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Eagles are falling apart and Doug Pederson has no answers - NBCSP
Doug Pederson got the credit last year when the Eagles had a dream season, and with this season crumbling to pieces in front of our eyes, we need to be honest about where to assess the blame. It’s on Doug. We can blame Howie Roseman for not doing a better job replacing some of the guys who left. We can blame Mike Groh for being a pale imitation of Frank Reich. We can blame Carson Wentz for not being able to make big throws at big moments when the Eagles need them the most. But when a collapse is this complete, when a team is this unprepared, when an offense is this lifeless, when a season turns out this grim, it points directly at the head coach. The Eagles have been shut out in eight of 10 first quarters this year, and that’s a team that’s just not ready to play football when the ball is kicked off.

Philadelphia Eagles v. New Orleans Saints: 14 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
This was Carson’s worst game of the season. I know Troy Aikman was peppering the broadcast with notes on Carson’s accuracy from the Dallas game — which wasn’t good — but this game was clearly worse than last Sunday against the Cowboys. Carson was in full push mood from the moment the Eagles went down early, and you could see him missing easy throws, minimizing YAC, and hanging in the pocket to force downfield attempts when he had escape routes and extension options. He double-pumped a ton and was unable to test man coverage. Just nothing to write home about. I think this offense and Carson need to mature together — it’s neither the play designer nor executor’s fault, but rather both have to develop. I think Carson could be asked to do more in this offense, and I also think Carson must do better when he’s asked to do more: making post-snap adjustments, improvising and directing the offense, checking out of plays pre-snap. There is no synchronicity at this time.

The Kist & Solak Show #44: Eagles Embarrassed by Saints - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to the Eagles 48-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints in an absolute rout that was ugly earlier and didn’t get any better. Thoughts on where the blame lies and more in this depressing recap PLUS Three Words from the gentle listeners describing this game.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Saints game - PhillyVoice
The NFC East-leading Washington Redskins lost as well on Sunday, so the Eagles kept pace with them, I guess. But really, who cares? The Eagles are more likely to finish last in the division than first. I mean, are they any better than the Giants right now?

Beatdown on the Bayou - Iggles Blitz
There are a lot more questions than answers when it comes to the Eagles offense right now. The blocking isn’t good enough. The skill players aren’t getting the job done. Carson Wentz had arguably the worst game of his career. Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz will face a lot of questions. Their gameplans did not come close to working. Pederson also did a poor job of managing the game. He had multiple fourth downs on which he should have gone for it, but instead opted to punt. This wasn’t the game to be conservative. The Eagles defense had no answer for Brees and the Saints.

Eagles’ offensive ineptitude in blowout loss raises questions - ESPN
The offense is coach Doug Pederson’s baby. He said that he’s responsible for scripting the first 15 plays, the results of which have been disastrous to this point. He earned the reputation as an innovator last year during the team’s run to the Super Bowl, and maintained a hot hand as a playcaller even after Wentz went down with injury and Nick Foles stepped in. But his group has been ice cold this season. The major difference between this year and last year, besides the fact that opposing defenses have had time to really study up on the system, is that Pederson is without offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. The teams they left for -- the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings -- entered the week ranked seventh and 15th in scoring, ahead of the 21st-ranked Eagles, who were third in that department last season.

Week 11—Embedded in New Orleans: The Ritz, the Rout and the Reason the Saints Are Unstoppable - FMIA
The 11 offensive guys got set, and at the last minute, Hill motioned left to a shotgun position and called out the signals. Center Max Unger snapped it to him, and Hill powered right in a slow jog behind a slew of blockers. The play would be a power run, and it would fit into exactly what Payton told his players in this meeting: “Our emphasis in this game is to run at 22 [cornerback Sidney Jones]. He’s coming off a hamstring, and we don’t think he can hold up.” [...] The all-coaches meeting has a discussion of injuries and who will be active and inactive, and a message from Payton. Two things tonight: “We gotta run right at 22 [Jones] and we gotta throw at 22. We’re gonna make him defend the run on the first play. We’re going after him on three of the first eight plays.”

After historic defeat, Eagles vanish on the field and then in the locker room - Inquirer
The visitors’ locker room at the Superdome is split into two rooms – a larger one for the offense and a smaller one for the defense. When the door opened after the Eagles’ embarrassing 48-7 loss to the Saints, and a few media members walked into the defensive side, Nigel Bradham had a message for those who opted to turn right. ”Don’t even come on this side,” the Eagles linebacker said. “Go to the other side.” It’s unclear what Bradham meant. Was he leaving it up to offense to explain the carnage, as if it had more to do with a blowout loss? Or was he shooing reporters away because of the disparity in room size? An answer was unmanageable because Bradham, once the most accountable of Eagles, slipped out, much as he has all season. You can tell a lot about a team in the immediate moments after a devastating defeat. The Eagles had been treading water through the first nine games, convinced they were better than their losing record indicated, because their five losses were each by one score.

