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Jadeveon Clowney expects death threats for hit on Carson Wentz, says Eagles have ‘worst fans in the world’- USA Today
Jadeveon Clowney drastically changed the complexion of the Seahawks’ wild-card win over the Eagles on Sunday. And now Seattle’s star defensive end is expecting the worst even though he said he never meant to knock out Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz in the first quarter, an injury that sidelined the quarterback from a contest the Eagles lost 17-9. ”There might be death threats,” Clowney said in the victorious locker room afterward, while also opining that the locals who fill up Lincoln Financial Field are the “worst fans in the world.” Clowney said he was the target of such intimidation last year, when he was still a member of the Texans. Houston lost a Week 16 game in Philadelphia 32-30 after then-Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led a game-winning field-goal drive on the day’s final possession — despite missing one play after Clowney forced him to the sideline on a late hit that brought a roughing the passer flag. [BLG Note: Wow, it turns out the guy who hurts other people is actually the real victim here. Please pray for Clowney.]

Eagles v. Seahawks: 11 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
I can’t promise you that Carson Wentz was going to win the football game if he were in for Philadelphia — less than two months ago, he played the Seahawks in the same stadium, and lost by the same score. But when he was on the field, he was one of the best players on the Eagles offense, and without him, the unit generally fell inert, especially in the red zone. Wentz grew up during this season, and deserves recognition for his improved play and characteristically clutch moments in late drives. He was a winner across the course of the 2019 season, and that makes him a winner in this playoff game that was largely created by his efforts.

The Kist & Solak Show #168: The Eagles Season Is Over - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak react to the Eagles exit from the playoffs in a wild 17-9 loss to the Seahawks. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Seahawks playoff game - PhillyVoice
What an absolutely garbage explanation on so many levels. Roger Goodell was in attendance for this game, and he should suspend Clowney for that hit, but the guess here is that Clowney will avoid harsh discipline. I would expect a slap on the wrist, at best, and wouldn’t be surprised if there was no punishment at all, as a punishment would require the NFL to take accountability for a player obviously trying to injure a quarterback, concussing him, and not even getting flagged for it. The Eagles scratched and clawed their way into the playoffs, winning four straight games with a skeleton crew on offense, and in a blink, on the actions of an obviously dirty play, it was over. The Eagles probably weren’t legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but the biggest benefit of making it into the playoffs was that Wentz would get a playoff game under his belt, and that didn’t really even happen. He finished 1/4 for 3 yards, and a concussion. This Seahawks team wasn’t good, and the biggest reason they won, quite simply, was because of a unquestionably bush league cheap shot.

A Bridge Too Far - Iggles Blitz
Wentz had answered all the injury critics by starting all 16 games and carrying the offense on his back to a division title. He was headed for his first playoff game and had another chance to show the world what a special player he is. I feel bad for Wentz. He will now have to endure more questions and criticisms about his durability. Dealing with dirty hits hardly feels like an injury problem, but you know that is how more than a few people will spin it. The one bit of good news on this front is that Wentz will be 100 percent well before the spring. I feel bad for Eagles Nation. This was a very winnable game. Losing Wentz so early was a tough blow. When you have a makeshift offense, you need the right QB to make that work. Josh McCown came in and did an admirable job, but there is a huge difference between a 40-year old backup and a franchise QB. You could really see the value of Wentz today.

Eagles call hit on Carson Wentz dirty; Jadeveon Clowney denies intent - ESPN
“I checked Clowney about it,” Peters said. “He was mouthing, I was mouthing back at him. ... I just told him, ‘Man, that’s a dirty play. And he’s like, ‘My bad,’ and we just kept playing. ”I just kept reminding him, ‘Man, stay off my quarterback.’ ”I’m a left tackle. I’ve got his back. I’m the blindside. And I just take it personal when somebody is taking a late hit or trying to rough up the quarterback.” Clowney said he was not attempting to injure Wentz. ”It was a bang-bang play. I don’t intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I’ve been down the injury road; it’s not fun. My intention was not to hurt him. I was just playing fast.”

