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Eagles News: Nick Sirianni is “very, very focused” on the wide receiver position

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How Eagles’ Nick Sirianni, Kevin Patullo bring out the best in wide receivers, according to Colts veteran -
In 2018, Nick Sirianni was doing some self-scouting of his wide receivers when he noticed that Zach Pascal was a strong blocker on special teams. Needing a blocker on the perimeter in the running game, Sirianni, the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator, carved out a role for the former undrafted free agent within the wide receiver corps. Eventually, after showing off his blocking skills on film, Sirianni expanded Pascal’s role to take advantage of his work on tape. The offensive coordinator designed fake blocks that would turn into screen passes for Pascal. After those plays worked out, Pascal became a regular part of the offense. Since Sirianni keyed in on Pascal’s strengths in 2018, the wide receiver has started 31 games and collected 112 receptions for 1,504 yards and 12 touchdowns. “He’s going to put you in a position to succeed,” Pascal told NJ Advance Media on Monday. “Let’s say this guy is fast, (he’ll) put him on the fast route. This guy has a good break at the top (of the route), (he’ll) give him a curl route. He uses guys’ great strengths.”

NFL insider says Carson Wentz ‘feels a little bit off in his relationship with the entire [Eagles] organization’ - BGN
Like, what exactly is Wentz looking for here? Does he want the Eagles to fully commit to him as the starter and trade Hurts? He should be in no position to make those kinds of demands, especially after the abysmal season he just had. The reports we’ve heard about Wentz — who declined the chance to put his own words out there — since he was benched do NOT paint the picture of a player who was humbled by his demotion. Rather, all indications seem to be that he doesn’t think he was part of the problem, which is frankly pathetic. It shouldn’t take rigorous convincing and concessions to get Wentz on board with remaining in Philly. Perhaps the Eagles aren’t truly committed to Wentz and they have interest in moving on. Their actions and words thus far indicate otherwise.

Shane Steichen reportedly next Eagles offensive coordinator: Analyzing the move - The Athletic
Maybe Steichen will be a good fit. But there’s little evidence to suggest the Eagles did anything to cast a wide net and find the best candidate. In Steichen’s one full season as an offensive coordinator, the Chargers finished 15th in DVOA. Late in the season, I labeled them the most frustrating team to watch in the NFL, and part of that was play calling. The Chargers ranked 19th in early-down pass frequency, despite having a fantastic quarterback in Justin Herbert and the seventh-ranked passing offense by DVOA. They ranked 31st in rushing DVOA. They consistently put Herbert in bad situations, and he bailed them out.

Shane Steichen being hired as Eagles OC - Bolts From The Blue
Despite the underwhelming 2020 season for the Chargers, rookie quarterback Justin Herbert’s phenomenal individual performance has helped more than one former Chargers coach land another job for the 2021 campaign. Former head coach Anthony Lynn was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Lions over the weekend and now former Bolts OC Shane Steichen is reportedly getting hired to the same position with the Eagles under Nick Sirianni. The two coaches were together with the Chargers from 2014 to 2017 while Steichen was the quarterbacks coach and Sirianni was in charge of the receivers.

What will the offense look like under Nick Sirianni? -
12 Personnel. The first aspect of the offense that Sirianni discussed was 12 personnel or two tight end sets. In the video, Sirianni referenced Zach Ertz’s Super Bowl-winning touchdown reception against the New England Patriots. “It forces a bad matchup for one of the defensive backs,” Sirianni said. The Colts ranked in the top 10 in using 12 personnel in Sirianni’s first two years as offensive coordinator – ninth in 2018 and sixth in 2019. That dropped to 16th (20.9 percent of plays) in 2020. The Eagles have been the team to most prominently utilize 12 personnel over the past three seasons, ranking first in each of the past two campaigns.

Report: Detroit Lions hiring Duce Staley as RB coach/assistant head coach - Pride Of Detroit
Staley is obviously a well-respected coach among players, but he’s also clearly valued among coaches, as well. His upward trajectory could eventually land him a head coaching job. He interviewed for the Eagles job twice now and also their offensive coordinator position in 2018. Some Eagles players reportedly pushed for him to get the job after they fired Doug Pederson earlier this year. The Bears were reportedly interested in bringing Staley in, too.

One projection has the Dallas Cowboys landing four compensatory picks for the 2021 NFL Draft - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of work to do when it comes to re-tooling their roster this offseason. Obviously the status of quarterback Dak Prescott is going to be the headlines, but the Cowboys need to address a number of positions. There are different avenues for the Cowboys to fill roster needs. There is free agency, but this is the Cowboys that we are talking about. Contrary to what the talking heads will tell you, Jerry Jones’ team isn’t all about making big splashes, the truth is that they are rather stingy when it comes to purchasing players on the open market. Where Dallas has tried to make their way recently has come through the NFL Draft. We have seen this organization try to build a legitimate foundation, and obviously the more picks you have in the draft offers the more opportunities to do so.

3 winners and 2 losers from the NFC and AFC Championship games - SB Nation
Winner: Gutless-ass football. Big week for fans of conservative boring football, courtesy of the Packers and Bills. We’ve discussed the Packers’ decision to kick a field goal and how it may have led to their loss, but Buffalo’s decision was even more mystifying. If you watched Bills vs. Chiefs then you know the game wasn’t nearly as close in the first half as the score showed. The only scoring success Buffalo had was courtesy of a muffed punt, which they recovered for a touchdown. Outside of that there really wasn’t much to write home about. Sitting at 4th and 1, the Bills elected to kick a 20 yard field goal, rather than try for a touchdown. There were 14 seconds left on the clock, and they still had a timeout in hand. This meant they could run a safe play, pick up a yard, and give Josh Allen a few chances at the end zone. Instead they kicked, taking the game to 21-12. It was going to be a two-score game either way, it was just a cowardly move.


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