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Eagles News: The Eagles are “just another team”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/15/20.

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It’s Beginning To Set In That The Eagles’ Super Bowl Was A Fluke - Defector
There was this hope that the Eagles’ Super Bowl was not an incredible one-off. There was hope the Eagles were a new dynasty. Well, it’s not going to happen. Reality—these last two seasons, plus one game in 2020—has shown that the Eagles are just another team. They’ve been wracked with injuries the last few years. Carson Wentz is making rookie mistakes in his fifth season. One of the Super Bowl heroes, Alshon Jeffery, is more recently known as a man who allegedly leaked complaints about Wentz. DeSean Jackson came back, is always hurt, and also posted some absurdly antisemitic content online. Zach Ertz just got into a fight with the GM. Second-year running back Miles Sanders missed the 2020 opener. There are also other receivers and running backs on the team, I think. The Eagles are just another team. I will be watching them until I die. But I will die disappointed. I mean, unless Jalen Hurts is a superstar. I’ve been wrong about this kind of thing before.

Carson Wentz continues to struggle with accuracy issues - BGN
One of the most frustrating aspects from Sunday’s game was watching his inability to put the ball in the right place. We all know that Wentz has never been the most accurate quarterback. But things were especially bad on Sunday.

What Went Right - Iggles Blitz
Jalen Reagor – The Eagles first round pick only caught one pass, but it went for 55 yards. That would have been the Eagles longest pass play in 2019. Reagor was picked to give the team an explosive playmaker and he showed that ability. Reagor got open deep a few times. On the catch, he showed the ability to track the ball and make a tough downfield grab on the move. Next up is to get him more touches. Reagor did muff a punt early on, but bounced back from that.

Judging Week 1 NFL overreactions: Cam Newton is back, the Eagles are doomed and more - ESPN
The verdict: OVERREACTION. There hasn’t been a repeat NFC East champion since 2003-04, so history tells us that the Eagles will have a tough time winning the division in 2020. But after seeing what coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz were able to do to drag last year’s Eagles team into the playoffs and after seeing Pederson make the playoffs with a furious, late-season comeback the year before that and win the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback the year before that ... I can’t count him out.

The Week 1 Overreaction Index: What’s Real and Not Real From the NFL’s Opening Slate? - The Ringer
Wentz is not that bad—nobody except Jimmy Clausen is—but the Eagles might not be much better than they looked on Sunday. Their offensive line is already in shambles, their starting running back, Miles Sanders, missed this game with a hamstring injury, and they have the fragile receiver duo of Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. Philadelphia is so injury-riddled that Wentz, who has not finished a season healthy since 2016, is one of the team’s more durable players. Even if Wentz stays under center, it is unclear how the team can protect him enough to run a serious offense. Perhaps this is merely the karmic shift from all the Philadelphia sports fans who prayed for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to stay healthy for a 76ers playoff run, and now the Eagles are paying the price. Verdict: Real.

Cleaning out the Washington notebook with the Rams ahead -
First downs were a huge, huge problem for the Eagles after they took a 17-0 lead. In the possessions that followed taking that lead, the Eagles did this on first downs: Scott run for -3, Carson Wentz interception, Wentz incompletion, Scott run for -5, Wentz interception. That’s terrible, and even after a couple of possessions during which the Eagles moved the ball a bit and had success on first down, the fourth quarter was poor – Wentz sack for -10, completion to Dallas Goedert for 10 yards, Scott run for 3 yards, Wentz sack for -4 and lost fumble … and the Eagles were down 10 points and done by that point. First downs matter and the Eagles must be better there moving forward.

Dallas Goedert’s improvement could come at Zach Ertz’s expense - Inquirer
It’s not like the two can’t coexist. Ertz played in 58 of 68 snaps Sunday, Goedert 54. And Ertz was targeted seven times – he caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown – while Goedert saw nine passes his way, his lone miss also a drop. Still, it will be interesting to see how playing time and targets will be divided as the season progresses. “I think me and Zach have a good relationship,” Goedert said. “I’m not going to blame him for taking my catches. I don’t think he’s going to blame me for taking his catches. We help each other out a lot on the field, and I think our relationship is great.”

