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LeGarrette Blount embracing diminished role in Eagles offense

in General discussion Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:05 am
by aliciahuang • 62 Posts | 620 Points

LeGarrette Blount was the No. 1 running back on the Philadelphia Eagles for the majority of the season, then the Eagles quietly moved on from the 31-yaer old running back.

First came the emergence of Corey Clement than the trade for Jay Ajayi in November...which left Blount the odd man out for significant carries in the Eagles running back rotation.

The diminished role has affected Blount,Womens Bradley Pinion Jersey, who has just 36 carries for 108 yards over his last five games. Blount finished as the Eagles leading rusher, but will take a back seat to Ajayi and Clement in the playoffs.

he's providing the valuable experience needed to give the Eagles a Super Bowl. ,Even though Blount won't get a high dose of carries

"LeGarrette has embraced his role,Womens Daniel Kilgore Jersey," said Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. "He's been a pleasant surprise, particularly with the younger guys. He understands his role. He's going to be a big part of the success, and has been a big part of the successes this year already.

"He has been to the pinnacle. He's been there and understands it, what it takes. Those are the things I'm going to lean on him with our team and with the guys that haven't been there,Womens Eric Reid Jersey, how to practice, how to prepare. So he's really done a nice job in his role."

Pederson has admitted the team will rely on Ajayi, who is third in the NFL in yards per carry in the second half at 5.8. Ajayi is the No. 1 running back,Womens Cornellius Carradine Jersey, with Blount splitting reps with Clement in short-yardage situations.

who gets it. ,The running back-by-committee that Pederson has relied on for two years is all but extinct. Philadelphia is fortunate to have a veteran leader like Blount

"Again, I don't want to get away from the things that got us to this point, too,Womens Robert Quinn Jersey," Pederson said. "You don't want to just abandon ship on everybody else. But I do think there could be a little more role for him (Ajayi) down the stretch."

The technology is to be trialled in Argyll in an area where crofters and farmers have repeatedly complained that Scotland’s white-tailed sea eagles are taking their livestock.

including cutting down trees close to one lambing area in a bid to stop the huge raptors nesting in them and preying on lambs.,The unusual move will be tried along with other measures

with lasers being shone on to the hills and not directly at birds.,The conservation agency Scottish Natural Heritage said the trials would be "carefully monitored”

David Colthart, a farmer and member of the Argyll and Lochaber Sea Eagle Stakeholder Group, said not all sea eagles were a problem but some did prey on lambs.

He added that if the laser trial was successful it could be rolled out under licence to other areas where the birds were causing problems.

Farmers and crofters in areas including the Isle of Skye and the Gairloch peninsula have complained of the birds killing lambs and larger ewe hoggs (sheep up to 18 months old).

a photograph emerged of a sea eagle carrying a new born lamb in its talons as it flew over the village of North Connel in Argyll.,Last May

The rare raptors are have been the subject since 1975 of a successful, but controversial, reintroduction programme in different parts of Scotland, most recently on the east coast.

no trials on laser-scaring deterrents for sea eagles have been undertaken.,He added: "At this point

"They are under consideration along with other options. A carefully monitored trial will be critical to make sure lasers are a safe and effective method before we proceed any further."

A report in 2016 predicted the number of sea eagles was likely to reach around 220 pairs by 2025, with potential for a much larger population by 2040. Sea eagles became extinct in the UK in 1916, largely due to persecution.

anxiously awaiting his moment of glory when Philadelphia falls in their first playoff game.,Nick Wright hasn't believed in the Philadelphia Eagles all season

Wright knows that will happen in two weeks. The Fox Sports 1 host is embracing for January 13 to come so he can be proven right on the Eagles and brag to his audience.

one which they had nothing to play for and played their backups for three quarters...Wright took his shot at Philadelphia. The Eagles are the biggest home underdog in a playoff game...ever.,After the Eagles 6-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys

"Nick Foles was hanging his receivers out to dry against Oakland. He didn't have many opportunities yesterday because he didn't play that long, but that was an awful performance," Wright said. "Some people are bullish about Nick Foles as one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league, because of that amazing year (2013). The information we had over the last five quarters is Nick Foles stinks.

"You go from Carson Wentz to a middling backup quarterback, you can't win the Super Bowl. Whomever the Eagles play in their first playoff game, the Eagles Eagles will be the first ever No. 1 seed to be a significant underdog in their first playoff game."

a departure that was confirmed on Twitter as some were driving to Lake Forest to clear out their lockers for the offseason. Fox reiterated the message he delivered to his team after Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Vikings — that he still would be there for players who needed him.,But the forewarning didn’t take away from the emotion of the announcement as he said goodbye to the players

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said he never considered making a coaching change midseason, even as the Bears lost five straight games from Oct. 29-Dec. 3. But on Sunday, Fox wrapped up his three seasons with the Bears with a 14-34 record — a .292 winning percentage that is second-worst in franchise history. That included going 0-6 in the NFC North this season and 3-15 in the division over three years. Pace said those results simply weren’t good enough.

“It’s easy to say it’s on all of us because it is and we all need to get better,” Bears President Ted Phillips said. “This business is such that when you don't win enough games and you're not showing enough growth in the win-loss record, the head coach is really the one that usually loses out. It’s unfortunate.”

but the 62-year-old coach surely knew it was coming. He walked out on his postgame media session in Minneapolis after two consecutive questions about his job security.,The Bears informed Fox of the decision Monday morning

coaches and fans.,It’s unclear what Fox will do next. He has been a head coach for 16 seasons with the Panthers, Broncos and Bears, but he released a statement via the team thanking the players, leading the two former teams to the Super Bowl. He didn’t meet the media on Monday

Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara said Fox spoke an emotional few words to his players before exchanging hugs Monday morning.

