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Philadelphia FOP calls Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins a ‘non-resident, washed up football player’ - PhillyVoice
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police called Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins a “non-resident washed up football player” in a release Tuesday, and characterized an editorial Jenkins wrote Monday in the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “racist attack” on police in Philadelphia. Jenkins’ editorial, titled “When picking new police commissioner, Mayor Kenney must listen to real Philadelphians”, discussed the future of Philadelphia’s police department, its culture, and its leadership. Jenkins touched on recent events like former commissioner Richard Ross’s resignation amid sexual harassment allegations, and the dozens of offensive social media posts by city police officers on Facebook. In his editorial, Jenkins also explicitly called for a police commissioner who “fights back against the police union.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Backs Malcolm Jenkins After FOP Slams Eagles’ Safety’s ‘Racist Attack’ Against Police - CBS Philly
“He has every right to give us some direction and make suggestions,” Kenney said, “and we’ve been listening to the community the whole time.” Jenkins also called on Kenney to be transparent in the search for a new commissioner instead of behind closed doors. “This is not an effort to keep a lack of transparency,” Kenney said. “These folks that we are talking to have jobs and if their employers know that they’re looking for another job, they’re somewhat in jeopardy.” Kenney says Philadelphia should know who its next police commissioner is soon.

Nelson Agholor is the worst wide receiver in the NFL through Week 11 - BGN
The headline might seem hyperbolic but evidence suggests otherwise: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor is THE worst player at his position in the NFL so far this season. Pro Football Focus has Agholor graded 124th out of 124 wide receivers who’ve played at least 25% of their team’s snaps. Football Outsiders has Agholor ranked 66th out of 66 wide receivers in their Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement (DYAR) metric. The numbers match up with the eye test. From dropping multiple game-winning touchdown passes, to failing to track the ball in the air on a weekly basis ... Agholor has been an abject disaster.

From the Bleachers #6: Frauds & Nightmares - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy expresses his disappointment after the Eagles loss to the Patriots, with thoughts on Doug, Wentz, Agholor and more PLUS he takes a look ahead to the Seahawks and Russell Wilson! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Bad Day at the Office - Iggles Blitz
How could Eagles players look so flat in the middle of a big game? Where is the sense of urgency? That is a very poor performance. At the same time, I actually found that encouraging. Why? Those are fixable issues. Dallas Goedert is a good blocker. Not on those plays, though. I have no idea why he looked so bad in those clips. Big V has been an effective backup over the years. He struggled on Sunday. Some of those blocks were simple. No idea why he struggled to execute them. Jeff Stoutland normally does an excellent job with the Eagles run game. You know he will not be happy with game tape like this.

How are the Eagles going to get the offense straight and beat Seattle? - PE.com
Doug Pederson has a sense of what’s coming when the Seattle Seahawks visit Lincoln Financial Field, at least from a defensive standpoint. The Seahawks saw what New England did on Sunday when the Patriots made some wrinkles after allowing a 95-yard touchdown drive and concentrated their efforts on clamping down on the Eagles’ running game. It forced the Eagles into a throwing mode offensively. It forced the Eagles to play away from their offensive strength. And it worked. It’s the blueprint for defenses out there. Pederson and the Eagles have to figure out a way to defeat that blueprint.

Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats - NBCSP
Sanders’ 688 yards are most ever by an Eagles rookie running back after 10 games (35 more than Lee Bouggess in 1970) and second-most by any rookie, behind only DeSean Jackson (732). Sanders needs to average 52 yards from scrimmage the rest of the season for 1,000. The only Eagles rookie to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards was Jackson (1,008 in 2008). The most by a running back was LeSean McCoy’s 945 in 2009.

