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Super Bowl Week is Hard for Eagles’ Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz Admitting Super Bowl Week is Hard for Him

Super Bowl 52 is less than a week away and millions upon millions of people are eager to watch the matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

However, not everyone is terribly eager for Sunday. One of those with a less-than-happy mood is none other than Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Normally, players from both teams speak in front of the media for Super Bowl Opening Night, but Wentz was simply not part of the main show at all.

With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Wentz admitted that he was rather hurt and put off having to watch his team punch their ticket to the Super Bowl from the audience rather than on the field. He added that there will be tons of mixed feelings for him the second his team hits the field on Sunday, but then said that once those are out of the way then everything will feel back to normal for him.

In the meantime, all Wentz can do right now is keep his head up and help backup QB Nick Foles as much as possible in order to prepare for the game. It’s necessary for him but admittedly extremely tough considering that he had a great chance to make NFL history earlier on. In fact, Wentz’s performances earlier this season had him in line to possibly win the MVP Award from the league.

Despite this, Wentz has made assurances that he’ll be fine with anything that happens and knows he is still a part of the Eagles team. Even fellow teammates like tight end Brent Celek make it a point to tell Wentz that he’s still with the team in spirit.

Matt Nagy Is Next Man Up As Chicago Bears Head Coach

The Chicago Bears hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the franchise’s 16th head coach. The Bears hope that Nagy can develop promising young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky while helping the league’s first franchise from one of their worst stretches ever.

The hiring of Nagy takes place a week after Bears former head coach John Fox was terminated after three seasons with the team. During Fox’s tenure, the Bears went 14-34 and registered the second lowest team winning percentage in franchise history.

The Bears were 5-11 in the 2017 season and have not accomplished a .500 season since 2012.

The 39-year-old Nagy is a protégé of Andy Reid and has worked under the veteran NFL coach for ten years in both Philadelphia and Kansas City. Nagy took over the play-calling duties for the Chiefs last season and his performance drew praise from quarterback Alex Smith.

In his coaching duties with Chicago, the former Delaware University quarterback will work at developing Trubisky who was the second overall pick in last year’s NFL draft.

Nagy was coaching at a high school and working in real estate when he worked as an intern at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp for the 2008 and 2009 NFL seasons. Nagy would accept a significant decrease in income to become a coaching assistant with the Eagles in 2010.

The Bears General Manager Ryan Pace is depending on Nagy to salvage his reputation after trading up in last year’s draft to use the No.2 pick to secure the services of a quarterback that had only started 13 NCAA games.

Other candidates that had been in the running for the Bears head coaching position were Eagles quarterback coach John Filippo, Vikings offensive coordinator George Edwards, and Vic Fangio, the team’s own defensive coordinator.

Green Bay Packers Clear Aaron Rodgers to Start in Week 15

The house that Vince Lombardi built at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin has experienced a franchise impasse during its 2017-18 NFL season.

During an exhilarating game by the Green Bay Packers against their division rival Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017, starting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a punishing tackle by a Vikings defender, which injured his right collarbone and caused a fracture.

Rodgers had surgery performed on his fractured right collarbone four days after experiencing the game day injury. After that, the Packers placed their superstar quarterback on the injured reserve list. It was not known at that time whether or not Rodgers would be able to return to the field at some point late in the season.

However, the elite, 33-year-old signal caller posted a message to fans on his Instagram page late Tuesday night (December 12), which indicated that the Super Bowl-winning Rodgers has been cleared to start in the next Packers game against the Panthers on Sunday December 17, 2017.

“It’s been a long road from that day to this, but I’m happy to say I’ve been medically cleared to return,” Rodgers posted. “Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff. #riseagain,” he continued.

Number 12’s impassioned message to fans was written below a picture of the rugged and tough touchdown passer resting on a hospital bed with a hairnet on under a white sheet giving a smile and a thumbs up. This eliminated any doubt about Rodgers being good to go. He has desperately desired to play during his speedy recovery.

“One of the big factors that played into this was Aaron Rodgers very, very badly wanted to play,” said television sports reporter Ian Rapoport during a Tuesday night show on the NFL Network.

