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You can have one coach from any sport. That coach is ... - ESPN
15. Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles (age: 50). Record with team/overall career record: 23-15 (.605)Super Bowl titles: 1 (2017 Eagles). Playoff appearances: 1 in 2 seasons. ESPN Analytics résumé grade: 2.60 (45th among active coaches). Like Francona and Maddon, Pederson’s approval rating was high among our respondents thanks to his ability to reach a seemingly unconquerable plateau for a long-starving fan base. Pederson’s place on future versions of this list has a high degree of volatility -- if he stacks titles or at least playoff appearances in Philly, his star will continue to rise.

Carson Wentz gives Eagles hope for second half of 2018 season - BGN
There is one big reason to believe the Eagles can turn things around and make a playoff push. Four words: Carson MF Wentz. The Eagles’ franchise quarterback is off to a such a strong start in 2018. He’s completing 70.7% of his attempts for 1,788 yards (7.9 average), 13 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 109.6 passer rating. Let’s put those numbers into historical context.

Eagles Mid-Season Report Card - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Brandon Lee Gowton take the bye week at the mid-point of the season to reset and get you up-to-date on injuries and hand out their mid-season report card for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, PLUS more Golden Tate thoughts and NFC East Picks!

Eagles likely to play ‘the compensatory pick game’ (again) next offseason - PhillyVoice
LB Jordan Hicks: If there’s a player currently slated to become a free agent that the Eagles would like to keep above all others, it would probably be Hicks, provided he stays healthy for the entirety of the 2018 season. To date, Hicks has not yet missed a snap this season, and while he hasn’t been the playmaker he was early in his career, I believe the team thinks he still possesses that kind of ability.

NFL Midseason Power Rankings: The Rams Aren’t Flawless, but They’re Still No. 1 - The Ringer
8. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4). Ranking the Eagles this high is more about lingering respect than their play over the first half of the season, but I’m still not ready to write the champs off. Carson Wentz has been exceptional in his past few outings, and the Eagles’ passing game should only get better with the addition of Golden Tate. A pass-catching group of Tate, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert has the potential to be a nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, the Eagles defense has also been a nightmare at times this season. Philadelphia failed to find any cornerback help at the trade deadline, so the team will field the same uninspiring group on the back end for the second half of the season. This defense may never come around, but I’m still willing to bet on this loaded roster beating out the other teams in the NFC East.

All-22: How the Eagles will deploy Golden Tate in Doug Pederson’s offense - The Athletic
I wouldn’t expect Tate to put up monster numbers in Philadelphia with a trade this late in the season, but he could be one of the best “gadget” players in the league. The Lions offense doesn’t have a lot of variety. They utilize a lot of straight drop-back plays. Pederson has proven that he can be one of the more creative play designers in the league and could unlock some of Tate’s potential. It’ll be interesting to see how Pederson deploys his new weapon. Tate isn’t going to change the dynamic of this offense, but he certainly adds a new dimension that could be dangerous down the road if the Eagles get into the playoffs.

Carson Wentz at Eagles bye week: Birds’ QB a human stat machine - NBCSP
Carson Wentz is doing things no quarterback has ever done. And he’s doing it coming off an ACL injury that ended his 2017 season, eliminated his 2018 preseason and kept him out of the first two games of the year. Wentz goes into the bye week having completed 71 percent of his passes for 1,788 yards with 13 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 109.6 passer rating in his six starts. The dude is a human stat machine, so let’s take a look at the numbers!

Didinger: The One Move Joe Kuharich Got Right - PE.com
Mention the name Joe Kuharich to most Eagles fans and you’ll get a roll of the eyes, maybe even a groan. Kuharich was the Eagles’ head coach and general manager from 1964 through 1968, one of the bleakest periods in the team’s history. It ended with the Philly fans famously chanting “Joe Must Go” and, yes, throwing snowballs at Santa Claus. In his role as general manager, Kuharich made some awful trades, including dealing away future Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Tommy McDonald as well as Pro Bowl Eagles Timmy Brown, Maxie Baughan, and Irv Cross. So when he traded for a 34-year-old running back named Ollie Matson, most Eagles fans assumed it was another Kuharich blunder.

Win predictions for all 32 NFL teams heading into Week 9 - PFF
Wins: 8.6. Chance to make Playoffs: 40.9%. Chance to win Division: 31.0%. Chance to win Super Bowl: 2.3%.

Terrell Owens: “No regrets” about skipping Hall ceremony - PFT
“No regrets at all,” Owens said, via the Associated Press. “If anybody knows who Terrell Owens is outside the media portrayal of me throughout the course of my career. They know what I did. I stand by what I did. . . . When they tried to bring other things outside my body of work and my accomplishments, that was an issue for me. My stats spoke loudly. They spoke for themselves.”

Why isn’t the Rams defense better than it is? - SB Nation
Among teams with elite offenses, the Los Angeles defense is fine. But if we’re looking for fatal flaws in the league’s last unbeaten team, it starts on that side of the ball.

The Phillies most important off-season in recent history is now here - The Good Phight
It’s finally here. Folks, we’ve been looking forward to 5pm on Saturday, November 3rd for a long time. That is the time players like Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson, Patrick Corbin, Craig Kimbrel and a slew of others hit the open market, and players on teams looking to re-tool, re-load, or rebuild, are potentially made available in trades. The Phillies have long been rumored to have interest in Harper or Machado, and it is highly likely the team will pursue at least one, if not both. But they won’t be the only players the team goes after this winter. If you’re crawling out of your skin with excitement you’re not alone. Here’s what we know so far...

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