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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cowboys game - PhillyVoice
10) The ‘Who Will Make the Picks, Though?’ Award: Jeffrey Lurie. It sure as hell shouldn’t be Howie Roseman. The Eagles’ clear best path going forward is to blow it all up. But will Lurie part with his long-term confidant? Reports suggest Lurie won’t replace Roseman, but it’s nearly impossible to come up with reasons why he shouldn’t.

Eagles-Cowboys Week 16: 13 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
LOSERS — Howie Roseman. I wanted to highlight a young player in the Winners section to get excited about and couldn’t think of a single one. What rookie deserves love, when Jim Schwartz wouldn’t play K’Von Wallace over Rudy Ford and Jalen Hurts struggled against a defense that made him throw the football? The Eagles’ 2020 class looks just as poor as their 2019 and 2018 ones, which is an indictment first and foremost on the front office. That buck stops with Howie.

The Kist & Solak Show #218: The Eagles Are Eliminated... What Now? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles loss to the Cowboys that eliminate them from the playoffs and debate the very important questions facing the Eagles in the off-season! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Roob’s observations after defensive disaster in Dallas eliminates Eagles - NBCSP
1. Now we can all forget this whole playoff charade and focus on the fact that this is a 4-10-1 team. This is a last-place team in the worst division in football history. This is a deeply flawed team. This is a losing team since the Super Bowl [22-23-1] and trending in the wrong direction. Now we can forget the fool’s gold of another late-season run and face the reality that things need to change around here, and maybe it’ll take a loss like this to the Eagles’ biggest rival with so much at stake for Jeff Lurie to realize that the way the Eagles pick players and the way they coach players is not working. Big changes are needed, and if that wasn’t clear before this game it sure is now.

It’s Over - Iggles Blitz
Many of you want to know what player or position I’m targeting. I don’t think any one player or position is going to fix this team. If you add a gifted receiver like Ja’Marr Chase, the offense will be better. If you add a good corner or pass rusher, the defense will be better. This team has plenty of holes and needs to hit on multiple picks. Find the best player. Look for the difference-maker. Chase makes a lot of sense, but there could be other options that make sense as the draft stuff gets going. Who’s coming out? Who will have injury concerns? Who will have a great workout? Lots of info that will affect the decision and which prospects we fall in love with. One of the keys to all of this is figuring out if there is a coaching change. If there is a new staff, they might have certain needs based on their schemes and player types. Too many unknowns right now.

Is loss to Cowboys the final nail in Doug Pederson’s coaching tenure with the Eagles? - Inquirer
Lurie can’t view Pederson through a narrow microscope. If the fifth-year coach’s job is to be on the line, shouldn’t the same be said of general manager Howie Roseman, who assembled an old and expensive roster, and helped create a quarterback controversy with the drafting of Jalen Hurts? Lurie extended Pederson’s and Roseman’s contracts together in August 2018 after his franchise’s greatest achievement. They were signed through 2022 as essentially a partnership. Roseman has been GM longer, but it’s not as if his previous resume grants him a reprieve. But Lurie is said to have no inclination to fire Roseman. The owner’s frustration with his team — he has left practices early and skipped the Eagles’ trip to Cleveland as a result — is believed to be related to how the product has executed on the field.

Eagles’ collapse against Cowboys caps a fitting end to 2020 NFL season - ESPN
Troubling trend: The Eagles committed 12 penalties for 115 yards, including six false starts. They were tied for the league’s fifth-most penalties per game (6.4) coming in to the contest and were bit once more by the lack of discipline.

NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: Dallas Cowboys 37, Philadelphia Eagles 17 - PFF
Eagles cornerback Michael Jacquet III got absolutely annihilated in coverage for the second consecutive week. Through two games, the undrafted free agent has surrendered 16 completions for 310 yards and two TDs.

