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Eagles Appear All-In on Jalen Hurts as the Starting QB this Season - EagleMaven
It appears the Eagles’ front office is fully on board with having Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback in 2021, after a source close to the situation told SI.com Eagle Maven that former head coach Doug Pederson wanted Carson Wentz to return as the team’s starter next season. It had been assumed that Pederson wanted Hurts to be his starter in 2021 because it was, after all, Pederson who benched Wentz for the final four games of the season. That was not the case. “Doug did not buy into Hurts the way (GM Howie) Roseman did at all,” said the source, “(and) the two could not come to an agreement on his future with the team.” That indicates the firing of Pederson on Jan. 11 had more to do with his desire to have assistants such as Press Taylor and Matt Burke return and could be a reason why Wentz is angry with the front office. [BLG Note: This report goes against what Troy Aikman previously said about Pederson wanting Hurts.]

Pros and cons of the Eagles trading Carson Wentz - BGN
Wentz just might not be very good now. He’s 17-21-1 as a starter since tearing his ACL. He doesn’t appear to be the same athlete after multiple injuries (knee, back, concussion). He was arguably the worst full-time starting quarterback in the NFL last season. It’s hard to have supreme confidence in Wentz being “fixed” when there’s a lot of evidence to suggest he’s not a very coachable player. It doesn’t seem like he was humbled by his benching; he reportedly complained to Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman after it happened. There’s a lack of self-awareness here.

None of this makes any sense - PhillyVoice
If this was any other owner-GM relationship, would Roseman still be here? Is his hand not in all of these moves? Is he not on the hook for Pederson’s firing? For Sirianni’s hiring? For the massive contract handed out to Wentz? For drafting Hurts? For the eventual trade compensation the Eagles receive for Wentz? For the $34 million in dead money they’re going to have to swallow this season if they trade Wentz? For the aging roster full of bloated contracts that will prevent the Eagles from truly contending for years to come? And for finding the team’s next quarterback? Will he ever have to pay for his mistakes? Or will the new blow-it-up status of the team afford Roseman even more unwarranted job security as Lurie’s consigliere? At some point, isn’t Lurie himself going to have to answer for these mistakes? When will we be able to make some sense out of all this? Are these questions even answerable? And, more importantly, do we even want to know the answers?

Eagles are ‘close’ to trading Carson Wentz | Bears, Colts expected to be final contenders - NJ.com
Carson Wentz’s time with the Eagles is nearing its end, a person with knowledge of his trade market told NJ Advance Media on Monday. “I think that ship has sailed,” said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and was granted anonymity. “I expect him to go (Monday) or (Tuesday).” According to the person, the belief around the league is that the trade market will come down to the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. While a third undisclosed team is said to be in the mix, the source noted that the Bears and Colts are in the driver’s seat and a deal is “close.” While there’s a sense that GM Howie Roseman is trying to drive up the market, the person said Colts GM Chris Ballard and Bears GM Ryan Pace have remained “disciplined” during negotiations.

3 thoughts about the Eagles’ upcoming trade of Wentz - NBCSP
2. The Eagles royally screwed up this whole situation but let’s not absolve Wentz of blame either. He’s not innocent in all this. His Type-A personality and reported lack of accountability and unwillingness to be coached didn’t help matters. Did the Eagles create a culture that allowed those negative aspects of Wentz to thrive? Yeah, probably. But Wentz is a grownup too and he has even admitted at times that he needed to work on the relationship-building part of his personality. And he certainly could have handled things better when the Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts. Sure, the Eagles could have taken a player to help him and their decision to draft Hurts will always be a head-scratcher to me. But you just wish you would have seen more competitiveness out of Wentz. Despite all that went wrong in 2020, Wentz possesses the talent to overcome a lot and we never saw it.

UPDATED: The latest in regards to a possible Carson Wentz trade - Windy City Gridiron
The rumors and reports about the Carson Wentz trade have been popping off all day and we’re keeping track of it all right here.

NFL overhaul tiers: Which teams will look most different in 2021? - ESPN+
Priorities this offseason: 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. 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.

Jemal Singleton leaving UK for Eagles - A Sea Of Blue
After joining the Kentucky Wildcats this offseason, Jemal Singleton is heading back to the NFL. According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Singleton is joining the Philadelphia Eagles as their running backs coach and assistant head coach. He was hired to be Kentucky’s running backs coach and special teams coordinator, so that’s a big vacancy Mark Stoops has to fill for the second time this offseason. Singleton, who’s been coaching since 2000, was hired by Kentucky in January after spending the last five years in the NFL, most recently with the Cincinnati Bengals. He also spent time with the Oakland Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts. Singleton was last a special teams coordinator at Arkansas in 2015, the only time he’s held that title in his career.

Every NFL team’s most improved player in 2020 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Travis Fulgham. The Eagles’ receiving corps needed somebody, anybody, to step up in the wake of poor performances and injuries early in the 2020 season. Fulgham answered that call. Coming into the 2020 season without an NFL catch in his rookie 2019 campaign, Fulgham drew his first career start in Week 4 and proceeded to lead the NFL in receiving yards over the next five weeks. The rest of his season wasn’t nearly as impressive, as several other receiving options began to return from injury, but his performance on the year as a whole was still impressive given what everyone knew about the sixth-round pick from Old Dominion coming into the year.

Former NFL, Mizzou player Jeremy Maclin to be named Kirkwood’s next head coach - KSDK
The Kirkwood School District announced the next head coach for its football program this week — and it’s a familiar name for both NFL and Mizzou football fans. Kirkwood High School athletic director Corey Nesslage will recommend that Jeremy Maclin be named the next head football coach. Maclin will succeed coach Farrell Shelton, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2020 football season. Shelton served as head coach at Kirkwood for six seasons.

Seahawks release lineman Chance Warmack - Field Gulls
Warmack hits the free-agent market with an impressive resume and is still just 29 years old. He was a top-10 pick after winning the national titles under Nick Saban at Alabama and was the Tennessee Titans’ starting right guard for the duration of his rookie contract. However, he was rather underwhelming and signed with the Eagles in free agency where he spent two years as a backup guard and won another title (Super Bowl LII).

Giants’ offseason: 4 major areas that must be addressed - Big Blue View
We have spent a ton of time already discussing the expensive and important decisions the Giants have to make on defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants’ list of unrestricted free agents also includes edge Kyler Fackrell, running back Wayne Gallman, offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, backup quarterback Colt McCoy, and Judge favorites Nate Ebner and Dion Lewis. How many will be back? On top of that, how many players like Golden Tate, Kevin Zeitler, David Mayo and Cody Core are going to have to be sacrificed at the salary cap altar?

The NFL’s 5 winners and 4 losers from the 2020-2021 season - SB Nation
Ron Rivera. The Washington coach didn’t let a little thing like cancer, squamous cell carcinoma to be exact, stop him from coaching. He coached through treatment for the disease, led the Football Team to an unlikely NFC East title and eventually — and most importantly — emerged with a clean bill of health. What a year for Washington, by the way. Smith’s comeback. Rivera’s courage. You can even toss in Chase Young winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

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