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Eagles News: NFL insider says Jim Schwartz “might be the hottest coaching candidate” after this season

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/26/17.

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NFL notebook: Broncos need to go to Paxton Lynch; Jim Schwartz's stock rising - CBS Sports
Jim Schwartz might be the hottest coaching candidate when we reach 2018. He did get the Lions to the postseason -- no easy feat -- and he had Buffalo's defense in the top five a few years back and now has the Eagles menacing people on that side of the ball. He'll have his pick of jobs.

5 offensive tackles the Eagles could trade for in the absence of Jason Peters - BGN
I think this might be the Eagles’ best bet. Seantrel Henderson has started 26 games over three seasons after being undrafted in 2014. The 25-year-old blocker would’ve played more if not for missing games due to Crohn’s disease. Henderson was suspended for four games in 2015 and 10 games in 2016-2017 combined due to the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but Henderson claimed he was using marijuana to deal with the pain from his disease. Henderson returned to the Bills’ roster earlier this month after being suspended for the first five games of the season. He’s fallen behind on the depth chart in the mean time.

Eagles Belong In The Super Bowl Contender Convo - BGNRadio.com
John Barchard, James Seltzer and Vince Quinn breakdown this thrilling victory from the Eagles on Monday Night Football... which despite some bumps and bruises that sent Jordan Hicks and Jason Peters to the training room, this Eagles squad came together to put on quite a show. Carson Wentz was once again jaw dropping and the crew believes he is 1000% in the discussion for NFL MVP.

Eagles rookie DE Derek Barnett showed promise Monday night, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
On Monday night, Barnett finally made an impact on the stat sheet, as he had two sacks and a tackle for loss. When the Eagles made him the 14th-overall pick in April, Barnett was just 20-years old. Most of the players taken in next year's draft will be older than him. While he has yet to dominate, Barnett looks the part of an eventual good starter in the NFL.

False Positives - Iggles Blitz
There are plenty of other teams who have gotten off to hot starts and then faded down the stretch. Can the Eagles sustain their 6-1 start? What would make them different? The Eagles do feel different to me. They went 7-9 in 2016 and were highly competitive in many of the losses. They were only a handful of plays from going to the playoffs. Doug Pederson inherited a good infrastructure when he took over the team and then did a good job of making improvements. He put together a really strong coaching staff and got the whole team on the same page.

Eagle Eye: Will The Defense Keep Using This New Look? - PE.com
On the first play, the Redskins face third-and-9, and the Eagles send a Cover-0 blitz. All of their coverage players are on an island with no safety help in the middle of the field. This is an A-gap pressure by Schwartz, who forces the issue right in Cousins’ face. He guarantees that a defender will get home by lining up defensive tackle Fletcher Cox directly over the center and sending safety Malcolm Jenkins with linebacker Nigel Bradham through both A gaps. With three defenders on the inside, and both guards covered up by defenders, the running back can only pick up one of the two second-level defenders. The back chooses to block Jenkins, leaving Bradham to come in free. The ball comes out early and is nearly intercepted by safety Rodney McLeod.

'Backpack' and biking: Eagles WR Mack Hollins drawing attention - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins called himself just a "Padawan" when it comes to his touchdown dance, so he was hesitant to put himself too high on the list of top Eagles celebrations this year. "I mean the home run one, any time we hit a deep ball we'll do the home run one," said Hollins, beginning his rankings. "I saw an edit of Nelson [Agholor] when he fell back and they turned [the end zone] into a ball pit; that was pretty cool." "I could put myself up there, but I could be better. You can always grow," he joked.

Comparing Carson Wentz to Dak Prescott makes you realize something crazy - SportsDay
I don't think I see a lot of ability for the Cowboys to catch the Eagles. The Eagles are the No. 1 rushing defense in the league. The Cowboys have got to go play them twice and their strength on defense shuts the Cowboys' strength down.

Everybody Believes in Carson Wentz Now - The MMQB
The first thing you need to know about how well Carson Wentz is playing in 2017 is that some of his teammates weren’t even all that impressed with his nifty 17-yard scramble to convert a third down late in Monday night’s 34-24 win against Washington. You know, the play where Wentz was engulfed in a scrum of eight other men—four teammates and four opponents—and somehow scampered free, ducking and darting like a house mouse you thought you had corralled. The Washington defense looked demoralized after that play, wondering, like the rest of us, how the heck did that sucker get loose? To some of Wentz’s teammates, however, this was nothing out of the ordinary. “That’s just Carson,” rookie running back Corey Clement said with a shrug. “If you see him practice, he does stuff like that all the time. I wasn’t surprised. I’m sure nobody else was surprised.”

All-22: With Jason Peters out, can Vaitai step up at left tackle? - The Athletic
There will be an adjustment period for sure. So much of the Eagles' run game is based on timing with combination blocks and getting to linebackers at the second level. Peters and Stefen Wisniewski developed a good rapport. Now Vaitai will have to do the same. It's not a question of whether there will be a dropoff; it's a question of how big the dropoff will be. Vaitai's development will be tested, and the growth he shows will help determine how far the Eagles go the rest of the way.

Are Eagles fans taking Malcolm Jenkins' greatness for granted? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Could someone as accomplished as Jenkins be taken for granted or underrated in Eagles fans' eyes? Our own Reuben Frank touched on this in his 10 Observations after the Redskins game. Perhaps because of his stance on social injustice or raised fist, some fans may either overlook or just not give Jenkins the credit he's deserved for his durability and stellar play on the field. He was dominant Monday vs. the Redskins, registering 10 tackles, a sack and the type of game-altering tackles that kill opponents' drives.

With a green dot on the back of his helmet, Eagles LB Nigel Bradham takes on more responsibility - Inquirer
Watch linebacker Nigel Bradham closely on Sunday, and you’ll notice a lime green dot on the back of his helmet. It’s been on the back of his helmet three times this season – only when Jordan Hicks was sidelined in games. With Hicks out for the year because of a torn Achilles tendon, Bradham will have that dot on the back of his helmet going forward. It means he’s wearing the headset on defense. By wearing the headset, Bradham will relay the play call from defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to the other defensive players, which is usually Hicks’ role. He’ll help position the defense, too. It’s an important job that requires leadership and communication. Schwartz didn’t want to overstate the difficulty of it, though.

'Nobody expects V to be JP': Philadelphia Eagles aim to ease pressure on Peters' replacement - PennLive
Expectations for Vaitai will be high, particularly because the Eagles own the NFL's best record at 6-1 and are preparing to make a push for the postseason. It'll be up to more experienced linemen to help ease the pressure, left guard Stefen Wisniewski said. "I mean, those are big shoes to fill, for sure," Wisniewski said. "Nobody expects V to be JP. But we expect him to be a good player. He's going to have to learn and improve every week like everybody else does, but I think we've all seen what he's capable of. And I think he's capable of filling in."

49ers-Eagles injury report: Trent Brown, Brandon Fusco miss Wednesday practice - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers returned to practice on Wednesday, and they have some notable players showing up on the injury report. The DNPs are particularly important. Brandon Fusco, Trenton Brown, and Joe Staley all missed practice. Staley’s is not listed as a veteran’s day off, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was somewhat that. Staley did not leave Sunday’s game, while Fusco and Brown did. Both Fusco and Brown would seem questionable at this point, which could mean Zane Beadles and Garry Gilliam will play on Sunday. Erik Magnuson could also end up active if Fusco is inactive.

NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 8: The year terrible quarterbacks took over - SB Nation
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