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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts says “I don’t think we’re all committed enough”

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Jalen Hurts: “We’re not committed enough” - PFT
“I’ve been talking about execution all year,” Hurts said. “Being on the same page, everyone being on the same page. We didn’t execute. I don’t think we’re, we’re all, we’re committed enough. Just got to turn it around. You know, it’s a challenge that we have to embrace. Just continue to see it through.” Hurts was asked what he means by that. “Commitment,” Hurts said. “I don’t have a dictionary on me now. . . . I don’t know how else to say that.” [...] Hurts continued to emphasize that it starts with him. But his words carried a clear undercurrent. He’s trying to get everyone on the same page. He’s trying to get everyone committed. Something is missing.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Seahawks game - PhillyVoice
Hurts was hampered by an illness that was severe enough that he traveled to Seattle separately from the team so as not to get any of his teammates sick. I think we can all agree that being sick sucks. You’re weak, you’re sometimes in pain, and you’re just not yourself. With that disclaimer out of the way, Hurts just didn’t have it on Monday night. He was 17 of 31 for 143 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs. His deep shot to A.J. Brown with time winding down in the fourth quarter wasn’t there, but he fired up a YOLO ball anyway that was intercepted by Julian Love. Hurts made bad decisions and bad throws throughout the night, and looked nothing like the MVP caliber player he was a year ago.

Bad - Iggles Blitz
Jalen Hurts toughed it out and played despite being sick. He ran for 82 yards and 2 TDs and did some really good things. But he also threw a pair of horrible INTs. Those picks were the difference in the game. Inexcusable mistakes. He has got to quit forcing the ball down the field. Those plays worked in 2022. Unfortunately it is 2023.

Roob’s Observations: Eagles blow critical game against Seahawks, lose 3rd in a row - NBCSP
2. We’ve talked a ton about the coordinators and they haven’t been good – and that includes Matt Patricia – but you’ve got to point your finger squarely at Nick Sirianni after this one. Sirianni has taken his bows and he’s deserved to, but everything this team does is on him, and you can explain away the 49ers and Cowboys losses – very good teams on extra rest against a team that seemed gassed – but this? The Seahawks had lost four straight games, they started a backup quarterback with eight career wins in six seasons, they were down 10 points at halftime … and this? If you’re the head coach, you just can’t let this happen. Your offense managed seven points after their second possession. Your hand-picked new defensive coordinator just allowed a 92-yard game-winning drive in the last two minutes to Drew Lock for crying out loud. You’ve lost three straight games after a 10-1 start. You’re no longer an elite team. You’re no longer a Super Bowl contender. Sirianni has always responded when there’s been adversity, and this is adversity like he hasn’t experienced here. This is on him. Let’s see how he responds.

Eagles vs. Seahawks: The good, the bad, and the ugly - BGN
Hurts’ two fourth-quarter interceptions to Julian Love and 17th overall turnovers this season (as opposed to eight all the last year; 12 interceptions/5 lost fumbles). Love was there in the end zone with 8:08 left to play. Hurts was looking for Quez Watkins (why?), though replays showed Love had his right hand on Watkins’ jersey. Love made a great reaction sliding over left to help Tre Brown covering A.J. Brown down the sideline with :06 left. It was a great play by Love, who came over and got his feet down. The ball was underthrown by Hurts, who had two timeouts left and about 15 yards to go to put the game-tying field goal on Jake Elliott’s foot. Why go there when they could have opted to go to the middle of the field with timeouts left to position Elliott? Another huge key was Hurts holding the ball and looking at A.J. Brown all the way gave Love time to get over.

BGN Instant Reaction Show - Week 15: Eagles lose to Seahawks, 20-17 - BGN Radio
The Eagles just may be frauds. After the Birds fell to the Seattle Seahawks on MNF, Shane Haff and Raichele Privette expressed their disappointment and shared their panic levels with the Eagles.

2023 NFL season, Week 15: What We Learned from Seahawks’ win over Eagles on Monday night - NFL.com
Philadelphia is officially in a rut. Nick Sirianni made the decision to swap defensive play-calling duties from Sean Desai to Matt Patricia, and the switch largely worked — at least, until the Seahawks’ final drive of significance. Despite the final numbers, Philadelphia’s run defense was improved on a per-down basis, frequently stonewalling attempts. But the consistency still wasn’t there, as evidenced by Walker’s 23-yard touchdown run, Walker’s 15-yard catch-and-run on a drive that ended in a field goal, and Lock’s 92-yard game-winning drive. Placing James Bradberry in single coverage in a Cover 1 look should have worked out, at least on paper, considering the Seahawks were short on time with no timeouts available. But it didn’t because Bradberry didn’t protect deep, highlighting a lack of situational coaching emphasis that has become too prevalent for the Eagles this season. We haven’t even gotten into Philadelphia’s offensive issues, which continued with Hurts’ two interceptions and the Eagles’ inability to consistently piece together scoring drives. The total picture isn’t a pretty one right now, and after three straight losses, it’s certainly fair to be concerned about the Eagles. They haven’t played a complete game all season and are struggling at a terrible time. They can only hope a meeting with the Cardinals (sandwiched by two dates with the Giants) ends up being the remedy they need.

Sirianni: In Eagles’ ‘best interest’ to hand defense to Patricia - ESPN
A major shake-up in the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coaching ranks appeared to have some positive effect Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, but a unit that has struggled for much of the season let down in the game’s biggest moment, leading to a 20-17 defeat that extended the Eagles’ losing streak to three games. Senior assistant Matt Patricia took over playcalling this week for D-coordinator Sean Desai. Coach Nick Sirianni said after Monday’s game that Patricia now has final say over the defense. Players said they were notified of the change early last week and that Patricia ran the defensive meetings during the lead-up to the Seattle game. “I made the decision,” Sirianni said. “I did what I thought I needed to do in the best interest of the football team. We made some adjustments there. Didn’t feel like we were playing and coaching well enough on defense, so I made an adjustment.”

NFL Week 15 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 20, Philadelphia Eagles 17 - PFF
Rookie spotlight: Eagles first-round pick Jalen Carter managed to add to his sack total, but it was his only pressure of the night, according to PFF’s first-run analysis. After looking unblockable at times to start the year, Carter has been held to just one pressure over his past two games.

Winners and Losers from Seahawks 20, Eagles 17 - Field Gulls
Pete Carroll’s timeout management. If Lock doesn’t deliver the drive of his life, we’d be zeroed in on how Pete Carroll mismanaged the game. Seattle burned two timeouts on 4th down attempts in the 4th quarter. The second timeout was with the play clock running to 0, and Pete wanted to prevent a delay of game. Not sure there would’ve been a DOG penalty, but the bad thing that resulted was the Eagles getting another look at that Jalen Carter sack and overturning 4th and 2 into 4th and 9. That left the Seahawks with one timeout, no shot at a touchdown, and zero room for error on defense the rest of the way. There was also the end of half where the Seahawks were about to use a timeout to avoid a 10-second runoff on Drew Lock’s grounding penalty, only for the Eagles to decline the runoff and prevent Seattle from stopping the clock on a doomed drive. We haven’t had one of those timeout clunkers in a good while, but that was infuriating in the moment. The win doesn’t excuse Pete’s in-game decisions.

Eagles loss on Monday night keeps Cowboys alive in NFC East title race - Blogging The Boys
As was the case last week the Eagles still control their own destiny relative to the division. If they win out the NFC East likely belongs to them. But if the Eagles slip up and the Cowboys win out then obviously it goes to Dallas. And what’s more is that because Dallas beat Seattle they do not lose any kind of pace with Philly after their loss to Buffalo (who the Eagles beat). Additionally the Cowboys and Eagles are both tied now with three conference losses each. While the Eagles are still in control this was a seismic moment in the division race relative to the disruption in tiebreakers. Basically consider that this Seahawks loss by the Eagles now offsets Dallas’ lost to Arizona earlier in the season as far as tiebreakers go even if Philadelphia beats them in Week 17. Michael Gehlken summed it up well and noted that in all likelihood Dallas will need to finish with a better record than Philadelphia.

Giants-Saints ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’: Positives hard to find in Giants’ latest loss - Big Blue View
I usually don’t single out entire units for ‘Kudos’ or ‘Wet Willies.’ Considering what we saw on Sunday, though, both the offense and the defense as whole units have to fall into this category. It is actually difficult for me to hand out many individual ‘WWs.’ The offense — The Giants scored six points. Three were a gift courtesy of an awful third-and-22 unnecessary roughness on Alontae Taylor of New Orleans, when he laid a perfectly executed tackle on Daniel Bellinger and still got penalized for it. There were seven sacks, nine quarterback hits and a complete inability to handle stunts from the New Orleans defensive line. There were few open receivers. There were drops. There was no place for Saquon Barkley (nine carries, 14 yards) to run. There were misses by DeVito on a couple of throws, and as he indicated after the game little to no “swagger” from an offense that had no answers. The Giants averaged 3.2 yards per play and went 2 of 16 (12.5%) on third down. The Giants never really threatened offensively.

Washington Commanders Roster Moves: Camaron Cheeseman has finally been released - Hogs Haven
The writing was on the wall in training camp, but Ron Rivera continued to support the long snapper he had traded in the draft for two years ago. Camaron Cheeseman has been awful for most of the year, and Rivera has continued to ignore the problem, until it became a problem. Yesterday’s snaps put punter Tress Way in harms way, and sidelined him briefly after the play. [BLG Note: Random trivia for you: the Commanders traded up with the Eagles to draft Cheeseman. The Eagles use the return to ultimately draft Kyron Johnson and Grant Calcaterra.]

Baker Mayfield made shocking NFL history at Lambeau Field - SB Nation
The Baker Mayfield experience in Tampa Bay has had its ups and downs, but on Sunday the signal caller was on fire. Against the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau, Mayfield threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns in the win, putting himself in rarefied air.

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