NFC East title hopes end in a sloppy loss at Dallas - PE.com
So, now, are the late-season playoff hopes in the dreary NFC East. The Eagles’ season ends on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field when Washington comes to town. The Eagles did not, as Hurts likes to say, control the controllables. The Giants lost. Washington faltered. But the Eagles couldn’t finish the job with a win at Dallas. The first-quarter sizzle turned into fizzle the rest of the way. It was disappointing, to say the least. Instead of playing for the division title on Sunday, the Eagles are finishing their season, entering the game with a 4-10-1 record.

Eagles’ Jalen Hurts takes note of struggles in loss at Cowboys: ‘It’s not a loss, it’s a lesson’ - PennLive
Hurts acknowledged he got “a little nicked up” in the game, but he didn’t offer specifics. Instead, he redirected questions about any injuries to be about himself, the team and what the group could have done better in the defeat. Hurts didn’t want to credit any adjustments the Cowboys defense made, either, because he believes the Eagles offense could have overcome it if the group executed. “Guys play through injuries all the time, missing pieces, if you will,” Hurts said. It’s a so-what, now-what mentality, and I’m not going to make any excuses for anybody. I’m not going to make any for myself. It’s something you learn from. It’s not a loss, it’s a lesson. That’s truly how I look at it, and we will be better from it.”

10 winners from the Dallas Cowboys thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles - Blogging The Boys
Obviously there have been those who wanted to see the Dallas Cowboys tank and earn the highest possible pick for the NFL Draft. With six wins to the team’s name at this point their chances of one of the premium selections are gone, but they are a group that is seemingly galvanized by the efforts that they are putting forth. There is value in that. When this season is all said and done, however it ends, the Dallas Cowboys will have played every single game mathematically alive and in contention for their division. A lot of this obviously has to do with the division’s quality, but that is notable. We are all rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles to help make this dream materialize next week. Whether that happens has nothing to do with who the Dallas Cowboys are as they have shown us in recent memory. They are a team that will fight to the very end and give it their last shot. Is that not all that we can ask for?

NFC East standings: The Giants still have a chance - Big Blue View
After the New York Giants’ 27-13 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon, all eyes turned to the Washington Football Team’s game against the 4-10 Carolina Panthers and the division-rival matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. If Washington won or the Eagles won, the Giants would have been eliminated from playoff contention. But luck was at least partially on New York’s side as both the Football Team and Eagles lost Sunday afternoon.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Is QB4 the best choice available on the Washington roster? - Hogs Haven
Forgive my enthusiasm. I lost my composure on Sunday when I saw Taylor Heinicke running the Washington offense. In truth, that was probably the most comfortable I’ve seen a Washington QB look since the days when Kirk Cousins was the starter in the Jay Gruden offense (except for maybe two quarters last season when a healthy Case Keenum looked like a fluid NFL quarterback). The difference between how Heinicke looked on the field and everything else I’ve seen at QB since Kirk’s departure was stark. Taylor Heinicke looked confident; he moved in the pocket well; he threw with decisiveness and (for the most part) accuracy. I’m not sure how fast he is in absolute terms, but after watching Dwayne Haskins and Alex Smith all year, he looked like The Flash to me

Week 16: Improbably, Cowboys, Bears Eye Playoffs After ’20 Disasters - FMIA
Only in this season of madness, with a 10-4 playoff contender having a walkthrough on a 35-degree morning in downtown Jersey City four hours before a game, could there be such a game 256. Washington versus Philly, with 10 wins in 30 games between them, is a true win-and-in game for WFT. The Eagles are cooked for the season, but a Washington win gives WFT the NFC East title. Not remotely sexy, but consider the storyline—Alex Smith (likely starting next week), the comeback player of the year, trying to Willis-Reed Washington into the playoffs, with two big NFL markets, Washington and either New York or Dallas-Fort Worth, into every play.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 16 - The Ringer
Aaron Rodgers strengthens his MVP candidacy, while Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have another close call. Plus: Cheers for Alvin Kamara in fantasy football, and jeers for the Texans’ team-building strategy.

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