Taking a closer look at all 8 sacks Eagles gave up on Sunday in opener - NBCSP
“Well, I think it’s something that first and foremost can’t happen,” Pederson said. “I’d say it’s a little of both. Sacks don’t always go on the quarterback or the o-line, protection from [running] backs are included in that, tight ends are included in that and the receivers just getting open. There’s a lot that goes in, I have to look at the tape obviously to make real clear determination on that but, ultimately that cannot happen.” After re-watching all eight sacks, Pederson was right. There was plenty of blame to go around. Instead of watching these sacks alone, I got on a quick video call with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Barrett Brooks to get his take on them as well.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Washington’s defense leads the way - Hogs Haven
Washington now leads the National Football League in sacks, with 8 against the Eagles. The next closest are the Chiefs and Colts, who are tied with 4 sacks each. Eight sacks is a monster day. Of course, no one should expect that every week; the fact is, the Eagles offensive line was decimated by injury. Two of their lineman made their first-ever career starts because they were forced into the lineup by injury. During the game, the right tackle was lost, and Philly was down to the third-string Australian giant, Jordan Mailata. Washington’s front four (with occasional blitzers) simply shredded the Philly makeshift O-line. Still, it’s nice to be on top. Seven different players on the Washington defense were credited with at least half a sack.

Giants-Steelers ‘Kudos & Wet Willies:’ New Giants look a lot like the old Giants - Big Blue View
New head coach. New offensive and defensive coordinators. A roster choc full of new players. Yet, these looked like the same old New York Giants. There were some positive signs. A nice night for Darius Slayton with 102 receiving yards and two touchdowns. A sack for Leonard Williams, which means he has already doubled his total of 0.5 in 2019. Some good moments from the defense. A 19-play drive by the offense.Yet, far too much about the Giants’ 26-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was familiar. The Giants’ offensive line was a disaster when it came to run-blocking. Saquon Barkley had 15 carries for 6 (yes, 6!!!) yards. That’s an average of 0.4 yards per carry. Barkley had eight runs that went for negative yardage. He never had a chance. Jones committed two turnovers, both interceptions. The first looked simply like a terrific play by T.J. Watt. The second was unforgivable, and probably ended the Giants’ hopes of an upset.

Cowboys still running the ball in questionable situations - Blogging The Boys
It seems a legacy handed down from the previous Cowboys regime is still haunting this organization. The Cowboys were often criticized under Jason Garrett for relying too much on the run, especially choosing to run the ball so often on first downs. There was hope that the “pass-happy” Mike McCarthy wouldn’t fall prey to that. The thought was he would unleash Kellen Moore to play some modern-era football. It didn’t exactly work out that way. Yes, the Cowboys did pass the ball more than they ran it. But some of that was due to playing catch up late, and the sequence before halftime when they executed a beautiful hurry-up drill for a touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars promote CB Sidney Jones to active roster - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars are promoting cornerback Sidney Jones to their active roster after safety Jarrod Wilson sustained a hamstring injury in yesterday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Browns make a kicker change, replacing Austin Seibert with Cody Parkey - Dawgs By Nature
Out with the old, and in with the new...who is also kind of the old. On Monday, the Cleveland Browns made quick work to promote K Cody Parkey from their practice squad to the 53-man roster, in preparation for the team’s Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL Week 1 recap: Tom Brady costs the Buccaneers as much as 22 Cam Newtons - SB Nation
The Washington Football Team is 1-0 since changing its name, and did so in surprising fashion by taking it to the Eagles in the opener. The Football Team’s defense (I guess this is how I’m supposed to shorten them) is frankly, terrifying. They sacked Carson Wentz eight times on the afternoon, picked him off twice and forced a fumble. Ron Rivera is really, really good at getting guys to love him and buy in to what he’s trying to install on the field, particularly on defense, and it’s showing so far. Personally, I attribute this even more to sponsor-pressure karmic alignment.


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