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This year’s NFC East is one of the worst divisions in NFL history - PFT
That .333 winning percentage is worse than the worst division ever, the 2008 NFC West, which had a cumulative record of 22-42, a .344 winning percentage. That year the Cardinals won the division at 9-7, the 49ers were 7-9, the Seahawks were 4-12 and the Rams were 2-14. However, this year’s NFC East has to get better because there are six more games within the division this season. Someone has to win those six games, so the worst the NFC East can finish is 22-42, a tie with the 2008 NFC West.

The NFL’s Worst Divisions Since Realignment, Ranked - The Ringer
8) 2019 NFC East — Results TBD, but this year’s NFC East looks mediocre enough to easily claim a spot on this list. Through 13 weeks, the 6-6 Cowboys are the leaders; they haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this season. The 5-7 Eagles had a chance to seize control of the division on Sunday, but lost to the Dolphins. The hottest NFC East team is Washington, which has won two straight and is still technically alive for the postseason despite starting 1-9. (Again, sorry about that.) At least we don’t have to worry about the Giants anymore.

Marken Michel among six tryout players that visited the Eagles - BGN
The Eagles originally signed Michel to a future contract after the 2018 season. He had some nice moments during offseason practices and even burned Tennessee Titans starting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown in the preseason. The Eagles waived Michel in final roster cuts and he’s remained available since. Philly desperately needs to add some explosive speed to their offense. Re-signing Michel could be worth a shot.

At the Podium: Coaching Is to Blame - BGN Radio
John Stolnis puts the blame for the Eagles shocking 37-31 loss to the Dolphins squarely on the coaches, followed by three press conferences (Doug Pederson & Carson Wentz post-game, plus Pederson from Monday) Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 14 edition - PhillyVoice
9) Eagles (5-7): What a boring, emotionless, underachieving team the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles turned out to be. It’s really hard to think of a more disappointing Eagles team than this one. I don’t even think the 2011 “Dream Team” matches it. Fewer than 22 months after they won a Super Bowl, the Birds are 5-7, and are wasting what should have been a relatively easy run atop an absolutely awful division. They’re really better off losing the rest of this season, because they if they can’t even beat arguably the least talented team in the NFL, they sure as hell aren’t going anywhere in the playoffs. Actually, pardon me. We probably shouldn’t even be publishing the word “playoffs,” even if the Eagles aren’t out of them yet.

What’s Going On? - Iggles Blitz
I would say this. Be careful about playing the blame game with this team. Swap Frank Reich for Mike Groh right now and you’ve still got problems. Replace Carson Wentz with Nick Foles and the Eagles might be worse than 5-7. The 2017 Eagles won the Super Bowl as an organization. A lot of people had a hand in that. And the 2019 Eagles are a mess of mediocrity as an organization. That includes Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, the coaches and the players. Everyone has a hand in this mess. You could argue Zach Ertz is the team’s MVP for the season, but his drops on Sunday were killers. There isn’t just one guy to blame or one thing wrong. A lot needs to be fixed.

Upon further review: Ten likes and dislikes from Week 13 in the NFL - The Athletic
5. The Eagles embarrassing themselves in Miami. Only the Chiefs (-10) were bigger favorites than the Eagles (-9.5) in Week 13. They squandered leads of 10-0 in the first quarter and 28-14 in the third quarter in their 37-31 loss in Miami. The defense allowed touchdowns on five consecutive drives at one point. Cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills got torched all game by Parker. When the Dolphins lined up in an unconventional formation for their fake field goal late in the second quarter, the Eagles had three timeouts. Yet Doug Pederson didn’t use one, and Miami scored a touchdown. Pederson went on the radio Monday morning and said the Dolphins played harder than the Eagles. He walked that back hours later during his press conference. The truth is the front office has put together an old, mediocre roster that was overrated by many (myself included), and the coaching staff has failed to provide any kind of significant edge. The result is a 5-7 record in 2019 and a 15-15 record since they won the Super Bowl two years ago.

NFL quarterback rankings entering Week 14 - PFF
12. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. After starting the season with strong grading that wasn’t matching the box score due to a high percentage of drops on his best throws, Wentz has struggled in recent weeks, grading at 60.6 since Week 7 (29th in NFL). He’s still zipping big-time throws at a high rate, ranking ninth at 4.6%, but he now has the 14th-highest percentage of turnover-worthy plays, mostly due to poor ball security in the pocket. Wentz also has the 13th-highest percentage of negatively-graded throws to go with the seventh-highest percentage of positives. That volatility, combined with numerous injuries, has led to the inconsistency that we’ve seen from Philadelphia’s passing game.

