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Eagles News: David Carr says Philadelphia should temporarily bench Jalen Hurts

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David Carr suggests Eagles should bench Jalen Hurts for Marcus Mariota until Hurts is healthy - PFT
Carr’s argument is that the Eagles need to get Hurts to 100 percent, in order to get the most out of his skills. “Clearly, Jalen isn’t comfortable reading through a defense in a drop-back pass scenario,” Carr said. “Some would say he’s not even good at it. And I think that when you look at this team, you have to have a serious conversation if you’re Philly. And you have to really say, ‘Is it better for us to play Marcus Mariota right now and let Jalen get fully healthy?’ Because I would argue that it does not matter if they’re the number one seed. Because if the 49ers come into Philly again, they do not care.” [...] Carr’s point carries a plausible nuance that most will ignore. Although the Eagles have never disclosed any sort of injury for Hurts this year, he clearly has had a knee problem. In the past four games (Cowboys, Chiefs, Eagles, 49ers), Hurts has been the lesser of the two quarterbacks. Although the Eagles have won three of those games, Carr’s point is that the best chance to win in the postseason could come from having a fully healthy Hurts. Of course, this assumes that sitting Hurts now will make him better later. It also opens the door to the possibility of the Eagles not even winning the division and having to go on the road for at least two rounds of the playoffs, if Mariota plays. The only practical approach for the Eagles is to keep going, one week at a time. Along the way, they need to hope that Hurts will take full advantage of the time between games to get healthier than he has been.

Jalen Hurts was indecisive vs. the 49ers, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
When Hurts was decisive, the Eagles’ offense was able to move the ball against this 49ers defense. When he hesitated and tried to make plays off schedule, drives stalled and punts ensued. Hurts has come a long way over the last four years as a pocket passer, to the point where it’s a true strength in his game, but he did not see the field well on Sunday.

Brian Johnson says the Eagles have to be committed to the run game - BGN
The Eagles offense fell back into bad habits against the 49ers and offensive coordinator Brian Johnson spoke to reporters on Tuesday about their need to commit to the run game, why he has confidence in both D’Andre Swift and Kenny Gainwell, as well as Jalen Hurts’ time in the pocket and how he goes about extending plays.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.140: The biggest week in some time - BGN Radio
Rob “Stats” Guerrera, of the The Gold Standard Network, makes a surprise visit on the episode to share his thoughts on the 49ers beating the Eagles, the 49ers’s remaining schedule and the NFC East.

NFL Week 14 latest buzz, fantasy tips and upset predictions - ESPN+
Fowler: Maybe I’m just eager to see the Cowboys and Eagles face off Sunday, but the NFC East could come down to the final weekend between these two contenders. Despite Philly’s 10-2 record, Dallas (9-3) has looked like the better team in recent weeks. The Cowboys have a tougher December schedule, though. While other divisions might be deeper with more overall parity, the NFC East features the best head-to-head matchup. And the first game between these two was a classic. Whether Philadelphia, which is trying to be the first NFC East team to win back-to-back divisional titles since the Eagles did it from 2001 to ‘04, can regain its championship form over the final five weeks is a storyline to monitor.

Why didn’t Eagles’ excellent pass protection lead to success vs. 49ers? - NBCSP
While Hurts ended up getting sacked three times, it’s certainly hard to pin that on the offensive line. In fact, Hurts’ average time to throw in this game was 3.85 seconds, according to ProFootballFocus. That’s an eternity in the NFL. In fact, that’s Hurts’ longest time to throw over the last two seasons. Some of that was just good protection from the offensive line but it was also clear that some indecision from Hurts also led to that inflated number. It wasn’t the finest game for the Eagles’ MVP candidate.

2023 NFL Playoff, Super Bowl probabilities for all 32 teams - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: 18% to win Super Bowl & >99.9% to make playoffs. The Eagles’ Week 13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers dropped their chances to win the Super Bowl from 26% to 18%. They have the sixth-easiest remaining schedule. They have games against the Cowboys and Seahawks before ending the season against the Cardinals and Giants twice.

Five thoughts on Shaq Leonard to the Eagles: How to view the signing, the value of arm length, LB and roster building - PHLY
It was interesting how often Sirianni referenced Leonard’s length on defense. Sirianni compared practices to playing against Jim Boeheim’s defense. To Sirianni’s point, Leonard has 34 ⅜-inch arms and an 82 ⅛-inch wingspan. That’s rare for a linebacker. There have only been 19 linebackers with arm lengths of greater than 34 inches since 1999, according to the MockDraftable database. Also on the list? Zach Cunninghan, who is the Eagles’ top linebacker when healthy. (Brandon Smith, another one on that list, is on the Eagles’ practice squad.) When Cunningham and Leonard are on the field together, the length should be apparent. “Just the ability to go downhill and strike blockers in the run game and shed and disengage in the pass game, it just increases your range and ability to cover it and eat up space,” defensive coordinator Sean Desai said. “I think those are a couple of the reasons why arm length is important at that position.” A Leonard-Cunningham combination would have caused nightmares for AFC South offensive coaches in 2019. (Of course, it’s the NFC East in 2023.)

Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy to undergo surgery for acute appendicitis, anticipates coaching Sunday vs. Eagles - NFL.com
Acute appendicitis has landed Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy in the hospital. Dallas announced McCarthy experienced abdominal pain Wednesday morning that warranted further evaluation and result in his diagnosis, leading to surgery that will take place Wednesday afternoon, according to the team. McCarthy is expected to be released from the hospital later Wednesday following his operation, and anticipates coaching Sunday night against the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Why the Cowboys defense has their work cut out for them over the next four games - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys can jump ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East division lead with a win on Sunday night. Of course, that lead will only be temporary unless the Eagles drop one of their four remaining games of the season. While it would feel good to be at the top for a moment, we all understand that the Cowboys need some help if they are to somehow win the division and host a playoff game. That means we will all turn into Seattle Seahawks fans or even, as much as it pains me to say, New York Giants fans over the final month of the regular season. Whatever it takes, right? Even if the Cowboys were to get some help, there’s a good chance it won’t be enough. That’s because Dallas has quite the gauntlet of high-scoring opponents over their next four games.

Did Giants’ HC Brian Daboll make the right decision at quarterback? - Big Blue View
Truth is, when you have a quarterback conundrum — I won’t call this a controversy — there is never going to be 100% agreement on what the right decision should be. In the fan base. In the organization. Or, and probably most importantly, in the locker room. There isn’t a single player in the locker room who will say out loud “I wanted DeVito to start, so that’s the right call,” or “Tyrod got screwed. He should be the starter.” You can bet, though, that most, if not all, feel some sort of way about the decision. They all respect both players, DeVito for what he’s done lately and Taylor for his career and how he handles himself. They will play hard no matter which quarterback is behind center. You can be sure, though, that privately many of the players have a preference. What that preference is, I don’t know. Some would certainly prefer Taylor’s experience. Others love the DeVito story, love the energy he brings to the team and the home crowd, are happy to have won a couple of games in a row and will be happy the Giants aren’t messing with a winning ticket.

Grading The Game – Washington Commanders vs. Miami Dolphins - Hogs Haven
Sam Howell had his worst game of the season and he had little to no help from the offensive line, tight ends, and receivers. However, this doesn’t excuse his poor performance. Stats: 12-23 for 127 yards, 4 rushes for 21 yards and 2 TDs, 1 INT (pick six), PFF rating 71.5, QBR 50.5. Assessment: D-

Taylor Swift declares ‘football is awesome’ as Time’s Person of the Year - SB Nation
Taylor Swift just confirmed something that everyone reading this likely already believed. Football is awesome. The global icon was just named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2023, and with good reason. The stunning phenomenon that is “The Eras Tour” thrilled fans from coast-to-coast, and is now entering its overseas portion. The success of her sixth concert tour reached such levels that it was turned into a movie, that saw theaters sold out and filled with singing and dancing Swifties.

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