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Eagles News: PFF says Philadelphia should trade up for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Five teams that should trade up for a QB in the 2021 NFL Draft - PFF
If the Eagles are objectively evaluating what Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts did this season without rose-colored glasses on, it makes very little sense to go anywhere other than quarterback. The only way I could see otherwise is if the Eagles completely strip down their aging roster and hit reset. Even then, this quarterback class could be too much to pass up. With reports that Wentz wants out after he was the fifth-lowest-graded passer among starters in the NFL this season, his uncuttable contract looks like one of the worst in the league. The worrisome thing is that for as much as the Eagles’ offense looked better with Hurts because of his legs, his passing grade was actually lower than Wentz’s. It will take a massive improvement from either will to put them close to competing in 2021. You may be asking, “Why would the Eagles trade up if the Falcons and Bengals won’t take quarterbacks in front of them?” The answer is that there are four other teams on this list. If you look at the difference in compensation between what the Eagles have to give up and what the Broncos — who sit at No. 9 — can offer, you’ll see their Week 17 loss to the Football Team wasn’t inconsequential. Still, the Eagles could likely stand pat and still get QB4 in this draft class, and that might be OK with them. That will likely be North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, who is a similar runner to Hurts and wouldn’t require a playbook change.

The 10 most ridiculously awful statistics from the 2020 Eagles - BGN
Carson Wentz’ Passer Rating. Wentz did not play in the team’s final four games, obviously, but in the 12 games he did play, he compiled a passer rating of 72.8. Only one QB in the league had a lower rating, Sam Darnold of the Jets, at 72.7. That’s right, only one-tenth of a point kept Wentz from being the worst-rated passer in the NFL this season. No matter what was going on around him, his level of play this year was far worse than it had a right to be, and his benching was justified. The reasons for Wentz’ fall from grace are both too voluminous to enumerate here and, at the same time, mysterious. It’s inconceivable that a player who posted ratings of 79.3, 101.9, 102.2, and 93.1 in his first four seasons would sink to Trubisky-esque levels, yet here we are.

From the Bleachers #48: Boo-Hoo Crybaby Giants Fans - BGN Radio
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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary, end of regular season edition: Giants are dead - PhillyVoice
I will always remember the 2020 New York Giants for pathetically bitching because a divisional rival didn’t try to escort their bullshit 6-10 team into the playoffs. The charge was led, of course, by their head coach, Joe Judge. Surely, you’ve all seen this rant already, but if not, enjoy!

Howie Roseman admits to repeat mistakes, so why is Jeffrey Lurie willing to make the same with his GM before Eagles rebuild? - Inquirer
But it wasn’t just the micro that made Monday’s Zoom conference call with Roseman and coach Doug Pederson feel like deja vu all over again. Big picture, the Eagles have made the same errors, from outside-the-box drafting to retaining injury-prone veterans, from salary-cap management to medical-staff changes that didn’t improve their standing as one of the league’s most injured teams. You don’t finish 4-11-1 and in last place in one of the worst divisions in recent NFL history without doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And Roseman, who directly oversees personnel, football operations, and the medical staff, has his fingerprints on almost every major organizational decision made. The only person he reports to is owner Jeffrey Lurie, and he has obviously decided to run it back with Roseman, even though his team has regressed in the last three seasons, dramatically so in 2020, with seemingly a long road back to respectability.

Carson Wentz to Eagles: Thanks for the big contract, now screw you -
The trade wish also comes after five years of head coach Doug Pederson protecting and coddling Wentz publicly and privately from teammates, media and himself. Remember when Wentz tried to deny a report that he had been a diva? How’s that report looking now? After a benching — that actually happened much later than it should have — Wentz is reportedly done with the Eagles’ brass. While debates over fairness and mental toughness rage on Philly radio and social media, Wentz is signaling that criticism and accountability are deterrents for him. One of the highest-paid athletes in a city that prides itself on its toughness wants to run away from adversity.

