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Eagles News: Jim Schwartz’s defense shredded by one of the NFL’s worst offenses

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Jim Schwartz’s defense fails to adjust in Eagles’ dreadful loss to Dolphins - Inquirer
Trailing, 10-0, late in the first quarter, the Miami offense would go — aside from a Fitzpatrick one-play kneel before the half — touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal in six successive drives. The Eagles often countered the scores with their own, and even took a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter. But when quarterback Carson Wentz and the offense stalled in the second half, Schwartz’s group could do nothing to stop the bleeding. Fitzpatrick and first-time offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea were one step ahead of Schwartz for most of the day. The 37-year-old journeyman quarterback has had the defensive coordinator’s number in his career. He’s now 4-0 as a starter vs. Schwartz’s defenses, having completed 68.4% of his passes for an average of 295.3 yards, with nine touchdowns against four interceptions (106.1 passer rating) in those games. While Fitzpatrick is still in the NFL for a reason, it should be noted that he has a career 52-81-1 record as a starter and an 80.9 rating overall.

Eagles can still win the NFC East despite losing to the Dolphins! - BGN
If you’re understandably sick of the playoff talk and you’re already looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft, well, the Eagles are currently projected to pick No. 12 overall in the first round.

The Kist & Solak Show #152: Eagles Hit Rock Bottom Against Dolphins - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to the Eagles inexplicable loss to the Dolphins. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Dolphins game - PhillyVoice
Against the Eagles, the Dolphins scored 37 points, they racked up 409 yards, they gained 6.5 yards per play, they had 26 first downs, and they only turned the ball over once on a play in which the Eagles should have probably been flagged for pass interference. The Eagles’ defense was beginning to look good after some expectation-beating performances against the Bills, Bears, Patriots, and Seahawks. It looked like they saved up all their badness for this matchup, because they were atrocious.

Day of the Dolphin - Iggles Blitz
There are a lot more questions than answers right now. The worst part of all this is that apathy could start to set in. Do you even care if the Eagles get hot and win some games? It is impossible to believe in this team right now. You can have some blind faith and that is a big part of being a sports fan, but the reality is that this group simply makes too many mistakes. The 2-9 Dolphins out-played and out-coached the Eagles today. They are now 3-9 and have won 3 of the past 5 games. The Eagles are 5-7 and have lost three in a row. Miami had nothing to play for but pride. The Eagles had plenty to gain.

‘You don’t want to be Captain Obvious. We didn’t f—ing play well’: 5 takeaways from the Eagles’ meltdown in Miami - The Athletic
What happened Sunday in a 37-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins that dropped the Eagles to 5-7 is a new low, beyond anything they could have imagined in a season teetering on becoming one of the most disappointing in years. They were double-digit favorites but still got outplayed by one of the worst teams in the NFL, a roster that wasn’t built to win in 2019 and ranked at the bottom of most statistical categories. They coughed up a 28-14 third-quarter lead to the Dolphins, who had averaged only 5.3 second-half points this season. They knew they had a favorable path to the playoffs, with the easiest December schedule in the league, and they lost the first game of that stretch. The Eagles are past the point of holding a “players-only meeting.” Been there, done that. There’s no rousing speech to be made. What happened Sunday was clear for all to see. “You don’t want to be Captain Obvious,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We didn’t fucking play well. We know that. There’s no need to beat a dead horse. Figure out what it is, watch the tape like you would any other day, go back to work.”

Eagles ‘self-destructed’ in loss to Dolphins, Doug Pederson says - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles “self-destructed” in multiple areas during Sunday’s 37-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins and are now a “long shot” to make the postseason, according to coach Doug Pederson, even though they control their own destiny. Philadelphia entered as a double-digit favorite to Miami and built a 28-14 lead in the third quarter, but the offense went dormant and the defense continued to leak oil as the Dolphins outscored the Eagles 23-3 the rest of the way. ”We self-destructed in a couple areas today, and it just hurt us,” Pederson said. “And we didn’t make enough plays; they made ‘em, we didn’t. So those are the things that I talk about when I talk about being a disciplined team.” The Eagles committed 10 penalties for 91 yards and were 1-for-4 on third-down conversions down the stretch, stalling several drives. The defense yielded 409 yards to a Dolphins team that ranked 30th in total offense (256 yards per game) and points per game (14.8) coming in.

