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It’s time for the Eagles to blow it up - PhillyVoice
There is no more short-term for this team. It’s over. As we detailed above the roster has the trifecta of doomsday issues: It’s bad. It’s old. It’s expensive. And it’s going to take years of losing before it will be fixed. The longer the team “kicks the can down the road,” the worse it’s going to be when they inevitably have to blow it all up. In the interim, the team’s old core players will continue to decline. The time to go full-on rebuild mode is now. Of course, “blowing it up” requires patience. Lurie will have to allow the general manager to formulate a plan to get out from under of a slew of albatross contracts, and then re-build a winner. Seeing as Roseman has had three consecutive bad seasons, as noted above, he does not deserve a multi-year commitment going forward. It’s also probably worth pointing out that a multi-year rebuild can only be successfully accomplished if the team substantially increases their hit rate in the draft, which has been Roseman’s biggest weakness.

Howie Roseman’s shocking draft record and more in Roob’s Random Observations - NBCSP
1. In 2013, the Eagles drafted Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz. Since then, Howie Roseman’s drafts have landed the Eagles exactly one Pro Bowl player, and that’s Carson Wentz. The only defensive player Roseman has ever drafted who’s made a Pro Bowl is Fletcher Cox, the 12th pick in the 2012 draft. One defensive Pro Bowler in nine drafts (not counting this year). He’s never found a defensive Pro Bowler after the 12th pick overall. Wentz is also the only Pro Bowler Roseman has drafted who’ll be in his 20s on opening day next year. It’s not just J.J. Arcega-Whiteside instead of D.K. Metcalf. This has been happening for years. Scrounging up functional starters from the late rounds or the practice squad or the waiver wire is fine. But you need stars to win big. Studs. Elite players. And Howie’s failure to deliver star power to this roster has made it virtually impossible for the Eagles to compete on a regular basis with the NFL’s best teams. Maybe Miles Sanders or Dallas Goedert becomes a full-fledged star, but right now there isn’t a single elite player in his 20s on this roster, and that’s a damning indictment of Roseman’s draft record. Every GM has misses. Every GM has big misses. But you can’t afford to have the big misses without the big hits. Doug Pederson has been awful. Wentz has been terrible. But when you look at the Eagles’ decline, it all starts in the GM’s office. 2. Or put it this way: During the 18 years from 1986 through 2002, the Eagles drafted 14 defensive Pro Bowlers. During the next 18 years, they drafted two (Trent Cole in 2005 and Cox in 2012).

Jeffrey Lurie is the only person who can fix the Eagles. Fixing his front office should be his top priority. - Inquirer
If Lurie wants to enjoy watching his team again, he should look at Howie Roseman and his front office and consider one thing. Apart from one magical season, the last 10 years in Eagles history have been marked by mediocrity and dysfunction. There has been only one constant throughout. It isn’t the quarterback. And it isn’t the coach.

Report: Jalen Hurts expected to receive increased playing time at quarterback - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t fully benching Carson Wentz (yet, at least) but they are planning to cut back on his snaps. Jalen Hurts is “expected to receive increased playing time at quarterback” during the Eagles’ Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. RapSheet specifically notes that, unlike in previous Hurts packages, there will be plays where Wentz isn’t on the field.

Eagles long to see the 2017 Carson Wentz who electrified the NFL - ESPN
The bigger issue, some on the inside would argue, is the cacophony of voices ringing in Wentz’s and Pederson’s ears. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted outside opinions brought in this offseason to spice up a sagging offense, so they hired Rich Scangarello, Andrew Breiner and Marty Mornhinweg to help Pederson and quarterbacks coach/pass game coordinator Press Taylor shape the attack. Problem is, those voices and opinions aren’t always synced up, leading to Wentz and Pederson being pulled in different and often conflicting directions. That has played a hand in why the offense lacks identity and flow. It’s also questionable as to whether this is the right grouping for Wentz. When he was at his best, he had John DeFilippo as his quarterbacks coach and Frank Reich as his offensive coordinator. It was kind of a good cop/bad cop situation where DeFilippo would push him hard when needed while Reich was the more gentle guiding hand. Wentz is strong-willed when it comes to what he thinks is right — a Type A personality — and that group knew when to coax and when to push back with the primary goal of getting him to play within the structure of the offense.

Hey, Doug: Just give Jalen Hurts the job! Why Eagles will botch this QB switch | Opinion -
The Eagles should bench Wentz now. The offensive line is going to start its 10th group in 11 games on Monday, the wide receivers are running inconsistent routes and the play-calling is as stale as it’s ever been. If the Eagles are just going to coddle Wentz, and cage his natural playing style, they might as well pull the plug and revisit the $128 million quarterback’s status in the offseason. Also, if the Eagles view Wentz as the superior quarterback, they should keep him as the full-time starter until they’re completely out of the playoff hunt. Pederson said he didn’t want to send the “wrong message” to the locker room by benching Wentz. Instead, after several pathetic attempts at gamesmanship, Pederson is reducing Wentz’s playing time. What message does that send?

The Eagles Options With Carson Wentz - Over The Cap
The next option is the trade option and to me that is the only option that the Eagles should consider for 2021. When you trade a player you trade away all the guaranteed salary along with it so all you need to deal with at that point is the prorated acceleration. The one caveat here is because there is a large roster bonus due on the 3rd day of the league year (remember we talked about that earlier) the Eagles would have to execute a trade prior to that date for a trade to really make sense.

Brandon Shell out, but Seahawks get key players back for Eagles game - Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks will be without right tackle Brandon Shell for Monday’s big game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Shell suffered a sprained ankle last week against the Arizona Cardinals and it was always unlikely that he would be back this soon. Cedric Ogbuehi, whose reputation from his days in Cincinnati is not exactly glowing, will get the start in his absence. Considering the Eagles won’t have Lane Johnson for the rest of the season, it could always be worse. But even though Shell is out, Ethan Pocic is off the injury report after missing two games with a concussion. He’ll return to his starting duties at center, which will shift Damien Lewis back to his natural right guard position.

Jevon Kearse reflects on Eagles’ Super Bowl XXXIX run and his time in Philadelphia -
After all, the All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection was called “The Freak.” So, when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2004, the Eagles were more than interested. And it turned out that the feeling was mutual. “I remember my agent at the time, Drew Rosenhaus, he was giving me all the different scenarios, and I’m thinking like everyone else; I’m not trying to sign with a team just for the money. I’m trying to sign with a team so I can go get some of that merchandise (Super Bowl ring) on one of my fingers,” says Kearse, the Legend of the Week presented by Microsoft Teams. “And when he said the Eagles, I’m like, ‘Stop playing. The Eagles, for real? The Eagles that were just in their conference championship three years in a row? That sounds like a perfect fit.’”

Week 12: COVID Wreaks Havoc on the NFL, But What Did We Expect? - FMIA
3. I think you’ll enjoy this about the NFC East. The four teams are a combined 14-28-1, and in the next seven days, they’re underdogs in every game: Seattle at Philadelphia (tonight), and, next week, Philadelphia at Green Bay, Washington at Pittsburgh, Giants at Seattle, Dallas at Baltimore (assuming Baltimore gets some of its players back). The leader in the NFC East could enter Week 14 with a 4-8 record.

Kendall Hinton Plays Emergency QB, Ravens–Steelers On For Tuesday in Season’s Wildest Week Yet - MMQB
MMQB: What’s the biggest thing, as a receiver, you have to be aware of playing Philly’s defense? ... TYLER LOCKETT: Just be aware. We played them twice last year, so we understand who they are a little bit more and we understand the things that they did. So just be aware. They’ve got a lot of different coverages they like to throw at you, based on who they play, and so it’s just making sure we stick to our game plan, not get fooled by the things that they’re doing and just do what we practiced this entire week and not switch anything up.

‘Things I think’ after Giants 19, Bengals 17: Niko Lalos, Daniel Jones, unsightly special teams play, more - Big Blue View
I think the Giants will hold their breath about Daniel Jones. Colt McCoy did a nice job, except for that near interception on his second throw after taking over from Jones, an awful throw that very nearly cost the Giants points. McCoy did enough with his arm (6 of 10, 31 yards) and his legs to get the Giants across the finish line on Sunday. Judge complemented McCoy after the game. Jones said the veteran backup “did a great job.” You know, however, that the Giants don’t want to go into a stretch of four straight games against teams who have winning records without their starting quarterback. Jones heads for an MRI on Monday, and while he said in a post-game video conference that he was “not discouraged,” he certainly didn’t sound optimistic about being back on the field quickly. Jones said it was “tough to say” if the injury would put him on the shelf for a while.

The state of the NFC East after the Giants won on Sunday and took over first place - Blogging The Boys
he Philadelphia Eagles have been in first place for a good while now, but that all changed temporarily and they will likely continue to move further and further away from it. Allow me to note here that our understanding of the Eagles is who they are with Carson Wentz as their quarterback. Should the organization shift to Jalen Hurts, it was reported on Sunday morning that he will see more time on Monday night, full time then the status could change. He is a true wildcard. But ultimately whoever is at quarterback for the Eagles might not matter. They are likely going to lose their next four games in a row, and they might not win again this season.

How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 12 - DraftKings Nation
The NFL is expanding the playoff pool this year, adding a wild card team to each conference to bring the total to 14 teams. The No. 1 seed in each conference will get a first round bye. The opening round will feature the three division winners facing the three wild card winners (2/7, 3/6, 4/5). If significant games are canceled or postponed due to Covid-19, the owners and players agreed to expand the playoff field to 16 teams with four wild card winners. The Titans are the big winners of the early schedule, getting a critical win over the Titans and claiming first place in the AFC South. On the NFC side, the Giants edged out the Bengals to move into first place at a robust 4-7 record. The Eagles can recapture the division lead if they can beat the Seahawks on Monday.

The US was already setting Covid-19 records. Experts say Thanksgiving could have made things worse. - Vox
The United States’ leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned in a Sunday Meet the Press interview that another surge of Covid-19 cases “super-imposed on that surge that we’re already in” might be coming, in large part due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Public health experts have been warning Americans of the risk of congregating for the holiday as the US experiences its worst Covid-19 surge yet — Dr. Jonathan Reiner told CNN Tuesday that Thanksgiving could become “the mother of all superspreader events.” Despite these warnings, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) figures suggest that more than 1 million Americans traveled by plane last Wednesday alone, the highest number since the pandemic began, and many more likely drove to spend Thanksgiving with family.


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