Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)
During Howie Roseman’s press conference discussing the Dorial Green-Beckham trade, he noted how the Eagles had just hired Brian Dawkins to work for the team full-time as a Football Operations Executive. Dawkins appeared on the Mike Missanelli show yesterday to expand on what he’ll do for the Birds and how his new gig came about.
“It feels wonderful, it really does. It’s been set in my heart for a while of how to go about doing it. But everything began to kind of fall in place and here I am,” Dawkins said. “It’s gonna be still learning about football operations and everything that goes with it. I’ll dabble in player development; I’ll dabble in player engagement; dabble in scouting and give my opinions in a lot of different areas. So it’s not just everything in one basket so to speak, I’m able to do a lot of things for this organization going forward.” Read more »
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Seven years after Brian Dawkins’ messy breakup with the Eagles and the ensuing tension his departure created, it appears the strained relationship has dissipated. The Eagles announced Saturday morning the eight-time Pro Bowler has been added to the team’s scouting department, before Dawkins attended practice a few hours later and explained how excited he is.
“That stuff is gone. There’s nothing we can do about it to change any of those things,” Dawkins said. “This place means too much to me. It’s not about the people who run it. It’s about the place. It’s about the Eagle green. People can come and go, but this will remain the same. That’s what drives me to want to do more for this organization.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity. I really am. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and it just so happened we were able to talk about it and get something done.” Read more »
Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, and Chase Daniel. (Jeff Fusco)
With the first week of training camp wrapping up this weekend, here’s this weekend’s roundup of the most interesting stories about the Eagles: Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
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It seems like only yesterday. But it has been nearly 10 years since February 6th, 2005 — the last time the Philadelphia Eagles appeared in the Super Bowl.
That season was a magical one for Eagles fans, with the team winning its first seven games en route to a 13-1 start. Donovan McNabb instantly clicked with new wide receiver Terrell Owens. Safety Brian Dawkins and newly acquired defensive end Jevon Kearse terrorized opposing offenses. Jeremiah Trotter returned from two years in exile — Washington — to reclaim his starting middle-linebacker spot. It was a dream.
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Connor Barwin was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.
Barwin racked up 6.5 sacks last month, including 3.5 against the Panthers on November 10. He also had three passes defensed and a forced fumble in that stretch. The five-year vet is second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks, which is a career high.
He is actually rushing the passer slightly less on average than last season (24 times per game compared to 27 per game in 2013), per Pro Football Focus, but is having a much bigger year statistically.
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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
The last time we checked in on Nick Foles‘ jersey sales was shortly after his seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders in November.
The page where you can purchase a Foles jersey on the team site saw a 25 percent spike in hits following that showing in Oakland, yet sales hardly went up at all. Fans were looking at it, they were thinking about it, but weren’t quite ready to take the plunge.
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Brian Dawkins was not shocked by the DeSean Jackson news. To him, the situation is pretty straightforward.
“This is not something that all of a sudden had the gang affiliation thing tied to it and that was the thing the Eagles looked at to say, ‘You know what? This is the thing we’re allowing him to walk for.’ No, it was all the other things that have happened over the time that he’s been here and the things he has not corrected in his character, some of the things that he does within the building with coaches and the like they were concerned about,” said Dawkins during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic.
“And when you have a new coach coming in, he doesn’t have to pull punches or be as patient as Andy Reid was as someone invested in him. When you have a guy come in who is trying to build a system the way that he wants it to be run, he’s going to bring in people that are going to follow it to the letter of everything he wants to have happen. He’s not going to be as patient. So this is not something that surprised me as far as them letting him go.” Read more »
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