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an Imperfect Super Bowl Moment,For Eagles’ Carson Wentz - aliciahuang - 02-07-2018

their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz wasn’t brought up onto the podium for the interviews broadcast on the stadium screens. He did not partake in the postgame confetti snow angels.,Womens Ryan Tannehill Jersey,When the Philadelphia Eagles claimed their first Super Bowl championship on Sunday

Wentz, 25, had been a presence in Minneapolis all week, reviewing film with the backup-turned-starting quarterback Nick Foles and even throwing passes to teammates before kickoff on Sunday. But he also took care not to be the center of attention., showing up for media events

 Wentz has been around his team but no longer its public face. And after Philadelphia stunned the New England Patriots,Since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Eagles’ Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, 41-33, to win in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, “Just let me celebrate with my teammates.”, he still didn’t want to be in the middle of the news media scrum, telling reporters

A Super Bowl victory had been the ultimate goal when the Eagles drafted Wentz second over all in 2016, Wentz went from piloting the Eagles to an 11-2 start and being mentioned as a possible league most valuable player to preparing his backup to shepherd the team in the playoffs., and for most of this season that seemed to be where he and Philadelphia were headed. But after tearing his A.C.L.

“Last year, I went to the Super Bowl and did appearances and everything,” Wentz said here early last week. “I said, and I’m actually not playing in it.”, ‘I’m not coming back until I’m playing in it.’ Here I am

When it lost Wentz, the Eagles embraced an underdog image even as they locked up the No. 1 seed., the Philadelphia offense initially struggled to adjust. But as Foles found his footing

 even though he never took a snap in it. He sat in on quarterback meetings after his injury and offered Foles tips in film sessions — helping him shine during the playoff victories against Atlanta and Minnesota that secured Philadelphia’s Super Bowl bid.,Wentz’s teammates and the Eagles’ coaching staff said he had been instrumental in the championship campaign

“Carson instilled a confidence,” the Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. “That’s the kind of leader and player he is.”, a swagger and a belief

But on Sunday, with confetti in the air and Philadelphia fans cheering, it was hard to spot Wentz on the field. He was one of the first people to congratulate Foles, then receded into the background., giving him an extended hug after the game clock expired

In the locker room, Wentz lumbered around with a slight hitch in his step — refraining from dancing around to Meek Mill and bathing in champagne with his teammates, likely for fear of putting his injured leg at risk. He chatted with tight end Zach Ertz, and the third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld., who scored the game’s go-ahead touchdown

What will happen next season when Wentz returns didn’t seem to be a question that needed an immediate answer Sunday night. Wentz, who is in the middle of a four-year contract, presumably leaving Foles to return to his backup quarterback spot — or find a way to move to a new team looking for a starter.,Womens Samson Ebukam Jersey, is slotted to return for the 2018 season

“Let’s sit, let’s sit, let’s take our moment,Womens Dan Marino Jersey, plopping down in between them on the folding chair in front of his locker when he finished his postgame interviews.,” Foles said to Wentz and Sudfeld

After eight seasons in football hell,Authentic Ryan Tannehill Jersey, he insisted Thursday that he is no more responsible for his good fortune now than he was those playoff-less 2-14 and 1-15 and 6-10 and 7-9 seasons with the St. Louis Rams., Chris Long is just four quarters away from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the second year in a row. But

“Me being on two Super Bowl teams in a row is just that I’ve been on two Super Bowl teams in a row,’’ the Eagles defensive end said. “It has nothing to do with me. I’m just a lucky dude that made some good decisions in free agency.’’

 maybe you could make a case that Long was mostly along for the ride when he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots,Authentic Jay Ajayi Jersey,Not quite. A year ago, who just happen to be the Eagles’ opponent on Feb. 4 in Super Bowl LII.

 he’s been an important part of the Eagles’ defensive success as an edge-rusher in Jim Schwartz’s wide-nine,But not this season. This season,Womens Kenny Stills Jersey, 4-3 scheme. He tied for third on the team in sacks with five and was second in pressures with 38. He also had a team-high four forced fumbles.

 momentum-shifting touchdown., it was his throw-altering pressure on Case Keenum that forced the underthrown,In last week’s win over the Vikings in the NFC championship, first-quarter pass that was picked off by cornerback Patrick Robinson and returned for a game-tying

And it was Long who alertly recovered Keenum’s second-quarter fumble deep in Philadelphia territory after Derek Barnett’s strip sack.

“Everybody wants to do their job well,’’ Long said. “I got a thrill out of being there [New England] last year. And I was certainly a part of it.

“I had to do some things that weren’t natural to me. But I was happy to do them because it was a blessing to be there. It was a great team.

 my role’s different. I’ve actually taken less snaps than I did there. But the snaps I’m taking here,“This year, I’m doing what I do [best]. And I can be more proud of my individual contributions as far as the quality of football I’m playing.’’

Long is a natural 4-3 end who was used a lot inside in the Patriots’ multiple fronts. He played 65 percent of the defensive snaps last year.Authentic Jarvis Landry Jersey, But his playing time dropped off significantly in the post season.

’’ Long said of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “When you play for a guy who’s that awesome a coach, Womens Jay Ajayi Jersey,“I’m just lucky to have played for him for a year, you look at football different. I learned a lot from him.

“Even when I called him before I hit free agency, a level I can be proud of, ‘Hey, I said, I need to play more in-position.’ He understood that from the beginning.’’,Authentic Kenny Stills Jersey,I don’t want to waste your time. I don’t know if I have a spot [on the team] or not. But at 32 years old, if I’m going to play at a high level

’’ he said. “There was no better teammate or guy that tried to embrace the program than Chris. But in the end,“He did a great job for us, he probably was a better fit there for his skills and for this point in his career than maybe we had for him. He probably made a good decision.’’

While the Eagles deserve credit for signing Long to a one-year deal, it was Long who called them about playing in Philadelphia.

’’ Long said. “I’m like,“Where I was last year, like, I need to get on a team.’’, I had a bunch of people that were, you’re crazy for leaving the Patriots. And you suck. You’re old. You’re washed up

The team he wanted to get on was the Eagles. He looked at Schwartz’s scheme and felt it was an ideal fit for him. He also was impressed with the core of young talent they had. He knew it wasn’t going to be Rams redux.

 positively be a great fit there., who was released by the Eagles just before the start of the free-agency signing period,He called Connor Barwin, and asked him about the organization. Barwin gave the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia rave reviews. He told Long he’d absolutely

’ ’’ Long said. “Of course, ‘Well, I’ve got to get hold of somebody there and let them know I’m not dead and that I want to keep playing and I have a lot [left] in the tank,Authentic Samson Ebukam Jersey,“I said, you tell somebody that. But then you have to go out and prove it.’’

He called executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and told him he wanted to play for the Eagles.

“He could easily have said, awesome. It would be great.’ From there,Authentic Dan Marino Jersey, ‘Yeah,Womens Jarvis Landry Jersey, dude. You’re too old, ‘Nah, we just made it work.,’ or ‘We looked at your tape last year [and weren’t impressed],’ ’’ Long said. But he was like

“Connor was right. The coolest thing he loved about this place – and he was really civic-minded – was the city of Philly. As great as everything is in here, the thing I love the most about Philly is Philly.’’