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Description In a story March 5 about the Super Bowl DVD Corey Seager Jersey , The Associated Press reported the site of NFL Films as Mount Royal, New Jersey. The correct site is Mount Laurel, New Jersey. A corrected version of the story is below: PHI-NALLY: An Oscar winner in Philadelphia? Putting together a documentary of a Super Bowl season is an extensive and exhausting project By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer Putting together a documentary of a Super Bowl season is an extensive and exhausting project. Except when it becomes a labor of love. For dozens of employees at NFL Films, the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles season was particularly special. Thus, the DVD that chronicles it and becomes available to the public on Tuesday 鈥?PHI-NALLY is how it is dubbed 鈥?wasn't exactly work. "We are in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, which is about 20 minutes from the Linc," says Todd Schmidt, who produces such enterprises for NFL Films. "So many of our people are lifelong fans of the Eagles, who have suffered for all those years. And that is something the becomes part of the film; we wanted people out there to understand what some of these people went through during that crazy game and this season. "I would love for an Arizona Cardinals fan to get the same bang out of this as my 22-year-old son and a lifelong Eagles fan will, and I like to think that the story will do that. This is more than a story of a football season. It's about why teams and fans don't quit, and that's what Philly fans are like. They may get a lot of criticism, but there's a reason Rocky means so much and showing the heart to never give up means so much." NFL Films had the good fortune of being able to place microphones on coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles. The exchanges between them not only are insightful football-wise, they provide a window into the aggressiveness that was so critical to not only upending the Patriots in a classic Super Bowl Youth Kolton Miller Jersey , but in the Eagles putting together such a successful season. Indeed, Philadelphia's 41-33 victory in Minneapolis probably made for a much more enchanting story than had the Patriots won. After all, New England taking the NFL title is anything but new, and the Eagles last won it in 1960, when Norm Van Brocklin was the quarterback and Chuck Bednarik was playing linebacker and center. So Schmidt opted to open the documentary with a shot of Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus 鈥?the site of that 1960 win over Green Bay. And he decided to close the film with the parade witnessed by more than 700,000 "so you get a clear idea of what this meant to the city of Philadelphia, the people of Philadelphia, and to Eagles fans." NFL Films actually makes two 55-minute films annually. The 2017 version of the Patriots' season "will not see the light of day," Schmidt explains. But it also would have had plenty of cachet. "I think every team has a story," he says, though how many viewers would be interested in, say, the Browns' 0-16 campaign is debatable. "Had the Patriots won, it would have been a film of dominance; if they had won they would have been the '27 Yankees. It would have been magnificent if they had pulled out that game Lamar Jackson Jersey Elite , two of the most amazing Super Bowls back to back. Tom Brady would go down as the greatest magician ever to walk the earth. "We are storytellers and we would have made the elements we had work well." Still, the elements they had on Philadelphia's side certainly seem more compelling. A team loses five key players, including late in the schedule the QB who appeared headed to league MVP honors. It's an underdog in all of its postseason games despite being a top seed. Its history of falling short is monumental. And then it wins a classic Super Bowl against an NFL dynasty. "The Eagles story has a lot more historical context, which is red meat to a storyteller," Schmidt says. "The more context and unique elements of the story, the better the story. So I loved the Eagles story." As did so many of his co-workers. 鈥?Believing the team was spiraling out of control, the New York Giants went out of character by making two major in-season moves, firing coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese.With the team reeling at 2-10 in a season where most felt it was capable of challenging for a Super Bowl, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch reached the decision Monday morning. It came less than a day after the Giants lost in Oakland, with quarterback Eli Manning benched and the offensively inept team performing poorly again.“We agreed that wholesale changes to this organization needed to be made to get us back to the team we expect it to be,” Mara said at a hastily called news conference. “We also agreed it was pointless to wait any longer to make these changes.”Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim coach for the final four games. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.Mara did not know whether Manning will return as the starter this weekend against Dallas, saying the decision will be made by Spagnuolo.In a radio interview on WFAN, Manning said he told Spagnuolo that he wants to start the last four games.“I want to be out there and help us go win these four games,” Manning said. “I hope I’m out there on Sunday playing against the Cowboys.”Mara said neither McAdoo nor Reese was surprised by the decision Youth James Daniels Jersey , saying they were both professionals. He said his meeting with Reese was more emotional because the two had worked together since 1994.“I don’t think there was any one final straw,” Mara said. “I just think that where we are as a franchise right now, you know, we’re 2-10. We’ve kind of been spiraling out of control. I just felt like we needed a complete overhaul. I don’t think there was any one event or one final act to precipitate that.”Many felt the benching earlier last week of the well-liked Manning, the face of the franchise and a two-time Super Bowl MVP, was the deciding factor.McAdoo also would have been subjected to howls from fans with three of the final four games at home, starting this weekend.The moves come less than a year after the 40-year-old McAdoo ended a four-year Giants playoff drought in his first season, going 11-6. That record was aided in large part by Reese’s outstanding work in the free agent market that rebuilt the defense.While the 2016 season ended in a loss to Green Bay in the wild-card game, this year was supposed to be better. Much better.The offense was bolstered by signing free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall and drafting tight end Evan Engram in the first round. The defense was back with the major exception of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.A fifth Super Bowl was in everyone’s sights if the offensive line could improve.It fizzled from the start. The Giants lost their first five games. The line was inept. The defense underperformed, then the injury bug decimated the roster.“This has been the perfect storm this season,” Mara said. “Everything that could have gone wrong this season has gone wrong.”Assistant general manager Kevin Abrams will take over on an interim basis for Reese, who became GM in 2007 and had two Super Bowl wins on his resume. But the Giants missed the playoffs four times in the past five years, and his failure to address those offensive line problems this past offseason played a major role in a horrible season.Mara said Abrams and Spagnuolo will be offered the chance to continue in their interim jobs. Former general manager Ernie Accorsi will be a consultant in hiring a new GM, whom Mara wants in place before a coach.Mara has candidates in mind for general manager and said it’s possible a new GM could be in place before the season ends.The moves came less than a week after McAdoo made one of the biggest mistakes of his short tenure Eddie Rosario Minnesota Twins Jersey , mishandling the decision to bench Manning. Mara was forced to address the matter the following day and said he wished the decision had been handled better.McAdoo had a 13-16 record, and his firing is the first midseason head coaching move by the Giants since Bill Arnsparger was replaced seven games into the 1976 season by John McVay. The 2-10 mark is the Giants’ worst since they were 2-10 in 1976, and their worst since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978.With the losses, word started to emerge that McAdoo was losing the team. His one-game suspensions of popular cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins heightened the problem.Mara and Tisch came to McAdoo’s defense after an embarrassing loss to the then-winless 49ers on Nov. 12, saying his job was safe until the end of the season.“To be honest with you, it became more and more apparent that we were going to have to do something at the end of the season, so we talked after the game and again this morning about why prolong it any longer?” Mara said Monday. “Why not just get it done now?”The Giants hired McAdoo away from Green Bay in 2014 to serve as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator. He was elevated to head coach on Jan. 14, 2016, less than two weeks after Coughlin was forced out after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.McAdoo’s first season was exceptional. His second was a fiasco.“Our team is not good enough,” Mara said..
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