Concussed Carson Wentz thanks each Eagles player for their contributions - NBCSP
Despite taking a helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked him out of the first quarter in Sunday’s playoff game, a concussed Carson Wentz was waiting for his teammates in the home locker room after the 17-9 loss. He wanted to thank them. Each and every one of them. “He’s like apologizing and stuff,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “It’s like, ‘Bro, it’s out of your control.’ He didn’t let us down at all. We wouldn’t be in this spot without Carson. “It’s tough for him. Obviously, he really wants to be out there competing. He put a lot of work in to get to this spot and he gets hurt again. It’s just unfortunate, but it’s out of his control.” Wentz didn’t just go up to every skill player. He didn’t just go up to every offensive player. He stopped by the locker stall of every single player on both sides. He thanked them for what they did for the team. He congratulated them on their seasons. “That’s Carson. No questions asked,” third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld said. “I know it killed him to not be able to play. I was with him on the sideline. I saw the hit and it was pretty tough. It’s not according to anyone’s plan, his plan, but I know he has faith. He’ll bounce back out of this.

Zach Ertz details recovery from lacerated kidney that led him to play vs. Seahawks in NFL playoffs - Inquirer
“The medical staff rushed me to the hospital where it was determined I had a kidney injury,” Ertz said. Ertz said he was eventually released and underwent a series of tests the following Monday. He said he was diagnosed with two non-displaced rib fractures, rib cartilage fracture and the kidney injury. An NFL source later told The Inquirer that Ertz had lacerated his kidney and that he would be unlikely to play for weeks. The Eagles held the Pro Bowl tight end out of the season finale at the New York Giants on Dec. 28 as he wasn’t yet cleared for contact. Ertz said after Sunday’s game that last Monday, he passed some tests so that he could increase physical activity. He said he had additional exams Friday, met with “multiple independent doctors” Saturday, and “it was determined the kidney had healed rapidly, remarkably.”

Kapadia: Tears, pride and disappointment from the end of another Eagles season - The Athletic
The season will be remembered first for the injuries and frustration. The dropped passes in key spots early in the season. The letdown in Miami late. The slog of an offense. But it should also be remembered for how Doug Pederson once again kept his team together, for how Wentz found some magic playing with guys like Ward and Scott and for a resilient group that in the end just wasn’t talented enough to advance past the wild-card round. “That’s the worst part of the NFL, besides the injuries, is just losing teammates over the years to other teams, losing contact with some of these guys,” Ertz said. “But at the same time, that’s the great part about the NFL. Guys that I would have never met in my life you become extremely close with, you build relationships, you go through adversity. And so as the season ends, that’s kind of what you’re gonna remember. The losses sting, the pain hurts, but the relationships you get with the guys is something you’ll never forget.”

Injury to Carson Wentz and a handful of mistakes add up to season-ending loss in playoffs -
We all feel for Carson,” running back Miles Sanders said. “We know how much work he put into the season and his job. He’s a pro’s pro. He was ready to play. He prepares like crazy. We had a good game plan going in and we had some success moving the ball, but we just didn’t score points.” We’ll talk about what’s next for the Eagles in the coming days, but for now it’s important to put into perspective how the Eagles fell short on Sunday. Losing Wentz was the big, huge, overwhelming Reason No. 1, and with his injury came some repercussions …

Where the heck was Eagles’ Jordan Howard in loss to Seahawks? He explains ... and looks ahead to free agency -
Howard would like to be back in 2020, even with the emergence of both Miles Sanders and Boston Scott at running back in his absence. “I’m hoping to stay,” Howard said, then added later that “I hope to be back but I’m not sure.” [...] He was active and available ... but not really, he said. “I could’ve played but I don’t know how effective I would’ve been,” Howard said. “I don’t know how it would’ve been getting in and stuff like that since it had been so long since I played.” Ultimately, Howard was frustrated that he couldn’t really help the Eagles at all in the stretch run or in the playoffs. “It’s definitely been tough but it’s definitely made me appreciate the game more since it’s been taken away from me basically,” Howard said. “But it’s definitely made me appreciate the game more and whenever I get the chance to be back fully healthy, I”m gonna take advantage of that.”

