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The 5 most fireable NFL coaches heading into Week 14 - SB Nation
Doug Pederson: Will Pederson be fired two years after winning a Super Bowl and one season after a 1-1 postseason run? Almost certainly not! But this shocking inability to find any kind of consistency in 2019 will likely cost him several members of his current crop of assistants. Those moves will serve as the franchise’s official warning to its head coach. The only way he can avoid a handful of January firings among his staff is to find a way to chase down the continually stumbling Cowboys in the race for the NFC East title.

Rating the job security of every NFL head coach in 2019: Who’s safe, who could get fired - ESPN
RATING 2: ON A COOL SEAT ... BARRING A DISASTER — Philadelphia Eagles (5-7). Coach: Doug Pederson (34-26 over four seasons). The Eagles have greatly underperformed, and everyone in the organization is feeling the heat in Philly right now. But when you deliver the city its first Super Bowl title, it buys you some time.

You’re invited to BGN’s Week 15 road game watch party! - BGN
This Philadelphia Eagles season sure hasn’t been very fun but, hey, at least we always have our fellow Bleeding Green Nation community members to commiserate with, right? Along those lines, we’d like to let you know you are invited to the first BGN road game watch party that we’ve held since ... way too long ago! You can hang out and watch the Week 15 Washington game with us at Pistolas Del Sur in South Philly on Sunday, December 15. We’ll be there around 11:00 AM prior to the 1:00 PM kickoff. It’ll be myself, Shamus Clancy, and other BGN readers/BGN Radio listeners seeing if the Birds can actually find a way to win the NFC East.

The Kist & Solak Show #153: Stupid Conversations About Film - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have reviewed the Eagles-Dolphins film and they have takeaways about Wentz’s performance, the play-calling, the corners, defensive line and more! PLUS Mack Hollins was released! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation. [BLG Note: Very good discussion about Wentz in this pod.]

Eagles vs. Giants: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
2) Eli Manning’s quick throw game vs. Daniel Jones’ slow-developing style. In case you hadn’t noticed by now, it appears that Eli Manning is going to start on Monday in place of Jones, who has an ankle sprain. Like a lot of young quarterbacks, Jones has gotten the ball out slowly this season. According the NFL’s “Next Gen” stats, Jones gets the ball at an average rate of 2.88 seconds. Conversely, Manning has traditionally gotten the ball out quickly, particularly against the Eagles. In 2018, Manning got the ball out in 2.65 seconds, on average, and 2.5 seconds in 2017. It’s going to be difficult for Manning and the Giants’ receivers to get back on the same page going from a quarterback who took his time in the pocket, to one who likes to get it out quickly, and relies on timing and precision.

Mack Hollins just one brick in Eagles’ sagging roster wall - Inquirer
While disappointing, the failed draft pick isn’t really in a vacuum. It is one more brick in a wall of poor roster decisions in recent years that has grown too high for the team to scale. It is an example, not an exception. (Finding a little multipurpose back like Cohen to replace an aging Darren Sproles was a goal for the Eagles in that draft, by the way. Later in the same round, they took Donnel Pumphrey. All you can say about that decision is that Hollins worked out better.) As the Eagles struggled this season, particularly with injury, it became clear that roster depth is not what it should be. Missing on draft picks, or free-agent signings, or trades — overall, just not doing a great job of evaluating talent — is what leads to that. All front offices go hot and cold to some extent. Luck is a factor, as always. There’s no denying, however, that the Eagles have been lukewarm at best.

Lane Johnson: ‘We know what time it is’ -
The Eagles players returned to work on Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, preparing for Monday night and the New York Giants, the first of a four-game fourth quarter of the 2019 regular season and, yes, they understand the consequences: They either win or they stay home for the postseason. It’s that simple. “We know what time it is,” offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “We have to go out and win. We can’t afford any more losses. We know what kind of team we are capable of being, but it’s one thing to know it and it’s another to go out and play the way we’re capable of playing. We have no other choice with four games left.”

