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Eagles News: Former NFL VP of officiating says Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Carson Wentz was a cheap shot

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/8/20.

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Pereira thinks Clowney’s hit was a ‘cheap shot’ - 94WIP
Former Vice President of Officiating for the National Football League Mike Pereira joined Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on the 94WIP Midday Show to discuss Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Carson Wentz. [...] “I think it was a cheap shot and the reason that I base it with that, is on regular speed video not slow motion,” he said. “Slow motion distort everything. Listen, I don’t think Clowney tried to hurt anybody, but I do think he tries to punish him and that was my opinion of the play. Needlessly, punish him.”

NFL reviewing Jadeveon Clowney hit that knocked Carson Wentz out of a playoff game - Washington Post
The NFL is reviewing the hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney that knocked Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz out of Sunday’s NFC first-round playoff game in Philadelphia. The review began Monday but is to continue Tuesday with further consideration of whether Clowney violated the rule put into effect last season that prohibits a player from lowering his head and using his helmet to deliver a forcible hit to an opponent, according to a person familiar with the situation. Clowney was not penalized for the hit during the game but could be fined by the league if it determines there was a violation.

Eagles Rookie Report Card: 2019 season review and what’s to come - BGN
It’s difficult to see JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s season as anything but a huge disappointment. The most frustrating part about it is that many aspects of the let-down were out of his control. Arcega-Whiteside was drafted to be the fourth or fifth receiver for a year and develop while Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor made plays for the Eagles. Injuries immediately struck the offense and Arcega-Whiteside was forced into the starting lineup early in the season where he looked pretty terrible. Instead of riding out the bumps and hoping Arcega-Whiteside could grow (similar to Sanders and Dillard’s in-season development), the Eagles pulled the plug and buried him deep on the bench. In his place, Mack Hollins and Agholor did absolutely nothing to validate their playing time. I understand not wanting to play a rookie if he’s hurting the team, but the Eagles were incapable of fielding anyone better for most of the season, so why not let him play? Arcega-Whiteside eventually got back on the field where he would show glimpses of why he was drafted so high, but never made a consistent impact on any game he played in. By the end of the season, Greg Ward Jr. had emerged and the team was more interested in playing Robert Davis and Deontay Burnett than they were JJ. Not great. Long Term Outlook: There is no way the Eagles can go into the offseason feeling good about JJ Arcega-Whiteside as a future playmaker on the team. This is by no means a condemnation of his future, but the reality is the team will need to bring in more playmakers at wide receiver this spring and JJ Arcega-Whiteside has a HUGE uphill battle to make it into the starting line up next year.

From the Bleachers #14: A Dirty End to An Odd Season - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy discusses his feelings on Clowney’s hit on Wentz and how it impacted the Eagles’ eventual playoff exit PLUS thoughts on where we go from here... Sign up for Shamus’ newsletter right here: https://www.patreon.com/shamus_clancy. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Saints and Eagles are dead - PhillyVoice
Yes, the Eagles have Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz, which is one of the best head coach - quarterback combos in the NFL, and as a result, they have something to build around. However, they have the second-oldest roster in the NFL, and their last three drafts have not produced enough in the way of players that the fan base can be excited about. Looking ahead, the Eagles have a first-place schedule, a boatload of holes to fill, and there’s a risk of many of their best players all beginning their declines at once. They have not done a good job staying atop the NFC after they were very clearly the best team in the conference (and the league, for that matter) in 2017.

More on Schwartz - Iggles Blitz
I don’t get it. I honestly don’t get it. I do not understand the disdain for Jim Schwartz. All coaches get criticism. Andy Reid got ridiculed even after taking the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004. Doug Pederson, who actually won the friggin’ Super Bowl,- has caught his share of flak, especially from those who are sure Frank Reich is somehow the genius of all geniuses. Schwartz has quite a strong contingent of people, some who are normally very level-headed, that cannot wait for him to leave Philly. I like Schwartz and think he is absolutely a good coach. He’s not on the same level as Buddy Ryan or Bud Carson or Jim Johnson, but he did manage to do something they couldn’t. Schwartz helped the Eagles win a Super Bowl. It blows my mind how that is almost glossed over.

