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Eagles News: “This is probably the worst year to be an awful team”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/18/20.

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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 11 - PhillyVoice
There are six teams that currently have a 2-7 record, or worse. For any of the 2-7 teams to catch a 4-11-1 Eagles team, they’d have to win three more games the rest of the way. Maybe the Chargers can pull that off, but that’s the only real possibility, and it’s unlikely. So right off the bat, you’re looking at the seventh overall pick [in the 2021 NFL Draft] as something of a reasonable best case scenario. But then you also need teams like the Bengals, Panthers, Falcons, and Broncos to at least win two more games, and in some cases there, even that doesn’t feel super likely. There’s a chance that a 4-11-1 season wouldn’t even result in a top 10 pick. There are a lot of very, very bad teams in the NFL this year. Because of that, and also because of the added difficulty in scouting players because of the COVID-affected college season, this is probably the worst year to be an awful team, which is what the Eagles are right now.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 11 Edition - BGN
26 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 22) - The Eagles have serious issues when it comes to their quarterback, coaching staff, and front office. Their foundation is hardly as solid as it was once thought to be.

At the Podium: Sloppy & Embarrassing - BGN Radio
Doug Pederson (from 11/16/20) and Jim Schwartz (from 11/17/20) speak with the media after the loss to the Giants and answer questions about blown assignments on defense and sloppy practice habits on offense!

Off Day Debrief #11: Bears stink, Dolphins don’t + Week 11 Power Rankings - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) react to Monday Night Football and take you through BLG’s Week 11 Power Rankings. How is the Bears offense this bad with Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron. This is a new golden era of Miami Dolphins football. The Saints are in real trouble now that Drew Brees is hurt. Has the league figured out Greg Roman’s offense? NEW SEGMENT: The Pit of Misery (sorry Eagles and Seahawks fans). Week 10 Oddities & Week 11 Survivor Picks.

NFL Power Rankings Week 11: 1-32 poll, plus one thing each team wants to take back - ESPN
21) What would they take back: Not trading for DeAndre Hopkins. The Eagles and Texans discussed a Hopkins trade before he was dealt to the Cardinals. Given the compensation Houston was requesting (apparently greater than the package it accepted from Arizona) and the amount of money the cap-strapped Eagles would have to commit to the wide receiver, they decided to replenish in the draft instead. While that approach might work out long term, it’s hard not to watch that ridiculous Hail Mary grab between three defenders on Sunday and think of what might have been.

NFL Power Rankings: The Steelers Are Finally Starting to Look Like an Unbeaten Team - The Ringer - The Ringer
The 2010-11 Seahawks offer a glimpse at what a stouthearted (but underwhelming) squad that backs into the playoffs can do. That season, the 7-9 Seahawks did the unthinkable, beating the Saints thanks to a Marshawn Lynch–created Beast Quake. So which of these teams will play that role in the 2020 playoffs? Well, odds still favor the Eagles in the division, despite their 27-17 loss to the Giants this week, and if Philly can continue to get healthier and return more of their core offensive players, they have the look of a team that’s still capable of pulling some postseason heroics out of their collective asses. But New York made a strong claim for that mantle on Sunday (yes, I will just call this the “Team Most Capable of Pulling Some Weird Playoff Win Out of Their Asses” award), dispatching the Eagles thanks to another uncharacteristically clean performance from quarterback Daniel Jones. The second-year quarterback notched his second consecutive turnover-free game this week, which is another big step for a talented passer whose biggest issue thus far has been a distressing, nay, alarming lack of ball security.

Dolphins, Browns among teams who made the right choices this offseason - The Athletic
The Bad — Philadelphia: The Eagles selected quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round and claimed that they are in the business of developing quarterbacks while failing to address other needs. With that statement after the draft by Vice President Howie Roseman, the Eagles needed to be proven correct with their team evaluation. So far, Roseman and the Eagles have proven to be way off on their planning for the 2020 season — and it’s not COVID-related. Nothing they have done has improved their football team. From passing on Justin Jefferson to selecting Jalen Reagor, the Eagles’ planning has been dreadful. The Eagles’ front office thought Jefferson was only a slot receiver and Reagor would provide big-play talent. Their willingness to rely on aging players who they know will get injured is somewhat laughable. Why is anyone surprised when an oft-injured older player re-injures himself? The Eagles counted on those players and even though they might win the NFC East, they are not a playoff-caliber team.