5 reasons to watch the final quarter of the Eagles’ season - NBCSP
Carson Wentz: The Eagles already made their decision on Wentz this past offseason when they signed him to a $108 million deal. So he’s not going anywhere. But the franchise quarterback can play well in these last four games and let us know that guy, the special player, is still in there. And just finishing a season would be something he hasn’t done since his rookie year in 2016. Right now, he’s on pace for 3,786 yards, 26.7 touchdowns and 9.3 interceptions. He could end up with a new career-high in yards. Wentz would need to average 290 passing yards in the last four games to become the Eagles’ first-ever 4,000-yard passer. But it’s really not about the numbers. It’s about leaving the fanbase with a feeling of confidence after his fourth NFL season.

Playoff probabilities for the NFC East entering Week 14 - PFF
Over a third of simulations have the Cowboys winning exactly eight games (36.9%), and such a feat yields the division title 81.3% of the time. The Cowboys make the playoffs in all cases in which they win nine or more games (42.3%), due to (at worst) being able to claim a better record than the Eagles in NFC play. There is one scenario that is possible but extremely improbable. The Washington Redskins can still make the NFC East playoffs with a 7-9 record if they win out, the Cowboys lose out and the Eagles lose the rest of their games against non-Cowboys opponents. This happens in roughly 0.1% of our simulations.

‘Those were my babies!’: Eagles DE Vinny Curry’s prized sneaker room has 600 pairs of Air Jordans - The Athletic
There are people who own enough shoes to fill a dedicated shoe closet. Vinny Curry is not one of those people. The Eagles defensive end has a room for shoes. Curry has turned one of the rooms in his New Jersey home into a sneaker shrine, assembling clear cases from floor to ceiling to showcase his footwear. It’s where the 31-year-old keeps more than 600 pairs of Air Jordans. He estimated the total to be 605, but it’s become hard to keep track because he’s given pairs away, too. “It’s like people who collect cars,” Curry said. “Some people just collect sneakers.” Curry started his shoe collection as a junior at Neptune (N.J.) High School. He worked at Foodtown, a grocery store where he stocked milk, and saved his paychecks. He put away enough money to go to A&J Sneakers in Asbury Park, N.J., where Curry purchased a pair of cherry red-and-white Jordan 10s. “I was really obsessed with Jordans,” Curry said. “Growing up, you couldn’t afford them. … That’s where all my money went (from work).”

Revised playoff seeding is long overdue - PFT
With the Cowboys currently leading the NFC East by one game, a win over the Eagles in Week 16 could clinch the division for Dallas, allowing the Cowboys to rest their starters in Week 17, which the 49ers and Seahawks engage in a bare-knuckled, winner-take-all fight for the NFC West crown, with the loser limping to Dallas — and possibly losing there, too. It shouldn’t be that way. The four best teams from each conference should host playoff games. While winning a division should guarantee a spot in the playoffs, it shouldn’t guarantee a home game.

BREAKING NEWS: Daniel Jones’ injury makes Eli Manning “very likely” to start Monday - Big Blue View
Jones’ injury is said not to be as severe as the high ankle sprain that cost running back Saquon Barkley 31/2 games, and Shurmur told media in attendance that Jones would not need surgery. Still, with just four games remaining in the season it’s fair to wonder if it’s possible we will see the 38-year-old Manning, benched after Week 2 with the Giants at 0-2, starting for the remainder of the season. So, could this be a four-game farewell tour for Manning? Could this be an opportunity for him to show a quarterback-needy team that he still has something to give in 2020? No matter what, it is an interesting and unexpected development.

A majority of football fans believe the Cowboys will win the NFC East over the Eagles - Blogging The Boys
While Cowboys fans might be down on their own team, the rest of football fans are not, at least in comparison to the Eagles. Every week FanPulse asks a few national questions related to teams based on what’s happening across the NFL and this week one of the questions was who will win the NFC East. A majority, a significant one, of people believe that the Dallas Cowboys will win the division.

Dolphins continue to churn roster, add WR Mack Hollins and OL Evan Brown - The Phinsider
The latest of these moves came today when the Dolphins claimed WR Mack Hollins off of waivers. Hollins, 26, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth-round of the 2017 NFL draft. During his time with the Eagles, Hollins caught 26 targets for 351 yards and 1 touchdown. However, most of his value comes on special teams. And the Dolphins will look to see if he has any lasting value through the 2019 season.


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