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Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon expects ‘hostile environment’ in Philadelphia - AZ Central
Gannon said Wednesday that his two years in Philadelphia were great for his family, and that he has love and respect for his former team. “That’s a great place to play. It’s a hostile environment. They were on our side for two years when I was there, but our guys know, we’ve played in some hostile environments, that’s gonna be one of them,” Gannon said. “So we gotta do a good job of handling the elements and the noise and those things and operate at a high level.”
Eagles still feeling effects of Jonathan Gannon’s departure - ESPN
Beyond the call being impermissible, the Eagles’ lack of knowledge about where things stood between Gannon and the Cardinals put them behind the eight ball, league sources said. At the time, they were confident Gannon was returning for a third season. Instead, it wasn’t until the Friday before the Super Bowl — approximately 10 days from the tampering call between Ossenfort and Gannon — that Ossenfort called Eagles GM Howie Roseman and told him he would be submitting an interview request for Gannon after the Super Bowl, an Eagles source said. Fangio, the architect of one of the most popular defensive schemes in the league, was the Eagles’ top choice to replace Gannon, according to multiple sources. If Gannon had relayed that he planned to interview with the Cardinals, the Eagles could have gotten the ball rolling on replacement candidates and, most importantly, notified Fangio about the potential opening. Fangio was under contract with the team, having signed a two-week deal leading up to the Super Bowl to serve in an advisory role, and widely admired in the building. But the Miami Dolphins were in pursuit of Fangio as well. With the Eagles’ DC job seemingly spoken for, he informally committed to join the Dolphins staff in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. The Eagles’ front office tried to get Fangio to decommit from the Dolphins once it found out about Arizona courting Gannon, sources said, but by that point Fangio had already made up his mind.
Tensions still simmer between Eagles, Cardinals over Jonathan Gannon - PFT
“[Ossenfort] didn’t say, ‘This is a done deal,’” Gannon told ESPN.com. “I really, honestly, kind of put it out [of] the back of my mind.” That seems like a stretch, to say the least. Gannon interviewed for the Cardinals job the day after the Super Bowl. Did he show up for the biggest meeting of his coaching career unprepared, winging it the Cardinals? Or did he spend time while he should have been preparing for the Super Bowl getting together his presentation, lining up his potential staff, and doing the other things that coaching candidates do when preparing to interview for one of the 32 most coveted jobs in all of football? Common sense suggests that Gannon did more than put it out of the back of his mind. Common sense suggests that any time he spent preparing for the Arizona interview could have been devoted to addressing flaws in the Philly defense (like, for example, when adjusting to a receiver who goes in motion and abruptly turns around before catching a walk-in touchdown, twice).
Eagles vs. Giants: 10 winners, 6 losers, 6 IDKs - BGN
The Eagles’ defensive line generated zero sacks and five quarterback hits against a team allowing the most sacks in the NFL (5.4 per game). They have just five sacks in their last three games combined. That’s really not good enough for a pass rush that’s supposed to be elite considering the extensive resources invested in that unit.
NFC East Mixtape Vol.144: Bracing for the final two weeks - BGN Radio
RJ Ochoa and Brandon Lee Gowton recap the Week 16 action in the division.
Eagles vs. Cardinals: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
2) Eagles WRs A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith vs. Cardinals CBs Antonio Hamilton and Starling Thomas. The Eagles should also be able to pass on the Cardinals, who are very shaky at corner. Their corners to start the season were Marco Wilson and Kei’Trel Clark. They’re now Antonio Hamilton, a journeyman guy on his fifth team, and Starling Thomas, an undrafted rookie who originally signed with the Lions, but who did not make their 53-man roster and was claimed on waivers by the Cardinals. Their nickel? Old friend Andre Chachere. Not ideal. The Cardinals do have very good safeties in Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson, but that’s about it.
Week 17 NFL picks: Browns beat Jets on Thursday night to clinch playoff berth; Cowboys defeat Lions - NFL.com
Why Brooke is taking the Eagles: The Eagles have been working out the kinks for, well, too long, and it’s bound to catch up to them. But not yet. Philly’s struggling defense has an opportunity for that get-right game against Kyler Murray, who has underwhelmed in his return, logging career lows in many passing and rushing categories. I also expect to see a heavy dose of D’Andre Swift and Kenneth Gainwell against Arizona’s 32nd-ranked run D — which should allow the pass game to open up for Jalen Hurts to potentially force feed a disgruntled A.J. Brown. Even with Jonathan Gannon knowing the Eagles better than most others who come into the Linc, Philly should head into the new year on a good note.
Eagles to fans at the Linc: Shut up (when we’re on offense) - Inquirer
Eagles fans are, historically, among the NFL’s most passionate. Eagles fans are, in the moment, among the NFL’s dumbest. Over the past month several Eagles offensive players have hinted that the crowd noise at Lincoln Financial Field has affected the offense’s efficiency. Now, they’re going public. Some can’t hear Jalen Hurts’ cadence. Some can’t hear audibles, every syllable of which is crucial. Some can’t hear the play call in the huddle. The noise can get so bad that the Eagles have had to use silent counts in their own stadium. One lineman said that was the case during the infamous “Run the ball!” drive.
