NEW ORLEANS – For the fifth straight game, the Eagles are going with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback with Nate Sudfeld as the backup, and Carson Wentz on the game-day inactive list. Wentz was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back after the Eagles' 29-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9. Eagles were blown out by the Saints in November. Now, it's a playoff rematch Wentz has not practiced since, but the Eagles have not placed him on season-ending injured reserve. The Eagles are facing Drew Brees and the Saints today in the NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Eagles coach Doug Pederson, when asked why Wentz is not on IR if he's not going to play, said he's just waiting for the doctors to give Wentz the OK to play. Wentz has not even practiced since then. Foles, of course, has led the Eagles to four straight wins. Eagles' preview: Why Saints' home field is a big advantage, and can Eagles neutralize it? There also seemed … [Read more...] about It’s Nick Foles’ show as Eagles face Saints, Drew Brees in NFL playoffs
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NEW ORLEANS — Undrafted rookie Kyle Allen passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns before injuring his shoulder, and the Carolina Panthers cruised to a 33-14 victory over a Saints squad looking ahead to the playoffs. Allen, a third-stringer pressed into service with Cam Newton and backup Taylor Heinicke out, also ran for a short touchdown as Carolina snapped a seven-game slide. He led the Panthers to three TDs and a field goal on the first four drives of his first NFL start. He played until the fourth quarter, when he was hit hard by Saints rookie end Marcus Davenport while releasing an incomplete pass. Carolina (7-9) led 23-0 at halftime, marking the first time since coach Sean Payton was hired by New Orleans in 2006 that the Saints (13-3) were shut out at home in a first half. Allen's touchdowns went for 53 yards to receiver Curtis Samuel and 8 yards to tight end Ian Thomas. Having already clinched the NFC's top seed, Payton scratched several healthy offensive starters, … [Read more...] about Carolina hammers Drew Brees-less Saints
DALLAS – One look at Ian Book as an eighth grader was all Terrance Leonard needed. “He had the best footwork and quickest release that I had seen,” Leonard recalls in a telephone interview with IndyStar. “I realized he was a future star.” This was about seven years ago, at a private workout in the fledgling days of TMP Elite, the 7-on-7 football program Leonard founded in Sacramento. More than 100 TMP Elite products have since gone on to play at the FBS level, including four that have reached the NFL. Armani Watts, a 2018 draftee of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the latest, joining Joe Mixon, Ahkello Witherspoon and Hardy Nickerson Jr. Book, however, will always be one of “Coach T’s” all-time favorites. Q&A: How offensive coordinator Chip Long is preparing for Clemson D Reinventing Ian Book: 'Tell me why you can't be Drew Brees?' “Ian was a natural,” Leonard says. “We made zero mechanical changes. We fit like … [Read more...] about How Ian Book’s personality helped him go from backup QB to Notre Dame MVP
BATON ROUGE — Quick, if you knew pre-2006 what you know now, would you have voted for Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban signing quarterback Drew Brees and risking the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl in the 2009 season as they would have had to try to do it with Tony Romo or a rookie like Jay Cutler? Because if Saban signs Brees, he may still be coaching Miami with a Super Bowl ring. This is called the ripple effect in time travel. And could you imagine what LSU coach Les Miles could have accomplished and would be accomplishing in the near future if Saban was not Alabama’s coach? He could be sitting here today with three national championships, at No. 1 or No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll and in range of a fourth instead of having one ring, one other BCS national title game appearance and out of the final four as we speak. Miles would have won the national title in the 2011 season to go with his 2007 national championship without Saban. And without No. 1 … [Read more...] about Would you have given Brees to Saban in 2006 for LSU’s sake?
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For Tom Rees, the template was obvious. The hard part was getting Ian Book to share his vision and recognize his own potential. That’s why Rees, Notre Dame’s former starting quarterback (2010-13) and current quarterbacks coach, pulled the young backup aside during August training camp and sat him down for a heart to heart. “I challenged him: ‘Hey, what’s holding you back?’ “ Rees said. “Before the season, I told him, ‘Tell me why you can’t be Drew Brees? You don’t miss. You’re athletic. Why can’t you be Drew Brees?’ “ Book, a redshirt sophomore from El Dorado Hills, Calif., about 30 minutes east of Sacramento, has miles to go to match the accomplishments of Brees, record-breaking passer and Super Bowl-winning leader of the New Orleans Saints. More: 5 Notre Dame football recruits who could make an instant impact More: Notre Dame brings the fight into living … [Read more...] about The intervention that inspired Notre Dame’s Ian Book: ‘Tell me why you can’t be Drew Brees?’