The Eagles are not good: Assigning blame, plus why Doug Pederson is the key to a turnaround - CBS Sports
The short answer: This is a total team effort. The Eagles, despite your fleeting memories of their magical 2017 title run, have been just clutch enough to hover above mediocrity for two and a half years running. Since Doug Pederson and Nick Foles hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and rewrote Philly sports history, the Birds have gone 22-20-1, including the playoffs. That doesn’t absolve the 2020 Eagles of their shortcomings, but it speaks to a greater issue: This team’s warning signs have been pulsing for a while. The emphasis there should be on signs — plural. The Eagles are not generally underwhelming because of Carson Wentz. They’re not generally underwhelming because of Doug Pederson. They’re not generally underwhelming because of general manager Howie Roseman. They’re generally underwhelming because of all of them. This, folks, is a failure at every primary level of leadership.

Run D prepares for ‘biggest challenge of the season’ -
Jim Schwartz is throwing out the challenge to his defense now: Prepare to bring your lunch pail and hard hat on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Cleveland Browns and win against the Browns’ no-nonsense running game approach featuring backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb. “It’s our biggest challenge of the season in the run game, and how well we stop the run is going to go a long way to how we play in this game,” Schwartz said on Tuesday during his weekly teleconference with reporters. “They are an outstanding run team, probably the best two running backs we’ve faced this year. Not just the best two on a team, but the best two overall. Great balance, great power, they know what they want to do in the run game, nothing sort of takes them out of it. There’s not a whole lot you can do scheme-wise that forces them to do something else.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 11 - Fake Teams
QB24 — Carson Wentz — Good match-up but that hasn’t stopped Wentz from crashing and burning in the past.

Week 10 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank 29th in DVOA. Only the Bengals, Broncos, and Jets are worse. The Browns rank 21st.]

2021 Compensatory Draft Picks Update (11/17/2020) - Over The Cap
Philadelphia: Ronald Darby’s contract is now more likely to be valued as a 6th rounder, which would possibly give the Eagles a 6th round comp pick for his departure, so long as it can make the 32 pick limit.

Browns put Andy Janovich on reserve/COVID-19 list - Dawgs By Nature
The Cleveland Browns placed fullback Andy Janovich on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. The move comes a day after Janovich played 15 snaps on offensive and 11 on special teams during Cleveland’s win against the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium

Cowboys midseason review: Who or what was the biggest disappointment of the first half? - Blogging The Boys
The biggest disappointment to me is the poor play of the defense, in particular - Jaylon Smith. We knew coming into this year that there were going to be some growing pains with a defensive coaching makeover, but I couldn’t have predicted it would be this excruciating. The injuries are plentiful and the team has gotten next to nothing from their free agent acquisitions, but the thing that caught me the most off guard was 54’s performance. Jaylon just looks like a rookie out there. His reaction is slow, his decision making is sketchy, he’s often running in the wrong direction, and even when he almost makes a nice play, he ends up getting flagged for some cheap penalty. If it was happening here and there, we could get mad at the officiating, or chalk it up to “everyone makes mistakes.” However, it’s a regular thing with him. I love the guy as a person, but his performance combined with the unpredictable health of Leighton Vander Esch has me putting a top collegiate linebacker atop my draft wish list.

Giants place Graham Gano on Reserve/COVID-19 list - Big Blue View
The New York Giants announced Tuesday morning that a player has tested positive for COVID-19, and that two “close contacts” have also been identified. Per Paul Schwartz, the player who tested positive is placekicker Graham Gano. Mike Grafolo reporting that Gano “will miss some practice next week but should be fine by the team’s next game.”

Washington has their first player test positive for COVID-19 during the season - Hogs Haven
The Washington Football Team spoke highly of the fact that their team did not have any players test positive for COVID-19 during the season. Head Coach Ron Rivera attributed it to discipline. Rivera himself was high risk this year as he went through chemo therapy for his cancer diagnosis. It seemed inevitable that a player would test positive during this long season, and that reality has now happened. The team announced today that an undisclosed player has tested positive for COVID-19, and immediately self-isolated after getting the results. His close contacts were also told to quarantine. Update: Matt Ioannidis is the player who tested positive.


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