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NFL assistant coaches on the rise; five big questions for Week 8 - NFL.com
John DeFilippo, quarterbacks coach, Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz said he was excited the Eagles blocked DeFilippo, 39, from interviewing for the Jets' offensive coordinator job, and why not? People who know him say he's energetic, passionate and fun to work with. One former colleague with the Raiders recalls DeFilippo even embraced trying to get something out of all-time bust JaMarcus Russell (who had his only modestly functional season with DeFilippo as his QB coach in Oakland in 2008). He's highly motivated to be a head coach and has a plan. He's a bit of a wild card, because he only has one year of experience as a coordinator, on a doomed staff in Cleveland in 2015. The 49ers interviewed him the following January.
The unsung hero behind Eagles' offensive success - NFL.com
Peter Schrager says Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich could be a head coaching candidate this offseason.
Know Thine Eagles Enemy: 49ers Film Review - BGN
We’ll be going a slightly different direction with the film review today. No San Francisco defensive clips made it—why? Because their defense is crummy. They don’t have the secondary personnel to run their scheme of choice (the 4-3, Cover 3 a la Seattle). DeForest Buckner, their monstrous DT, is pretty fun to watch—besides that? No bueno. Kyle Shanahan’s offense, on the other hand? Still kinda crummy—but that has way more to do with personnel than it does with scheme. And it’s that scheme that we’ll put under the microscope.
Five over/unders for Eagles vs. 49ers - PhillyVoice
The Eagles have already done a great job limiting Wentz’s pass attempts this year. In his last five games, he’s thrown an average of about 29 times, compared to the 42 he averaged in his 12 previous games dating back to Week 8 of last season. And I don’t see that changing this week, especially since the 49ers are 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. Add in the wet field conditions that could create a problem for Wentz and his receivers, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a run-pass ratio similar to what we saw when the Eagles played the Giants or Chargers. While I don’t see this game being a blowout, largely due to the weather, that’s another way the Eagles can limit Wentz’s attempts in this one. Should they go up by a few scores early, there’s a good chance we see very little out of him the rest of the way. After all, they don’t have Jason Peters protecting his blindside anymore. Why risk it?
Game Preview – SF at PHI - Iggles Blitz
RT Trent Brown will likely miss the game, which doesn’t help their offense. The OL isn’t strong on the inside and that means Fletcher Cox and the DTs could be collapsing the pocket on a regular basis. Brandon Graham will be shooting off the edge and giving the RT fits. Beathard is going to have to handle pressure well. The Eagles faced Kyle Shanahan’s offense last year when he was the OC for the Falcons and the Eagles won that game 24-15. They should have a good feel for what he wants to do. Beyond that, it is similar to what the Skins do and the Eagles just faced them so that could help a bit.
Answering Week 8's biggest fantasy football questions - ESPN
Nelson Agholor's routes and targets have increased in recent weeks. Is it fair to say he's locked in as the No. 3 target? Yes. The former first-round pick appears to have worked through his confidence issues and is beginning to realize his potential after a slow start to his career. He has caught 24 balls of 35 targets for 366 yards and five touchdowns. Tight end Zach Ertz is Carson Wentz's go-to receiving option, followed by Alshon Jeffery, but Wentz has shown no hesitation firing it Agholor's way. Given the success rate, there's no reason to think that won't continue.
Lawlor: Sunday Is Doug Pederson's Chance To Shine - PE.com
Find the right coach. Jeffrey Lurie appears to have done that when he tabbed Pederson to take over the Eagles back in January 2016. Pederson had the Eagles in the playoff hunt last year and the team is 6-1 this season. He's got a 13-10 record so far and that could get better if the Eagles continue to win. Andy Reid wasn't three games over .500 as a coach until mid-November of his third season. That should give you an idea that Pederson has this team ahead of schedule. Pederson is starting to get some attention at the local level, but I don't get the sense that the national media appreciates what he's done as much as they should. That will change if the Eagles continue to win as the season moves along. Sunday's game could be one that will help Pederson get more positive attention.
Wulf's Den: Chris Long is no angel - The Athletic
“I don’t hate football. I just don’t like practice and I don’t like meetings. I enjoy my teammates, but it’s not a big deal … There’s some guys that live, eat, sleep (football). I wanna get away from it when I’m away from it [...] I love being competitive. I love trying to be my best every week, every Sunday. And sometimes you have to do stuff you don’t enjoy. Some people, you know how there’s those guys, this guy loves practice. I don’t like practice. I don’t like any of that stuff.”
