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Eagles News: Doug Pederson is reportedly “on the hot seat with his future in doubt”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/6/20.

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Eagles’ Doug Pederson, Chargers’ Anthony Lynn among coaches on hot seat -
Despite winning a Super Bowl three years ago with a backup QB, advancing to the divisional round the following year and winning the division just last year, Pederson finds himself on the hot seat with his future in doubt, sources say. There is no guarantee he returns in 2021 despite his record, and the struggles of Wentz — and the lack of answers — would be part of that. The public has begun speculating on Pederson’s future, and some in the building have done the same, fearing that Pederson’s job is on the line. They can sense the tension, the frustration, the disgust and the search for a resolution. Pederson said this week he hasn’t received any assurances about his future from owner Jeffrey Lurie, who is also frustrated and has been around far less this year than in years past (which could also be related to the COVID-19 protocols). [BLG Note: There’s zero mention of Howie Roseman in this article. The Eagles are totally gonna scapegoat Doug and keep Howie, aren’t they?]

Eagles have the lowest fan confidence rating in the NFL - BGN
Does any fan-base feel worse about their favorite NFL team than Philadelphia Eagles fans do? According to the latest SB Nation Reacts polling data, the answer to that question is ... no! The Eagles are down to a measly 4% confidence rating and I’m honestly surprised it’s not even lower.

The QB Factory #18: A Myriad of Suck - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield review Carson Wentz against the Seahawks, continuing to detail his issues PLUS a preview of Aaron Rodgers and what the Eagles can steal from the Bucs gameplan against him! NOTE: Skip ahead to the 8 minute mark if the historical reference isn’t your vibe. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Weird Times - Iggles Blitz
Howie is the runaway winner in the blame game. Fans want him gone. Not all, but a lot. It doesn’t help Howie that people keep writing articles that rip his performance. He’s not the sole reason for the bad season, but the case against him is pretty compelling. Sheil Kapadia wrote an excellent piece looking at Jeff Lurie’s options in the offseason. He didn’t have a positive take on Howie.

Unraveling the Travis Fulgham mystery in Roob’s 10 Observations - NBCSP
I had to check this and double-check this and triple-check this because it didn’t seem possible, but it’s true: The Eagles have drafted two defensive Pro Bowlers since 2003. The 2002 draft produced three: Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown and Michael Lewis. Since then, the Eagles have drafted 74 defensive players (not including four this year) and the only Pro Bowlers in the bunch are Trent Cole and Fletcher Cox. Two. In 17 years. Soon to be 18 years. I don’t know how that’s even possible.

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers hasn’t forgotten about Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 win - ESPN
Stat to know: Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has an off-target rate of 23.3% this season, which ranks last in the NFL. The Eagles quarterback was ranked 11th out of 32 QBs in the category last season at 16.6%.

DFS lineup advice and picks for NFL Week 13 - Fake Teams
QB: Aaron Rodgers vs Philadelphia Eagles ($6800). My top rated passer this season, Rodgers is the current QB4 in fantasy and playing his best football since he was MVP in 2014. Since the loss to Tampa in Week 6, Rodgers has scored no fewer than 23.5 fantasy points in any game and I don’t expect anything to change against an average Eagles pass defense this week. A great value start to this week’s lineup.

2 TEs to start and 2 TEs to fade in Week 13 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
Tight End Sits: Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green bay Packers. Goedert has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games, but Zach Ertz has off the IR and could cut into Goedert’s snaps significantly. Goedert is already ceding targets to Richard Rogers, so adding a third option to the equation could limit his ceiling. Green Bay ranks seventh against quarterbacks and sixth against tight ends on DraftKings but 30th against running backs. This seems like more of a Miles Sanders game.

Eagles’ Darius Slay fined for incident with Seahawks’ D.K. Metcalf -
The scuffle that Eagles cornerback Darius Slay got in with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf will make his wallet a little lighter. Slay was fined $10,500 by the league for his involvement in the incident, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Ranking rookie wide receiver seasons since 1985: Could Justin Jefferson be No. 1? - ESPN+
1. Justin Jefferson, 2020 Vikings. Jefferson has 316 DYAR so far, so if the season ended today, he would still end up in the all-time rookie wide receiver top 10. No rookie has ever led the league in receiving DYAR, but Jefferson was on top for much of the season. He was narrowly passed in Week 12 by the now-suspended Will Fuller V as well as by Tyreek Hill. Jefferson is impressive for having such a high catch rate while also running deeper routes, more similar to Moss than to Thomas. In fact, Jefferson leads the league with 19 catches on passes of 16 or more yards through the air. Jefferson also has moved the sticks on half of his targets on third and fourth down, not including a couple of DPI flags on third-down passes to the end zone that also gained a new set of downs for the Vikings. [BLG Note: Jefferson is having one of the best rookie wide receiver seasons ever. Very cool!]

Packers send Corey Linsley to injured reserve, elevate Braden & Dafney for game day - Acme Packing Company
With Linsley missing time in each of the past two games, the Packers have gone with normal left guard Elgton Jenkins at center. The team has two feasible options there, however, as right guard Lucas Patrick could also be a candidate to fill in at center. Rookie Jon Runyan, Jr. should fill in for whichever guard moves into the middle.

Giants roster moves: DE Niko Lalos, QB Clayton Thorson elevated from practice squad - Big Blue View
Thorson has been on the practice squad since Sept. 30. He was a fifth-round draft choice out of Northwestern by Philadelphia in 2019. He spent last season on the Eagles’ practice squad before signing on Dec. 31 with Dallas, who released him at the end of training camp. Thorson will be the backup quarterback to Colt McCoy on Sunday should Daniel Jones (hamstring) be unable to play. Thorson has never thrown a pass in an NFL game.

Can Cowboys avoid overreacting to 2020 season and keep a cool head heading into 2021? - Blogging The Boys
If your answer to fixing the team is ‘get a better backup QB’ or ‘draft a new franchise QB’, then you’re probably going to repeat the mistakes that got you into this mess in the first place: you’re asking one guy to carry the team all by himself again. If the only way your system works is by having a guy play QB at elite levels, then your system is broken. And whoever you bring in, backup QB or rookie franchise QB, will eventually break too. So now the question becomes, what do you need to do to make sure next year’s team can step up when the starting QB goes down again? And who are the guys on this year’s team that you’ll be able to count on next year to carry the weight when the QB goes down again. And if this year’s stars couldn’t do it, then find some new players who can.

The 2021 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Class Could Be As Special As 2020’s - The Ringer
This year’s wide receiver class was the most hyped we’ve ever seen. Next year’s group—headlined by Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, Jaylon Waddle, and many others—has the talent and depth to compete with that group.


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