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Eagles stay or go: Howie Roseman - PhillyVoice
A common solution that has been thrown around is that Roseman should remain in a cap managing role, while another personnel chief is either promoted or brought in from the outside. The reputation that Roseman has gotten as an elite cap expert is puzzling, given that the team is projected to be just under $70 million over the salary cap in 2021 as a result of a series of contract mistakes, as memorialized above. But also, let’s just be real. If a personnel chief is brought in, like Joe Douglas was once upon a time, Roseman is still going to be the captain of the ship, and we shouldn’t pretend otherwise.
NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Early look at Eagles options - BGN
This is admittedly a very basic take but the Eagles should focus on finding a total star, almost regardless of position. They can’t get so caught up in “fit” and “need” like they did when they selected Jalen Reagor last year. They must do their best to add an elite-level talent to their lacking roster.
From the Bleachers #47: A Eulogy for the Eagles Season - BGN Radio
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The Case for Doug - Iggles Blitz
Schematically, it is difficult to evaluate Doug. The offense lacked creativity for much of the season. The 2017 team looked great, but then Frank Reich and John DeFilippo left. The offense has been erratic since. Were they the brains? When you watch the Eagles games after the fact, you see open receivers. Carson Wentz didn’t see them on a consistent basis. Jalen Hurts has missed his share as well. The design of the plays is working, but not the execution. What good is a play if your QB can’t execute it effectively? There are times when the scheme has not worked. Pederson has asked marginal players to win too many one-on-one battles. That’s fine when you have a terrific OL and gifted pass catchers in their prime. That is very different when John Hightower, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward are out there trying to get open.
Doug Pederson can lead an Eagles turnaround, if the front office lets him - ESPN
However pure their intentions and wise their guidance, the perception of Roseman and Lurie encroaching on Pederson’s territory and limiting his power has led some inside and outside the organization to believe Pederson is not being granted the level of respect and sway a Super Bowl winning coach needs and deserves. Given how poorly things have gone on the field this season, it would be unsurprising if the inclination up top was to assume more control in an effort to get the ship righted if they decide to continue with Pederson as coach. But that would only further push the team in the wrong direction. What Pederson needs is the proper space to build out a staff in his vision. They have to trust in his ability to shepherd this team back to contender status, in his way, and ensure he is an equal partner. “I know what it takes. Me personally, I’ve been in three Super Bowls, been on three Super Bowl teams, and I’ve seen exactly how it can be done,” he said. “We’ve got to get that back.” If they can’t grant Pederson that latitude, they might as well move on.
NFL Picks: Predicting Week 17 against the spread - The Athletic
Washington at Eagles (+2). For Washington, the scenario is simple. Win and it is in. If Alex Smith can’t go, they’ll rely on Taylor Heinicke. For Eagles fans, this is a no-win situation. Lose this game and Washington gets in. Win this game, and it’s either the Giants or Cowboys. However, winning also means forfeiting draft position. In a season where they’ve screwed just about everything up, it feels like that would be the outcome that would make Eagles fans the angriest. The pick: Eagles (+2).
Your Week 17 NFL Matchup Guide: Let the Final Battle for the Playoffs Begin - The Ringer
Smith will go up against the Eagles, whose defense got shredded last week against the Cowboys after defensive tackle Fletcher Cox left the game. The Eagles have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but hopelessness has never stopped Philadelphia from trying to make other people miserable. This is how the 2020 regular season ends. The Washington Football Team is barely able to field a football team. And yet as messed up as it is to watch a 6-9 Washington team claw to make the playoffs, it is oddly inspiring. After everything Alex Smith went through, he could end the season by clinching a postseason spot just a few days into 2021. In a season clouded by darkness, it could end with an unexpected ray of light.
In big picture, Eagles must restore offensive line to a position of strength - PE.com
In Game 16, a Sunday nighter in front of a national television audience playing the role of spoiler in the NFC East, the Eagles will be in that unfamiliar role in the familiar, and very uncomfortable, position of patching together an offensive line that could very well have its 14th different starting combination in 17 weeks. The opponent is Washington, a team that opened the season with eight quarterback sacks against Carson Wentz and a group that is probably the best in the NFL with four former first-round draft picks stretched end to end – and another former first-round pick off the bench – speed to the end of the night and the kind of collective power that just doesn’t come along very often in this league. Left tackle Jordan Mailata is in concussion protocol and a question mark for Sunday’s game, making for the very real possibility that the Eagles are going to be forced to shake things up once again at the line of scrimmage. Jeff Stoutland, ever the offensive line coach who loves challenges, won’t blink if he has to put a young player like Brett Toth out there at one of the tackle spots because, well, Stoutland has been doing it all season.
T.O. claims McNabb was ‘out drinking’ night before Super Bowl - NBCSP
“I’ve talked to teammates since then and know for a fact that he was out the night before, he was out the night before, before the biggest game pretty much all of our career,” Owens said while playing pool with Tesfatsion. “People that saw him out the night before said he was drinking, and I think that attributed to him throwing up in the huddle.”
Evans: DFS Passing Report ahead of NFL Week 17 - PFF
The Eagles have one of the wildest target distributions in the entire NFL. Greg Ward was the only wide receiver to post a route rate above 50%, while Philadelphia deployed a rotation at the other spots. Notably, DeSean Jackson returned with a bang, hauling in his lone target for an 81-yard touchdown. Classic DeSean. Dallas Goedert was banged up, which explains his 28% route rate compared to 78% for Zach Ertz. If Goedert misses Week 17, Ertz would become a priority play as the only pass-catcher we can definitively say will be on the field for over 50% of the snaps.
Giants-Cowboys story lines: Playoff and draft scenarios, Dave Gettleman’s future, more - Big Blue View
Are these the final few days of Dave Gettleman’s tenure as GM? I’m not going to re-litigate the “should he stay or should he go?” argument. We’ve done that and you can read the various links in the sidebar to go through my assessment of Gettleman’s work over his three-year tenure. Will Sunday’s outcome have an impact on what co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch decide to do at GM, or has that choice already been made? I don’t know what will happen. I continue to feel as though there are valid arguments to be made both for Gettleman to stay or go. I also continue to feel the most important factor will be how ownership perceives the working partnership between Gettleman and coach Joe Judge.
After further review: Randy Gregory flies and C.J. Goodwin spies in grounding the Eagles offense - Blogging The Boys
Everyone is feeling better about the Dallas Cowboys offense as they’ve scored 30 points in each of the last three games, but we can’t leave out the defense as this group has held opponents to 17 points or less in two of their last three games. It’s the only two times the defense has held them to that total all year. In that same span, the defense has taken the ball away at least three times. These turnovers play a big part in why the Cowboys have won football games despite giving up their second- and third-most yardage totals of the season. So, how did the Cowboys pull off this win? Let’s check out what we can learn after a second time through the game film in this week’s defensive edition of After Further Review.
SB Nation NFL expert picks for Week 17 - SB Nation
It’s all come down to this. Typically we’re accustomed to the final game of the regular season being a gentle coast into the playoffs. Yes, there’s always a game of two that will settle things up — but nothing like this. As is stands there are still seven playoffs spots open across the NFC and AFC, with as many as four different teams having the ability to shake up the order after Week 17 and sneak in. It’s a remarkable end to a bizarre season, and this week we’ll look a little deeper at the games that will decide the playoffs.
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