|Chris Long shares why he left Patriots for Eagles||04.01.17 at 12:11 pm ET|
For defensive end Chris Long, he believes at age 32 he has something left in the tank and because of that wanted to play outside New England.
Long, who won a Super Bowl in his first and only year with the Patriots, signed a two-year deal with the Eagles this past week.
“It wasn’t any bad blood,” Long told Philadelphia reporters on Friday. “Just football-wise, it was more about finding a positive, and the positive for me, the thing I enjoy the most is playing in a situation that allows me to be proud of what I put on the field every Sunday. Pretty quickly after the season I was able to be straight up with the coaches there, who I admire a lot, that I was probably going to look to go elsewhere.”
He was part of a rotation at defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but expects to play more with the Eagles who play more of a 4-3 style.
“If you watch what I did in St. Louis for eight years, that was more like what we do here,” he said. “So schematically there’s a big difference. I’m just lucky to find a place that I think I can at least compete to try to have a role.”
Long finished the year with four sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Super Bowl LI winning season. He appreciated the chance Bill Belichick took on him by signing him to a one-year deal last offseason.
“I feel like I have a lot left, I really do,” he said. “There was a time when I was injured and playing really bad and cut, rightfully so, that I wasn’t sure what my future in football was. But I was really lucky to take that step and for Coach [Bill] Belichick to take a chance on me, and I found out that I still had a lot in the tank. I didn’t miss a practice, I didn’t miss a game last year, and that was something that I was very proud of — and was able to play, and I think at a pretty high level.”
|Former Patriots DE Chris Long signs with Eagles||03.28.17 at 12:04 pm ET|
Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long has found a new home.
According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Long has signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport adds the deal is similar to the one-year, $2.4 million deal he signed with the Patriots in 2016.
[UPDATE: The Eagles confirmed the signing and it is actually a two-year deal.]
Long, who just wrapped up his 10th season in the league, made the playoffs for the first time and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.
He was part of a rotation at defensive end and finished the year with 35 tackles and four sacks.
It seemed Long was welcome back in New England for another season, but on Instagram before free agency he hinted he wanted to go to a place where he would get more playing time.
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|Chris Long won’t return to Patriots in 2017, wants to ‘get back to being the player [he] was before’||03.01.17 at 3:33 pm ET|
Chris Long announced on Instagram Wednesday he won’t be returning to New England in 2017.
He wrote: Thank you Pats Nation. As a player you’ve given so much support to, I owe you an explanation as to why I’ll be moving on in FA… even if it isn’t a big deal. This year and this opportunity gave me a ton. I made lifelong friends in a great locker room and became a champion. I’m so thankful that Coach B (the GOAT) took a chance on me and allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in this wonderful year. This has zero to do with money, etc. It’s the right move in my heart because I want to get back to being the player I was before. I’m thankful for my role this year, but as a competitor, I’m itching to do what I do best. It was important to say thank you personally. You may not remember me much, but I’ll always remember y’all!! #driveforfive #missionaccomplished
Long likely wants to have more of a role with his next team, as he was part of a rotation at defensive end.
Thank you Pats Nation. As a player you’ve given so much support to, I owe you an explanation as to why I’ll be moving on in FA… even if it isn’t a big deal. This year and this opportunity gave me a ton. I made lifelong friends in a great locker room and became a champion. I’m so thankful that Coach B (the GOAT) took a chance on me and allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in this wonderful year. This has zero to do with money, etc. It’s the right move in my heart because I want to get back to being the player I was before. I’m thankful for my role this year, but as a competitor, I’m itching to do what I do best. It was important to say thank you personally. You may not remember me much, but I’ll always remember y’all!! #driveforfive #missionaccomplished
|Chris Long on Super Bowl LI, the 2016 Pats being ‘toughest team of all time,’ and what his future holds||02.11.17 at 8:33 am ET|
Chris Long believes the 2016-17 Patriots were the “toughest team of all time.”
The veteran defensive end, a guest on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, said this year’s New England team proved its bonafides in that department with the 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI.
