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Eagles News: NFL executives think Carson Wentz would benefit from tougher coaching

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/8/19.

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz needs tough love right now, and he’s not getting it from coaching staff - Inquirer
The Eagles have bet both the present and the future on Carson Wentz. He has the talent to be one of the league’s top quarterbacks. He’s not there yet, but the Eagles treat him like he is, and that is part of the problem. Some observers both inside and outside of the organization think Wentz needs a little more tough love than he’s currently getting from Pederson, Groh and specifically, Taylor. “Carson played his best ball when DeFilippo was coaching him,’’ a personnel executive for an AFC team said. “Because John would get in his (butt). John and Reich had a good cop-bad cop thing going on. Reich would be the good cop and pat Carson on the butt, but Flip would stay on Carson and kept him on point and had him playing his best football. Personally, I think that’s what he needs right now, what he’s been lacking since (DeFilippo) left. Hard coaching. Right now, he’s got everybody there kissing his butt and that’s not helping him become a better player.’’ — [BLG Note: As I’ve been saying, the Eagles really need to replace quarterbacks coach Press Taylor ... in addition to offensive coordinator Mike Groh.]

Eagles tied with three other teams for the NFL’s lowest fan confidence rating - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles’ disappointing 2019 season reached a new low this past weekend with the Birds losing to the friggin Miami Dolphins. Unsurprisingly, Eagles fans have nearly lost all confidence in the direction of the team.

The Kist & Solak Show #155: Final Eagles-Giants Preview - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak discuss Doug Pederson’s track record and how this season reflects on it... PLUS the gang hits up the second part of their Eagles-Giants preview, this time focusing on the Eagles’ offense vs. the Giants’ defense before giving their final predictions! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Hello Old Friend - Iggles Blitz
It will be sad to see him go. He’s lost 9 of his last 10 games to the Eagles and has really struggled against the guys in green since 2008. That’s a long time. Eli had the better of the rivalry from 2005 through 2007, winning 5 of 6 in that stretch. Losing to Eli was torturous. Beating him was magical. There was nothing better than seeing Eli Face, that look you’d get a few times in every game where Eli looked like the biggest dork on Earth and not the superstar QB with a pair of Super Bowl rings. We’ll have to wait and see if this is his last game. I don’t think Eli is a Hall of Fame player. He won some big games and had some very good years, but the Hall of Fame is for special players. Eli was good, just not special.

Fantasy fallout: Can you trust surging receivers like Alshon Jeffery in playoffs? - ESPN
The 29-year-old went off with nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown last week after missing the previous two games. It would be hard to expect a repeat of that caliber. But Philadelphia Eagles reporter Tim McManus recommended Jeffery as a fantasy starter “if you’re looking for solid but unspectacular numbers.” McManus said the key is just to make sure he’s going to be active every week, because he has been limited by calf and ankle injuries this season. “He reminds me of a veteran power forward who doesn’t have the old burst but gets by thanks to his size and savvy,” McManus said. “He might not light it up, but he’ll still generate some offense for you, especially given the Eagles’ favorable closing schedule.”

Top 25 quarterback rankings for Week 14 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
QB7 — Carson Wentz put up big numbers against a bad Dolphins defense and should be able to do the same against the Giants, especially as his receivers are getting healthier.

Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders: How bitter rivals became best friends at Penn State - NBCSP
“It’s going to be real special,” Sanders said. “I remember talking about this even before the season started, when we were guessing where I would end up. I told him if I’m with the Eagles, we’d get to see each other twice a year. But really at the end of the day I’d be pretty selfish to tell you that I’m focused on Saquon. For real, for real, I’m really just focused on getting a W. We’ve got some stuff to handle. We’ve got to handle business. It’s going to be fun, but I’m mainly focused on something else.”

Eagles players and staff lace up for My Cause My Cleats Campaign in Week 14 -
“My Cause My Cleats is a powerful platform and we are proud to shine a spotlight on our players, the causes that are important to them, and the many ways in which our players are positively impacting the community around them,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO. “In addition, our entire organization will be showing its support of the team’s community platform as all of our staff will be wearing sneakers that highlight the Eagles Autism Foundation.”

Week 14 NFL Preview: Could Patrick Mahomes Expose the Patriots Defense? - The Ringer
New York’s Daniel Jones is missing this contest with an ankle injury, and Eli Manning is about to go on a revenge tour. … OK, maybe not. Eli Manning is 10-20 against the Eagles in his career, which is absolutely brutal. But Giants fans will embrace Manning’s return to action like Tim Robbins embracing Morgan Freeman at the end of The Shawshank Redemption. We never thought we’d see him again, but a small part of us always hoped we’d be wrong.

Giants injury report, 12/7: Eli Manning to start, Jabrill Peppers to IR - Big Blue View
Tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) will be out again. There had been optimism that Engram, who has missed the last three games would play. “I was really excited about this week,” Engram said. “I felt really good at the beginning of the week, felt really good in my rehab prior to the week. As the week went by, I just wasn’t ready. I made some progress but I’m not ready. … No setbacks, like I said just not ready. I couldn’t really do what I do and not ready.”

Cowboys lesson learned: The depths of dysfunction in Dallas - Blogging The Boys
What’s wrong with the Dallas Cowboys? If that is what you are thinking, let me explain your error. The correct question should be: What ISN’T wrong with the Dallas Cowboy? It’s a much, much shorter list, although far harder to identify. This is a broken team. They have mustered only six wins this year, four of them against the other teams in the NFC East, the undisputed worst division in the NFL. Basically every time they have had a challenge ahead of them that didn’t involve their fellow divisional losers, they fell short. And as the season has progressed, the shortfalls are just becoming worse.

NFL Week 14 Preview: Why Brissett Is Still the Colts’ Future - MMQB
The Jaguars’ options for mitigating the pain of that contract would be, as USA Today’s Steven Ruiz mentioned, an Osweiler-to-the-Browns type deal. The Colts, Dolphins and Bills are all prime candidates, and though the Browns settled for a second-rounder from Houston to take on Osweiler, those teams should be asking Jacksonville for the mid-to-late first the Jags got from the Rams in the Jalen Ramsey trade—after all, this Nick Foles deal would cost a team twice as much as the Browns had to pay Osweiler. Or, the Jaguars can pass on a quarterback next spring and re-open the competition between Foles and Gardner Minshew, who has struggled for most of 2019 but who has a backstory and a moustache and wears clothes that don’t look like the clothes that other people wear.

What happens if all 4 NFC East teams finish with 6-10 records? - SB Nation
The Dallas Cowboys could’ve had the NFC East wrapped up a while ago, but three straight losses have them sitting at 6-7. The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t taken advantage of that slide. They’ve dropped three in a row too, including an embarrassing Week 13 loss to the tanking Miami Dolphins that sank the Eagles to 5-7. Even if one of those teams reverses its misfortunes to finish 9-7, the NFC East would still be the first division in three years without a double-digit win champion. The likelier scenario, though, is that no NFC East team will finish 2019 with a winning record. That’s happened before. Five years ago, the 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers won the NFC South. In 2010, there were the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, who clinched the NFC West. But a 6-10 record for a division champion? That’d be an all-time low. It’s still possible in the NFC East too.

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