Eagles' players react to Texans owner Bob McNair's "inmate" comments; praise Jeffrey Lurie - NJ.com
Lurie's support for his players has not gone unnoticed in the locker room. "I love it. That is one of the biggest reasons why we are playing so good," Jalen Mills said. "When you see a guy like Mr. Lurie, going to these meetings with Malcolm, Torrey and Chris. Showing the league that he has their back, and by showing he has their back, he has our back too. It makes you want to play for that guy even more, play for that guy even harder. That makes the love more mutual. It is true, and it is genuine."
After studying and admiring Jason Peters, Halapoulivaati Vaitai now replaces him on Eagles' offensive line - Inquirer
“Nobody replaces Jason Peters,” Vaitai said. “It’s going to be hard to do. But I’ve got an opportunity to play, so I’m going to take this time and play for JP and use what I’ve been taught and play for him.” Some of what Vaitai has been taught has come from Peters, who is known to help apprentice young players. When Peters sat in the cart after the injury on Monday, Peters already started sharing tips with Vaitai and offering feedback to offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. On Tuesday morning, with the knowledge that his season was finished, Peters sought Vaitai. He offered the same advice that he gave Vaitai in the Dallas shopping mall and during the post-draft phone conversation.
Roob's Random Points, Part 1: Wentz's historic start, incredible run defense, Philadelphia A's - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Most of the run defense numbers the Eagles are putting up are insane, but the one that amazes me the most is that opposing teams have run the ball only 123 times all year against the Eagles. That's 17.6 attempts per game, and that's the second-lowest figure ever against any NFL team through seven games! The only lower figure was against the 1991 Saints (119 carries through seven games). The Eagles have been so dominating against the run, opposing teams aren't even trying to run the football! And Kareem Hunt remains the only opposing running back to reach even 40 yards against the Eagles this year. That's crazy!
Alshon Jeffery is no Terrell Owens – and that’s good for Eagles - FanRag
Jeffery, who has 13 career 100-yard games and two 200-yard games, hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark yet. Maybe it will come Sunday against the winless 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field, where heavy rain is expected, which often creates favorable passing situations. You’d think there would be some hint of jealously, discontent or impatience for Jeffery to become as involved as his teammates, especially given his contract situation, but Jeffery insisted he’s not focused on financial ramifications. “I think that’ll take care of itself,” he said. “I’m not worried about no contract. I’m just trying to play football, trying to win a championship.”
From Philly with love: 49ers' Matt Breida back in parents' home town - The Sacramento Bee
Matt Breida doesn't pronounce water as "wooder," doesn't use the phrase "youse guy" and like most Americans would struggle if asked to spell the Schuylkill River. But the 49ers rookie running back has Philly hard-wired into his system and will have a gaggle of screaming relatives in the stands Sunday wearing his red, No. 22 jersey. His parents are from North Philadelphia -- "Philly born and bred!" Terri Breida says with oomph -- and he was raised watching the Eagles on Sundays. Like most Philadelphians, the Breidas loved Brian Westbrook, cheered Donovan McNabb and, in the words of his father, Mike, thought Terrell Owens was "a butthead, but also a heck of a player."
NFL Week 8 Preview: 49ers at Eagles - PFF
QB C.J. Beathard vs. pressure — Beathard’s 46.7 overall grade after just shy of two games of action would be the league’s second-worst if he had enough snaps to qualify, topping only DeShone Kizer, and the third-round rookie has struggled in a number of areas. Chief among those has been his play under pressure, where Beathard is the only quarterback with at least 30 dropbacks under pressure to average less than 4.00 yards per attempt, a mark he clears by more than a full yard (2.96). On Sunday, he’ll be facing an Eagles defense that has pressured opposing quarterbacks on 38.8 percent of snaps this season, the fourth-best rate in the NFL. If that weren’t enough, Philadelphia brings that pressure quicker than all but two defenses — 29.3 percent of their pressures reach the quarterback in 2.0 seconds or less.
Better Rivals podcast: “Is C.J. Beathard going to die?” - Niners Nation
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The days of the NFL one-dimensional pocket passer are over - SB Nation
Survey the NFL quarterbacks who lead the league in touchdown passes: It’s Carson Wentz (17), Tom Brady (15), Alex Smith (15) Deshaun Watson (15), and Dak Prescott (14). Wentz, Smith, Watson and Prescott are among the league’s finest in mobility, and Brady for nearly two decades has proved a master at the pocket sidestep with his nuanced ballets in nimbleness. NFL quarterbacks thus far this season who own the highest passer ratings and nearly all of the division leaders feature effective, planned and impromptu quarterback movement in the passing game.
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