Biggest 2020 offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
An infusion of young talent. The Eagles loaded up the 2019 roster with veterans to make a Super Bowl push, but their age showed itself in the form of injuries and low energy. The offense took off when younger players like Miles Sanders rose to the forefront, and they need more of that to set up Carson Wentz as he enters Year 5.

The offseason stakes for five important Eagles offensive and defensive linemen - The Athletic
Hater says: Please never mention the Pro Bowl in a serious context. It’s true Cox played his best football at the end of the season, but it’s also true he’s entering his age-30 season, and there’s a good chance his dip in productivity had more to do with the natural aging process than anything else. It didn’t take foot surgery for him to lose a step. On that front, the Eagles were forced to borrow from the future on Cox’s snaps after Malik Jackson’s season-ending injury in Week 1. “I think that was the plan for me to not play a lot this year,” Cox said. “Obviously, I did play a lot of snaps. I haven’t calculated them yet. But I did play a lot of snaps, but this year they was gonna dial me back some. But at the end of the day, Malik went down, and I think I played beside seven players this year, which is really hard, especially when you trying to … get on the same page with guys. But for me, I just go out there and play. I just wanna win. It don’t matter how long I’m out there, how many plays I play, as long as I’m being productive out there, I wanna win.” Bottom line: Cox carries the second-highest average annual salary among defensive tackles behind Aaron Donald and is owed $42 million over the next two seasons. The Eagles need to find a way for him to play at that level.

Duffy: Why the defense’s outstanding effort wasn’t enough to beat Seattle - PE.com
It was a crazy ride, but the 2019 season has now come to an end. This is an Eagles team that fought with everything it had and, despite the injuries up and down the roster on both sides of the ball, went to the playoffs for the third straight season while winning the division in the process. Losing Carson Wentz in the first quarter just proved to be too much, as the team clawed its way into keeping this a tight football game deep into the fourth quarter, but just didn’t have enough to take it to the finish line and advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. For a team that was so good in situational football during the regular season, the offense was just 3-of-11 (27 percent) on third down and 0-for-3 in the red zone. Conversely, the Seahawks were 8-of-15 (53 percent) on third down while going 1-for-2 in the red zone. In an eight-point game, that meant all the difference, as the Eagles were just a play here or there away from tying it late in the contest. Make no mistake, situational football hurt the Eagles in this football game.

After wasted season, Malik Jackson determined to come back stronger - NBCSP
There was a lot of excitement when the Eagles signed Malik Jackson last offseason and rightfully so. The Eagles finally found the perfect complement to play next to Fletcher Cox. He lasted 32 snaps. Jackson had to watch the rest of the season, all the ups and the downs, as he rehabbed. “It sucked,” Jackson said on Monday. “It was a big eye-opening experience. Nobody ever wants to get injured, but to be on IR, especially for the whole year, for the first time, it was a lot. But I learned a lot, I learned a lot about myself. Ready to come back next year stronger.”

Australia is burning, and Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata desperately wants to help - Inquirer
“My family, thank God, is safe,’’ Mailata said Monday as he cleaned out his locker after Sunday’s season-ending playoff loss to Seattle. “But it breaks my heart every time I go on social media and see what’s happening.’’ With the Eagles off until voluntary workouts commence in April, the 6-foot-8, 346-pound Mailata plans to fly home soon and do whatever he can to help his fellow Aussies deal with the bush fire crisis. “I don’t want to post about it on social media,’’ he said. “I just want to go behind the scenes and do it. I don’t want any praise for it. It’s just that my home country is burning right now and it’s killing me. It’s killing me. I kind of just want to put a [firefighting] helmet on and just not be recognized and just do whatever I can. Just have an impact. That’s what I’m feeling right now. That’s what I want to do for my home. Have some sort of impact where I can help out.’’

