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Eagles News: Jalen Reagor among biggest disappointments from 2020 season

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/8/21.

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10 Eagles who disappointed the most in 2020 - NBCSP
6. Jalen Reagor. You always want to give rookies the benefit of the doubt, but these days expectations of rookie first-round receivers are high, and Reagor managed only 31 catches for 396 yards and one TD in 11 games. Some 12 rookies had more yards, eight of them drafted after him and one undrafted. Injuries may have slowed Reagor down, but even when he was healthy, he struggled tracking the football, didn’t show great instincts when he did have the ball in his hands and didn’t seem to improve as the year went on. Way too early to give up on him, but Justin Jefferson’s success has set the bar very high.

Eagles finish 2020 season with the lowest fan confidence rating in the entire NFL - BGN
It’s not hyperbole to say it feels like the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the bleakest outlooks in the NFL. Coming off a 4-11-1 season. No changes at general manager or head coach. Uncertainty at quarterback. $70 million over the cap. Old, bad, expensive, and inflexible roster. It’s hard to feel good about the state of this team. And that sentiment is reflected in the latest SB Nation Reacts polling data, which shows Eagles fans having the league’s lowest confidence rating at the end of the 2020 regular season.

Carson Wentz leans on his privilege to avoid fair criticism for driving latest Eagles drama - CBS Sports
Carson Wentz’s behavior is unbecoming of an NFL quarterback who’s supposed to be a beacon of leadership. And it would be unacceptable if he were Black. For the last few weeks, as reports have trickled out about the Eagles quarterback’s desire in being traded elsewhere and topped by his declination to tell his side Monday, these are the only two conclusions I could come to. What’s unknown is how the relationship between Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson got sideways, and perhaps Pederson is at greater fault than what meets the eye. From my view, Pederson waited a game or two too long before making the switch from Wentz to rookie Jalen Hurts. And had he waited any longer, he would have risked losing the locker room playing a quarterback who, for whatever reasons, was clearly broken.

More Changes - Iggles Blitz
I’m glad Marty is gone. Nothing against him personally, but it sure felt like there were too many cooks in the kitchen this year. I don’t know if the Eagles wanted his ideas on the Ravens offense (QB runs, creative run game) or if they wanted his West Coast offense passing game ideas. Either way, it didn’t seem like his ideas did much for the offense. I had hopes for Scangarello, but his ideas were hard to spot in the 2020 offense. Jeff McLane mentions that Press Taylor could be let go. It will not surprise me to see all the passing game coaches let go. Carson Wentz regressed in a major way in 2020. The passing game was ugly for much of the season. Some of that was on mediocre WR play and a constantly revolving O-line, but there were schematic issues as well. The offense was too predictable and didn’t scheme receivers open often enough. You don’t fix the passing game by bringing back the same teachers and the same ideas. There has to be some change, maybe a lot of change.

Where are they now? TE Jimmie Giles - PE.com
As if it wasn’t enough, the Eagles were getting more than a four-time Pro Bowl tight end when they traded with Detroit for Jimmie Giles in 1987. They were also adding a proven team leader to their roster. “I was with the Lions and I was just fed up with pettiness. They really weren’t doing anything to win and I was in my 10th year,” says Giles, who had also played for Tampa Bay and Houston. “I was tired. I knew that I didn’t want to play for them anymore, so I actually had left and came back to Tampa. I was just absolutely excited when I heard that I was going to be playing for Buddy Ryan.” Ryan, Philadelphia’s second-year head coach after eight seasons as Chicago’s defensive coordinator, was excited too. “Buddy called and said, ‘I just traded for you. And all I want you to do is play for me like you used to play against me,’” Giles says. “And I remember what I said, ‘Coach, you will never have any issues with me because that’s all I ever wanted to do. Play for somebody that’s going to respect me for my talent and reward me for the play that I put on the field.’

Saturday’s Tampa Bay-Washington playoff - Keys to the Game - Hogs Haven
Sacks have been a major factor in Tampa Bay’s wins and losses this season. Generally speaking, they are able to win if they can accumulate significantly more sacks than their opponents, but they are not as successful if the sack totals are equal or if the opponent is more successful. Defensively, Washington probably has the talent needed to pressure Tom Brady for 4 quarters. The bigger question is whether Alex Smith has the mobility, given his lingering calf injury, to escape the kind of pressure he is likely to face against the NFL’s 4th ranked sack-producing defense. This may argue for Taylor Heinicke to have a large role in the game.

Potential Cowboys 2021 roster concern: Offensive tackle - Blogging The Boys
Most just assume the starters will be back and all will be fine. But what if it doesn’t go that way?

Giants’ 2021 free agents: Who to keep, bring back - Big Blue View
Verdict: Keep. It’s going to be expensive. The $16.126 million franchise tag Leonard Williams played on in 2020 is only going to be a starting point. Off a career year, Williams, who will be 27 next season, is going to command a salary that will likely push him into the top 10 highest-paid defensive linemen in the league. That means $17.5 million or more. Considering that Trey Flowers of the Detroit Lions makes $18 million annually and has never statistically put up a season close to what Williams just accomplished it seems likely a Williams’ deal will have to be north of that number. Still, Williams fills a ton of roles on the defensive line, makes a ton of plays and even with him the Giants don’t have enough front seven play makers. If they lose him in free agency that’s a big hole to fill.

NFL Rumors: Could Deshaun Watson Demand A Trade? - Battle Red Blog
There is simply no way the Texans can trade Deshaun Watson. It’s on Nick Caserio and the rest of Houston’s new management team to convince DW4 that things will be different and better under this regime. Failure is not an option.

Podcast: Mark Schlereth on what could prevent the Chiefs from going back-to-back - SB Nation
For the second straight year, the Kansas City Chiefs have rampaged through the regular season and are in perfect position to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. Non-Chiefs fans around the league are surely looking for any reason a repeat won’t happen. FOX analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth joined today’s SB Nation NFL Show, and may have given those fans a glimmer of hope:

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