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Hype Trap Bet: The NFL wild-card narratives to fade or follow - ESPN
NARRATIVE: Teams that finish the season poorly are doomed in the playoffs; the Eagles won’t advance far in the postseason. Analysis: I don’t necessarily disagree with that second statement, but it won’t be simply because of the first one. This is a targeted narrative, not a broad one like the others, but this game carries the most unknowns in my eyes and is the game I have the worst handle on as a bettor and a fan. It’s quite clear that the Eagles are not playing well, and there seems to be strife both on and off the field. Philly went 0-6 ATS to end the season, the first team to “accomplish” that feat and make the playoffs since the San Francisco 49ers failed to cover in eight straight games in 2002. But fellow researcher extraordinaire Mackenzie Kraemer unearthed this nugget (and some of the others in this article): The Eagles are the sixth team in the Super Bowl era to enter the postseason on at least a six-game ATS losing streak. Each of the previous five won their first playoff game that season. So don’t go sprinting to the window with your Bucs ML tickets just yet! Baker Mayfield is battling an injury, Tampa Bay has an ineffective running game, and the Bucs appeared lucky to have been given the Panthers as their opponent in a must-win Week 18 finale.
Film Review: “The Eagles do all the small details that matter wrong. This is coaching.” - BGN
Did I miss anything? I think you can argue the Eagles do all the small details that matter wrong. This is coaching. It’s not just on Sirianni or Brian Johnson, this is on the entire coaching staff. Maybe I’m harsh because it’s the first play of a backup quarterback but, I think this play highlights a lot of frustration I have with this offense.
On the Shane Page #13: Offensive and defensive takeaways from Eagles Week 18 loss vs. Giants - BGN Radio
Shane Haff and Jonny Page share their offensive and defensive takeaways from the Eagles Week 18 loss to the Giants and discuss what to expect schematically from the Bucs in the Wildcard round.
Analytics predicts winners for NFL playoff Wild Card games - SB Nation
Edge: Eagles - For a national audience, Philadelphia having one of the worst defenses in the league has to be a shock. Barely being a top-10 offense is also surprising for a very talented Eagles group. The winner of the worst division in football, it is not surprising that Tampa Bay is the lowest-ranked overall team in the playoffs.
In Roob’s Observations: Sydney Brown injury complicates 2024 safety plan - NBCSP
1. It’s a little early to be thinking about next year, but Sydney Brown’s torn ACL does complicate matters not only in the defensive rotation for the postseason but also when it comes to projecting the 2024 starting defense. Brown wasn’t perfect after entering the defensive rotation the second half of the year, but he showed a lot of promise with his energy, physicality and playmaking and would have been a frontrunner for a starting safety job next year. But this is generally a nine-month injury and that takes us into next October. The Eagles don’t have any other safety prospects. Kevin Byard won’t be back, which leaves just Reed Blankenship under contract for next year – and he hasn’t had a good second half. Practice squad guys like Tristin McCollum and Mekhi Garner have played a bit, and they’ll get a look in camp, but you can hardly count on them. Howie Roseman could scrounge up another veteran that nobody else wants, but it’s not like him to spend big money on a safety. The Eagles could draft another Day 2 safety but who knows when he’d be ready or if he’d even pan out. They could go the Terrell Edmunds / Justin Evans / K’Von Wallace route, but that’s not ideal either. Eventually Brown will be healthy and hopefully that’s sooner or later, but he’ll miss OTAs and training camp and the start of the season and even with a quick recovery he’ll likely miss regular-season time as well. the Eagles will miss him Sunday in Tampa and they’ll miss him at the start of next year as well.
The Playoffs - Iggles Blitz
Another category that is hard to answer. 6 weeks ago, Nick Sirianni was flying high and had a sterling reputation. How times have changed. Now there are lots of discussions from fans and the media about whether he should be fired. Yikes. This game is critical for Sirianni and his staff. A good showing will quiet some of his critics. A bad performance will put him under intense pressure. I’m curious to see how the coaches respond to this situation. Will they be desperate or will this bring out the best in them?
