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Eagles News: Former Philadelphia player says Doug Pederson is “losing control of this team”

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Former Eagles player: Doug Pederson is ‘losing control of this team’ - PhillyVoice

”When you think about the Dallas trash talk, you think of all the things that we’re commenting on off the field, all the fights and stuff that are happening before the game, he’s losing control of this team, and it’s just true. I’m sorry to say that, but it’s just the truth. I don’t think that they’re respecting him the way they should respect their head coach. I saw them walk on Dak Prescott’s touchdown (Sunday) night. They were walking to the line of scrimmage while the Cowboys were hustling. Those are things that speak to the head coach, and that was a sad showing last night.”

Saints’ red zone concepts present huge test for Eagles’ defense - BGN
How do you stop the league’s top scoring offense? Better yet, how do you do it on the road? And lastly, how do you do it with a decimated secondary? Those are the challenges facing the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles as they limp in to a crucial Week 11 matchup. While the Eagles’ offense has struggled to get off the ground, the New Orleans Saints’ offense has been a lightning bolt. They own the highest points per game total (36.7) and have averaged 42 points in the last three games. They’re even more dangerous at home (37.2) and they storm out of the gates with a league leading 19.4 points in the first half. That last number is only rising. In the last three games the Saints have averaged a gargantuan 29 first half points.

The Kist & Solak Show #41: Finding Blame in the Sea of Misery - BGN Radio

Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have digested the coaches film of the Eagles stunning loss to the Cowboys and have takes about Pederson, Schwartz, Groh and the execution by the players or lack there of.

Lessons from Week 10: Diagnosing flaws on NFL’s biggest flops - ESPN

Last year, the Eagles were second in the league (behind the Bills, somehow) in third-down conversions and first in fourth-down conversions. This year, they’re 11th in third-down conversions and tied for fourth (with five other teams) in fourth-down conversions. Last year, they ranked first in red zone efficiency, converting 65.5 percent of their red zone drives into touchdowns. This year, they’re 17th in that category, at 55.9 percent. In the fourth quarter and overtime this year, the Eagles are converting 34.4 percent of their third downs, which ranks 20th in the league. Last year, that number was 40.3, tied for eighth. The Eagles aren’t a bad team, but they’ve lost a little bit of last year’s ability to make the exceptional play at the critical time. That makes them more like the rest of the teams in the league, but they have time to turn it around and two games left against Washington to help them make up the deficit. As with the other two teams on our list, it isn’t yet over for Philly. The Eagles just need to start looking more like the 2017 version of themselves if they’re going to make a repeat run.

Eagle Eye: The Most Alarming Takeaway From Sunday Night -
The run defense was the most alarming takeaway from Sunday night. This was the most yards allowed on the ground by an Eagles team in three years, and the best single-game performance by any running back during that time frame. There were misfits in the run, where players weren’t in their gap. There were occasions where players couldn’t get off blocks. There were also missed tackles. We saw examples of all of the above in this game. For most of the first three quarters, however, it was a typical performance by the run defense. It wasn’t until late in the game when things unraveled.

Eagles defense forcing turnovers at an alarmingly low rate - NBCSP

The lack of takeaways this year is pretty damning. They are one of 30 teams in NFL history with seven or fewer takeaways through nine games. Six of those teams are from this season and all six (Eagles, Raiders, Ravens, Giants, Bucs, 49ers) probably aren’t going to make the playoffs. And of the 24 teams to previously do it before this season, just six of them made the playoffs. Good teams find ways to get the ball back.

Which Eagles coaches could be on the hot seat? Examining Mike Groh, Jim Schwartz, Duce Staley, others -

While Groh’s title doesn’t really reflect his actual position, he is the top offensive mind behind Pederson. The drop off in offensive production from last year to this season has been alarming. With Frank Reich (Indianapolis) and John DeFilippo (Minnesota) elsewhere, Groh’s promotion has done little to stabilize the unit. It’s hard to pinpoint what Groh’s real responsibilities are, so it’s difficult to call for his job at this point. However, the optics aren’t terrific with him replacing DeFilippo and Reich so far.

5 things that have gone wrong for Philadelphia Eagles this season - DelawareOnline

It was a formula that worked so well for the Eagles last season as running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long and others provided leadership, not to mention solid play, to help fuel the Super Bowl run. Eagles executive vice president for football operations Howie Roseman doubled down on that strategy this season by signing more players over the age of 30. So far, it has backfired, mostly due to injury. Safety Corey Graham and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata have both missed several games with hamstring injuries. Long isn’t having as good a season as he did in 2017. Michael Bennett, with two sacks Sunday, is playing better after a relatively slow start.

Crabbs’ 2019 Mock Draft 3.0 - The Draft Network
16. Philadelphia Eagles. PICK: Yodny Cajuste, OT, WVU. The Eagles have enjoyed top shelf play at Left Tackle for quite some time under the watch of Jason Peters. Part of what makes Peters so good is how well he moves for his size. That is one trait Peters shares with West Virginia’s Yodny Cajuste. Add in the pipeline between Philadelphia and Morgantown (Smallwood, Douglas, Gibson in recent years) and the Eagles figure to be a team in on the action for Cajuste.

Who will make a play for Le’Veon Bell? - PFT
Teams to watch most closely include the Jets, Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, Colts, Raiders, Broncos, Eagles, Washington, Packers, and Buccaneers.

Week 10 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders

Big wins mean big movement in our DVOA ratings, with Pittsburgh jumping up from 11th to fifth and big moves for Green Bay, Tennessee, and Buffalo as well. We also explore the history of the DVOA Bowl as No. 1 prepares to meet No. 2, and jump into the workings of DVOA to try to figure out why New Orleans doesn’t rank higher in our metric.

The NFL’s Race to the Bottom Is Starting to Crystalize - The Ringer
The 2019 draft doesn’t look like it has any tank-worthy passers, but the Raiders seem committed to their quest for the top pick anyway.

Raiders work out ten players including several receivers - Silver And Black Pride
Two others were former Vikings receiver Charles Johnson and former Eagles third round pick, Josh Huff.

Why did the NFL move the Chiefs vs. Rams game from Mexico City to Los Angeles? - SB Nation
The NFL’s never been one to let hazardous field conditions interfere with its unstoppable corporate machine. How would you explain Dan Snyder’s Maryland mud pit or the carpet literally coming up in Houston? So you know things must be bad at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca if the league decided a Week 11 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams couldn’t be played there because the field’s in such terrible shape. On Tuesday morning, the field conditions were considered a “significant concern,” according to Adam Schefter. And just a few hours later, the NFL pulled the plug on its game in Mexico.


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