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A.J. Brown and Eagles coaches are embroiled in a feud as the team loses its fourth of five games - Inquirer
The Eagles have a problem. It wears No. 11, and it wears headsets, and it’s tearing the team apart. For the second consecutive game, superstar receiver A.J. Brown was visibly upset at the Eagles’ play calls on the field. For the second consecutive game, standing at his locker after the game, Brown declined to address the state of the Eagles. “I’m not about to talk. It ain’t nothing to say,” Brown said, smiling. Eager to clarify the source of his dissatisfaction, Brown told the media, “It ain’t directed toward y’all.” That’s because, according to teammates, it’s directed toward the coaching staff. [...] That said, a veteran captain openly disrespecting his coaches is more than just a bad look. It’s locker room poison. “Any time you have bad body language from a leader like that, other guys see it, and it’s not good,” said one veteran.
Dan Campbell, Odell Beckham Jr. lead NFL Week 17 quotes - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles WR A.J. Brown. In its fourth loss in the past five games, Philadelphia’s defense struggled, allowing 29 points in the second half and 449 total yards, a season-high for Arizona. The Eagles’ offense didn’t provide much help, either — it had just 275 yards. Brown declined to speak after the game, instead offering a blunt response to reporters before exiting the locker room: “There’s nothing to say.”
The Eagles are road favorites against the Giants in Week 18 - BGN
This poorly-coached Eagles team can absolutely lose to the Giants. It’s possible they won’t even be trying their hardest to win. If the Dallas Cowboys, get up big on the Washington Commanders, the Birds might decide to pull starters early with no hopes of winning the NFC East. And even if the Eagles ARE trying their hardest to win, well, that might not mean much considering how toothless they look right now. I’m done giving the Eagles the benefit of the doubt. Honestly, it sucks that we have to be subjected to watching two more games of their garbage. Give me the Giants plus the points.
At the Podium: Nick Sirianni on Eagles Week 17 loss to the Cardinals - BGN Radio
Immediately following the Birds loss to the Cardinals, Nick Sirianni spoke with the Philly media.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 18 edition - PhillyVoice
5) Eagles (11-5): I think that one of the logical fears that arose after the Eagles promoted Matt Patricia was that the defense’s performance would look significantly better under his watch than it did under Sean Desai’s simply because they were playing Drew Lock, Tommy DeVito, and the freaking Arizona Cardinals, while Desai had to face the hardest schedule in the NFL. And perhaps those artificial improvements would spur the team to keep Patricia on full time as the defensive coordinator going forward in 2024. And yet somehow, the defense has been even worse since the Eagles made the switch. So at least there’s that, if you’re into crappy silver linings.
Tough Times - Iggles Blitz
More than a few people are talking about whether Nick Sirianni should be fired. I don’t think things have gotten to the point where you fire him. It may sound good to hold someone accountable, but you have to follow that up with the question of who replaces him. There is no guarantee you’re going to find a better coach. I do think Sirianni will need to have good answers for Howie and Lurie in the offseason. Too many fans and media people get frustrated with Sirianni’s non-answers in his press conferences. That is Coachspeak 101. Go read Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh. Coaches have one message behind closed doors and another one for the public. You don’t air all your dirty laundry. You keep that in house.
The Hot Read, Week 17: The Philadelphia Eagles Are Cooked - The Ringer
This Eagles season, in which they were the last remaining one-loss team, has become a funeral march. As the 5-seed visiting the NFC South winner (either the Buccaneers or the Saints), they might be favored; they might even win. But a team that loses to the Cardinals is capable of losing to anyone, even teams quarterbacked by Baker Mayfield or Derek Carr, and they certainly aren’t capable of winning two games against the Lions, Cowboys, and 49ers in consecutive weeks. The defending NFC champion is juiceless. Their season is dead. We’re all just waiting for the final blow.
