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Chris Long takes issue with Ben McAdoo over Eagles chatter

Chris Long heard what former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo had to say about the Philadelphia Eagles. And the outspoken defensive end took issue with McAdoo’s chatter about his team.

McAdoo has been making the rounds of late and weighing in on NFL-related issues, including his downfall with the Giants. McAdoo believes the Giants will emerge as winners of the NFC East, in large part because because the Eagles will “have a hard time handling success” after winning Super Bowl LII.

“That’s kind of a speculative statement, isn’t it?” Long said during a call related to his involvement in the Men’s Wearhouse Suit Drive. “There’s no science as to who’s going to handle success well or not handle success well. Certainly, no one’s given any indication in our organization that we won’t handle success well. I think it’s a challenge for any team coming off a really great season like we had. That’s why you don’t see a lot of teams repeat. You don’t see a lot of teams back deep in the playoffs. Continuity is one of the hardest things to come by in the NFL.

“Listen, that’s his opinion. We don’t play each other this year, right? At the end of the day, it’s an opinion and he doesn’t have to back that up. I respect his right to have an opinion — he coached in the NFL — but I mean, come on, there’s no science to knowing who’s going to handle success well or not.”

The Eagles of course deservedly reveled in the afterglow of their thrilling victory over the New England Patriots. Long did note that it’s time for the Eagles to ignore all the related noise, put the championship in the past and focus on getting prepared for the 2018 NFL season.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson recently expressed the same sentiment, saying shortly after the team received their Super Bowl rings that they are now the “hunted” and no longer can use their previous underdog status as motivation.

Given that and Long’s retort to McAdoo’s commentary, expect the Eagles to be focused come Week 1.