Beat back and forth: Taking stock after the loss to the Patriots, 2018 Eagles vs. 2019 Eagles and more - The Athletic
There are more important big-picture issues, but can we talk about the bottom of the roster for a moment? I thought the decisions to bring back Jordan Matthews and Jay Ajayi were indicative of a pro personnel staff that seems out of ideas. Last year, they churned the bottom of the roster with a depleted secondary and unearthed Cre’Von LeBlanc. With Joe Douglas gone, the only connections to guys they know are former Eagles on whom the other 31 teams have rendered final judgment. I’m not saying the wide receiver problem would be fixed by bringing in players from practice squads around the league (including their own), but we already know Matthews isn’t the answer. That line of criticism, of course, applies to an offseason in which they brought back players like Vinny Curry and Darren Sproles. And it’s not much different from the decision to play Vaitai at right tackle instead of Dillard on Sunday, which is at least somewhat defensible given Jason Peters’ up-in-the-air status last week. The young guys like Dillard and JJ Arcega-Whiteside might be worse right now than their middling veteran counterparts, but they also might be better, and we haven’t had a chance to find that out.

Week 11 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles somehow rank 10th in DVOA. The Seahawks rank 8th.]

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
Pick No. 22: OT Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles. 2019 overall grade: 60.0. After two very promising outings as the starter in Week 8 (72.0 overall grade) and Week 9 (71.9), Dillard was relegated to the bench in Week 11 due to Jason Peters’ return from injury. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Peters’ return lasted just three-and-a-bit quarters, as Dillard had to enter the game for his side’s final seven offensive snaps. Four of those snaps came in pass protection, and he held up well, not allowing a single pressure.

Eagles’ Jay Ajayi happy rehab process led to being back with ‘family’ - Inquirer
“Once I was in the building, just to see all the people, my old teammates, and everyone was kind of excited to see me,” Ajayi said. “Even the people in the cafeteria, the staff members, it was like family being here. I was here when we did something special, so the memories and everything, those will last forever, and those relationships will as well. So it’s just a blessing to still have that positive reaction when I came back.”

Examining the tiebreaker for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles - Blogging The Boys
This is where the Cowboys are in bad shape. The Eagles are almost done with these [common] games with only the Miami Dolphins left. They’ll likely end up with a 5-3 record here. The Cowboys already have three losses to these teams, so if they drop one of their next three games (New England, Buffalo, or Chicago), that puts them at four losses in that group. Essentially, the Eagles have a stranglehold over this tiebreaker scenario, so the Cowboys don’t ever want it to get to this point. They need to make sure they cover one of the first two scenarios. The easiest way to do that is just by beating the Eagles themselves, but if that doesn’t happen - we are going to have to pull for either the Giants or Redskins to upset them.

Report: Sentencing again postponed for Mychal Kendricks - Field Gulls
In any case, with the Seattle-Philly contest having been flexed out of primetime and into the early slot, that could hugely benefit the Eagles and be to the detriment of the Seahawks. Meanwhile, in off-field matters, this week was to see former Eagle Mychal Kendricks return to where he spent the first six seasons of his career, and his first return to the scene of the crime, as it were. Or, it will at least his first return to Philly for a game since pleading guilty in federal court to two felonies related to insider trading just over fourteen months ago. On that subject, sentencing in that case had been scheduled for Thursday, but according to Brady Henderson of ESPN, the sentencing has yet again been pushed back.

POLL: Majority of Jaguars fans want to bench Nick Foles and bring back Gardner Minshew - Big Cat Country
When posing the same question after the game, the majority seemed to disagree with Marrone. With more than 3,000 people responding, an overwhelming 63% of those polled believe the Jaguars should bench Foles and just ride Minshew the rest of the season.

The Starting 11: The NFL’s Pass Interference Challenge Rule Is a Sham - The Ringer
To correct the wrong that cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl last season, the league rushed together a plan. But without clear guidelines in place, it was doomed from the start. Plus: Tua Tagovailoa’s injury looms over the 2020 QB carousel.

The NFL’s pass interference challenge is looking worse every week - SB Nation
Pass interference isn’t exactly a new problem in the NFL. The reality is that all football officiating is rough and has been for a long time. That probably won’t change. So on the surface, it makes sense to double-check pass interference calls to get them right. That’s why — after an especially egregious officiating miss cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl — the NFL changed its replay rules to make pass interference reviewable. Immediately, there was hand-wringing. What are the downsides of allowing a penalty to be reviewed? Did the NFL just open Pandora’s box and clear the way for all penalties to eventually become reviewable? Will there be a ton of additional replay reviews that drag out games? The league dodged those concerns by making pass interference a borderline impossible play to overturn. Unsurprisingly, that strategy has backfired spectacularly.

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