Week 13 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
OK, so why does DVOA like the Cowboys and Eagles better than win-loss records? A couple of our usual explanations don’t work here. Both teams have played easier schedules, not harder schedules, in particular the Cowboys. Fumble recovery luck is not an issue either, and neither team particularly stands out in “hidden” special teams. [...] Philadelphia is harder to explain. Unlike the Cowboys, the Eagles have not outscored their opponents. They’ve been outscored this season, 284-274, and they’ve been outgained on a per-play basis, 5.55 yards per play to 5.19 yards per play. Their above-average DVOA rating seems to be the product of consistency. On offense, the Eagles are more about consistency than big plays, ranking ninth in success rate but just 13th in DVOA. On defense, same thing: Philadelphia is a surprising fourth in success rate behind only New England, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, but the Eagles are 13th in DVOA because of giving up big plays.

Which Eagles coaches are on the hot seat down the stretch? - NBCSP
Analysis: First, Groh was a good receivers coach; perhaps the only good one they’ve had in the Pederson Era. But since his promotion, the Eagles are 18th in the league in points scored and in total yards. It’s hard to really evaluate how much of that is Groh’s fault. After all, this is Pederson’s offense and he’s the play caller. Still, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the offense just hasn’t been as good since the departure of Reich. Not long ago, Pederson said his relationship with Groh has gotten a lot stronger in the last couple years and he has “a lot of trust and faith” in Groh. But it’s fair to wonder if some fresh ideas from outside the building would help. Seat temp: Hot.

Friday Night Flights: 24 hours with Eagles QB/high school coach Josh McCown - ESPN
“My human experience has been involved with the game of football, right, through high school, college and this pro career that has taken me all over, everywhere. I just look at that and go, ‘How can I leverage my experience to maybe make somebody else’s journey better or share something with them that can encourage them?’ That’s why high school football is important to me,” McCown says. ”And for so many reasons it’s helped me even throughout this season to kind of stand in both of these worlds as a coach and a player because you understand what’s important in a game and what’s important about ‘team’ and what makes teams good. It’s the same thing no matter where you’re at: You’ve got to convince a group of people to give of themselves to something greater.”

Rush order: Jim Schwartz’s Eagles defense needs to get after the QB more consistently this week - inquirer
Rewatching the coaches’ tape of Miami’s second-half possessions, the Dolphins did a good job of moving Fitzpatrick around early in the third quarter, when the Eagles’ pass rush was still steady. There was no pressure on the 17-yard, third-quarter touchdown pass to Parker, though. The next drive, Fitzpatrick was throwing quickly and sensing pressure well. On the next touchdown, Fitzpatrick sprinted right and found former Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki in the end zone from 14 yards out, with Graham chasing Fitzpatrick but still a few steps away when he threw. On the 34-yard heave to Parker that set up Miami’s final touchdown, Fitzpatrick was not under duress. Fletcher Cox was double-teamed, but elsewhere, the defensive linemen just didn’t get off blocks. Against an extremely unaccomplished offensive line.

One-on-One: Doug Pederson | December 3, 2019 - PE.com
Head Coach Doug Pederson sits down with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro to discuss the state of the team following the loss to Miami and more.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 14 - Fake Teams
13) Carson Wentz — Wentz is starting to get it done in the box score and the G-Men can’t stop anything through the air. [...] 18) Daniel Jones — Jones has been a matchup-dependent producer all year. This is an excellent spot for him to pop off.

Jerry Jones: In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year - Blogging The Boys
Time will tell if Jason Garrett is coaching in the NFL next season and if he is which team he is doing it for. Jerry Jones is sticking to his company line in supporting Jason Garrett for now but a third loss in a row would make things all the more uncomfortable.

Blake Bortles vs. Nick Foles: Who was the bigger mistake? - Big Cat Country
It’s the worst contract in franchise history. It has to be. Foles signed an $88 million contract back in March (with over $50 million in guaranteed money) and what does the team have to show for it? An 0-4 record out of Foles and only 2.5 quarters of play in front of the home crowd. With Minshew clearly better, it looks as though Foles’ tenure in Jacksonville will end with just two full games played, 736 passing yards, three touchdowns, and four turnovers. He averaged $427,350 per pass attempt if he sits the rest of the year. Good grief.

11 veteran NFL quarterbacks who could be available in 2020, ranked - SB Nation
2. Nick Foles, Jaguars. Foles threw only eight passes in the first half of the season thanks to a broken collarbone, but regained his starting role in Jacksonville once he came off injured reserve. Then after he failed to jump-start the Jags, he went back to the bench again for rookie sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew II. The younger QB has the reins while the Jaguars’ front office works out a way to unload a player it gave $50 million guaranteed in 2018. The biggest caveat with Foles is his inconsistency, especially when he’s not wearing an Eagles uniform. But hey, he’s a Super Bowl MVP.

XFL unveils uniforms for each of eight teams heading into 2020 inaugural season - DraftKings Nation
The XFL launches in February 2020 following Super Bowl 54, and the slow reveal continued on Tuesday, December 3rd. Each team revealed their uniforms for the upcoming season in a full reveal. You can view more details at xfl.com, but within is a rundown of each uniform as they are revealed.

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