The Philadelphia Eagles are stumbling into the postseason with questions on both sides of the ball - PFF
A season ago, the Eagles came into the playoffs with momentum and the feeling that they were the best team in the NFC. They were good on both sides of the ball and knew if each side fired on all cylinders, they were going to be very difficult to beat. This time, they are stumbling into the postseason in full crisis, with cries ringing out for head coach Nick Sirianni’s job if the team embarrasses itself against the Buccaneers. The fact that is even a discussion point — however outlandish — this year says all you need to know about the state of opinion on this team. The Eagles have a week to figure out how to pull themselves out of this tailspin, and there’s no clear sign it will happen -
Spadaro: A Buccaneers scouting report from the coaching staff - PE.com
Johnson: Preparing for the Tampa Bay blitz game. The Eagles have seen it before and in Week 3’s 25-11 win at Tampa Bay, they defeated the blitz and pressure packages created by Bucs Head coach Todd Bowles. Offensive Coordinator Brian Johnson says communication and everyone being on the same page is key for Monday night to win against Bowles. “He’s done it at a high level for a really long time,” Johnson said. “I think just the variety of different fronts, different personnel groupings, being able to mix and match, being able to package it in a way where it looks very similar to other things that they can present. So for us, we really have to be on in terms of our identification system.” Tampa Bay blitzes at the third-highest rate in the league, so that is certainly something to watch in this game. But the Bucs are more than a blitzing defense. They’ve been together a long time and they are healthy (the team missed cornerback Carlton Davis in the Week 3 game). Johnson has taken notice. “They’re definitely healthier. They’ve got a fantastic veteran group that’s been there, seems like, forever. And obviously they’re very well coached,” he said. “Coach (Todd) Bowles does a great job defensively, and they’ve got some players who are battle tested and who have done it at a high level for a really long time. Everybody here is looking forward to the matchup.”
Baker Mayfield happy for extra day of rest, recovery for ankle - PFT
“Got a little ankle injury pretty early in the game,” Mayfield said, via Sara Walsh of NFL Media. “One of those things, as the week goes on feel better and better. Good rehab work done on it, see how it goes. Luckily, the blessing is we play on Monday night. An extra day or rest and recovery for me.” There’s no indication that Mayfield’s availability is in any jeopardy, but it will remain to be seen if he’s hampered by it at all against a reeling Eagles defense.
Titans request interview with Eagles OC Brian Johnson - Music City Miracles
Johnson is in his first season as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator, replacing Shane Steichen. In truth, the Eagles offense has taken an undeniable step backwards. It’s clear that many executives around the league don’t hold Johnson responsible for Philadelphia’s offensive shortcomings this season, seeing that this is Johnson’s second request. Before being promoted to offensive coordinator, Johnson was the Eagles quarterbacks coach for two seasons (2021-22). Throughout that period, Johnson played a critical role in the development of Jalen Hurts, who went from second-round draft choice to NFL MVP candidate.
Seattle Seahawks moving on from Pete Carroll, potential landing spot for Cowboys DC Dan Quinn - Blogging The Boys
Current Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media he had no plans of moving on from his position, but in the fast moving world of the NFL that position changed suddenly today when it was announced Seattle plans on moving on. Their apparent commitment to trying to be more than just a fringe playoff team may appeal to Quinn, who has carefully waited for the right head coach opening, and now will have Dallas fans hoping to capitalize on what could be his last run with the Cowboys in this year’s playoffs.
Wink Martindale, Giants officially part ways — report - Big Blue View
Per reporting from Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Martindale reacted angrily when told of those firings, cursed out the head coach and left the Giants’ facility. He was later photographed by a user on the social media platform X getting on a plane to Sarasota, Fla. Schwartz reported this about Martindale and Drew Wilkins: There was a feeling in the building that Martindale and Drew Wilkins were creating their own fiefdom within the coaching staff, at times bypassing Daboll and believing they had to answer only to each other and, ultimately, ownership. Daboll is all about collaboration and this was not that. Schwartz also reported that Daboll twice confronted Martindale about the initial report from Glazer, and got no explanation.
Washington Commanders Coaching/Front Office Tracker: Adam Peters and Ian Cunningham are the finalists - Hogs Haven
Josh Harris has interviewed five candidates for the new head of football operations position over the last two days at his house in Miami. An announcement is expected soon, and San Francisco 49ers AGM Adam Peters is considered the favorite to get the job. Washington is also conducting a head coaching search, and they have been linked to 8 candidates. One coach that was loosely linked to Washington was Bill Belichick. He is done with the New England Patriots and still wants to coach. Multiple reporters have said Washington has no interest in hiring him, but the speculation will continue until he gets another job, or Washington hires their new coach. [BLG Note: Looks like Eagles assistant GM Alec Halaby will not be going to Washington. He’s still in play for the Carolina Panthers GM job, though.]
Bill Belichick, Patriots agree to mutually part ways after 24 seasons - Pats Pulpit
The New England Patriots and Bill Belichick have made it official: after 24 seasons and six Super Bowls together, they have decided to mutually part ways. Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft took the podium on Thursday at noon to make the announcement. “Robert and I, after a series of discussions, have decided to mutually part ways,” Belichick said during the press conference. And so, the most successful collaboration in NFL history has reached its end. The Bill Belichick era is over.
NFL announces designated teams for London, Munich 2024 International Games - NFL.com
Last month, the NFL announced it will play a regular season game in São Paulo, Brazil (Corinthians Arena) in 2024 — the first ever in South America. The designated team for this historic first game in Brazil will be named in the coming months ahead of the announcement of the 2024 NFL schedule. [BLG Note: There is some speculation that the Birds could be playing in Brazil.]
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