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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts has reportedly been more involved with play-calling this season

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“The Most Miserable 10-1 Team” - Details From Jeff McLane’s Podcast on the Eagles’ Struggles - Crossing Broad
Jalen Hurts has been given more opportunities at the line of scrimmage. Jeff McLane says this season Jalen Hurts has been given more opportunity at the line to call plays, and a team source believes this has had an adverse effect on the offense. This is an interesting wrinkle to the situation. Jalen Hurts has regressed. You can’t deny that. Now is it because of the play calling, is it Nick Sirianni’s scheme, or is it Jalen changing the plays at the line? This is the first report Eagles fans have heard of the latter.

All the Answers - Iggles Blitz
The biggest issue with the offense this year isn’t scheme, it is Jalen Hurts. He played at a very high level in 2022 and the team got to the Super Bowl. Hurts has been erratic this year. He’s great at times and struggles at others. He failed to see wide open receivers on multiple plays, instead forcing the ball downfield. Those throws resulted in a turnover and an incompletion that led to a punt. The design of the play worked, the execution didn’t.

Eagles-Giants Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the Week 16 enemy - BGN
That three-game winning streak was going to end. Let’s be honest, it was a straw house. The Giants always beat Washington, which is not a good team with a head coach who is going to be fired. New England is terrible and the Giants only managed to win that game by a lovely 10-7 score because of how bad the Patriots are. The Green Bay win was nice, Tommy DeVito was a great story leading a last-second game-winning drive. The Giants, though, are not a good offensive football team. DeVito, as much as fans love him, was undrafted for a reason. The offensive line isn’t good. If the Giants’ defense doesn’t create turnovers — and it created 12 during that winning streak — the Giants don’t have a chance.

Eagles-Seahawks closing thoughts + Giants preview - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski close the book on the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks and preview the Week 16 matchup against the New York Giants. The guys also make their picks against the spread! Interact with us on social media: @BrandonGowton, @JimmyKempski, @BGN_Radio, @BleedingGreen. Check out Wrong Crowd Beer Company: wrongcrowdbeer.com! (21 or older, please enjoy responsibly). Use discount code BGN15 at RighteousFelon.com for 15% off your order! Same promotion applies at WildRangerPet.com. Buying, selling, or renting a house? Contact Kristin Roach at RoachRealtors.com.

NFL Week 16 picks, schedule, odds, injuries, fantasy tips - ESPN
What’s at stake: Philly has clinched the playoffs but is still fighting for the NFC East. The Eagles would have a 78% chance to win a division title in a win (9% in the race to the conference’s top seed) and 20% in a loss. The Giants would be at 1% to make the playoffs if they pull off a Christmas Day upset.

NFL Week 16 bold predictions: Lamar Jackson leapfrogs Brock Purdy in MVP race with BIG day - NFL.com
A.J. Brown will be the No. 1 overall fantasy play on Christmas Day. The Giants are not set up for what they call success; a team that runs the second-most man coverage in the NFL while allowing the most yards after catch to WRs gets Brown in a bounce-back spot. Brown is the WR1 versus man when it comes to fantasy points, targets and yards after catch, while holding the highest first-read target share in the NFL. The struggling Giants cornerbacks will get a fair share thrown their way whenever Brown lines up across them.

A.J. Brown admits he made a mistake with his recent social media posts: ‘Put the blame on me’ - Inquirer
On Friday, Brown stood in front of his locker for several minutes, and he appeared genuine as he explained his current state of mind regarding the offense.“Honestly that was something that me personally, I didn’t handle that correctly,” Brown said. “I’m a man enough to say that. I pride myself in being the best. When the game is on the line, throw me the ball. So when things don’t go my way, [obscenity], put the blame on me. I accept that. To [whom] much is given, much is required. I had to sit down and really think to myself. If they do put the blame on me, sure, I asked for that. I asked to be in that chair. “So, who cares? That doesn’t define me. None of that stuff defines me. But I know for a fact, we’re working our tails off. Me personally, I know I’m working my tail off. I’m trying to do whatever I can to help this team win. So that’s where you see the frustration comes in, from stuff like that, because I know I dedicate my life to this. I sacrifice time from my own family for this game, for my teammates, to win games. It means a lot, it means the world to me. I even told everyone on the way home … I’m damn near crying on the way home. This means a lot to me. We feel the frustration from this city. We want to do it for y’all. Most importantly, we want to do it for our teammates, the ones we go to war with — we’re working hard. We give our blood, sweat, and tears to this game. So fans, I don’t want them to think we don’t care or we’re not trying our best.”

Training camp phenom Ben VanSumeren could get his shot vs. Giants - NBCSP
Nick Morrow missed practice Thursday and Friday with an abdominal injury. Zach Cunningham missed both practices with a knee injury. Both could miss the Eagles’ crucial game Monday afternoon at the Linc against the Giants. That leaves two healthy off-ball linebackers on the roster: Shaq Leonard, the newest Eagle, who’s still learning the defense and rounding into shape, and undrafted rookie Ben VanSumeren. Leonard has played 4,189 career snaps. VanSumeren has played 0 career snaps. We know all about Leonard, who played 42 snaps vs. the Cowboys and Seahawks in his first two games with the Eagles. But what about VanSumeren?

The 2023 Eagles Are Making the Plunge - SI
Solving the riddle of the Tush Push could require mind-boggling defensive creativity. Like using offensive linemen on defense, since they’re used to blocking techniques and could apply them in reverse. Gray, the Eagles’ rugby expert, says there’s another possibility. The same techniques the Eagles use to make the Tush Push unstoppable could be deployed by the defensive linemen across from them. Most in the NFL believe the Tush Push has an expiration date, perhaps after this season. League officials are expected to discuss the play in the off-season, after heavy debate last spring failed to reach definitive conclusions. On-field officials have been tasked with watching for illegal formations, cut blocks and spearing within all variations. Experts like Scarnecchia expect the NFL to return to a pre–Bush Push universe, outlawing the shove. That change won’t eliminate the Eagles’ blocking techniques. “Personally, Scarnecchia says, “I’d just let it go, let them continue, until people figure it out.” Gray hears this in Scotland and laughs a satisfying laugh. If the shove becomes illegal, “I guarantee the Eagles are going to come up with something else.”

Report: NFL denies appeal of Dom DiSandro sideline banishment - PFT
Big Dom officially won’t be back until the postseason. Via Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press, the NFL has denied the appeal of the punishment imposed on the Eagles and security chief Dom DiSandro for the sideline altercation December 3 during the game between the 49ers and Eagles. The league fined the Eagles $100,000 and banned DiSandro from the sideline for the balance of the 2023 regular season. DiSandro has missed two games. He’ll miss three more.

PFF’s Mock Draft Simulator: Most-picked 2024 NFL Draft prospects for every team - PFF
Pick 28: Philadelphia Eagles. Most-picked player: S Kamren Kinchens, Miami (Fla.) (10.6%). Second choice: CB Kamari Lassiter, Georgia (9.2%). Kinchens is about as versatile a safety as you’ll find in this draft. His athleticism gives him top-tier range in coverage as a single-high defender, but Miami also uses him in the box. He’s a scheme-versatile backend playmaker.

Christmas Eve NFL games, ranked by watchability - SB Nation
1. Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins. Game of the Day? Absolutely. Super Bowl preview? Honestly, there is an outside chance. If you can only watch one game on Christmas Eve, this is the one to watch. Because not only is this the best game of the slate, but the narratives coming out of it will make for some incredible content.

Why the Cowboys run defense is a problem and what it’s going to take to get better - Blogging The Boys
The Bills just ran, ran, and ran. The 49 rushing attempts were the most any team has run on Dallas in 25 years when the Tennessee Titans did it against them in 1997. Not surprisingly, the Cowboys lost that game too. This latest run-defending debacle has some suggesting that Micah Parsons should be moved to off-ball linebacker to help stop the bleeding. Parsons was great at Penn State but since being promoted to “the show” he’s emerged as one of the game’s top edge rushers. Moving him away from that seems criminal. Additionally, Parsons has been used sparingly as an off-ball linebacker out of need a few times, and it hasn’t gone particularly well.

Big Blue View mailbag: Daniel Jones, Justin Fields, offensive line, more - Big Blue View
Neither Jones nor the Giants have been good enough often enough during his time with the Giants. Fans were angry about the state of the team before Jones was drafted. They are still angry about the state of the team five years later. As the quarterback, Jones is an easy target. The fact that he hasn’t produced the way you hope the sixth overall pick in the draft would produce makes it even easier. To me, so does his outward lack of personality. It’s unfortunate. Jones is a good person. A hard worker. He has guts and he puts his body on the line. The only thing he has ever done wrong is really not be good enough.

Commanders fans are still supporting Sam Howell as the quarterback of the present and future - Hogs Haven
Four weeks ago, we asked in our Reacts survey what Hogs Haven readers wanted to do at the quarterback position, and 97% of those responding to the survey said that the team should build around Sam Howell. Quite a lot has happened in the intervening 4 weeks. Washington lost 4 more games. Sam Howell’s passing production tailed off, including three consecutive games in which he threw an interception returned for a touchdown. Sam Howell was benched in favor of backup Jacoby Brissett in the 4th quarter of last week’s loss to the Rams on the west coast. And Washington’s draft position improved dramatically, with the team currently positioned 4th overall in the 2024 draft — though, with three games remaining, a lot can happen to change that draft position. With Sam’s star shining a little less brightly, and the draft position making the prospect of drafting a top-tier quarterback much more achievable, it seemed like a good time to take the temperature of the fan base again.

Commanders’ potential rebuild: Pay attention to Philadelphia connections if Washington looks for new GM - CBS Sports
Harris officially purchased the Commanders in July after more than a decade as the managing partner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. In that time he’s grown a mutual professional respect for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman. The Eagles have gone to two Super Bowls in the previous five seasons, and Roseman has turned out an impressive group of personnel in recent years.

Steelers elevate LB Myles Jack, make number of roster moves ahead of Week 16 - Behind The Steel Curtain
The team elevated veterans linebacker Myles Jack and safety Eric Rowe to the active/inactive roster, giving Pittsburgh some depth at its two thinnest positional groups. Neither player has appeared in a regular season game yet this season. Additionally, the Steelers activated defensive back Elijah Riley from injured reserve and signed linebacker Kyron Johnson from the practice squad, filling the two vacant spots on the 53-man roster left by running back Anthony McFarland’s release and safety Damontae Kazee being placed on the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list. [BLG Note: Jack, Rowe, Riley, and Johnson ... all former Eagles!]

TGIFootball #20: Previewing Week 16 - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa, Brandon Lee Gowton, and Stephen Serda preview every game across the NFL in Week 16.

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