In Roob’s Eagles Stats: A historic achievement for DeVonta Smith, A.J. Brown - NBCSP
2. Kelee Ringo became the youngest defensive player in Eagles history to start a game last week in Seattle. In the Giants game Monday, he became the youngest Eagle ever with an interception. Ringo, at 21 years, 181 days on Monday, was 18 days younger than rookie 25th-round pick Jim Parmer, who picked off Steelers quarterback Ray Evans in a 34-7 Eagles win at Forbes Field in 1948.
‘Mr. President, this is my first time here!’: How Eagles’ Jordan Mailata sang at the White House - PHLY
“Mr. President, this is my first time here!” Mailata said, recounting the conversation. “I don’t know how I got in here, I’m not even from the country!” They spoke for 45 minutes — and didn’t run out of topics. Mailata admitted that the First Lady is better versed on the Eagles than President Biden. Mailata simply uttering the sentence is remarkable enough. He’s a 26-year-old from Australia who never played football before being drafted by the Eagles. He didn’t start a game until his third season. He signed a $64-million contract before emerging as a full-time starter. He’s a key player on one of the NFL’s best teams. He’s made waves in Hollywood. And now he performed with the President as his audience. “It’s wild, man,” Mailata said. “If you told me a couple years ago I’d even be a starter in the NFL, I’d probably laugh in your face. But if you told me that I was going to be singing in the White House and then having the opportunity to spend time with the President of the United States of America and his wife, the First Lady, I’d probably just walk away from you.” Two days after he attended, he shook his head at the memory. “Once in a lifetime,” he said.
How did the Kylie Kelce-signed jacket spark a husband-wife bidding war that raised $100,000 for Eagles Autism Foundation? - PE.com
“The power of nostalgia” led Philadelphia native and actor Rob McElhenney to bid on a ‘90s Kelly Green Letterman Jacket signed by Kylie Kelce. But who would have thought what it would become? “I knew as soon as we engaged Kylie, our literal princess of Philadelphia, the jacket would create incredible buzz,” said Ryan Hammond, the Executive Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation. The Eagles Autism Foundation auctioned off the signed jacket as part of its Gameday Auction in November, with all proceeds going to autism research. McElhenney, the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star, made his bidding public on social media from day one. “The Kelly Green coloring and that design takes me back to the time when I was a kid and first fell in love with the Eagles,” McElhenney said.
Comparing Josh Dobbs’ 1st 6 games with Cardinals to Kyler Murray’s - Revenge Of The Birds
The numbers suggest that Josh Dobbs’ and Kyler Murray’s production through their first 6 games has been quite remarkably about the same. Perhaps a slight statistical edge goes to Josh Dobbs because of his higher QB ratings. However, Kyler Murray had 1 more win, which one could argue is the most important stat. Kudos to the ROTB voters —- you guys pretty much nailed it.
Cowboys playoff chances: Oddsmakers do not seem bothered by team’s road woes - Blogging The Boys
As you can see the Eagles have significantly better odds of winning the division than the Cowboys and obviously a big reason for that is how we have gotten to this point and the edge that Philly has with regards to current record and tiebreakers. They do control their destiny for the division crown, after all. But the Cowboys are not far behind them at all with regards to odds to win the NFC or Super Bowl and are even ahead of the Lions in both of those scenarios which lines up with ESPN. Collectively between ESPN and DraftKings there seems to be a somewhat (using that word loosely) consensus agreement that Dallas is the team in the NFC with the best odds outside of San Francisco. Interestingly though this is the case despite that fact that the Cowboys are facing an overwhelming likelihood of playing multiple games on the road. There seems to be no real idea or answer as to why the Cowboys are currently struggling in games away from home, but there is some solace in the idea that it does not seem to be anything of concern through these specific points of evaluation.
Tyrod Taylor will start at QB for Giants vs. Rams - Big Blue View
Tyrod Taylor will replace Tommy DeVito as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants this Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. Head coach Brian Daboll made that announcement Wednesday morning. Taylor, a 34-year-old 13-year veteran, replaced DeVito at the beginning of the third quarter in Sunday’s 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants trailed, 20-3, at the half. Taylor completed 7 of 16 passes for 133 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown to Darius Slayton, and an interception. DeVito had completed 9 of 16 for just 55 yards. Daboll said that Taylor “earned the right to start this game” with his play against the Eagles.
A wishlist for Washington’s next General Manager - Hogs Haven
The next three months hold big changes in store for how Washington’s football franchise is run - likely the biggest changes in a generation - and they are a long time coming. By May, we should have a good sense of the next general manager’s plans for this team, including his new coaching staff and vision for how to build a team. The hopefulness of that period stands in stark contrast to the misery of the 2023 season, where we simply learned several more lessons about how things shouldn’t be done in the NFL. Here’s to better times in the nation’s capital!
Our favorite SBNation.com stories of 2023 - SB Nation
It was quite a year in sports. 2023 began with Travis Kelce beefing with the mayor of Cincinnati, and it ended with him dating Taylor Swift. But there was obviously more to the year that was in sports than Kelce and Swift. Over the past 12 months, here at SB Nation we did our best to cover it all, from what was happening on the field, to what was happening off it, and everything in between. Out of the thousands upon thousands of stories we published a year ago, here are our personal favorites.[BLG: Two different stories involving the Eagles made this list.]
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