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Tony Pauline: Some smoke around Chip Kelly and UCLA possibly parting ways - Pro Football Network
However, because of Kelly’s rumored desire to get back into the NFL, and because of the possibility of UCLA wanting to fire him, they may decide to mutually part ways without a big payout. When Herman questioned whether Kelly would return as head coach in the NFL, Pauline said he doesn’t think it would be as one based on his previous stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. Instead, it would likely be an offensive coordinator position.

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Chip Kelly Defends Coaches by Throwing UCLA Bruins Under the Bus - Bruins Nation
Yesterday, the Bruins lost to Southern Cal, 52-35, in a game where the defense was pretty nonexistent. After the game, UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly met with the media and he was asked to assess the ob his coaches have done with the team. That’s when Kelly threw his players under the bus. To be sure, he didn’t drive the bus back over them again and again, but the fact of the matter is that Kelly actually threw the players under the bus when he replied: “I think our staff’s done a good job considering what we have right now.”

What’s going wrong with Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense? - BGN
In the NFL it’s all about the quarterback. It garners the most debate, grabs the most attention, and is the driving force behind the most successful teams. If you don’t have one, you’re screwed. The Philadelphia Eagles’ have one in Carson Wentz - we think - but his recent play has sent the fan base’s confidence level into a tailspin. How much is on the quarterback, coaching, and supporting cast in Philadelphia is a debate that’s nothing but spinning wheels. They’re all struggling right now, which might be worse than there being one, singular problem. Play with the blame percentages all you like, it doesn’t matter when there aren’t many plays on film where design, quarterback, receivers, and/or protection don’t break down. Sometimes all four factors fall apart in a single play, which happened a handful of times against the Seahawks.

The Airing of Grievances - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton conduct The Airing of Grievances about the Eagles, preview the Eagles-Dolphins, draft Thanksgiving Day foods and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles vs. Dolphins: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Essentially, it’s a group of street free agents, practice squad guys, and one experienced veteran playing out of position (sort of), who have almost no experience playing together in real NFL games. The Eagles could see the return of Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor this week. If they can’t throw on this group, they can’t throw on anyone.

Youth Movement - Iggles Blitz
It was encouraging to hear Doug Pederson say in his press conference that JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward would have roles in the offense even with the likely return of Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. JJAW has some issues, but he also has talent. He’s healthy and can help this offense. He has a good combination of size and speed. JJAW isn’t going to start catching passes left and right, but he can be a solid contributor. Ward played well last Sunday, but at least a couple of his catches came when he was covered by a LB. He will be more of a role player than JJAW, but he can still help the offense. Wentz trusted him on key plays last week and Ward mostly did a good job.

All-22: Wentz? Pederson? The receivers? Digging into the Eagles’ offensive issues - The Athletic
Bottom line: The Eagles have a quarterback in Wentz who wants to aggressively throw the ball downfield, and they have no vertical threat for him to target. Their current formula is to string together long drives with a quarterback whose strength is not accuracy, wide receivers who give them nothing and an offensive line that’s not holding up. Is there a bright spot? If Lane Johnson and Brooks return, the offensive line will be better. Wentz played arguably the worst game of his career against the Seahawks, so you wouldn’t expect that to repeat. And the Eagles have the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL. If nothing else, that should at least be enough to talk yourselves into paying attention on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Agent’s Take: Six upcoming NFL free agents who haven’t helped their future paydays this season - CBS Sports
The Eagles were reportedly shopping Nelson Agholor during the offseason for a second round pick rather than have 2015’s 20th overall pick play under his fifth year option for $9.387 million. Agholor’s season has been defined by untimely drops and an inability to capitalize on injuries to Philadelphia’s wide receiver corps. DeSean Jackson has missed all but 15 offensive snaps since the season opener with a core muscle injury. He is on injured reserve after recently undergoing surgery to repair the injury. Ankle and calf injuries have kept Alshon Jeffery out of three games. A minor knee injury sidelined Agholor against the Seahawks on Sunday. Agholor has 36 catches for 322 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. He is averaging a career low 8.9 yards per catch. With Philadelphia’s injuries at wide receiver, Agholor ought to be on pace to top his season bests of 64 receptions and 768 receiving yards, which he isn’t.

NFL Week 13 PFF Preview: Fantasy football advice and betting projections - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins — Player to Watch: What Kalen Ballage is doing this season is pretty remarkable, and absolutely not in a good way. He has 135 rushing yards on 71 carries, a 1.90 yards-per-carry mark that would be worst in NFL history for a running back with at least 70 carries. The worst such number since the NFL merger in 1970 was Ron Johnson at 2.25 in 1974; the worst since the turn of the century was Chester Taylor’s 2.38 in 2010. At some point, you’d think the Dolphins would need to look to another back — be it Patrick Laird or Myles Gaskin or someone else — but either way, Ballage can’t possibly be in fantasy lineups.

Week 13 Rankings - Rotoworld
Zach Ertz has become the Eagles’ entire offense, gobbling up 30 receptions for 288 yards and two scores over his past three appearances. He is the first tight end in league history to go at least 9/90 in three straight games. His health (hamstring) is worth monitoring. [...] Dallas Goedert’s eight Week 12 targets were second only to teammate Ertz amongst TEs, though he turned the workload into just 32 yards. Either way, Goedert has functionally become the Eagles’ No. 2 pass catcher. He has the same plus matchup Ertz does in the Dolphins.

