Talking Sports: Local coaches discuss Super Bowl

Published 5:06 pm Friday, February 2, 2018

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles meet in the Super Bowl on Sunday in Minnesota. The journey thus far has been full of twists and turns that have set up a thrilling matchup in this weekend’s championship game.

Tom Brady masterminded a fourth-quarter comeback that saw the Patriots erase a 10-point deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship. The Eagles, led by an unrelenting defensive front and backup quarterback Nick Foles, dismantled the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7, in the NFC Championship.

Here’s what Beaufort County’s football coaches had to say ahead of Sunday’s game:


What Washington coach Jon Blank likes about the matchup:

“I like that you’ve got an Eagles team that is playing the underdog card pretty well. I think you’ve seen their team come together since the (Carson) Wentz injury. They’re a bunch of guys that believe in each other and they’re playing for each other. You can never count out a team like that.

“The other side of that is that the Patriots are historic. They’re going to be remembered forever — the Brady and (Bill) Belichick era — as possibly being the best combination of quarterback and coach to ever do the Super Bowl.”


What Northside coach Keith Boyd expects the game plans to be:

“I think that if (receiver Brandin) Cooks from the Patriots and Brady can hook up a little bit going vertical, I think that’s going to open up some stuff. If Philly can keep everything underneath, I think the Patriots are going to need to stretch it a bit.

“On the other side, it’s going to be the run game for Philadelphia. If they can line up and pound a little bit, I think that’s going to help Foles.”


Southside coach Jeff Carrow on the Eagles’ versatility:

“They’re able to run and throw the ball, too. It’s a scheme thing with the athletes at running back. I think the pickup of Jay Ajayi from my Miami Dolphins, that was a huge thing for them. The quarterback play, with Wentz and Foles being able to step in and keep it moving, it’s been really impressive.”


Blank on New England’s injuries:

“(Rob Gronkowski) is such an important part of what they do. It’ll hurt them a lot not to have him. The Patriots are a team and an organization where the unknowns step up when they need someone to. You can never count those guys out. It’s just a well-run organization, top to bottom.”


Boyd’s favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday outside of the game itself:

“Friends, family and everyone getting together to watch the best sport there is in America.”


Carrow on the other entertaining parts of the Super Bowl:

“The commercials are always fun. It’s entertaining each year to watch those. I usually skip out on the halftime show, though. That’s not my thing, but I enjoy the commercials and, of course, the game.”