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Eagles News: Not a good day for Nick Sirianni nor Jalen Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/20/21.

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A miserable day for the offense in Roob’s 10 observations - NBCSP
2. Other than two passes to Quez Watkins — one for 26 yards, one for 91 — Jalen Hurts had 73 passing yards. DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz, Jalen Reagor, Kenny Gainwell and Sanders combined for 77 yards. Other than the two Watkins catches, the Eagles’ next-longest pass play was a 14-yarder to Goedert. You’ve got all these weapons, get ‘em the ball. The Eagles took a bunch of deep shots, but there was literally no mid-range game. You can’t win like that. [...] 4. This was not a good day for Hurts. The 49ers did a nice job in coverage, and Hurts seemed to struggle when he had to start looking past his primary read. He was under more pressure than he should have been and just never got into a rhythm. He’s always going to be a weapon with his legs, but he should never have to run for 82 yards. All the things that came so easily in Atlanta for him weren’t there against the 49ers. We knew there would be days like this. This was still only his sixth NFL start. Let’s see how he deals with some adversity with a national TV game in Dallas coming up next.

Jalen Hurts-Nick Sirianni marriage off to an uneven start after listless Eagles’ loss to the 49ers - Inquirer
He did have positive moments with his arm. The 14-yard strike to Goedert that set up the Eagles’ lone touchdown — a Hurts 1-yard sneak — was a dart. But he made questionable decisions. He checked to a run on third-and-6 on the first drive that was stopped well short. He missed an open Reagor on his second read on a pivotal second down in the fourth. And on third-and-2 a play later, he failed to get the ball out of his hands and was sacked when the pocket collapsed. Did he have options after his first read was covered? A review of the film may tell. The lack of execution didn’t fall on one set of shoulders, just as it didn’t fall on two sets. But the Hurts-Sirianni marriage will decide the Eagles’ success, or lack thereof, this season. It failed to produce the desired results in Round 2. The bell has yet to ring.

Missed opportunities cost Eagles in loss to 49ers, 17 to 11 - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-1 after losing to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. Final score: 17 to 11. The Eagles didn’t get thoroughly outplayed by a superior opponent in this one as much as they failed to capitalize on some prime scoring opportunities. The Birds weren’t that far off from having 17 first half points alone. But the reality is they didn’t capitalize and that really cost them. The Eagles also weren’t helped by two major injuries to Brandon Graham and Brandon Brooks.

BGN Instant Reaction Show: Eagles fall short to 49ers in home opener - BGN Radio
Following the Eagles 17-11 loss to the 49ers, Eytan Shander and Jessica (Towne) Taylor discussed the good, bad and ugly from the Eagles performance, missed opportunities, who is responsible for this loss and Brandon Graham’s season ending Achilles injury.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-49ers game - PhillyVoice
Jalen Reagor made a nice play down the sideline on what was initially ruled a TD, but was called back because he stepped out of bounds prior to catching the pass. Asked whether there was something to be learned by Reagor on that play, Sirianni acknowledged that he should not have run his route that close to the sideline. Later in the game, on a 3rd and 10, Reagor ran an ugly looking out route, and seemingly was unaware that Hurts might throw his way. Reagor has talent, so when he puts up a stat line of 5 targets, 2 receptions, and 5 yards, it’s frustrating to watch.

Letdown at The Linc - Iggles Blitz
The biggest takeaway from this game is that the Eagles can play with the best teams in the NFC. We still don’t know if they are good enough to beat those teams. They weren’t today, but they can learn from this loss and be in better shape for the next game. Anyone who watched this game should be frustrated, but not discouraged. This is a new coach and a young QB. There are going to be ups and downs. There is no shame in losing to a tough, physical, veteran team like the Niners. If the Eagles embrace this loss and learn from their mistakes, this game can help them in the long run.

NFL Week 2 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 17, Philadelphia Eagles 11 - PFF
This week’s version of Jalen Hurts was more like his 2020 rookie self as opposed to the player who lit up Week 1. He was taking risks, holding onto the ball, willing to break the structure of the offense and making plays on scrambles. Hurts looked good when operating from a clean pocket, but he was far more rattled under pressure this week compared to Week 1. Fourteen of his 30 dropbacks were under pressure, and he completed only two passes. Hurts did produce a couple of explosive scrambles on such plays, but the Eagles’ were still overwhelmingly inefficient in that facet.

’It’s never positive when you lose, but it’s all correctable’ - PE.com
“They’re a good defense and I know we’ve got a lot to improve on across the board. Little mistakes here and there. It’s tough to narrow down one thing. I think that it was really, really close. We had some bright spots, but ultimately, it’s little mistakes, whether it’s penalties ... I think it’s across the board little things that we can do to get better, myself included. “It’s never positive when you lose, but it’s all correctable.” As much as the Eagles struggled offensively, the defense produced a mixed bag. San Francisco didn’t register a first down until the second quarter and managed only 3.1 yards per carry from its vaunted run game. But Garoppolo had an efficient day, completing 22 of 30 passes for 189 yards and the touchdown. He wasn’t sacked on the day. Most significantly, the 49ers put together two touchdown drives of 90-plus yards, the 97-yarder at the end of the first half and a 16-play, 92-yard drive that consumed 8:59 off the clock and ended with a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that gave the 49ers a 14-3 advantage. “Obviously there’s disappointment. We didn’t win the game,” Sirianni said. “That’s the only goal and you don’t care how you ever win it. You just want to win the game, so it was, ‘Hey, learn from this, get up, pick yourself up, and get back to work for next week.’”

