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Inside Eagles’ push for player-led scouting reports ahead of matchup with Seahawks - The Athletic
By persuading Sean Desai to let the defensive backs handle the scouting report, Kevin Byard ensured that a young secondary that includes three rookies was also doing its part to find solutions. “There’s ownership in all this,” Byard told The Athletic. “We all take ownership. When the coaches do their interviews (with the media), that’s one of the first things they say, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do better.’ It’s the same thing for us (as players). We all have our hands in the same pot. At the end of the day, we can all do more. We’re in the solution business. Not the complaining business. We don’t do no complaining here. We all stick together. We’re going to fix it together. We’re going to play better.” Desai agreed with the arrangement. Byard relayed the message to the rest of the defensive backs, and they split up their scouting assignments. “Everybody kind of picked a player,” Byard said. Byard took quarterback Geno Smith. Safety Reed Blankenship took Seattle’s tight ends. Other defensive backs The Athletic spoke with this week — veteran cornerback James Bradberry, rookie corners Ricks and Ringo, and rookie safety Sydney Brown — took specific wide receivers and running backs. Slay was absent from practices and locker room sessions while listed with a knee injury. They spent Wednesday (a scheduled off day for players this week) diving into their film studies. Byard observed Geno Smith’s tendencies. (“I’m not obviously going to give you everything,” he said.) Bradberry watched his receiver’s past three games and took detailed notes. Was the receiver lined up inside? Outside? Where were his targets coming from? What moves revealed the wideout’s technical strengths and weaknesses? Blankenship said he hunkered down at home, cranked on some music and typed up pages of notes on his iPad. Ricks completed a breakdown that included a player’s 40-yard dash time, size and weight, plus the routes they liked to run and those they didn’t.

NFL bans Dom DiSandro from the Eagles sideline for the rest of the 2023 regular season - BGN
Despite an appeal, the NFL ruled that Eagles head of security Dom DiSandro will be banned from the sideline for the remainder of the 2023 NFL regular season following his altercation in Week 13 with 49ers CB Dre Greenlaw, per reports. Adam Schefter noted that Big Dom will be allowed to return to the sideline for the postseason. [BLG Note: The way the NFL caters to the 49ers’ whims is pathetic.]

Above the Nest with Raichele #98: Seahawks players to watch Monday night + Injury Reports - BGN Radio
Raichele Privette breaks down the key Seahawks players to watch against the Eagles on Monday night and runs through the Thursday and Friday injury reports.

Week 15 hot seat: Eagles’ struggling stars seek return to form - ESPN+
The Eagles figure to bounce back offensively versus a struggling Seahawks team that has lost four consecutive games, but whether that means a return to RB1 form for Swift is another story. The fantasy playoffs have arrived for most and perhaps Swift remains your top running back option. We project ahead, and the Seahawks permit the fifth-most PPR points to running backs this season. Swift should feast, but he needs the football to do so. He is outside the top 30 PPR running backs over the past seven games because the Eagles have somehow forgotten about him. Another Eagle to keep an eye on this Monday is tight end Dallas Goedert, recovered from the broken right forearm suffered in Week 9. Goedert returned in Week 14 against the Cowboys and caught four passes for 30 yards. He has registered double digit PPR points in only two of his 10 games this season, and he averages 9.8 PPR points per game. Last season, Goedert averaged 11.8 PPR points per game. It’s hardly too late for Goedert - and Swift - to turn things around, with the Seahawks, Giants (twice) and Arizona Cardinals remaining on the schedule. It just would be nice to see some numbers this week.

