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Upon further review: What to make of Carson Wentz’s performance through three games? - The Athletic
Overall, Wentz is getting rid of the ball in 2.76 seconds – almost an identical number to last year when he was at 2.72 seconds. On average, the sacks he’s taken have occurred 3.927 seconds after the ball is snapped. The league average is 4.280 seconds. In other words, the sacks Wentz has taken have happened faster than the league average rate. Could Wentz do a better job pre-snap? Sure. And Doug Pederson has mentioned that he’s still getting used to game speed. But the sacks have very little to do with Wentz holding on to the ball for too long.

Finally, someone has identified the REAL problem with the 2018 Eagles - BGN
It’s about time someone had the courage to say it.

At the Podium #5: Pederson & Wentz Discuss the Loss to the Vikings - BGN Radio
Brand spanking new press conferences and it’s a triple decker this time! Includes Doug Pederson’s pressers from after the game and Monday, plus Carson Wentz chimes in on the offenses’ performance in the Eagles 23-21 loss to the Vikings. Plus the Jay Ajayi torn ACL news dropped as Michael Kist recorded the intro, expect more analysis on that soon!

Eagles screwed by inconsistent enforcement of roughing the passer penalties in consecutive games - PhillyVoice
One of the major themes of the 2018 NFL season, league-wide, has been the enforcement of laughable roughing the passer calls, whether they be for accidental and/or harmless contact with a quarterback’s helmet, any kind of contact with the quarterback’s leg below the knees, or landing on the quarterback with body weight. It was easily predictable that bad roughing the passer calls were going to affect the outcomes of games across the league, and that is exactly what has happened.

Intrigue at RB - Iggles Blitz
If there is one RB I’d have interest in, it would be Bilal Powell of the Jets. He has always impressed me. I just don’t know if they’d be willing to part with him. The Eagles could also look to the Dolphins for more RB help. They have good depth at RB. You wonder if Kenyan Drake might be available. He had 25 carries over the first two weeks and only a total of 14 in the last three games.

Doug Pederson sees positives in Eagles’ frustration - ESPN
The feel surrounding the Eagles through five games is much different than a year ago. There was little evidence of internal turmoil during their touchdown-celebrating, teammate-backing romp through the regular season en route to a championship. ”You’d probably have to ask them, quite honestly, because I’m over it,” Pederson said, when asked if the players are suffering from a Super Bowl hangover. “I’m trying to fix our problems currently. It seems like we’re trying to move on and move past, but we kind of keep getting compared to last season. This is a totally new season, new team, everything about it as we are finding out. And so we have to fix today.”

On A Short Week, In Search Of Swagger -
If the Eagles had any time to self-examine after a second consecutive loss, they surely would do it right now. They would look in the collective mirror and analyze tendencies and cut up the tape and watch every play of every situation through five games. They would examine, analyze, and make corrections. If they had time. But they don’t have any time this week. They are only hours away from kicking off against the New York Giants on Thursday night in an NFC East-opening game that means a lot. At 2-3, we’re all past last season, right? We’re not comparing the Super Bowl season to now, because there is no comparison. That team won close games, started fast and finished strong, scored touchdowns in the red zone, and had minimal self-inflicting penalties and giveaways during the course of the game. This team kills itself with penalties, has scored just seven points in the first quarter of five games combined, and has largely failed to close out any game with conviction (two goal-line stands have saved both wins). Oh, and the Eagles are among the lowest-ranked teams in the red zone offensively, so the resemblance to a Super Bowl team is about as inaccurate as it can be right now.

Week 5 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Edge Defender: Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles – 89.5. The Eagles couldn’t get the job done against the Vikings but Graham was dominant off the edge once again. From 35 pass-rushing snaps, he totaled a sack, two hits, four hurries and a batted pass. So far this season, he has registered a sack, three hits and 17 hurries.

Jalen Mills might be the least of the Eagles’ defensive problems - Inquirer
Despite popular opinion, Jalen Mills is the least of the defense’s problems. In fact, he’s fine. Cornerbacks get beaten all the time. It happens, but it only happened once to Mills on Sunday. Kirk Cousins completed seven passes in the game that went for 10 yards or more. Five of those went to the left side, where the Vikings were working on cornerback Ronald Darby. Of the two on the right, one was an inside route defended by Avonte Maddox and the other was the stop-and-go that burned Mills. Cousins mostly stayed away from him. The real problem on the defense right now is that it doesn’t have enough players. Subtract tackle Tim Jernigan, safety Rodney McLeod and, on Sunday, defensive end Derek Barnett and tackle Haloti Ngata, and there is trouble.

Doug Pederson to blame for many of Eagles’ issues - NBCSP
The Eagles are the third-most penalized team in the NFL with 43 — more than 8½ per game. They’re allowing 79 penalty yards per game. Some have been bad calls. Some have been unavoidable. Most have simply been mental errors and a lack of discipline. You’re not going to win games giving the other team 79 free yards per game. That’s on Doug.

The Eagles Have Officially Lost Their Super Bowl Mojo - B/R
To win a Super Bowl, a team must have a perfect blend of top-end talent and coaching while catching lightning in a bottle with some fortunate play and overall health. This combination of ingredients allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to produce a 13-3 record and ride a wave of success throughout the playoffs toward the organization’s first Super Bowl victory. After Sunday’s 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it’s clear some of the ingredients are missing. The Eagles have now lost as many games through five weeks as they did all last year. Philly fans better enjoy their recent championship, because the odds of a defending Super Bowl champion making a playoff appearance after a 2-3 start are not in the Eagles’ favor, according to NFL Research.

The Starting 11: The Chiefs Look Unstoppable. Blake Bortles Does Not. - The Ringer
Following their 23-21 loss to the Vikings, the Eagles are 2-3, and it looks like Carson Wentz may need some time to find his old form. Wentz threw for more than 300 yards on the day, but a huge chunk of that production came late in the game with Philadelphia trailing. In the first half, the Eagles gained a total of 81 yards on six drives and failed to sustain much offense. Wentz still looked a bit off in his third game back after returning from a brutal knee injury, and even though the Eagles receivers had a couple of critical drops on Sunday, that wasn’t an epidemic like it was against Tennessee last week. The slow start on offense even led running back Jay Ajayi to openly question head coach Doug Pederson’s first-half play-calling after the game. My, how quickly things can change.

Giants confirm they will cut Ereck Flowers Tuesday barring trade - Big Blue View
The writing was on the wall for Flowers’ chances to contribute this year, first by the Giants’ signing of free agent Nate Solder to handle left tackle duties and then by the team declining to pick up Flowers’ $12.525 million fifth-year option in May. The final nail in the coffin came in late September, when Flowers, moved to right tackle, was then benched in favor of Chad Wheeler.

Drew Brees becomes NFL’s all-time leading passer - Canal Street Chronicles
It’s finally happened. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has become the NFL’s all-time leading passing yards leader. Entering Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, Brees needed just 201 passing yards to stamp his forever place in league history, and he already surpassed Brett Favre for second place after netting 99 yards in the second quarter on a touchdown drive. It came on a touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith late in the second quarter, which was the most fitting way to set the record.

How coaching not to lose is costing NFL teams - SB Nation
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz tackles the scourge of coaching scared and looks at how one NFL coach is winning because he’s not afraid to lose.


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