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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/24/20.

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How much is Howie Roseman responsible for the Eagles’ debacle of a season? - Inquirer
But those pale in comparison to the mistakes, and when cost is factored into the equation, especially with early-round draft picks and high-priced free agents, the third-day draft, undrafted rookies, and waiver-wire success stories have less significance. Is it any wonder Pederson and Wentz look like arguably the worst offensive coach and quarterback in the NFL when just three seasons ago they were considered by many to be among the best? They have six games to salvage a respectable finish. Anything is possible. There’s little Roseman can do during this stretch. Most of his work was done in the offseason. But when the season is over, Lurie will have to ask himself if he can entrust another offseason to his longtime GM. It’s likely Roseman is back. But should he be?

The Eagles’ “QB Factory” needs to issue a recall - BGN
It’s time for the QB Factory to make a recall. Wentz needs to sit. It’s time. Fans have grown apathetic and won’t watch much more of this. Week by week, Wentz somehow gets worse. It’s all spiraling downhill and, for Wentz’ own good, Pederson and the front office need to park their guy on the bench. No, it won’t solve all the offense’s problems, but it’s the next logical step to figuring out what the heck has gone wrong with Carson Wentz.

At the Podium: Cranky Doug Strikes Back - BGN Radio
Doug Pederson (from 11/23/20) gets snappy with the media after the 22-17 loss to the Browns!

Eagles snap count analysis: Week 11 vs. Browns - PhillyVoice
The Eagles used a roster spot on Alshon Jeffery for the first 10 weeks of the regular season instead of putting him on the PUP list, where he wouldn’t have counted. Now that he’s actually getting into games, he is providing negative value. His 2 targets on Sunday resulted in a drop and an INT. There’s no good reason to continue to have him suit up on Sunday.

Eagles could bench Carson Wentz, but move to Jalen Hurts is tricky - ESPN
The Hurts pick always ran the risk of muddying the waters and working against Wentz’s best interests. The fact that we’re 11 games into the season and Pederson is already getting peppered with questions about making a switch at QB supports that theory. What’s worse is Pederson’s hands are pretty much tied. He couldn’t make a move from Wentz to Hurts without creating an even stickier situation than the one he’s in now. Which begs the question: What was the point?

Long: Wentz blame falls on one of two things in Eagles org - NBCSP
“Carson is absolutely to blame for his mistakes. He needs to fix them. He needs to be smarter with the football. He needs to be less stubborn. He knows that, I think, until he makes these mistakes. Until something clicks. Be more decisive. [...] But something’s going on, whether it’s schematic, physical, or it’s just the personnel, where it’s a train wreck. You just paid him a year ago. So either acknowledge that you made a huge mistake, or that you’re not getting everything that you’re getting out of this quarterback.”

The Sunday Aftermath - Rotoworld
Carson Wentz bottoms all the way out vs. Browns. As Wentz’s supporting cast has gotten healthier, Wentz has gotten worse. I’ll just let NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank lay out the case for sending Wentz to the bench: “Ten weeks of Wentz bumbling around in the pocket, throwing into double coverage, taking needless sacks, turning the ball over at record pace, missing open receivers.” Sunday had it all, including a laughably bad pick six and equally bad game-sealing INT. Wentz has never been perfect, but the miscues are no longer accompanied by big plays. It’s hard to see how any one matchup could turn things around, but if ever there was one, it is Week 12 opponent Seattle. If Wentz can’t get at least a C- on that test, the Eagles will have no excuse not to turn to Jalen Hurts for Week 13.

Duffy: 8 takeaways from the All-22 of the Browns game -
On the safety, the Eagles are running a three-man flood concept to the left side, and that’s where Wentz is working first. On the back side of the progression, once he goes through his reads, he will have Goedert breaking open for a big play. The problem? He can’t get there. The pressure gets home, and Wentz is sacked. It was one of four third-down sacks in the game. The Eagles are now 2-for-21 on third down in the last two games. It’s tough to have a lot of sustained offensive success without moving the sticks on third down.

Seahawks add Damon Harrison to active roster, place Greg Olsen on I.R. - Field Gulls
Damon Harrison’s addition to the 53-man roster was all but inevitable, with the veteran already having been elevated twice. It’s now official, with Snacks joining the Seahawks’ 53-man roster on Monday, per a team announcement. Seattle created room for Harrison by placing veteran tight end Greg Olsen on injured reserve. Olsen, who suffered a fascia tear in Week 11, will be out for at least three weeks as a result. Whether he returns for the Seahawks this season or not remains up in the air.

Oshane Ximines, Xavier McKinney designated to return to practice - Big Blue View
The New York Giants announced Monday that they have welcomed four players back to their roster. Linebacker Oshane Ximines and rookie safety Xavier McKinney, who are on injured reserve, have been designated to return to practice. The Giants now have 21 days to activate them or keep them on IR for the rest of the season. Ximines was originally placed on IR on Oct. 9 with a shoulder injury that he suffered in the team’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. In the first four games of the season, Ximines had three starts, five tackles (four solo), three quarterback hits and one tackle for loss.

Why the Cowboys finishing 6-10 and winning the NFC East is better than a top three draft pick - Blogging The Boys
If the Cowboys turn a corner and go on to win the majority of their remaining games, they stand a great chance to take down the NFC East. That’s a prize that will come with an automatic home playoff game thanks to the rules of the NFL. While it won’t be something that will magically make them Super Bowl contenders, it will be a huge step in the right direction. The experience for the young players or the added excitement over what could happen on any given day is a bonus, but the real value is to build a winning culture in Dallas.

49ers announced they have waived/failed physical LB Kiko Alonso - Niners Nation
The 49ers announced they had waived/failed physical LB Kiko Alonso. Based on Alonso’s current injury, I don’t think anyone ever expected he’d play for the Niners this season. The Kwon Alexander trade was more about unloading salary than anything, even the conditional pick.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 11 - The Ringer
The division-leading Eagles, meanwhile, lost an embarrassing game 22-17 to the Browns, and Carson Wentz seems determined to become the first player since Blake Bortles to pull off the Triple Frown of quarterbacking: He leads the league in interceptions, sacks, and fumbles, and added two picks, five sacks, and a fumble against Cleveland.

7 winners and 3 losers from Week 11 in the NFL - SB Nation
There are plenty of people who are going to look back on the 2020 season and see the NFC East as an abhorrant garbage pile of mediocrity. An affront to the sanctity of NFL parity, which presents itself as a perfect, almost infallible system which allows the best teams in to the playoffs, and the others to retool and try again. Ask me a decade ago and I’d agree with the grand, presentational beauty of football as the be all, end all bastion of competitive hustle. Now, I confess that 2020 has broken me. I cannot help but love, with all my heart, just how ridiculous the NFC East is. Gaze upon its beauty and majesty.


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