Exit Interview: Philadelphia Eagles - The Ringer
Their top priority should be receiver. The Eagles attempted to address the position in 2019, but second-rounder JJ Arcega-Whiteside disappointed in his first year. (Seahawks rookie DK Metcalf, whom the Eagles passed on to pick Arcega-Whiteside, had three fewer catches and 9 fewer yards on Sunday than the Philly wideout had on the season, including Sunday.) The Eagles should also look to add pieces in the secondary. Someone like Alabama’s Trevon Diggs or Florida’s CJ Henderson should be available when Philly’s on the board and would add depth to the depleted unit.

Wild Card: Tom Brady the Pragmatist Controls His NFL Future - FMIA
Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Philadelphia. The most dominant defensive player of the playoff weekend, wrecking the interior of the Seattle line and almost reversing a loss that Philly had little business winning. He led an Eagle defense that held Seattle running backs to 19 yards rushing, and he earned the highest PFF grade of the weekend, 9.0, for living in the Seattle backfield. If Russell Wilson wasn’t so slithery, Cox might have had a winning impact on this game.

Cigar Thoughts, Wild Card: Seahawks invade Philadelphia, wipe Eagles out - Field Gulls
It’s so nice to see you here again. This hallowed ground, the NFL playoffs, used to be a place where we as fans rarely trod. Lately, however, it’s become something of a birthright. For the 7th time in Russell Wilson’s 8 years, and the 8th time in Pete Carroll’s 10, the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in the postseason. And while Seattle’s heartbreaking loss against the 49ers cost them a home game in the first round, it did mean that they’d draw the weakest team in the NFC playoffs: the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s not that they Eagles suck (they kinda do), it’s just that they’re arguably the most banged-up team in modern playoff history. Like, just so injured. Still, this is a squad that beat 9 NFL teams this season and we’ve seen the Seahawks play down to worse. I had a feeling that this game was gonna be one of those grimy low-scoring affairs and boy oh boy, was it ever.

Josh McCown performed admirably, even if he didn’t end up an Eagles hero - SB Nation
The Eagles had to rely on a backup quarterback a playoff game once again. With Nick Foles long gone, this time 40-yard-old Josh McCown was called in. The NFL journeyman signal caller came in for starter Carson Wentz, who left the wild card game against the Seahawks in the first quarter after taking a big hit from Jadeveon Clowney. McCown had to play the rest of the game, as Wentz was later ruled out of the game after being evaluated for a concussion. Although the Eagles lost 17-9 at home to Seattle to eliminate them from the postseason, McCown deserves credit for what he did. Despite only attempting five passes all season, McCown stepped with a bunch of no-names in his receiving corps and showed heart. The Eagles’ receiving corps has been decimated by injuries this year, part of the constant bad injury luck Philadelphia has had all season.

The Jason Garrett Era is over, Dallas Cowboys officially part ways with longtime head coach - Blogging The Boys
From the time that Jerry Jones hired Jason Garrett to be his offensive coordinator prior to the 2007 season, before he ever hired a head coach, it was obvious that the team’s former quarterback would one day run the ship for the Dallas Cowboys. That fully materialized three and half years later when the Cowboys fired Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season. After the eight games in which he presided as the team’s interim head coach, going 5-3 in that process, the most obvious coaching search in Cowboys history was complete when Jason Garrett was promoted to the role full-time ahead of the 2011 season. Here we are, nine full seasons later, and the era is officially over. Some people will hesitate to call it an era because it wasn’t successful, but the reality is that Jason Garrett was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for almost a decade. We can officially say “was” now because the Cowboys made it official on Sunday and formally announced his exit. Jerry Jones also penned an official statement.

Valentine’s Views: Is this what an “extensive” coaching search looks like? - Big Blue View
New York Giants co-owner John Mara promised an “extensive” search for the team’s next head coach. So, here’s my question one week into that search. Matt Rhule, Mike McCarthy, Don ‘Wink’ Martindale, Eric Bieniemy, Josh McDaniels, Joe Judge, Kris Richard. Is this it? Seriously, no offense intended to any of the seven candidates on the Giants’ current list, but is that all they’ve got? There are some intriguing, impressive candidates on that list. Maybe Jason Garrett gets added to the list.


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