“I really do think I just played on the toughest team of all time,” he said.
“The guys in that locker room, like, literally did not flinch,” Long said of the sizable deficit the Patriots faced at halftime. “I knew I was like, I’m a human being, I was like, ‘Golly, like I got some doubts right now. We’ve got to play way better in the second half.’
“Duron Harmon, who’s a safety for us, walked in and goes, ‘We’re about to make the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.’ I was like, ‘Dude, can we get a stop? Can we just like do one good thing? Maybe put one foot in front of the other?’”
The 31-year-old Long, who had never made the playoffs prior to arriving in New England prior to the 2016 season, said he had to operate on some level of faith.
“But like if it wasn’t for guys like Duron who had no doubt … I’m not used to this winning thing. Maybe to guys that have been around there for a while, they’re like, ‘Well, [expletive] will just work out. You know?’ I didn’t have that instinct, for whatever reason.
“But yeah, it wasn’t like a big speech. We just went back out and did it.”
Long said there were a lot of things that went into the comeback, but in the end, it’s about coaching.
“Bill [Belichick] does a great job of throwing curveballs at us. He did all year. Everything he does is by design,” he said. “I do think he’s the greatest coach of all time.”
“Any curveball you get on Super Bowl Sunday, you might think the hill is too steep. But guys were just conditioned to be able to go out there, hit the curveball, keep rolling. We got a break or two, that’s all it took, and then you can feel once you get that break or two, the momentum it turns into like, ‘Oh [expletive]’ on the other sideline.
“And on our sideline, we’re trying to go win a football game. You know what I mean? It turned fast. But I do think it’s because we’re mentally very tough.”
Long also added that he’s not retiring.
“I’m not retiring,” Long said. “But I don’t know what I’m doing.”
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|DL Alan Branch joins growing number of Patriots who say they won’t go to White House||02.09.17 at 8:35 pm ET|
Alan Branch told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday that he won’t be visiting the White House as part of the Super Bowl celebration.
The veteran Patriots defensive lineman said he will be “spending time with family” instead.
Branch joins a growing collection of players who have publicly said they are not going, a group that includes Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and Dont’a Hightower.
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|Sounds like Chris Long won’t be going to the White House||at 10:49 am ET|
It sounds like Chris Long won’t be visiting the White House.
In a Thursday Tweet responding to a columnist who wrote an “open letter” saying he shouldn’t go, the Patriots defensive end said he “planned on skipping” the trip to the White House, and added that it was “my call.”
“[I] don’t need an open letter explaining my own words to me,” he added.
Long has always been very open when it comes to his stance on social issues. The veteran spoke eloquently this past season about his feelings regarding Colin Kaepernick’s protests. He’s also been active through the Waterboys Initiative in helping bring clean water to East African communities in need.
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|Chris Long says he signed with Patriots to win Super Bowl, not to get paid||02.06.17 at 4:14 pm ET|
HOUSTON — Chris Long had been in the NFL for eight seasons, but the Rams didn’t make the playoffs in any of those seasons.
With Long being 31 years old and accomplished a great deal as an individual, he was still lacking playoff experience, which was one of the reasons why he signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal last March.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I didn’t sign to get paid, I didn’t really sign to resurrect my career, I just wanted to win. When I was coming off the last year, I just hoped I could sneak on to a team, I didn’t know where my body was going to be. Well, I turned out to feel pretty good and I feel like I played a role. So I’m very happy to be here.”
It was special for Long because he had his Hall of Fame dad Howie, as well as much of his extended family in attendance.
“We talked, he had me up on the set,” he said. “I talked to my whole family, it wasn’t just about my pops. It was about my wife, my son, Waylon, my brothers were here, my in-laws, I’ve got friends here, my mother is here. They’ve all been with me and stuck by me through a lot of lows and I love them all for it.”
As for the game, Long knew once the game went to overtime the Patriots would come out on top.
“We just said to each other on defense, ‘We’re not going to back out there.’” Long said. “Tom [Brady], he’s an assassin, man and he tears people’s hearts out. He just did it tonight.”
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