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Joe Banner: Eagles will have a lot of difficult decisions to make in the offseason - Inquirer
Domo: Doug Pederson clearly is frustrated right now with what’s happening. There are people both inside and outside of the organization who have told me he wouldn’t be totally unhappy if he ends up getting fired. He won’t have any trouble getting another head job. He might have more say over personnel someplace else. What do you think? [...] Banner: If he is — and I doubt he is — reaching the point where he’s kind of had it, he’s probably just frustrated with internal dynamics and maybe some things that he had to do that didn’t work out, or things that he would like to do that he isn’t being allowed to do. That’s when it becomes a little hopeless as a head coach and makes you feel like you can’t overcome it. If anything is going on, that’s likely the cause rather than the external pressure of negative stories and talk-show criticism. [BLG Note: I will once again direct you to this Tony Pauline report from mid-September: “There are some rumblings from people inside the league who I spoke with earlier this week who feel that Doug Pederson may have reached his limit. Doug Pederson may be stressed out a little bit. Basically, it’s not going to get any better for Doug Pederson.”]
Report: Eagles putting Jordan Mailata at left tackle, Jason Peters at right guard - BGN
In any case, it’s good to see the Eagles are getting Mailata back in the starting lineup. The 23-year-old showed potential playing at that spot earlier this season. Even if he’s not a better option than Peters right now, which he might be, evaluating him is more valuable than playing a soon-to-be 39-year-old veteran at that spot. Mailata has the potential to be a long-term piece for this franchise. And, I mean, the Eagles originally re-signed Peters to play right guard anyway. He took reps at that spot in training camp; moving him back inside shouldn’t be so unthinkable. This change was clearly overdue. Apparently Peters’ struggles against the Cleveland Browns finally prompted whomever has the power to change things. (Jeffrey Lurie?)
Eye On The Enemy #38: Seahawks Preview w/ Field Gulls’ Alistair Corp - BGN Radio
This week, John Stolnis talks with Deputy Editor Alistair Corp of SB Nation’s Seattle Seahawks blog FieldGulls.com to preview the Eagles’ Monday Night Football match-up against the ‘Hawks. Also, why John believes Doug Pederson and NOT Howie Roseman should be back in 2021 and why calls for the Eagles to run more miss the mark.
Friday Football Friday: Thanksgiving Reaction Special - The SB Nation NFL Show
Happy Friday after Thanksgiving! The world was treated to two riveting NFL games on Turkey Day and we have some takes on them. Listen in as Monday Football Monday’s RJ Ochoa and The ODDcast’s Brandon Lee Gowton discuss how the Detroit Lions continued down their awful ways against the Texans, the Washington Football Team jumping to first place in the NFC East with a big win over the Dallas Cowboys, and just what the worst division in football could look like down the stretch.
5 Qs and 5 As with Bleeding Green Nation: Is it time to bench Carson Wentz? - Field Gulls
With all that said, Wentz ultimately needs to be held accountable for his struggles. He’s been awful. Accuracy has always been an issue and that’s no different this year considering he ranks third to last in “on-target throw percentage.” He’s not getting the ball out quickly enough and that indecision is contributing to sacks and turnovers. Wentz is playing so poorly that he unquestionably deserves to be benched. (Apparently DK Metcalf agrees.) It doesn’t seem like the Eagles are ready to make that move yet but maybe more struggles against the Seahawks will change their minds. It’ll be interesting to see if the offense looks just as bad with Jalen Hurts playing. It’s very possible that it does! But Hurts having some success would further prove that Wentz deserves a lot of blame.
Eagles vs. Seahawks: Five things to watch - PhillyVoice
There is certainly merit to the argument that Wentz should be benched in favor of Jalen Hurts. But even if the team doesn’t bench Wentz, can Hurts at least get his own drive or two? You spent a second-round pick on the guy. May as well see if he can spark the offense in a meaningful way, as opposed to bringing him in for one 10-on-11 zone read play while Wentz remains on the field. But beyond potentially sparking the offense, as my podcast partner Brandon Gowton pointed out, scenarios exist in which the Eagles could be picking top 5 in the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s not often you pick that high in the draft, and if there’s a quarterback available that you just can’t pass up, don’t you at least want to have as much information as possible before faced with that kind of decision? You know, again, maybe see what you have in Hurts?
OL Shakeup - Iggles Blitz
I’m thrilled to see Jordan Mailata getting to play LT. The Eagles are on pace to get a Top 10 pick. Do they need to look for a LT or can Mailata be that guy? My apologies to Andre Dillard for leaving him out of the discussion. Mailata is going to have ups and downs, but that’s okay for a young guy. Peters has had his struggles. There is no upside with him. This is the final year of his storied career. You don’t sit a young guy with big potential to play Peters.