How Can The Eagles Salvage The 2018 Season? -
Where to start? At the beginning, of course. It’s too late to totally rip apart a game plan or an approach, but the way the Eagles are starting games is really poor. They were blanked in the first quarter on Sunday for the eighth time in 10 games. They’ve scored only 21 points in the first quarter of games this season – 14 of them coming in the October 11 34-13 win against the Giants. Quarterback Carson Wentz isn’t getting a lot of help with protection and execution, but he is not at the top of his game. On Sunday he threw off balance, he was inaccurate at times, and he looked indecisive. Somehow, the offense, Wentz in particular because the Eagles are a throw-first team, has to find some success early in games. After Wentz’s second interception of the game on Sunday, an off-balanced throw down the field when he was rolling right, his average yards per pass attempt was 3.7 yards. That’s not going to win any games in the NFL.

Refocused, NFL Week 11: New Orleans Saints 48, Philadelphia Eagles 7 - PFF
It was a day to forget for Carson Wentz, who had nothing going on down the field. All five of his deep targets on the day fell to the turf. Josh Adams looked impressive on his limited touches in this one. He moved the chains multiple times and had an impressive 28-yard touchdown scamper. The injuries in the secondary were far too much to overcome in this one. Chandon Sullivan was forced into the most extensive action of his career (26 snaps) and allowed all 50-plus yards in coverage.

Carson Wentz shows frustration amid career-worst performance vs. Saints: ‘Not up to my standards’ - The Athletic
Wentz ran to the sideline and accosted a jug of liquid that could not be reached for comment. Then he grabbed a towel to yell into. Then he angrily paced the sideline before sitting down as wide receiver and groomsman Jordan Matthews tried to calm him down. “I was just mad at myself because I just didn’t see the coverage right and I knew the type of ballgame we were in and the emphasis we put on starting fast and we didn’t do that,” Wentz said. “And then I obviously didn’t help the cause either, so I was frustrated.” It was a side of Wentz we haven’t seen since he became the face of the franchise in 2016. His teammates confirmed that it was a rare sight for them as well.

Redskins working out Mark Sanchez, EJ Manuel, and others after Alex Smith’s season-ending leg injury - Hogs Haven
The Colt McCoy era has started after Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula today. Smith needed surgery after the game and his season is over. The Redskins only carried two QBs this year. Their 3rd QB this offseason, Kevin Hogan, was picked up on waivers by the Denver Broncos after he was waived. That means the Redskins have to scramble to get a backup QB on the short week before their game against the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Jay Gruden said he hoped they were already on the plane to Redskins headquarters in this post-game presser.

Broncos reportedly believe Gary Kubiak will consider offensive coordinator opportunities - PFT
Gary Kubiak has worked in the Broncos personnel department since stepping down as their head coach after the 2016 season due to health issues, but he may be changing jobs this offseason. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that several head coaching candidates are interested in potentially having Kubiak on their staff as an offensive coordinator and that the Broncos believe Kubiak will consider any opportunities that arise. It’s thought that the health issues — similar ones cropped up while Kubiak was the head coach in Houston — would preclude a return to a head coaching job.

Jaguars will reportedly look to trade Jalen Ramsey this offseason - Big Cat Country
“Every offseason we get a player whose name comes up in trade talks that surprises you. And the belief around the league this offseason is that Jalen Ramsey could be sent packing. Now again, his contract is in a situation where the Jaguars either have to make him the highest paid cornerback in the game or they’re going to have to move on. Jalen Ramsey himself has tweeted about the fact that ‘you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone’ and this season has not worked out the way the Jaguars liked. There are multiple executives who think that Ramsey could be shopped this offseason.”

Browns deny rumors on interviewing Condoleezza Rice for head coaching job - Dawgs By Nature
Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: Rice is not going to be the next head coach of the Browns. That has nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman, and everything to do with the fact that she doesn’t have coaching experience. As Schefter alludes to, though, what this really leans toward is Rice becoming part of the organization. I would even venture to speculate that if she interviewed for the head coaching job, it would also help her gain exposure to how the interview process works at the NFL level.

‘These checks aren’t what you think they are’ - SB Nation
Second jobs. Sleeping in cars. Leaning on family. It’s easy to assume that everyone in the NFL is raking in money, but that’s far from reality for practice squad players.


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