Seattle Seahawks putting finishing touches on a Jared Allen signing

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I’ve kind of felt all along that this one was coming.

The Seattle Seahawks are putting the finishing touches of a deal together for Jared Allen, according to Ed Werder of ESPN. This is the kind of move that helps a defending champion remain on top, a physical defense stay physical, and allows a veteran great to retire on a winning team. Allen figures to finally get another crack at a Super Bowl ring in Seattle.

This could be a lot of fun to watch. As quiet as Seattle has been this offseason – making solid but not flashy moves – I hope this goes down. From a viewer’s standpoint, adding Allen to an already angry defense would be great to see.

Eagles – Saints Playoff Memories from the Wildcard Game

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I love Nick Foles, and although this game didn’t end the way I wanted it to, it provided me with great memories.

*A glorious, chilly Saturday night to kick off the NFL playoffs. Wildcard Saturday has always been my favorite day of the NFL season. Loved getting to see Foles’ playoff debut in primetime

*Foles scoring the last time he touched the ball, putting the Eagles up 23-20.

*Waking up to hear Artie Clear talk with Mike North the morning after. I love this show and will try to catch it more often to brush up on my Eagles talk next season.

 

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In the end the Eagles lost, but Foles seemed to solidify his place as the Eagles quarterback into the future. He went 23 for 33 passing for 195 yards, two touchdowns and of course no turnovers.

I’m excited for the Eagles 2014 season to begin and for Foles to get another crack at things and try to get the Eagles back into the playoffs. It seems that Chip Kelly’s comments about his commitment to Foles are less than perfect on the subject, but he seems to know that Foles is the best option for the foreseeable future.

I could see myself being pretty into the Eagles in the Nick Foles era if he can lock down and solidify the job and earn that contract extension. I’ll forever be thankful that we had that Wildcard game where the Eagles almost pulled it off.

William Clay Ford passes away

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One of the league’s most beleaguered owners, William Clay Ford has died of pneumonia. He was 88.

Ford purchased the Lions in 1963 and oversaw their move out of the city from Tiger Stadium to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975, and then oversaw their move back into downtown Detroit with the opening of Ford Field in 2002. Ford was the youngest son of Edsel Ford and the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford, and he was the largest individual shareholder in Ford Motor Company.

It will be interesting to see if the Lions are able to make some progress with their on-field performance in the wake of his passing. He was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, the automobile pioneer.