NFL Week 12 game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips, odds, injuries and more - ESPN
Stat to know: Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz leads the league in both interceptions (14) and fumbles (10). Only five players have finished the season as league leader in both categories since the 1970 merger (Blake Bortles in 2015, Jon Kitna in 2007, Daunte Culpepper in 2002, Dave Krieg in 1995 and Joe Ferguson in 1977).
Eagles-Seahawks cheat sheet: Predictions, matchups to watch, lineup news & more - The Athletic
Sheil Kapadia: They’ve played four times in the past four years and the Seahawks won each time, outscoring the Eagles by a combined 41 points. The Eagles have failed to score more than 15 points in any of those meetings, and their offense ranks 30th in efficiency this season. It’s possible the Seahawks get conservative and some weird 2020 stuff happens. But other than that, there’s no real reason to even think about taking the Eagles here. Seahawks 27, Eagles 14.
Defense faces familiar nemesis on Monday in QB Russell Wilson - PE.com
The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the Eagles’ defense lining up against Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson: In five games (including last season’s playoff matchup), Wilson has thrown eight touchdown passes and only one interception. He’s added another 158 rushing yards and a score on 36 attempts. He is like tackling water. And that’s really difficult to do without a net. “When you play someone like him, you have to be ready for everything. He’ll run around back there and keep a play alive, but you have to understand that he’s always keeping his eyes down the field,” defensive end Brandon Graham said. “He has a big arm, he’s smart. He’s a winner. “I like playing against guys like Russell. He brings out the best in you.”
Jahnke: 32 Fantasy Stats to Know for Week 12 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles – Richard Rodgers’ 2.58 yards per route run over the last calendar year are the second-most for all tight ends, just above Travis Kelce and just below George Kittle.
Changing the national narrative about the Washington Football Team - Hogs Haven
This was the kind of performance, put on, as it was, in front of a national TV audience, that can change the narrative of a team’s season. In the case of the Washington franchise, it feels like even more than that. This is a franchise in flux. They have (or don’t have) a new name; the franchise fired the team president and coaching staff at the end of last season, and there have been two purges in the front office since January. Jason Wright has taken over as team president; Julie Donaldson took on a senior media role; Ron Rivera is focused, not just on building a winning football team, but on instilling a new culture from top to bottom. Two decades of losing and dysfunction are not erased in a single afternoon of football, no matter how many people are watching, but the victory in Dallas felt like a watershed moment for the new regime. Washington showed up to play. The Washington coaches were better than the Dallas coaches. The Washington players were better than the Dallas players
4 winners and 2 losers from the NFL on Thanksgiving - SB Nation
Winner: Washington’s defense. A serious bright spot for WFT this season has been their sensational defensive front. That was really on display Thanksgiving, with five different players registering sacks and holding Ezekiel Elliot to a sad 32 yards rushing. The longest drive Dallas managed all game was 11 plays. Think about that. They were just unable to get anything out of WFT on the ground, or really through the air. There’s a lot of promise on the defensive end for sure.
The Dallas Cowboys will now visit the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, December 7th - Blogging The Boys
Baltimore and Pittsburgh were originally scheduled to play each other on Thanksgiving night, but it was re-scheduled to Sunday afternoon on Wednesday. It has now been reported that the game will actually be played on Tuesday night (six days after it was originally re-scheduled). It was also reported afterwards that the Cowboys will visit the Ravens on Monday, December 7th.
Can “unique opportunity” help accelerate Giants’ long-term progress? - Big Blue View
Evan Engram, drafted in 2017, is one of those Giants who will be playing Sunday in a significant game for the first time. “It’s a unique opportunity for us,” Engram said. “When it’s meaningful football and the playoffs are involved, everybody’s, like I said, sense or urgency goes up. For me, it’s different being here the last three years in the situations that we’ve been in. I know it’s different for a lot of the young guys that are here that are just coming into the league and getting their opportunity to play meaningful football. Like I said, our motivation right now is getting better each and every day and attacking each opportunity going into the week, like we have now going against Cincinnati. But it is a special opportunity that a lot of guys are ready for.” Judge said this week “is really the starting point for the division.
Bears vs Packers Injury Report: Mitchell Trubisky will get the start, Nick Foles is doubtful - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears have revealed their final injury report for their game against the Green Bay Packers, and in doing so have ended the worst kept secret at Halas Hall. Mitchell Trubisky, who has been healthy and practicing all week long, will be the starter on Sunday Night Football, because the previous QB1, Nick Foles, is listed as doubtful after not practicing at all with the hip injury he suffered against the Vikings on November 16.
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