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The Kist & Solak Show #168!

Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Everybody form an orderly line and step forward for your weapon, the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019-2020 NFL season is officially over. We have nine months to rip each other apart like savages until the next meaningful Eagles game is played.

The 17-9 Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, of course, transpired under bizarre circumstances. Carson Wentz was knocked out of the game by a dirty hit from Jadeveon Clowney, Josh McCown became the oldest player in NFL history to make his playoff debut, and the takes were flying all night.

Putting aside the idiocy shown by those in the media like Danny Kannell, Brandon Stokley, Josina Anderson, Sam Monson, and the list goes on and on (just check Chris Long’s timeline to see what I mean).. the story of this game is the fight the Eagles yet again displayed. Losing Wentz early and still having a chance in a one-score game until the very end is a testament to the players and the coaching staff. In the end, it wasn’t enough, but I’m not sure you could ask much more from a team that has taken so many injuries to key players.

Speaking of Wentz, it’s another sour end for the Eagles’ franchise quarterback. After the Super Bowl run, the team’s struggles in 2018, the knee and back injuries, the game-winning drops this season, and now an unfortunate concussion in a playoff game, you wouldn’t blame Wentz for believing he’s snakebit. It will be another long off-season for him, albeit a healthy one, which is important. Just as important is how he’s led this team in the last month plus, which has put any questions about his leadership to bed.

The Eagles’ front office brass now face a very important question: “run it back” or “remodel”? There’s fear that the team will see how far they’ve come and believe that a healthy DeSean Jackson or other health-related factors could be the difference. It’s not crazy to think considering the optimism surrounding Jackson’s possible and expected return in the Divisional Round. I think all of us understand the case for a remodel after a team touted as a top three talented unit had to put together a four game win streak to get to the dance.

We discuss all of that and more on The Kist & Solak Show #168! Listen on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts?! Check out our guide on how to listen and subscribe to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY!