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#Eagles DE Michael Bennett has strong feelings for Coach Doug Pederson: “You want to win for Doug because he respects you as a man and not a lot of coaches treat you like that in the NFL so you want the guy to keep his job and for him to do that, you have to win.”— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) October 9, 2018
Play-action is giving the Eagles’ defense fits - BGN
Have opposing coordinators taken the Patriots’ blueprint and used it to crack Jim Schwartz’s code? The stats would suggest it’s a possibility. Over the past two weeks opposing offense have completed 82% of their passes off play-action at an alarming clip of 11.13 yards per attempt. On the year they’re conceding a 113.6 QB Rating to those concepts.
The Kist & Solak Show #24: Trade Targets & Line Play - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak go over the potential trade targets at running back/safety, get into a deep discussion about offensive line play, gripe about NFL Game Pass, and much much more!
What does the Eagles’ restructuring of Fletcher Cox’s contract mean? - PhillyVoice
Defensive tackle: This is a highly underrated need. Outside of Fletcher Cox, the Eagles are getting almost no production whatsoever from their DTs. Destiny Vaeao, for example, has played on 130 snaps this season, and he has one measly tackle. Meanwhile, it’s nearly impossible to get a straight answer out of the coaching staff on the eventual availability of Timmy Jernigan, and Jernigan himself makes sure he’s never in the locker room whenever the media is.
Will Eagles make a creative offer to Le’Veon Bell? - PFT
Sure, the Eagles reportedly aren’t interested in trading for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. But how much leverage would they have to get a deal done on favorable terms if they were come right out and say, “Yeah, we want him”? Here’s a wild guess: Whoever from the Eagles leaked to ESPN the news of the Fletcher Cox contract restructuring made the “we’re not interested in trading for Bell” part and parcel of the one-two scoop punch in order to establish a position of strength, in the event that trade talks for Bell occur after he returns to the Steelers next week. If trade talks occur between the two Pennsylvania teams (the Steelers reportedly want a second-round pick, and the Eagles have two of them in 2019), the Cox restructuring contains a potential clue as to how the Eagles would persuade Bell to want to go all-in when it comes to playing for the Eagles for the balance of 2018.
Dose: Homecoming for McCoy? - Rotoworld
Holdout Le’Veon Bell mentioned the Eagles as a possible destination last week when he talked to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, but that was before the Ajayi knee injury. Ajayi had previously been dealing with a minor back issue. The Eagles made a move with DT Fletcher Cox’s contract on Monday, freeing up several millions of dollars in cap space, signaling a trade may be in the works. Many immediately went back to Bell as the answer. But ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday night that the Eagles had “no plans” to pursue a Bell trade. It would cost a lot both in dollars and draft picks. On Tuesday, WIVB Buffalo’s Josh Reed reported the Eagles have reached out to the Bills about acquiring former Eagles great LeSean McCoy. This move would make a ton of sense for the Eagles. McCoy is already familiar with the offense after starring in ex-coach Andy Reid’s offense in Philly, and current coach Doug Pederson was on that staff and is a disciple of Reid. McCoy is 30 years old and very much on his last legs, but he does have good football left to give if put in the right situation. That right situation is not the current Bills team he’s on at the moment going through a rebuild in an offense that has shown zero ability to throw the ball or block well enough in the ground game. If McCoy were to be traded, his fantasy value would skyrocket. It’s a situation to watch closely ahead of the deadline.
The NFC East: A Pathway To The Postseason - PE.com
This isn’t about making a trade for a running back or a wide receiver or throwing around any of the fantasy ideas of Howie Roseman swooping in and making a bold move to turn this season around. It’s not about the penalty called against Michael Bennett on his sack of Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins on Sunday and the outrage that the yellow flag sparked. Nobody cares that Fletcher Cox and Jalen Mills became emotional on the field and in the bench area in the heat of an emotional game on Sunday. All of the sideshow stuff is just a distraction. The story here is about an Eagles team on a two-game losing streak starting the NFC East schedule on Thursday night against a Giants franchise they’ve been exchanging haymakers with since 1933.
Eagles Film Breakdown: Did Stefen Wisniewski deserve to get benched for Isaac Seumalo? - Inquirer
After watching the film, it’s clear that Stefen Wisniewski didn’t deserve to get benched. But can Isaac Seumalo be an upgrade an help turn the Eagles offensive line’s play around?
Examining a potential LeSean McCoy trade through Howie Roseman’s eyes - NBCSP
It’s almost unimaginable to think the Eagles would trade for McCoy. I know there was a report out of Buffalo that said they were interested, but it makes no sense and honestly I’d be absolutely stunned if it happens. Here’s why. You have to start with Howie Roseman, who was the Eagles’ general manager from 2010 through 2014 and again since 2016. What have we learned from watching Howie over the last decade? He never allocates significant resources for running backs. Howie comes from the school that says you spend money on offensive line, defensive line and quarterback and fill in the pieces at other positions with capable pros, often late-round picks or undrafted guys.
NFL Week 5 Sunday Standouts: Defense - PFF
EDGE Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles, 89.5 Overall Grade. Fletcher Cox’s teammate was even more productive rushing the passer with his sack, two hits and four hurries giving him a pass-rushing productivity of 15.3 across his 36 pass-rush snaps. The Eagles moved him around the formation with 18 snaps from the left side and 18 from the right side. Five of his seven total pressures came from the left side when lined up against right tackle Rashod Hill, whose pass blocking grade was accordingly affected.
Giants-Eagles odds: Giants will be underdogs at home vs. Eagles - Big Blue View
The New York Giants came close to a late road win against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5, losing in the final seconds thanks to a 63-yard Graham Gano field goal. But close doesn’t count in the NFL; the Giants are still a one-win team, and while they return to their home-field in Week 6, the lines aren’t giving the team much of an advantage. The visiting Philadelphia Eagles opened as 2.5-point favorites and, as of Tuesday, they are now favored by three points at both Bovada.lv as well as 5dimes.eu.
Raiders CB Gareon Conley may lose spot in starting lineup - ESPN
“[Daryl] Worley played good,” Gruden said Monday, when asked if Conley’s lack of playing time was related more to his struggles or to Worley playing well. ”Worley is a good player. Gareon had a couple of struggles ... (and we’re) trying to find a right mix, trying to find a right mix at a lot of positions. Daryl Worley is a good player. I think he was second on our team in tackles. He earned a right to be out there.”
Week 5 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers leap up the DVOA rankings, but they’re still behind the current big three of the Rams, Bears, and Chiefs. Plus, more on just how high-powered this year’s offensive environment has been, and further exploration of why our Miami Dolphins ratings are so confusing.
The Most Important Job in Sports Is Easier Than Ever Before - The Ringer
Why are so many previously unspectacular quarterbacks putting up passing numbers that make Dan Marino look like a chump? Better schemes, better athletes, and beneficial rule changes—it’s all combined to lower the degree of difficulty for football’s most valuable position.
NFL Panic Index 2018: Maybe the Packers should listen to Aaron Rodgers - SB Nation
Panic index: Here’s why Eagles shouldn’t be freaking out just yet: the NFC East is total garb and Pederson is by far the best coach in the division. Pederson isn’t afraid to go against conventional wisdom — like being just the second coach in the last 16 years to go for two while down by eight points. That’s someone who has a good head on his shoulders, no matter what he wears on top of that head.
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