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 Post subject: On the final night as reigning
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Super Bowl Champion Cheap Alshon Jeffery Jersey , Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles was honored with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. One of the most prestigious awards in the NFL could not have gone to a more deserving player.The award comes with donations of $500,000, split be between a $250,000 donation in Long’s name to expand Character Playbook (the NFL and United Way’s digital character education program), and $250,000 to a charity of his choice.Long has committed himself, particularly the past few years, to enriching his community near and far. From donating his entire 2017 salary to charity, to hiking up Kilimanjaro twice in an effort to bring clean drinking water to thousands of people in Africa, he is a man who puts his money where his mouth is and stands up for what is right.In 2018 Brandon Brooks Jersey , the Eagles defender devoted his time and money — a quarter of his annual salary — to a literacy campaign in Philadelphia and other communities throughout the United States with the help of current and former teammates, and other players in the league.Long hasn’t decided whether he’ll be retiring this year, or even coming back to the Eagles, but he’s done a lot for the community in the two years he’s been in Philadelphia. A leader in the locker room, and leading a third trip up Kilimanjaro this offseason, Long is a man of action and someone who inspires those around him.Congrats, to Chris Long. A very deserving addition to the short list of Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winners. Earlier today a bombshell was dropped by Joseph Santoliquito of PhillyVoice, accusing Carson Wentz of being selfish and egotistical, and that he was causing problems behind the scenes.There’s a lot in it that’s straight opinion, and everyone is entitled to theirs. The validity of those complaints is up to the reader. (I enjoyed the player who Darren Sproles Jersey , when given the chance to “define what accountability means” by Doug Pederson, opted to say absolutely nothing.)But some of the complaints are based on stats, and the stats don’t fit the narrative.The biggest complaint in the piece is that Carson Wentz was “over targeting” Zach Ertz while Nick Foles was spreading it around more. Santoliquito gives one side of the story:Santoliquito does not mention the targets per game rate of that trio under Nick Foles. And even if he did, straight per game averages can be misleading, if one player has significantly more attempts per game, that’s going to effect everyone. So instead let’s look at how Wentz and Foles distributed their passes to that trio, since the takeaway from the piece is that Wentz was targeting Ertz at the expense of Jeffery and Agholor, and Foles wasn’t. The stats simply don’t back up that narrative. They saw pretty much the same distribution of targets regardless of who was at QB.Wentz/Foles Targets WentzFoles WentzFolesTo even out Ertz’s 2% difference, he would need 3 less targets in their 11 games together from Wentz and 3 more from Foles in their 7 games together. Another curious point was Frank Reich’s work with Andrew Luck and Carson Wentz’s performance without Reich. Reich did a tremendous job in Indianapolis and is deserving of all the praise he has received. But Santoliquito appears to want you to think that Luck was superior to Wentz this year because of Reich. The numbers don’t bare that out.I asked myself. Turns out that statistically, Wentz was the superior passer.Wentz v Luck WentzLuck WentzLuckYes Jason Kelce Jersey , he got sacked more, but Luck’s 2.7% sack rate was a huge outlier in his career, having been sacked on 5.6% of drop backs, with a season low of 4.2%. Meanwhile Wentz was sacked on 5.5% of drop backs prior to this season’s 7.2%. It’s a safe bet that Luck will be sacked more and Wentz less next year.The 2018 season was a difficult one for Wentz. He started and ended the season injured while his hugely successful backup added to his legend. The team had a losing record when he started, but only in one of those games did he play poorly. Complaints about how he handled the season shouldn’t be outright dismissed, and when it comes to how people feel, perception is the reality. But some of the complaints are easy to verify. Yes, Carson Wentz targeted Zach Ertz a lot. But so did Nick Foles.

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