-profile victories competing for Strikeforce, DREAM, PRIDE, and RINGS.

In recent years, he had stated in interviews that his goal was to earn another shot at a UFC title, a goal that was derailed by losses to Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

“Looking back at my 10 years in the UFC, this has been the experience of a lifetime,” Overeem wrote. “Thank you to the entire UFC staff, the fans and all the fighters I came across. Couldn’t have wished for any other better career path.

“Fighting for all of you has been such an honor, Overeem added.”

Overeem, 40, has also had success in kickboxing, having won a K-1 World Grand Prix tournament in 2010.

The statement does not appear to address Overeem possibly retiring or competing for another combat sports organization. His pro MMA record currently stands at 47-19 (1 NC).

Read Overeem’s comments in their entirety below:

The final run has come to an end, but what a run it has been. Looking back at my 10 years in the UFC, this has been the experience of a lifetime. Huge thank you to the entire UFC staff, the fans and all the fighters I came across. Couldn’t have wished for any other better career path. A special thank you to Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for making everything possible. Fighting for all of you has been such an honor.

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Detroit Pistons trade deadline primer: What Im hearing regarding Jerami Grant, Wayne Ellington and more – The Athletic

Detroit Pistons trade deadline primer: What Im hearing regarding Jerami Grant, Wayne Ellington and more - The Athletic

For NBA fans, everyone’s favorite part of the calendar is right around the corner (March 25): the trade deadline.

For media members such as myself, the NBA trade deadline is more of a headache than anything else. You have to sift through the information you hear and receive to determine what is legitimate and what isn’t. You have to check in about rumors, most of which almost never come to fruition. Oh, and there’s nothing better than when a trade breaks as you make a grocery store run.

Still, it’s our job as media to share with you, the fans, what we’re hearing regarding your favorite team. Our Shams Charania has you covered on the league as a whole. And when it comes to the Pistons and the NBA trade deadline, I’ve heard a few things.

Now, before we go any further, it’s important to remember that teams talk often.

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