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Ronald Darby regrets Twitter rant - NBC Sports Philadelphia
On Tuesday morning, Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby dealt with some of his. During a series of three tweets to his 46,000-plus Twitter followers, Darby said "half way fans that sit around and wait for mistakes to talk trash" would be getting blocked. He quickly realized that probably wasn't a good idea. "I was just in my feelings," Darby said on Thursday afternoon. "I gotta grow up. I had a horrible game, probably one of the worst games I have ever played. And that ain't nobody's fault. People expect highly of us. I do apologize ... to y'all too for that. That was childish. And I'm too grown for that." Darby, still just 23, said he realized he made a mistake with the tweets when his supporters began to baby him. He called playing in the NFL a "grown man game." Darby isn't the first player to take criticism too hard. And he won't be the last.

Come to the biggest Philly sports holiday party in town! - BGN
THE BIGGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT NIGHT OF THE YEAR IS ALMOST HERE! You’re not going to want to miss this.

Two Eagles assistants among list of 12 head coaching recommendations distributed by NFL - PhillyVoice
The Eagles' extraordinarily successful 2017 season was fueled in part by the staff the Eagles assembled during the 2016 offseason. They may need to replace some of their star assistants soon.

Just What They Needed - Iggles Blitz
The last two weeks were long, awkward games. There were moments when the Eagles were on the verge of taking complete control of the games and playing to their dominant potential. But then something would happen and they found themselves trailing or holding on for dear life. That made the games less about fun and more about relief when the Eagles came away with tight wins. I wrote my column for PE.com on how the tough games will actually help the Eagles out. Playoff football is usually more about close, tough wins that blowouts or comfortable victories. Those games helped prepare the Eagles for January.

Carson Wentz, Nick Foles transitioning into new roles - ESPN
Wentz has been taking small steps in his long road to recovery over the past week. He was back in the building on Tuesday. Time spent at the NovaCare Complex is short for now -- he's primarily there for rehab and out the door by around 9 a.m., according to coach Doug Pederson -- but that didn't stop him from taking in a team meeting and hanging out in the quarterback room with Sudfeld and his replacement, Nick Foles. "The three of those guys are really close," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "I still remember Jim Kelly, who was the franchise future Hall of Fame quarterback [for the Bills]. It means so much to me to this day that when he got hurt, the support that he gave me. I know that's the kind of support that Carson is giving to Nick and Nate. I think it says a lot about that room, I think it says a lot about Carson that he wants to contribute however he can."

Doug Pederson Has Team On Winning Schedule - PE.com
Doug Pederson stands in front of his football team each morning at the NovaCare Complex, laying out his daily message, detailing the schedule and providing some words of wisdom. He asks his players to commit to the moment, and this moment is a special one: The Eagles are one win away (or an improbable Packers win over visiting Minnesota on Saturday) from clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs ...

LeVine: In my 81 years, I've never seen anyone like Carson Wentz - Inforum
You are Carson Wentz. A once in a lifetime national representation and presentation of the state of North Dakota. Recently, your season ended and we on the northern plains exhaled disappointment. You sustained one of the worst football injuries, a torn-up knee. It wouldn't be wrong to call it broken or busted. Your season, and maybe ours, ended on that play. But no. Wait! You got up, walked to the sideline, announced you were going to finish the drive and did. On one good leg you trotted back out there, tossed a touchdown pass. and you were finished for the season. The storybook fable had become true. Many believe your faith in God made it happen. Who knows? What matters is that you did it, and your millions of Carson fans from Philadelphia to North Dakota will never forget it.

NFL Week 16 Preview: Raiders at Eagles - PFF
G Gabe Jackson vs. DI Fletcher Cox – After receiving a huge contract extension in the offseason, Jackson has underachieved this year. He’s the 30th-ranked guard this season with a 70.8 overall grade, which would be the lowest grade of his four-year career. Jackson has only allowed one sack this season, but hasn’t been as strong in the running game, with a 45.0 run-block grade that ranks 47th of 78 qualifying guards. He faces a tough matchup this week in Cox, who is the fourth-ranked interior defender with a 91.1 overall grade. Cox’s 91.3 pass-rush grade is second-best among interior defenders, and he ranks fourth with 48 total pressures. He hasn’t been as stout against the run, with a 4.6 percent run-stop percentage that ranks 107th of 124 qualifying interior defenders.

Eagles-Raiders fantasy football preview: Who to start, sit - Silver And Black Pride
There is not a lot of data on Nick Foles this season considering it has been just two weeks since Carson Wentz went out with a season ending knee injury. However, Foles looked very sharp in his first start of 2017 throwing for 237 yards and four touchdowns. Oakland’s defense has been stout against quarterbacks since they turned the unit over to John Pagano, but the Eagles have too many weapons on offense as well as a great coaching staff. The team showed almost no drop off last Sunday despite having their backup quarterback in the ball game. Foles might not tear this defense apart with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin’s improved play late, but expect Foles to be a solid start and to throw for a few touchdowns against an all-but eliminated Raiders football team. Philadelphia’s new quarterback also threw for seven touchdowns last time he faced the Silver and Black. So who knows what he will do this time.

What to watch in Eagles-Raiders | Early Birds - Inquirer
No. 1 rush defense vs. “Beast Mode”: The Eagles still have the No. 1 rush defense, limiting opponents to 71.5 rushing yards per game. However, they’ve allowed opposing offenses to top 100 rushing yards and 4 yards per carry in three of the past five games. Marshawn Lynch isn’t putting up the same numbers as he did with Seattle a few years ago, but “Beast Mode” is still a tough runner — especially late in the season. He’s rushed for 248 yards and 5.95 yards per carry during the past three weeks. It will be a challenge for the Eagles defense, but that’s been its strength all season.

How a fresh Fletcher Cox and a season of D-line rotations could boost the Eagles come playoff time - The Athletic
The defense has not looked great the past couple weeks, but it has also been playing with its regular-season rotation. Armed with at least one bye (home-field advantage could be locked up in Week 16) and an awareness of the facts above, we might expect to see a much shorter bench for the playoffs – and perhaps a commensurate bump in performance once the do-or-die games begin.

NFL Future General Managers: Annual List of Who’s Next in Line to Lead Team Personnel - Sports Illustrated
Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas: Hidden in Baltimore for years, Douglas’ work is no secret anymore. And I’d bet Philly will do something to make it worth his while to stay.

Saints send Kenny Vaccaro to injured reserve - Canal Street Chronicles
The wrist injury was brought to light for the first time earlier today. Whatever your opinion of Vaccaro’s level of play (personally I think he’s become something of a liability), losing a starter this late in the season and at such a crucial moment looms large for New Orleans. In the short-term, this means the Saints will be looking to younger players like Vonn Bell, Rafael Bush, and Chris Banjo to step up in Vaccaro’s absence. P.J. Williams may also see more action as Vaccaro had basically been the starting slot cornerback. Hopefully those guys are up to the task and can effectively fill in.

Eagles help ‘Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ support young patients and their families - NFL Player Engagement
Donnie Jones and the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles had just spent 10 days on the West Coast after playing back-to-back games against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. The team’s charter flight landed in Philadelphia, Monday morning around 4 o’clock, and later that day Jones, the team’s veteran punter, and kicker Caleb Sturgis, were at New Eagle Elementary School doing their part for Ryan’s Case for Smiles– an organization that brings comfort and support to young patients and their families. Jones and Sturgis spent the afternoon with third graders at the school, building coping boxes that will be sent to siblings of children who are in the hospital battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Why Coaches And QBs Should Divorce After Five Years Of Not Winning - FiveThirtyEight
Marvin Lewis’s time as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals is expected to come to an end after this season. It has been a remarkable run of longevity given that Lewis has compiled a 0-7 playoff record in 15 seasons on the job. No head coach in NFL history has more playoff losses without a win than Lewis. Lewis, who was hired by Cincinnati in 2003, is one of seven active coaches to have started his current job prior to the 2010 season. It’s an illustrious group that includes Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy, Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh and Pete Carroll. Next to those names, Lewis sticks out for an obvious reason: Every coach on the list has won a Super Bowl on his current team. But perhaps more telling, each one of them did so within five seasons on the job.

Chart Party: The Browns live in hell - SB Nation
In the season finale of Chart Party, we finally visit the Browns, who are doomed to toil in football agony until the end of time.

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