From Lane Johnson’s development to one must-see video, here are some links to pass along on this Friday afternoon as you head into the weekend…
Ben Muth of Football Outsiders takes an in-depth look at the Eagles’ offensive line. His observations on Lane Johnson were particularly noteworthy:
I’m not saying Johnson is a finished product by any means. Now that he’s not waist-bending and head-butting, he’s playing too high, but he’s gone from a good athlete that could run block a little and was a liability in the passing game to a solid overall tackle with almost limitless potential because of his athleticism. For someone that was supposed to be a bit of a project coming out of school, Johnson seems to have adapted to playing in the NFL pretty quickly.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland hands out his regular season awards. He has Andy Reid as coach of the year, but gives props to Chip Kelly as well:
There are plenty of other candidates, of course. In order, I’d say that the runners-up should look something like Ron Rivera, Bill Belichick, Bruce Arians, and Sean Payton. And that doesn’t include the coach of the best team in the league (Pete Carroll), the coaches who split time among the second-best team in the league (John Fox and Jack Del Rio), and the guy who might have actually created the biggest transformation with pure coaching ability in the league (Chip Kelly). It was a good year for coaching, man.
By the way, check out the Peyton Manning/Eli Manning table at the end of Barnwell’s piece. It will blow you away.
Nate Davis of USA Today named Jason Kelce to his All-Joe Team, which recognizes players who have never made a Pro Bowl:
All he did was come back from a torn ACL in 2012 to anchor a high-tempo offense that demands ability, smarts and conditioning from coach Chip Kelly.
And finally, this is guaranteed to make you laugh several times: