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Joe Banner on Howie Roseman’s job security: “I don’t think there’s even a 10% chance” of him getting fired - Inquirer
Domo: If Jeff fires Doug, Eagles fans aren’t going to complain. But Howie’s approval rating is much lower than Doug’s right now. Yet you’ve said repeatedly that Howie’s job is safe. Do you still believe that? ... JB: It’s not like I’m speaking to people in the building who are sharing that kind of information with me. So I don’t have any inside information. But I know how Jeff thinks. I know how much confidence he has in Howie. I know, in his mind, he’ll view Howie’s 8-10-year record, including winning a Super Bowl rather than the last couple of years. I think he has tremendous trust in Howie. And I’d be very surprised if there was a move there. I don’t think there’s even a 10% chance of it happening. So obviously I’ll be very wrong if it does. But I don’t think I will be. [BLG Note: What a nightmare.]

14 things I think about Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz, and the Eagles’ quarterback situation - BGN
Expectations should obviously be kept in check. Hurts is a rookie playing in an offense that’s had issues beyond the quarterback position. We could easily still see uninspiring scheming, poor offensive line, skill player struggles, etc. But what if the offense suddenly looks ... improved? Not to where anybody is mistaking the Eagles for the Kansas City Chiefs, of course. But enough to the point where the offense actually looks functional and not flat out broken. What if it appears that Wentz, and not Doug Pederson’s much-maligned play-calling, was the biggest issue with the offense? Playing Hurts potentially allows the Eagles to better assess who’s to blame for their offensive struggles.

Eye On The Enemy #40: Eagles vs. Packers Preview & What To Do With Carson Wentz - BGN Radio
On Episode 40 of Eye On The Enemy, John Stolnis speaks with Maddy Hudak of SB Nation’s Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles to preview this weekend’s game between the Birds and New Orleans. How are the Saints preparing for Jalen Hurts? What went wrong with Carson? Malcolm Jenkins’ return to Philadelphia. How good is Taysom Hill? Also, John shares his thoughts on the Eagles’ QB controversy and what he thinks the Eagles NEED to do with Carson Wentz this off-season.

Interview with the Enemy: The debut of Jalen Hurts, avenues for success against Saints formidable front seven - Canal Street Chronicles
Another week of football, another week of our Interview with the Enemy series. This week, Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation answers 5 quick questions ahead of our Week 14 matchup, where Jalen Hurts is set to be thrown to the wolves in his biggest test: New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles.

Mailbag: If the Eagles are drafting top 5, what players could they pick? - PhillyVoice
First, there’s going to be the question of whether or not the Eagles should consider a quarterback if they’re picking that high. There’s a chance that four quarterbacks will go in the top 15 picks. They are Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, BYU’s Zach Wilson, and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. For now, I think we need to see the rest of the season play out before we go there. However, if the Eagles are picking top 5, and we’re just looking at positional players, the following would be my top 3 Eagles big board, on the premise that the Jets and Jaguars will take quarterbacks will the first two picks. Obviously, things will no doubt change as we learn more about these guys. [....] WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU: Justin Jefferson is already tearing up the NFL, and Chase was better than him when they played together in the same offense at LSU. He is a potential star receiver who would line up as the X receiver, and would pair nicely with Jalen Reagor.

How Jalen Hurts had Jim Schwartz ‘cussing’ out Eagles defense - NBCSP
This week in practice, Jalen Hurts was running the Eagles’ first-team offense as he prepares to start his first NFL game. But for most of the season, he has been the Eagles’ backup quarterback charged with running the scout team. That means going against the starting defense every day. Those guys have been impressed with what they’ve seen out of Hurts this season. In particular, Jalen Mills said the last few Fridays have been especially eye-opening. The Eagles work on red zone on Fridays. “He would make some crazy throws on us, man,” Mills said. “Some crazy throws. It’d have (Jim) Schwartz cussing us out, guys on the defense mad, pissed off. But that’s what you want. You want that competition on the other side of the ball. And you see him making those throws, and … you’re like, he’s a rookie, he can use his legs, he’s not a guy who just trying to run because the pocket is collapsing. He was sitting in the pocket and he was making accurate throws on tight coverage, so for sure, I think that’s kind of one of the things that sparked my eye that he’s comfortable sitting in the pocket.”

Will Bears, Eagles, or Jets declare coaches and General Managers to be safe? - PFT
In Philadelphia, where the Eagles won the Super Bowl to cap the 2017 season and returned to the playoffs in 2018 and 2019, fans and media have clamored for change. As ridiculous as change may be after recent accomplishments, unless and until owner Jeffrey Lurie says big changes won’t be made, they remain possible. The report that he boycotted the team’s pre-Thanksgiving loss to the Browns due to dissatisfaction with the team invites even more questions about whether he’ll send people packing.

The week that was for QB Jalen Hurts as a starter -
In every other week of the 2020 season before now, Jalen Hurts did what No. 2 quarterbacks did: He attended every quarterbacks meeting, virtually, and spent long hours studying opponents’ defenses and the Eagles’ offense, reviewing the game plan with fellow Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld, along with Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Press Taylor. Hurts had his strength and conditioning time, as well as any needs he had attended to by the athletic training staff. When daily practices began, Hurts went through all the individual drills and then, when the “team” work began, he settled in behind Wentz and took part only in the reps in place for specific packages – both in the red zone and in normal down-and-distance situations – and then, with the starting defense on the field, assumed the role of scout team quarterback, mimicking the opposing team’s signal-caller. Hurts worked before practice and after practice on some specific technique issues – footwork, timing throws, release point, etc. As always, Hurts prepared to play. “I’ve always prepared myself as if I’m the starter,” he said, minus the on-field reps with the starting offense.

Your NFL Week 14 Matchup Guide: It’s Officially Crunch Time in the Playoff Race - The Ringer
This season, Wentz has simply sucked. There are theories floating around that Philly drafting Hurts in the second round broke Wentz’s confidence—not an outlandish idea, considering the Eagles have a statue of Wentz’s former backup Nick Foles outside the stadium. But whether this is really the problem or not, the Eagles’ insurance policy is about to pay off (though maybe it was not an insurance policy as much as a self-fulfilling prophecy). Ironically, Hurts understands Wentz’s situation. In college, Hurts led Alabama to an 11-1 regular season record as a sophomore. But Hurts was benched at halftime of the national championship game for Tua Tagovailoa, who led the team to a spectacular come-from-behind win that earned him the starting job the following season. Hurts basically got Wentz’d before Wentz did. But he also has the pedigree to make an impression.

Wild NFC East could produce a sub-.500 champ or two playoff teams - ESPN
Handicap the Eagles’ chances: The Eagles sprang to life when Hurts was inserted into the lineup against the Green Bay Packers last week, offering hope they can make a run over the final four games like they did when Nick Foles replaced an injured Wentz in 2018. While there could be an initial jolt, this team has shown no signs of being able to string together quality football over any extended period of time, making it unlikely it’ll end up on top.

Not good enough: Humbled Eagles RG Nate Herbig returning to lineup with hopes of turnaround -
“I’m just not good enough,” Herbig said. “I’ve got to be better in all aspects of my game.” Herbig started the first eight games of the season. The Eagles were 3-4-1 during that span. Despite Herbig being part of the team’s most successful stretch of games in October, the coaching staff decided to go in another direction to start the second half of the season. “The team did what it felt was best for us to win,” Herbig said. “I was banged up and other guys got some opportunities, and they played really well. And now, some guys are banged up and I’m coming back and I have the opportunity, and hopefully, I can help the team win. I want to win.” Herbig will return to the lineup with Jalen Hurts starting at quarterback for the first time. Hurts, Herbig and the offense will face a daunting task with the Saints’ defense, which is the top-ranked unit in the league.

Adam Schefter’s theory why Dak Prescott will have enormous amount of leverage in contract negotiations - Blogging The Boys
This is an idea that has been debated by many over the last few offseasons. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Thursday on Get Up that Prescott is going to have an enormous amount of leverage in negotiations this offseason in large part due to the number of other potential suitors.

Giants’ injury news: Daniel Jones, Blake Martinez questionable for Sunday - Big Blue View
Before the New York Giants headed out to practice on Friday, it appeared little had changed in terms of the status of quarterback Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Joe Judge remained unwilling to commit to Jones playing, or not playing, though he did say he was “fairly optimistic.” After practice, the Giants listed Jones as “questionable” on their official injury report. That means it’s 50-50 as to whether or not he will play. Judge did say the Giants “ramped him up a little bit” during Thursday’s practice and that “there was some progress made.”

Optimism runs rampant in Washington ahead of Niners game - Hogs Haven
Washington fan confidence rose to its highest level of 2020 after the Football Team went on the road to Pittsburgh and came away with a 6-point victory, ending the winning streak of the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team at 11 games. Coming as it did on the heels of a huge win in Dallas on Thanksgiving day, bringing the overall Turkey Day record for Washington in Dallas to 2-8, and securing a sweep of the Cowboys in the 2020 season, the win in Pittsburgh provided as much of an uplift in confidence as it did surprise.

Arizona Cardinals to not allow general public into final two games of the 2020 NFL season - Revenge Of The Birds
The Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Department of Health Services have decided that the team will not allow fans at their final two games. [BLG Note: The Eagles play the Cardinals in Arizona in Week 15.]


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