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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/11/20.

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NFL doctor calls Eagles’ Carson Wentz ‘heroic’ for reporting concussion - ESPN
The NFL’s chief medical officer called Carson Wentz “heroic” for reporting his concussion during Philadelphia’s playoff loss and disputed the notion the league’s system failed the Eagles quarterback. ”I think what Carson Wentz did is heroic and should be highlighted as an example of how an unbelievably skilled and competitive athlete understands the seriousness of concussion injury and is willing to honestly report it and receive the care that he needs independent of his desire and drive to continue to participate in the game,” Dr. Allen Sills told The Associated Press on Thursday. ”Having a concussion and playing through it is not about toughness. That’s demonstrating a lack of understanding of the severity of the injury. So I applaud Carson Wentz for understanding how serious this injury is and for getting appropriate care that he needs.”

Report: NFL decides not to fine Jadeveon Clowney for hit on Carson Wentz - BGN
The NFL is not fining Jadeveon Clowney for his helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Carson Wentz in last weekend’s Philadelphia Eagles versus Seattle Seahawks wild card game, according to a report from the Washington Post’s Mark Maske. Officials declined to throw a flag on the play and then defended their decision after the game. Now the league is standing by the ruling on the field. Pretty dumb, if you ask me. It’s clear that what Clowney did was not a normal football play. Hell, former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira called the hit a “cheap shot.”

Babes On Broad #20: We’re Just Bitter - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne take you to the weekend with thoughts on NFL officiating (hi Jadeveon), the coaching staff shake-up, What’s Going On Around Philly and more! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

Boston Scott remains humble and hungry despite late-season success - PE.com
”I haven’t arrived by any means,” Scott said. “I haven’t reached the standard that I have for myself.” Scott has maintained this mentality going back to college, when he walked on to play football at Louisiana Tech. He had to scratch and claw his way onto the field then, and has been doing so throughout his time as a pro. ”I want to be the best at what I do,” Scott said. “I want to be up there with the elite and the only way to get there is through hard work and dedication. Like I said, I’m a far way off from where I want to be, but I’m definitely determined to get there.” Scott believes he is in the right place to accomplish that. He never stopped fighting in the face of adversity and neither did the Eagles, who surged at the end of the season to clinch their second NFC East title in three years.

The Eagles lack organizational cohesion. Can they achieve it under their current power structure? - Inquirer
The farther we get from the Super Bowl run, the more reason there is to wonder whether the interplay between Pederson and his de facto general manager includes the necessary symbiosis. There was reason to wonder about the dynamic when the Eagles traded for Golden Tate without an apparent plan to play him. Same goes for the maneuvering we saw this season at the wide-receiver position. The Eagles have created a chain of command that can often incubate the sort of fiefdoms that are antithetical to a coherent vision. Pederson is in charge of the offense and wins and losses. Jim Schwartz is in charge of the defense, Roseman the players. All are dependent upon one another, but when dealing with the laws of scarcity that dictate roster construction, who is the one who ultimately decides what is best for the group as a whole? “We have a lot of voices who are not afraid to air their opinion,” Roseman said Thursday, “and I think that we always want that and obviously we have the coaching staff, too, who gives us their opinions, as well.” But the question remains: Which of these voices is ultimately responsible for articulating the big picture? Once again, we’re left to wonder: Do the Eagles have one?

Why fixing the Eagles’ secondary will be so hard - NBCSP
The Eagles went into the season counting on Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and Avonte Maddox at corner. Darby got hurt twice and was terrible the rest of the time. Mills was barely adequate. Jones and Douglas both struggled. Maddox was disappointing. Cre’Von LeBlanc did some good things but then had that devastating missed tackle against Seattle. Mills and Darby are free agents, so sitting here today the corners under contract are Jones, Douglas, Maddox, LeBlanc and Craig James. Excited for next year yet? Making the whole equation trickier is that with Rodney McLeod facing free agency, the only safeties under contract are Malcolm Jenkins, who said he’s not going to play under terms of his current deal, and Marcus Epps and Rudy Ford.

Jay Ajayi Gave Up 72 Goals in his First FIFA Competition - Crossing Broad
The Philadelphia Union signed Jay Ajayi to be their 2020 representative in the ‘eMLS’ FIFA league that’s organized by Major League Soccer. It was a publicity stunt more than anything, but a smart one, because the Union brand found its way to all sorts of global media outlets that shared the news of a pro football player and Super Bowl winner signing on to rep the local soccer team in a video game tournament. Turns out, however, that Jay Train isn’t very good at FIFA. In Thursday’s inaugural league event at Union Transfer on Spring Garden Street, he finished dead last:

Does Andy Reid Really Not Understand How to Manage the Clock? - The Ringer
In his two decades as an NFL head coach, Reid has been criticized for apparent lapses in judgment when it comes to timeout usage and pace of play. But he may have a better understanding of it all than you’d think.

It has been exactly five years since Dez Bryant caught it at Lambeau Field - Blogging The Boys
Five years ago Saturday the Dallas Cowboys took on the Green Bay Packers in a Divisional Round playoff game at Lambeau Field. You know the game. It was without question the closest that the team got to an NFC Championship Game under former coach Jason Garrett. Obviously they got back two years later, but they had the game at Lambeau. [BLG Note: Dez dropped it.]

John Mara doesn’t close the door on an Eli Manning return - Big Blue View
In what has been a week of change for the New York Giants organization, owner John Mara told WFAN that he would be OK if one thing stayed the same. Eli Manning. “I haven’t closed any doors on that,” Mara said on Friday. Some of the changes for the Giants so far this offseason have been surprising and some have been expected. The firing of Pat Shurmur caught no one off guard, but the non-firing of general manager Dave Gettleman confused some. Then, many were under the impression former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule would be the next Giants head coach, but New York had its sights set on someone else. Joe Judge had many people googling his name upon first announcement. But after Thursday’s introductory press conference, there seems to be no question the Giants made, at the very least, an intriguing and exciting decision by hiring the former Patriots wide receiver and special teams coach.

How the 4 underdogs in the NFL’s Divisional Round can pull the upset this weekend - SB Nation
The Divisional Round is my favorite weekend of the NFL season. The top eight teams are playing for a spot in the conference championships games, one step closer to the Super Bowl. After some upsets on Wild Card Weekend, Vegas has made three of the four games this weekend a touchdown or more in the spread. Conventional wisdom would say that these games should be blowouts. But if you’re looking for close games, or rooting for an underdog, I’ll give you the reason that could happen in all four contests.

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