Roob’s observations as Eagles blow huge lead, embarrass themselves in Miami - NBCSP
Honestly, this is the kind of game, this is the kind of stretch, that gets owners thinking about firing coaches. It’s not going to happen here. Doug Pederson is still working with the equity he built up in 2017, and that’s fair. He deserves it. What happened in 2017 really did happen, and Doug deserves a tremendous amount of credit for it. But he also has to be better. His coaches have to be better. The Eagles simply weren’t prepared to play this game, and that’s on the coach. Or maybe they were prepared to play it, but after they went up 10-0 they thought it was over. That’s on the coach. After they took that 10-0 lead they were outscored 34-18. The offense did some good things, but this was a team loss. This was a coaching loss. This was a Doug loss.

NFL Week 13 PFF ReFocused: Miami Dolphins 37, Philadelphia Eagles 31 - PFF
The Eagles’ secondary had issues all game long, and Jalen Mills was a constant target for the Dolphins. When the Fins needed to get chunk yards, the ball was thrown into Mills’ area, and more often and not, the Dolphins’ receivers would win the battle.

Eagles lose 14-point lead and game in disappointing upset to Dolphins -
“I have to find a way to finish and make a play on the ball,” said cornerback Ronald Darby, a victim of some over-the-top passing plays to Parker, who had seven receptions for a career-high 159 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. “I feel horrible. It was one of my worst performances.” “We just didn’t execute,” cornerback Jalen Mills said. “That’s what it comes down to. We had chances to get off the field and we didn’t do it. Their receiver (Parker), he had a day. He’s a professional and he got us today. We didn’t make plays when we had the chance to do it.”

Week 13: Featuring a Duck and a Darkhorse, Playoff Picture Fills Out - FMIA
Yes, WIP callers, the Eagles are still very much in this thing. Giants twice and Washington once in the last four games. And if you think the 5-7 soul-crushers can’t beat the 6-6 Cowboys, you didn’t see the Dallas offense score one touchdown in its last 24 possessions. I doubt Philly will win out, but I have no idea who’ll win that piece of NFL swampland.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 13 - The Ringer
Let me just write down what happened here so you can look at the words and realize how ridiculous they are. The Dolphins ran a play where the ball was snapped to their punter with absolutely no blocking just a few yards behind the line of scrimmage. That is a ridiculous idea that should have been destroyed. That punter was then supposed to run toward the line of scrimmage and draw defenders. That also is a ridiculous idea that was supposed to be destroyed. Then, when the punter drew defenders, he was supposed to flip the ball at the last possible moment. This is perhaps the most ridiculous of these ideas, and the previous two were also ridiculous. And on top of everything, the person he was flipping the ball to was the kicker. The Eagles should have destroyed this play. They had two guys standing over the snapper, both of whom should have rushed the punter and gotten to him within a half-second. (Remember: no blockers.) Instead they hesitate, allowing the snapper to block one of them and allowing Haack to begin the play.

‘Valentine’s Views:’ Embarrassing day pushes Giants closer to yet another offseason of major change - Big Blue View
I have said over and over that I know the Giants don’t want to fire Shumur and have to start over in 2020 with a third head coach in what will be five seasons since they kicked Tom Coughlin to the curb. It is, though, increasingly apparent that it will be an upset if Shurmur survives this with his job. The product on the field is not getting better. Young players are not getting better, and in the case of many of the young defenders they don’t appear to be getting placed in positions to succeed. Veteran players who know what NFL football is supposed to look like know what the Giants are putting on the field doesn’t look right.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone non-committal on starting quarterback following loss - Big Cat Country
Ultimately, Gardner Minshew II should be the Jaguars’ starting quarterback moving forward. Since Foles took over, the offense has progressively gotten worse. Since being named the starting quarterback, the Jaguars offense has scored seven points, three points, and 0 points under Foles, a damning example of ineptitude on offense. With Minshew II, the Jaguars will at least have a quarterback which is mobile, and understands how and when to get the ball out of his hands quickly enough to take the reigns. Regardless, the decision will be made by Marrone later this week, and by the sound of it, it would not be a shock for the rookie to regain his starting role for the remainder of the season.

The Nick Foles era has been a disaster for the Jaguars. Now what? - SB Nation
Now the Foles’ era in Jacksonville will be remembered as a catastrophe. Foles may still be tradable, but he’s a problem that’ll be hard to get rid of now. Releasing Foles wouldn’t save money. Instead of a $22.125 cap hit, cutting Foles would balloon his anchor on the salary cap to $33.875 million. The best course of action for the Jaguars may be giving up draft capital in a trade just to get rid of the contract — similar to what the Texans did with Brock Osweiler and the Rams did with Aqib Talib.


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