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The insanity of the Eagles’ pass-run ratio in Roob’s 10 Observations - NBCSP
If the Eagles are indeed planning to release Malik Jackson, which appears to be the case, he has to go down as one of the biggest free-agent disappointments in franchise history. According to Spotrac, the Eagles have paid him $20.105 million for his two seasons here, and only two Eagles have ever earned more who were here two (or fewer) seasons: Nnamdi Asomugha ($25.0 million) and Sam Bradford ($24.0 million). The Eagles thought they were getting a dominating interior lineman, but after missing virtually all of last year with a foot injury, he started out impressively this year but did very little the last 2½ months of the season. That’s a ton of money for not very much production.
NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Eagles take North Dakota State quarterback - BGN
The Eagles drafting another quarterback from North Dakota State ... one can only imagine the reaction to such a development. I don’t think QB can be ruled out at No. 6 but we obviously need to see what happens with Carson Wentz.
Eye on the Enemy #44: The Future of Carson Wentz w/ Rob Maaddi & Wild Card Preview - BGN Radio
On Episode 44 of Eye on the Enemy, John Stolnis is joined by Eagles beat reporter for the Associated Press Rob Maaddi about the future of Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. Does Carson want to say and, if so, what will it take to convince him not to seek a trade? Do the Eagles want Carson long-term? What affect will changes to the coaching staff have on his future? What about the futures of Zach Ertz and Jason Kelce? Also, John explains why Doug Carson needs to be given total control of the coaching staff moving forward and gives his picks for Wild Card weekend.
Joe Banner says Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie ‘won’t just ignore’ the damage done to team’s relationship with its players by Sunday’s tanking - Inquirer
[Carson Wentz] does, in my opinion, have a legitimate reason to be frustrated with the organization. The organization, by the way, also has reason to be frustrated with his performance. Whether it’s gone so far that they need to get a divorce, he’s really the only one that knows that. It is really in his hands, too, by the way. They can’t bring him back and put him into a competition with Hurts. They could sit down with him and say, “Listen, we believe in you. We trust you. You’re going to be coming into camp as the starting quarterback. We can’t promise you nothing will change during camp. But that’s not what we expect to happen. We believe in you. We think you’re the guy with the upside that can take us where we want to go.” Would that be good enough? I don’t know. He obviously feels he got singled out and scapegoated, but also probably recognizes he wasn’t playing well. But he also probably believes he was surrounded by a horrible supporting cast and the play-calling often left something to be desired and he wasn’t given the best chance to succeed.
Could a team that needs a coach look to a current head coach elsewhere? - PFT
In the current cycle, there’s buzz that one of the teams currently looking for a coach — the Jets, Jaguars, Lions, Falcons, Chargers, and Texans — could attempt to hire a current head coach with another team. The coach’s current team could end it all quickly by hanging up the phone. But it costs nothing to make the call, and it’s believed that at least one team may make the call to one of the teams that, at least for now, has a head coach. [BLG Note: Could Doug Pederson be on the move?]
Kiper answers 15 questions on Ohio State-Alabama: Where will Justin Fields, Mac Jones go in the 2021 NFL draft? - ESPN+
Does DeVonta Smith have a legit chance to go in the top five? Definitely. He’s No. 4 on my Big Board right now, and there’s a natural connection to Miami at No. 3 because Tua Tagovailoa, his former quarterback, is there and because of the Dolphins’ need for playmakers. And he’d be a great addition there. Smith is silky smooth, a fluid route runner who knows how to bait cornerbacks into making the wrong decision. With 40 touchdown catches over the past three seasons, he has continued to get better every year. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, he has a slight frame — McShay has compared his body and style to Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison, and I agree. Smith is going to be a superstar.
Taylor Heinicke Shines, Washington Can’t Come Back Against Tampa Bay In Wild Card Defeat, 31-23 - Hogs Haven
With the loss, Washington’s playoff drought continues and must look to next year for their first playoff win since 2005. For the Bucs, it was a measure of retribution, having picked up the victory after having lost that 2005 contest. The victory was also the franchise’s first since winning the Super Bowl in 2002. While a very challenging and unpredictable year for Washington ends in defeat, this is a season that can not be called anything if not a success. The club faced turnover, turmoil, and adversity on and off the field, but a trip to the postseason in the first year under head coach Ron Rivera is truly remarkable and inspiring. While Alex Smith was unable to suit up on this night, his leadership and veteran ability were essential to this team. In the year he was finally able to return to football following a recovery from a catastrophic injury, he will be the runaway leader in the Comeback Player Of The Year Award.
Mike Nolan being dismissed after just one year further tarnishes Mike McCarthy’s first year in Dallas - Blogging The Boys
Mike McCarthy had an entire year away in a barn where the supposed effort was bettering and advancing his understanding of the league as a whole and he came away with the conclusion that this was the best possible idea. The point of this conversation isn’t to say that Mike McCarthy should have been shown the door with Mike Nolan and Jim Tomsula. It’s way too early to make a legitimate decision on whether or not he is the right man to lead the Cowboys. But the Mike Nolan fiasco should serve as a cautionary tale. Mike McCarthy seemingly overlooked recent history in the hiring his friend, Jay Glazer deemed it “returning the favor” in his report on the night of McCarthy’s hiring.
Big Blue View mailbag: Dave Gettleman, Leonard Williams, offseason needs, more - Big Blue View
Fact is, there are a lot of Giants fans who weren’t thrilled about the hire of Garrett to begin with. The slightest sign of dysfunction will send them right to the front of the “get rid of Garrett” line. This is about the state of the Giants’ offense and the development of Daniel Jones. The Giants were 31st in the league in offense. Jones threw only 11 touchdown passes after 24 in 2019. There are many who were disappointed by the way Garrett ran the offense in 2020. Signs are that should Garrett not get a head-coaching job the Giants will keep him and see if they can improve the personnel. That will help, but I do think Garrett is going to need to make some changes to the passing offense.
Knee-jerk Reactions: Colts fall to Buffalo in Wild Card round 27-24 - Stampede Blue
The issue with Frank Reich this year is that his decisions bear considerable responsibility for some of his team’s issues but it’s almost never for the same reason. For instance, fans shouldn’t have an issue going for the touchdown with the ball one-year from the goal line late in the first half. The issue is that Frank’s play-call is patently wrong. I don’t care what his playsheet says or what the analytics tell him, it’s daft to call a pitch to Jonathan Taylor, getting him the ball moving laterally and yards behind the sticks, with this offensive line. Indianapolis has two All-Pro interior linemen and one of the hottest running backs in the league behind them who has been featured seven times as one of the hardest runners in the NFL throughout the season.
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