Week 13 NFL best bets: A number we like on each game - ESPN+
Philadelphia Eagles (-10, 45) at Miami Dolphins. It is hard to handicap this game with all the injury questions. Last week, the Eagles played without Jordan Howard, Alshon Jeffery, Lane Johnson and Nelson Agholor. Tight end Zach Ertz missed practiced Wednesday and there are no guarantees any of them play this week. Take the 10 with Miami, right? As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friends.” After their mini two-game win streak, the Dolphins have allowed 78 points to the Bills and Browns, failing to come close to a cover. Not a team you can trust. This is the first time Philadelphia has been a road favorite of 7+ in a Carson Wentz start. Each of the last five times Philadelphia faced a team with a losing record, the game went under the total, including all three this season (Falcons, Jets, Bears). ESPN’s FPI has it closer to 11.2, so not much of a lean there. For us at Chalk, it’s a pass. Pick: Pass.

Week 13 NFL Preview: Is Ravens-49ers Our Super Bowl Preview? - The Ringer
The good news: The Eagles can still win the NFC East. Wentz has a bruised hand but Philly can still cruise to victory in Miami even if he is surrounded by backups. Dallas has been unable to pull away in the division, and the Eagles have three extremely winnable games coming up: at Miami, home against the Giants, and at Washington before playing Dallas again in Week 16. The Eagles have a path to the playoffs, but they have to not trip up in Miami.

Another new deal: Jake Elliott signs through 2024 - PE.com
Elliott is having a fantastic season, having made all 14 of his field goal attempts (knocking wood profusely) to become the first player in team history to begin a season with 14 consecutive made field goal attempts. Elliott has made 18 straight field goals dating back to last season, tying Caleb Sturgis for second in team history for most consecutive successful field goals attempts (behind only Alex Henery’s 22 in 2012). Elliott has also made 21 of 23 point-after kicks this season. “It’s awesome, man. This is the place where I’ve grown the last couple of years and luckily I’m a part of it and I look forward to being a part of it for a really long time,” Elliott said. “It’s a great feeling.”

More J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, less Mack Hollins in latest Eagles wide receiver shakeup - NBCSP
Ward picked up three first downs with his six catches against the Seahawks Sunday. He’s mainly a slot, so whatever action he gets presumably would come with Agholor moving outside. “We’ve been real comfortable and confident with Greg all year,” Pederson said. “He’s earned it, he deserves this opportunity. But the timing earlier in the year just wasn’t right for us to make that move.” When it comes to the Eagles’ receiving corps, any change is definitely a positive.

Answers For This Eagles Team? - The Philadelphia Sports Table
We are all searching for answers as this Philadelphia Eagles season has been nothing short of a disappointment as concerns have been raised in many areas of this team and front office. Joining us this week to get into this Eagles season here in week 13 is Brandon Lee Gowton, better known as BLG, from BleedingGreenNation.com and the BGN Radio podcast. It’s a great interview with Brandon that you won’t want to miss!

Arena Football League goes bankrupt, so the Philadelphia Soul may be no more - Inquirer
The year had started out well, with expansion to Atlantic City and a return to Columbus. Philadelphia Soul owner Ron Jaworski was optimistic about the league’s future plans, and the new teams were a good sign. But the league was unable to raise the money it needed to keep going. “We’re all disappointed that we couldn’t find a way forward and we wanted to thank our fans, our players, coaches, everyone who loved the Arena Football League,” Boe said in a statement on Wednesday. “We all love the game and tried very hard to make it successful, but we simply weren’t able to raise the capital necessary to grow the league, resolve our substantial legacy liabilities and make it financially viable.” The Soul won three AFL titles — 2008, 2017 and 2016 — and lost in the ArenaBowl title game three more times, including this year. When the team launched in 2004, its ownership group included Jaworski, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Bon Jovi and Sambora left amid the 2009 shutdown.

Jakeem Grant to Injured Reserve for Dolphins - The Phinsider
The 2019 highlight for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant will be his 101-yard touchdown on a kickoff return against the Buffalo Bills in Week 11. The ending to the season, however, will be the low-light, as he was carted off the field with a high ankle sprain. According to the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley, the Dolphins will place Grant on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.

Q&A: Should Doug Marrone be fired? - Big Cat Country
Q: Will the Jaguars really keep Nick Foles past Week 17? A: I think Nick Foles retires after this season. [...] Q: Does Gardner Minshew play defense? These fans want him over Nick Foles, but last I checked the defense is letting up 35 points and counting. A: I’m sorry, I didn’t know that only one thing can be wrong with this team at a time. Make no mistake, the defense is playing horribly — some of the worst defense in franchise history — but Nick Foles stinks. [...] Q: Can y’all make a piece showing that Nick Foles’ stats are mostly garbage time so my lizard-brained coworkers can stop defending him? A: We’ll get right on that.

Why the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving, in a 90-second read - SB Nation
The Dallas Cowboys will play their 52nd Thanksgiving game when they host the Bills in Week 13. The team’s tradition of games on the holiday dates back to 1966 and puts the Cowboys in the national spotlight annually. [BLG Note: Don’t forget that the Cowboys have played zero Thursday night road games since 2006, while the Eagles have played six. The NFL gives Dallas (and Detroit) an unfair advantage by allowing the Cowboys to play at home on Thanksgiving every year.]

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