NFL overhaul tiers: Which teams will look most different in 2021? - ESPN+
Where do you start? This is deeper than Carson Wentz’s struggles. The roster just isn’t very good. And to think the Eagles could have a top QB staring them in the face in April’s draft. Decide now: Fix Wentz or draft someone, knowing Jalen Hurts can develop through either scenario. The belief leaguewide is the Eagles will explore trade options but are prepared to keep Wentz. Move on from Zach Ertz, who would welcome a change at this point. He has one year left on his deal, and the past efforts at a negotiation didn’t go well. Use draft capital to improve the secondary and wide receiver spots. And restructure a boatload of contracts to get under the cap.

An Eagles legend snubbed again by the Hall of Fame - NBCSP
The Pro Football Hall of Fame voters continue to snub Eric Allen. The Hall of Fame narrowed its Class of 2021 field from 25 semifinalists to 15 finalists on Tuesday, and Allen didn’t make the cut. Allen was a finalist this year for the first time since he first became eligible in 2007. Allen had 34 of his 54 career interceptions during his seven seasons with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round out of Arizona State in 1988. He shares the club record with Bill Bradley and Brian Dawkins. Allen made six Pro Bowls and during the 13-year period from 1988 through 2000 he led all NFL cornerbacks with 53 interceptions.

Previewing Saturday’s Tampa Bay-Washington playoff game - Is it Heinicke time? - Hogs Haven
In my mind, this is the most likely winning strategy for Saturday night — open with the veteran and play him as long as the game is in control, and when an offensive spark is needed, bring Heinicke in relief to close out the game. His performance against the Panthers indicates that he is capable of rallying the offense. It might be enough to secure the win.

The Cowboys needed the season-ending loss against the Giants - Blogging The Boys
Just to be perfectly clear, this article has nothing to do with the Dallas Cowboys now having the tenth overall pick in the NFL draft. In a sense, it is about everything else. While draft capital is going to be important in addressing roster issues, the difference between being tenth in the order and nineteenth is overestimated by many. That is especially true this year, when the top of the class coming out of college is not exactly laden with blue-chip talent. Will McClay just needs to do good job with what he has. It may be too much to expect a repeat of last year, when four of the seven draftees became legitimate starters. (Sorry, Ben DiNucci, but your lone start hardly fits the legitimate part.) We still need to see the team get similar bang for the buck as they did in 2020. No, the point of this is that the final, futile game against the New York Giants laid bare just about all the problems that plagued the team all year. There was a risk they would pull this game out and have a too-optimistic view of where they stand. Now, reality has slapped Dallas right in the face. They have the evidence. The big challenge is facing it honestly and coming up with good solutions.

Keeping Dave Gettleman, and more ‘things I think’ about the Giants - Big Blue View
It’s hard to argue that there aren’t signs the Giants are moving in the right direction. They have a head coach in Joe Judge who appears as if he is going to be in that job for a while. The coaching staff, despite the offensive struggles overall, appears to believe in the future of the quarterback Gettleman selected before they got to New York. There are still holes on the roster, but it does seem like there are more players on the current roster worth going forward with than has been the case for some time.

DeVonta Smith wins Heisman trophy - Roll Bama Roll
When you watch DeVonta Smith, the word dominance just keeps coming to mind. He’s skinny for a football player, yet we often see him pushing headfirst through two defenders to pick up a critical first down. He’s faster than anyone else on the field. Cornerbacks can’t keep up with him when he’s pulling off route-running footwork that most pro receivers can’t do. Throw it deep? He’ll out run you. Throw him a screen? He breaks your tackle and then outruns you. Throw it high? He’ll out jump you. Throw it low? He makes a shoe string catch. When he’s open, he’s calling for the ball. And when he’s single covered? He’s still calling for the ball. Smith is a quiet guy, but those little displays of confidence exhibit his absolute mastery of the position of wide receiver. That kind of borderline arrogance backed up by dominant play is something only seen in one or two superstars in any given time in any given sport....

Ranking the NFL’s head coaching openings - SB Nation
Now that the NFL’s regular season is over, and because the league is now allowing virtual head coaching interviews to take place, the coaching carousel is in full effect. There are currently six open head coaching positions around the league and multiple candidates that will have their pick of jobs to accept. But how does one figure out how to make that decision? Brandon Lee Gowton and I tried to figure that out in today’s SB Nation NFL Show podcast.

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