Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz fighting for scraps, like rest of NFL

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz fighting for scraps, like rest of NFL

There's Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the rest of the NFL is just hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.
 
We have a tendency to try to take away some sort of insight about the Eagles based on the events of a Super Bowl they neither participated in nor came particularly close to reaching. Yet the only information anybody could reasonably ascertain from watching the Patriots win their fifth world championship is this: The singular science behind success in the NFL in 2017 is Belichick and Brady. No other formula is proven to work with such astounding consistency. No other head coach or quarterback has enjoyed near the level of success.
 
While that knowledge isn't going to help the Eagles claim their first Lombardi Trophy, understanding just how random the NFL truly is might help to shape realistic expectations for Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz moving forward. Because **SPOILER ALERT** either man will be very fortunate if they simply make it to a Super Bowl once in the next five years.
 
That's not intended to be a slight against the head coach and quarterback of the Eagles, although they have plenty to prove entering year two at their respective positions. The harsh reality of the current NFL landscape is the Patriots play for pro football's top prize roughly every other year, while the rest of the league rises and falls sporadically and unpredictably. That doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.
 
The Patriots stand alone as the class of the NFL. Then there's whatever flavor of the year they happen to meet in the Super Bowl, and the occasional team that catches enough lucky breaks to knock off the Patriots along the way.
 
Consider this: Belichick and Brady have made seven Super Bowl appearances in the last 16 years for the Patriots. During that period, only five other head coaches and five other quarterbacks have gone to more than one, and only three of each went to multiple with the same team. Even then, zero coaches and just two quarterbacks have reached the big game more than twice over this span — four times for Peyton Manning and three for Ben Roethlisberger.
 
Tremendous coaches like Andy Reid, John Harbaugh, Gary Kubiak, Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton have guided franchises to the final game of the year only once. Great signal-callers like Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan have played on just a single Super Bowl Sunday. How many more have no trips at all? We're talking about people like Marvin Lewis and Philip Rivers.
 
The most comparable situations to New England at present are in Pittsburgh, where Roethlisberger has quarterbacked three Steelers squads to the championship game, with Mike Tomlin on the sidelines for two of them; and Seattle, where Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson have taken the Seahawks to a pair together. Before Tom Coughlin retired from coaching, he led the Giants to two with Eli Manning under center for both. And still, all of their trips combined equal one less than Belichick and Brady.
 
The Eagles can only hope to become that lucky. Obviously, having a franchise quarterback and the right coach at the right time are a huge part of the equation. That being said, these aren't cure-alls. There is still a lot of luck involved, apparently for everybody except the Patriots.
 
Perhaps once Belichick and Brady finally call it quits, maybe five years from now, the increased opportunities that will lead to for other teams will result in more repeat appearances at the Super Bowl. Who knows, it might even open the door for a new dynasty.
 
Then again, Eagles fans who lived through the Reid-McNabb era ought to know how fleeting these opportunities are. Despite going to five conference title games together, the duo reached only the one Super Bowl, falling short against — who else — the New England Patriots. They were one of the most dominant franchises in the NFL over roughly a decade, and it still only resulted in one shot.
 
You can say what you want about the makeup of Reid and McNabb, but they certainly are not alone when it comes to demonstrating how amazingly difficult it is to make a return voyage, let alone win one. When their opportunity finally did arrive, they needed to capitalize.
 
McNabb retired before he could get back, while Reid is working on lucky number 13 seasons coaching since the Eagles' last run in 2004.
 
That doesn't mean Pederson and Wentz aren't the next Tomlin and Roethlisberger, Carroll and Wilson, Coughlin and Manning or even Belichick and Brady. But they could just as easily be McCarthy and Rodgers, Payton and Brees, Harbaugh and Flacco, or cruelly enough, Reid and McNabb. In all honesty, those might be best case scenarios. Pederson and Wentz might never get there, at least not together, or not as member of the Eagles.
 
In other words, the Eagles may have turned over a new leaf with a brand new coaching regime and franchise quarterback last year, but Belichick and Brady's message to the league is and has been "Don't get your hopes up" for the longest time. Dare to dream that Pederson and Wentz will be standing in the Super Bowl soon, but don't count on their being on the big stage year in and year out.
 
There's Belichick and Brady, and everybody else is left fighting for scraps.

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

Football fans have been pretty excited about the NFL draft coming to Philadelphia but details surrounding the event have been relatively scarce.

The Mayor of Philadelphia's office released more details this afternoon about what exactly will be going on in front of the Art Museum and along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

They had said previously that they expect a record-setting 200,000 fans through the experience.

Here are some of the highlights.

The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include "interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."

Hours for the fan experience:

Thursday, April 27: 12 pm - 11 pm

Friday, April 28: 12 pm - 11 pm

Saturday, April 29: 10 am - 6 pm

In addition to the special fan fest experience, a number of the museums in the area will be offering special discounts or even free admission.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will offer free general admission during those three days of the draft will discounts on special exhibits. The Barnes Foundation will be closed on Thursday for a special event but will maintain normal business hours (10 am - 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).

There will be a plethora of road closures starting in phases as early as April 10th. The full extent of the road closures will begin on the 25th at 12:01 am and include the following:

21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)

  *   22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

  *   23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access only

  *   24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
     *   Local access only

  *   Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street

  *   Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

  *   Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
     *   Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
     *   Local access to Art Museum will be maintained

  *   Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
     *   Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
     *   Eastbound open from 21st Street

  *   Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
     *   Local access only (residents)

  *   I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed

From our previous post on what the Fan Fest experience will entail:

Among the NFL Draft Experience fan events:

·       Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner, which includes the Vertical Jump and 40-Yard Dash.

·       NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

·       The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.

·       AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.

·       NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digitalized Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.

·       College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.

·       NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

·       NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.

·       ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

·       NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.

·       NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.

Eagles lineman to attend random fan's wedding

Eagles lineman to attend random fan's wedding

Well, if you are a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan who attended Miami University in Ohio, you’re in luck because Brandon Brooks would love to join you and your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day.

All you need to do is send a letter.

This morning, Brooks tweeted out a letter he received from fellow Miami University graduates Geoffrey Lane and his bride-to-be Marni Goldberg, inviting him to their wedding tomorrow afternoon.

Geoffrey took a shot in the dark trying to bring a celebrity to his wedding. Low risk, high reward situation.

It paid off as Brooks accepted the blind-date style invitation.

You have to wonder what Brooks might get the newlyweds as a gift. Perhaps a midnight-green toaster.

This isn’t the first time an Eagles player made someone’s day special. This past season Rookie QB Carson Wentz was tasked to complete a fan’s quiz after losing two straight games and leading in into a week-14 game against the Bengals. That game would be an embarrassing 32-14 loss

Luckily for Wentz, the five-question test from this young fan did not ask about his receiving corps or his struggles adjusting to the NFL.

Wentz responded via twitter and passed with flying colors.