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Hobbs, McDermott and player safety

Dorsey Levens, who spent time with the Eagles towards the end of his career, is working on a documentary called Bell Rung that will feature retired players talking about the injuries and pain that accompany life after football.

Hobbs, McDermott and player safety

Ellis Hobbs has suffered season-ending neck injuries in each of the past two seasons. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Ellis Hobbs has suffered season-ending neck injuries in each of the past two seasons. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Dorsey Levens, who spent time with the Eagles towards the end of his career, is working on a documentary called Bell Rung that will feature retired players talking about the injuries and pain that accompany life after football.

One of the key figures in the film is Ellis Hobbs, the Eagles cornerback who has suffered season-ending neck injuries in each of the past two seasons.

CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin recently wrote about the documentary and included some interesting thoughts from Hobbs. In one part, he describes what it was like to be bowled over by Ravens running back Willis McGahee.

"Even though this dude outweighs me by 50 pounds easily, get up. You better not stumble. You better not cry. You better not put your head down. Jog and act as if nothing happened," Hobbs said. "All you're thinking about is, Take it like a man."

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Hobbs also talked about the devastating Week 6 collision between DeSean Jackson and Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson. He said that on the Wednesday after the hit, players were shown a film about illegal hits to reinforce that fines and suspensions would be handed out. But the Eagles' coaching staff didn't exactly reinforce the league's message.

"Not 10 minutes after that film, we went into the defensive meeting and the D coordinator got up and said, 'Nothing changes about us. Nothing changes in your guys' mentality,' " Hobbs said. "I mean, we all knew that anyway because we want jobs. I don't really see anybody with a job who can't tackle."

It's revealing to hear Hobbs call out Sean McDermott, but I can't say I'm all that surprised. I remember several players in the Eagles locker room pretty much saying the same thing at the time.

Most of the defensive players were critical of the league's message, wondering if the NFL was going too far. A couple guys admitted that maybe they'd think twice before delivering a crushing blow, but for the most part, they said they were going to play the way they always did and worry about the reprucussions later.

The player safety issue is not going away any time soon, and it's probably the No. 1 concern the league needs to address going forward, but I doubt McDermott's message was much different from the other 31 defensive coordinators.

KOLB UPDATES

Eagletarian had this covered with their post today, but in case you missed it, here are a few Kevin Kolb links to pass along.

Seattle radio host Dave Mahler Tweeted that the Seahawks have offered a first- and a third-round pick for Kolb, but then clarified that he was not reporting new news and that the offer was made some time in the last four months.

The Seahawks have been rumored to be interested in Kolb for much of the offseason, but this information doesn't seem timely. By more recent accounts, the Cardinals still appear to be the favorite. The Eagles, of course, would be helped by more than one team getting in on the bidding, and a first- and third-round pick would be great compensation.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter Tweeted recently that the player the Eagles might receive from the Cardinals in return for Kolb "might surprise you."

And finally, I really enjoyed this breakdown of Kolb from FoxSports.com's Adam Caplan. He joined Greg Cosell of NFL Films and provided an excellent breakdown of where Kolb is as a quarterback at this point in his career.


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