“And that’s one thing that’s been clear the entire time with Rodgers is ever since he broke his collarbone, he was aggressive in his recovery to try to get ready for Week 15,” Rapoport went on to say.

The 7-6 Green Bay Packers are more than eager to have their warrior under center back after experiencing a subpar season in his absence. The focus for the team is to get back to its winning ways.

Soccer Instead Of Football In San Diego

There is nothing more gut-wrenching to hardcore football fans than the loss of their home NFL franchise. Many dedicated sports fans around the country have known the pain of watching their favorite team move from their current location to represent another area. The San Diego Chargers had lived in the area for well over fifty years. Their conflict with the city in trying to build a new venue was well documented. The negotiations drug out for many years until Chargers ownership decided to take advantage of a lucrative opportunity in Los Angeles. San Diego football fans were outraged and showed their displeasure by burning jerseys and protesting the move. However, it did not stop the inevitable circumstances.

 

Other cities that suffered the same fate have been able to rebound and acquire new NFL franchises. Houston, St. Louis, Cleveland and Los Angeles are all locations that lost their teams and were able to obtain another NFL franchise. Some made out better than others. St. Louis has lost two different NFL franchises over the years. Oakland lost the Raiders to Los Angeles and is losing them again to Las Vegas all due to failed negotiations over new stadiums.

 

San Diego remains an interesting destination for NFL owners. However, the previous issues remain with building a venue to host an NFL franchise. The city has looked to other methods to fulfill the entertainment void of losing the NFL. Soccer has become an attractive option. There are discussions of building a 30,000 seat soccer stadium where the old Chargers venue currently sits. There will also be room on the site for a new NFL-caliber football stadium should a franchise decide to move to San Diego. Expansion is also an option with the NFL. These types of transactions take many years to figure out. Developers of the San Diego site estimate a window of about 5 years for landing a professional football team. If there is no commitment by that point the space will be cited for housing development.

 

Coach Fisher Is Fired By Los Angeles Rams

Rams fans were absolutely stunned this Monday when the news came out that Jeff Fisher had been terminated by the LA Rams Organization. Fisher had been head coach of the team many years. Not long ago, he signed a two-year extension to his contract. His termination occurred just a few months into it. The interim head coach will be Jim Fassel who currently serves as special teams coordinator.

 

Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations, commented that the firing was due to performance problems. He felt that the best way for the team to move forward is to focus on finishing the season with hope. The Rams organization is in a state of failure that it hopes to get out of by replacing its coach. It recognizes the need to make improvements across the board. The firing was largely prompted by the Rams losing eight of their last nine games. It was the straw that broke the horse’s back against head coach Fisher.

 

It may be that Les Snead the team’s general manager will be sacked in the near future too. Fisher had been with the Rams since 2012. His overall record with the team was 31 wins vs 45 losses. Under his leadership, the team did not manage to make any playoff appearances. Fisher was also criticized for selecting Jared Goff as his number one draft pick this year. The Rams organization felt that it had no choice but to terminate Fisher. You can read more about the difficult decision it had to make here.

 

Chargers Might Move to Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles went for more than 20 years without having an NFL team. Obviously, it was not a great situation to have the second biggest city in the United States without a team in the country’s most popular sports league. However, the NFL thrived after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland. It appeared as if Los Angeles would never get another team. There was talk about it on several different occasions. Nothing ever came of it. Then the Rams came back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. Now it would seem that the Rams will be getting some competition in their new city. There are reports that San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos is going to move his team to Los Angeles. Nothing is confirmed at this point. Spanos has not sent an official notification to the league of his intention to move his team. Insiders in the Chargers organization are saying that the move is imminent.

 

The move of the Chargers to Los Angeles would not be much of a surprise if it eventually does come to pass. It has certainly been talked about quite a bit in recent years. It would be a big understatement to say the stadium situation in San Diego is not the greatest. Also, Los Angeles offers many more opportunities to turn his team into a national brand. The ability to market the team to a national audience would be much easier in a huge market. Spanos has expressed his desire to do this on many occasions. However, many people questioned his desire to pull the trigger on a move to Los Angeles if push came to shove. The news is obviously heartbreaking to Charger fans who will not have a team for the first time in 50 years.