Yeah, Nick Sirianni hears your criticism and he’s not ignoring it - NBCSP
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni hears the criticism of his offense from inside and outside of the NovaCare Complex and he claims he isn’t ignoring it. In fact, sometimes he’ll try to use it for his benefit. “When you hear criticism, like — OK, let me take it back to when we’re in a team meeting and I’m correcting something in a team meeting,” Sirianni said this week. “Well, that’s a correction, criticism, whatever it is, that’s a form of that. You grow from that. “So, I will also listen to criticisms of the outside world. Now, do I sit there and look at all the things? No. (VP of communications) Bob (Lange) has to prepare me for the questions I may get in here. Criticisms never feel good at first, but if you can use them to your advantage, then we should. “That’s how I look at this. There are some criticisms out there. I answered the motion question, but there are some other things I’m like, ‘huh, maybe we can look at that, maybe we can do a little bit more there.’ So, I think that shows that we will find every different way we can to improve what we’re doing on offense or defense.”

Geno Smith, Jamal Adams, Devon Witherspoon among Seahawks listed as questionable vs. Eagles - Field Gulls
Practice is all wrapped up for the Seattle Seahawks’ Monday Night Football showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. Geno Smith was once again a limited participant, as was the case on Thursday and Friday. Even though he’s listed as questionable, there’s a fairly good chance that he’ll be the starting quarterback again. Neither cornerback Devon Witherspoon nor safety Jamal Adams practiced, but they were also marked as questionable. Witherspoon is dealing with a hip pointer, while Adams has a knee issue. Somehow, someway, I feel like the reaction to Adams not playing would be very different than if Witherspoon can’t go. Pete Carroll didn’t reveal much for anyone in his media session.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy could be in line for contract extension after 2023 season - NFL.com
While Dallas still has plenty left in its season, owner Jerry Jones was asked by NFL.com during the December League Meeting in Dallas whether he envisions a contract extension for McCarthy coming as a result of the team’s success. The indication was yes.

Cowboys point/counterpoint: The Bills game may not matter very much - Blogging The Boys
Of course this game is important! Aside from general coachspeak platitudes about the next game being the most important, this game is crucial for the Cowboys’ playoff hopes. I mean, we know the Cowboys are making the playoffs - the amount of catastrophic events that would have to happen for them to miss it completely are too many to list - but this isn’t about making the playoffs. The Cowboys aspire to win the Super Bowl, and the odds of doing so are significantly better if a team wins their division. Having to play every playoff game on the road makes the journey that much more difficult. In fact, over the last 15 years there have been exactly two teams to even reach the Super Bowl after playing every playoff game on the road: the 2020 Buccaneers and the 2010 Packers. One of those teams had Mike McCarthy as the head coach, and he would surely attest to how difficult that run was. The other team was led by Tom Brady, maybe the greatest quarterback to ever do it. Getting to the Super Bowl as a perpetual road warrior isn’t impossible, but it’s very hard to do. And if the Cowboys lose on Sunday, their chances of winning the NFC East drop from 30% to 20% before factoring in what the Eagles do this week.

Giants activate TE Darren Waller from IR - Big Blue View
Tight end Darren Waller was activated from injured reserve on Saturday by the New York Giants and will be in the lineup Sunday when they face the New Orleans Saints. Waller has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, something also cost him time last season when he was a member of the Las Vegas Raiders. Waller’s 36 catches and 384 receiving yards remain second on the team. He said earlier in the week that he probably would not be ready to play a full game, but felt he could contribute in a limited number of snaps.

Washington Commanders vs Los Angeles Rams Prop Bets - Hogs Haven
Bet: Sam Howell has one passing touchdown over the last three games. Take the under.

Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid fined by NFL for criticizing officials after Bills-Chiefs - SB Nation
After an apparent dramatic touchdown — which included a mid-play lateral from Travis Kelce to Kadarius Toney — was taken off the board when officials judged Toney offsides near the end of last week’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, both head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes aired their frustrations. Now the duo has been fined by the league for their criticism of the officials, and the fines are pretty steep. As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Reid has been fined $100,000 for “violating long-standing league rules prohibiting public criticism of game officials.” Mahomes was fined $50,000 for “unsportsmanlike conduct” during his sideline tirade, as well as his post-game comments, which fell under the same “public criticism” category as Reid’s comments.

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