Fantasy football highs and lows from NFL Week 2: Cooper Kupp moving up the WR ranks - ESPN
Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Hurts wasn’t as efficient throwing the ball in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers (12-of-23 passing, 190 yards), but the rushing totals will keep him in the QB1 mix. Through two weeks, Hurts has 17 rushing attempts for 144 yards and a score, using both designed carries and second-reaction plays when he breaks the pocket.

Week 2: Crazy Wins for Ravens, Cardinals, and Titans - Football Outsiders
Add it all up, and the Eagles should have a significant lead—I’d say 17-0 or thereabouts. But tough defense on the 49ers’ side of the field and the botched Philly Special kept the Eagles out of the end zone all half. The Phailed Philly Special gave the 49ers the ball on their own 3-yard line with 4:20 left, and San Francisco managed to drain the rest of the half on a 12-play, 97-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by Yet Another Deebo Samuel YAC+ Special. Jimmy Garoppolo hits Jauan Jennings in the end zone to give the 49ers a rather shocking 7-3 lead at the end of the first half. The Eagles are going to be kicking themselves for missed opportunities; they should not be trailing at this point, and now they have to stage a comeback.

Week 2: No Way Oweh! Rookie Helps Ravens Burn Chiefs And More Moments That Defined NFL Sunday - FMIA
Special Teams Players of the Week: Javon Kinlaw, defensive tackle, San Francisco. The 49ers were stumbling around 16 minutes into a listless game at Philadelphia, and the Eagles lined up to kick a 47-yard field goal to go up 6-0. Kinlaw, last year’s first-round pick from Clemson drafted after the Niners dealt DT DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis, burst through the Philly protection, leaped and swatted back the Jake Elliott kick. Perfect rush, excellent timing on the block.

49ers win an ugly one over the Eagles 17-11 behind a great defensive performance - Niners Nation
The Eagles scored in 65 seconds after Hurts waltzed his way down the field — with an assist from the refs on a terrible personal foul call — to score, and after a two-point conversion, the score was 17-11. The 49ers converted after a Jimmy G sneak for a first down to win it. It was sloppy, even ugly at times, but it’s a win on the road.

Colts QB Carson Wentz Headed for an MRI on his Injured Ankle - Stampede Blue
Wentz was seen noticeably hobbling on the sideline, and with 2:23 left and the Colts down 27-24—and a chance to either win or tie, it was backup quarterback Jacob Eason, in relief, who threw the game-clinching interception just two plays later. Wentz never returned. On the afternoon, Wentz completed 20 of 31 passes (65.4%) for 247 passing yards, a touchdown, an interception, and a quarterback rating of 86.3.

Ten thoughts on the Cowboys 20-17 win over the Chargers - Blogging The Boys
2. A win doesn’t excuse the clock mismanagement on the final drive. With the game on the line and driving into field goal range, the Cowboys made a head-scratching decision to run a play within the hashes and then not use their final time out, or even hurry to the line and spike the football. Instead the Cowboys elected to take where they were as good enough and milked the clock down to four seconds left, setting up a game-winning field goal that Greg Zuerlein ultimately hit. The result doesn’t excuse the moments leading up to it. The Cowboys wasted upwards of 20 seconds of time with a timeout in their pocket to allow the kicker who was coming off a horrible game to attempt a 56-yard field goal as time expired. Hindsight is always 20/20, but in that moment the Cowboys had a few better, safer options they could’ve exhausted that would have made the situation much more manageable for the struggling kicker. The Cowboys won and what they chose to do worked out for them, but the execution and operation of late-game situations will need to improve if this team wants to take the next step.

For Joe Judge and the Giants, it’s time to start winning some games - Big Blue View
Eighteen games into the Judge era as Giants head coach, everyone wants to believe the Giants are in a better place. That they are pointed toward a better future 18-48 worst-in-the-NFL mark since 2017 past. Maybe they are. I still think Judge is an excellent coach who could have end up having a long, successful run with the Giants. What I know, though, is that all the talk of improvement has got to start leading to results. The only we anyone will know for sure that the Giants are in a better place is if they actually start winning games.

0-2 teams in 2021 and what it means for playoff chances - DraftKings Nation
The 0-2 record stat points to NFL history and how infrequently teams that start 0-2 make the playoffs the same year. It’s important to note that those stats lean on history that came before some huge rule changes. Last year, the NFL expanded from 12 playoff teams to 14 playoff teams. This year, the league has expanded from a 16-game regular season schedule for each team to a 17-game schedule. The addition of two more playoff teams last year didn’t help the 0-2 teams. 11 teams opened last season 0-2 and none of them made the playoffs. This year, the addition of the 17th game on top of the playoff expansion could make things a little easier for the 0-2 teams. Heading into MNF, here’s the list of teams that are 0-2 coming out of Week 2. Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa sustains bruised ribs in loss to Bills, to undergo MRI - NFL.com
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained bruised ribs in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. He did not return to Miami’s 35-0 loss. While X-rays did not reveal a break, Pelissero added that the second-year QB is in a lot of pain and will have an MRI on Monday to see if there’s any cartilage damage. Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters that Tagovailoa will undergo tests on his ribs between Sunday night and Monday, but the team does not yet know the severity of the injury.

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