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Carson Wentz taking the Drew Brees approach to preparation

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is taking a page out of the Drew Brees playbook when it comes to preparation.

Or, more accurately, Chase Daniel ripped that page out while in New Orleans, brought it with him to Kansas City and has since passed the formula along to Wentz.

Daniel began his career with the New Orleans Saints in 2010. Upon arrival, Brees laid out a very specific and intensive schedule for the quarterback room to follow.

"It honestly started my rookie year," Daniel remembers. "Drew was like, 'Hey, we're going to be here at 5:30 in the morning, and this is what we're going to watch on Wednesdays, this is what we're going to watch on Thursdays, this is what we're going to watch on Fridays.' And I was like, 'OK. Yes, absolutely. I'll do whatever you say.' I'm a rookie, he's throwing for 5,000 yards a season.

"As time progressed there, we sort of got into a routine. I have two pages of notes on the schedule of exactly what we're supposed to do, and I sort of brought that to Kansas City with us. Alex [Smith] really loved it, felt he was really prepared and that's sort of what I've tried to bring here with Carson."

Daniel didn't reveal everything about the blueprint, but did share some details. First, the quarterbacks are in the film room, clicker in hand, at 5:30 a.m. During the heavy days of prep, they remain in the building until about 7 or 7:30 at night. The "day off" -- Tuesday -- is a six or seven-hour day, as the quarterbacks get a head start on the film.

"We're always staying one day ahead of the team. [Thursday], we put base behind us and we started on third down. [Friday], we put third down behind us and we get started on red zone. We're always staying one step ahead and we're always going back and checking, 'OK, here's the base plan.' We have this schedule where it just fits. It works well for the mental reps and the mental side of things and so far Carson likes it, he enjoys it."

"There's a difference in preparing at the college level and preparing at the NFL level. I think you have to take it up a notch. Carson was already a film nerd, he was already diving into the film, you're just sort of taking it up a notch and you sort of have it structured in a way where you know exactly what you're doing at 6 a.m. on a Thursday, you know exactly what you're doing at 6 p.m. on a Thursday."

Wentz addressed the media Thursday, and was asked a thousand different ways about how he's handling the hype. The Presidential shoutout. The jersey sales. All the chatter and attention. He pointed out multiple times that it's not that tough to insulate yourself when you're buried deep in your work.

"I stay pretty focused on football. And at the end of the day you just go home and you relax. You block out a lot of it," he said. "Plus, we're so busy, you don't really have time to get caught up in too much other stuff."

Daniel called the night before the game -- when all that work is done and you're tucked away from the rest of the world in hotel room -- "the best sleep in the world." This week that rest will come in Chicago, before the next biggest moment of Wentz's young career.

"He's responded pretty well," said Daniel. "Obviously, the schedule is not what made him play well against the Browns. I think his superior athletic ability, his intangibles, his smarts, his arm strength, that's what made him play well, but you'd love to think that the preparation part is pretty important, too."