Week 18 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles finished 15th in overall DVOA. 19th in offense, 12th in defense, and 16th in special teams.]

NFL running back Jay Ajayi signs on as Philadelphia Union’s gamer for eMLS campaign - Brotherly Game
Free agent NFL running back Jay Ajayi will be defending the Philadelphia Union’s eMLS Cup during the 2020 campaign that kicks off this Friday with the League One Series at Union Transfer on Friday in Philadelphia. The Union announced the Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl running back as their gamer in the competition on Tuesday afternoon.

Detroit Lions promote Hank Fraley to offensive line coach - Pride Of Detroit
One Detroit Lions coaching vacancy has been filled. On Tuesday, the team announced that former assistant offensive line coach Hank Fraley has been promoted to offensive line coach, filling the position left vacant after Jeff Davidson’s resignation last week. Last Thursday, Davidson—along with defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni—stepped down from their current positions for personal reasons, opting to spend time away from football. Fraley’s promotion likely means there won’t be much changed in regards to scheme or strategy with the offensive line. Fraley had been Davidson’s assistant for the past two years, and the results have been somewhat promising. The Lions rushing attack has improved little by little since the two arrived.

Report: Kellen Moore “leaning towards” remaining with Dallas Cowboys as OC under Mike McCarthy - Blogging The Boys
While it was hardly the day before it, Tuesday produced quite a bunch of news regarding the Dallas Cowboys and their new head coaching staff. Mike McCarthy, who will officially be announced as the team’s head coach at 4 pm ET on Wednesday, is targeting men with serious experience to put in important positions. He reportedly wants Jim Tomsula as his defensive line coach and is looking at John Fassel to be his special teams coordinator. We know that Mike Nolan is set to be his defensive coordinator, but who will coordinate the offense? Tuesday morning brought with it the news that Kellen Moore had the offer from McCarthy to be the OC, but also that Moore was being sought by the University of Washington. Tuesday evening it was reported that Moore is apparently leaning towards staying with the Cowboys. We can’t quite celebrate yet, but this is excellent news.

Report: Redskins Kevin O’Connell given permission to speak to other teams; Scott Turner replaces him as OC - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have 3 of their top 4 coaching jobs locked up. Ron Rivera is the new Head Coach. He hired Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator and retained Nate Kaczor as special teams coordinator. The big question since he was hired was who would he hire to run his offense? Kevin O’Connell took over for Matt Cavanaugh as the Redskins Offensive Coordinator last season. Jay Gruden was fired after going 0-5, and Bill Callahan took over as the interim HC. O’Connell reportedly wasn’t given full control of the offense until the final few weeks of the season.

What a crazy, unexpected day for the New York Giants - Big Blue View
Tuesday began as ‘Matt Rhule Day’ for the New York Giants and a fanbase hoping for something to be excited about. Before lunch could even arrive, shoot, before you could even down an extra cup of morning coffee, everything had gone up in flames. There were cries of ‘Disaster.’ The Internet was calling the Giants an ‘Embarrassment’ or a ‘Joke.’ Giants co-owner John Mara was, at least on Twitter, back to throwing chairs.

Why the Giants’ bet on new head coach Joe Judge might, and might not, work - SB Nation
Bill Belichick’s coaching tree just grew another branch. The New York Giants, making their third major hire in four years, have named Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge as their next head coach. After requesting interviews with candidates like Mike McCarthy, Josh McDaniels, Matt Rhule, and Eric Bieniemy, Giants owner John Mara settled on the 38-year-old New England assistant. Judge will take over a team coming off three straight losing seasons and six losing campaigns in the last seven years. Can he be the catalyst for a turnaround in New York? There are reasons to believe he can — and reasons to doubt he’ll get there.

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