Linebacker Sam Acho credited Fox with helping the Bears avoid the infighting, divisiveness and quitting that could have developed on a losing team. After their losing streak, the Bears won two of their final four games of the year, Authentic Robert Woods Jersey, against the Bengals and the Browns.

and I think a lot of that is going to be attributed to the foundation and the culture that he built in his three years here.”,Authentic Daniel Kilgore Jersey,“He built a foundation,” Acho said. “The success that he had here, you’re going to see success in the future,Authentic Eric Reid Jersey, we’re not going to see until later. Whether I’m on this team or not

and so they also pondered the future of their defense if coordinator Vic Fangio lands with a different team this offseason. Pace said the Bears haven't yet made decisions about their coordinators and assistant coaches.,Mostly defensive players were available to the media during a 45-minute interview period in the locker room

Fangio has helped develop a unit ranked among the top 10 in the NFL with 319.1 yards and 20 points allowed per game this year. Fangio shared the unit’s statistical improvements with the group Monday and also said he would be around as a resource as he figures out where his future lies.

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller, who will be a free agent this offseason,Authentic Sammy Watkins Jersey, said players must focus on their own preparation for next year, no matter who the coaches will be. But Floyd said he “most definitely” would like to have Fangio back.

’’ Bears President Ted Phillips said Monday at Halas Hall.,“When Ryan was hired three years ago, he told us that a plan to build a team for sustainable success would not be easy but his plan to build principally through the draft,Authentic Robert Quinn Jersey,made sense to us — and it still does, to lay that right foundation

Put another way, the Bears kicked off the new year by recycling the same old message delivered in all-too familiar fashion. Putting Phillips behind a microphone to explain a mess he helped create was no way to announce a fresh start. Without checking the transcripts,Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey, Phillips supplied similarly lofty rhetoric after coaching changes in 2013 and 2015 that were supposed to make these kind of get-togethers unnecessary.

“We’re still committed to the plan, despite our disappointing won-loss record over the last three seasons,’’ Phillips said, citing the Bears roster having the third-highest turnover rate in that span.

not that the inevitability of the move made it any less emotional Monday morning when the coach briefly addressed players who enjoyed his gregarious personality behind closed doors. Veterans such as Prince Amukamara spoke of their affection for Fox and more than one used the word love to describe their feelings for the football lifer.,Firing Fox surprised nobody

’’ Fox said in a statement.,“Today is the tough part of our results-oriented business but I wish the Bears organization the best for years to come

The NFL being the results-oriented business Fox referenced made the Bears extending Pace’s contract two years all the more curious. Phillips and Chairman George McCaskey just as easily could have justified showing up to fire Pace given the bottom-line NFL realities. And if you doubt that, just ask Packers general manager Ted Thompson,Authentic Cornellius Carradine Jersey, the architect of a Super Bowl champ whose role was redefined within hours of the Bears reinvesting in Pace.

When it comes to optics, the Bears struggle with the eye test. Take Monday’s heavy visibility of McCaskey and Phillips, who said they should be seen as “support resources” for Pace. Even if that is the reality, the perception views both longtime team officials as meddlers with a knack for getting in the way — a characterization ignored by the Bears.

Contract extensions in sports generally do little more than determine how much money an organization will owe a coach or executive when it fires him and, yes, the Bears understandably sought to align Pace’s timetable with the next coach’s. That’s also NFL reality. But locking up a GM who oversaw one of the most futile stretches in team history deprives Bears officials from ever invoking the high standards of the organization until the team makes the playoffs again — and it has been seven years and counting.

which he and McCaskey discussed for weeks. The chance to finally share the big news excited Phillips so much that he neglected to mention the name of the coach the Bears just fired in his remarks at the lectern. Not until meeting reporters later in the lobby did Phillips thank Fox for his service.,Phillips took credit for initiating Pace’s contract extension

he demonstrated the earnestness and humility that make him the most likable guy in the building. He deflected any perceived praise and tried keeping the focus on using his newfound job security to fix a franchise that’s still broken.,For Pace’s part

“If that allows us to get the coach that we want, very honored, then that’s what I’m for, so I just feel very blessed for the opportunity, so it does show stability within our organization,’’ Pace said. “I never feel it’s about me — it’s about what’s best for the Bears.’’

the success of this one will be determined solely by the head coach he hires.,Don’t believe him for a second — this is all about Pace. If last offseason was defined by Pace finding a quarterback

When Pace insisted with a straight face that he had yet to contact any candidates as of late Monday afternoon out of respect for Fox, somewhere “Foxy” had to appreciate the way his old boss obfuscated the truth. The Tribune already was aware of one candidate lining up an interview at the time of Pace’s denial and reports linked the Bears to requesting permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Neither possesses the experience Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur offer, two guys who likely learned from their failed head-coaching tenures with the Broncos and Browns, respectively.

When Pace emphatically answered a question about any prospective coach’s desire to control the 53-man roster by saying that responsibility would remain his, it was fair to wonder if that disqualified McDaniels, a hot candidate rumored to want that power. Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub also deserves a long look.

Whoever Pace hires, he would be wise to avoid experiments. To stop himself from viewing this search as an opportunity to prove how much of an independent thinker he is. To resist the urge to dive enthusiastically into the realm of the unknown, all in the name of innovation. To get past any temptation to get too cute.

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