NFL Power Rankings, Week 18: Cowboys replace Eagles in top five; Dolphins slip as playoffs loom - NFL.com
9) After beating the Bills in overtime in Week 12, the Eagles stood at 10-1. They had the slight MVP favorite in Jalen Hurts. Their offense and defense had ranked among the top 10 in the NFL at various points in the season. And then? December brought an abject collapse, including one tighter-than-it-should’ve-been win over the Giants and four losses. The Eagles failed to surpass 19 points scored in three of those defeats. They’ve allowed 51 points in 60 second-half minutes at home vs. the Giants and Cardinals over the past two weeks. It was utterly bizarre that every time I tuned in to Sunday’s loss to Arizona, the Cardinals had the ball. Philly has now coughed up control of the NFC East and must face the reality of having to play on the road in the playoffs, barring something wacky happening in Week 18. Are the Eagles cooked? I won’t completely bail, but they’re very much on double-secret probation and might be irreparable. This isn’t exactly Constantinople falling, but it’s shocking, nonetheless.
Spadaro: Nick Sirianni looking for solutions to get out of ‘rut’ - PE.com
These are tough times for the Philadelphia Eagles, Head Coach Nick Sirianni understands, and the focus is on one thing: Defeating the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The work continues at the NovaCare Complex as the team moves forward at 11-5 knowing that the path to an NFC East title requires a Dallas Cowboys loss to Washington on Sunday in addition to an Eagles’ victory. Sirianni and his coaching staff can only control what they can control: Correct mistakes and beat New York for the second time in three weeks. “When you’re in a rut or you’re in a hole like we’re in right now, just not playing and coaching the way we want to do things, yeah, that’s always tough because you put everything you’ve got into this,” Sirianni said on Monday in a virtual press conference with the beat reporters who cover the team. “The family is there for Christmas and you’re sitting there and you’re grinding through everything because you’re trying like crazy to get everything right and that’s players and coaches. You asked me about myself, and so you think about that, and you put everything – you sacrifice everything. You put everything into it.”
In Roob’s Stats: The shocking numbers behind Eagles’ collapse - NBCSP
1. The Eagles’ only sacks the last three weeks have been by interior linemen Jalen Carter and Fletcher Cox and linebacker Shaq Leonard. Their last sack from an edge rusher was in Dallas four games ago. The last time the Eagles went three straight games without a sack from an edge rusher was Weeks 9, 10 and 11 of the 2007 season vs. Dallas, Washington and Miami. After leading the NFL with 70 sacks last year and ranking fourth with 30 through nine games this year, the Eagles’ 11 sacks over the last seven games are 3rd-fewest in the league.
NFL Week 17 playoff picture following Vikings-Packers - SB Nation
Philadelphia had a chance to remain in the hunt for the top seed, but their loss to Arizona now puts their hopes for the NFC East in peril. At the moment the Cowboys have the edge, thanks to the fourth tiebreaker between the teams. Philadelphia and Dallas have matching records, and they tie in head-to-head record, division record and record in common games played. The fourth tiebreaker — conference record — has Dallas (8-3) ahead of Philadelphia (7-4).
Cowboys can’t drop the ball with NFC East, #2 seed just a win away - Blogging The Boys
There’s a big difference between “improbable” and “impossible,” and that difference has brought us to the Dallas Cowboys being the frontrunner for winning the NFC East and being the number-two seed in the NFC at the close of the regular season. The only barrier now is a road trip to face the lowly Washington Commanders in a game the Cowboys must now use to achieve their goals and build confidence going into the postseason. The Philadelphia Eagles’ shocking loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday has facilitated Dallas’ newfound grip on its own destiny. Playing at home, Philly squandered a 21-6 halftime lead and surrendered control of the division. Now all the Cowboys have to do is beat Washington this Sunday and it will render the Eagles-Giants game moot.
Philadelphia Eagles considering resting starters in season finale vs. Giants - Big Blue View
The Giants have lost five straight games to the Eagles and are 3-17 in their last 20 games against Philadelphia. It would certainly be fun to defeat the Eagles on Sunday and ensure that the streak of no NFC East team winning back-to-back division titles reaches 19 seasons. The players and coaches will, obviously, try to win the game. Still, fans are certain to have mixed emotions. The Giants currently have the No. 5 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. A win on Sunday and they could fall as low as No. 8 in the draft. A loss and victories by the four-win Cardinals, Commanders and New England Patriots could push the Giants all the way up to the No. 2 pick.
Ron Rivera’s top 10 worst decisions in DC - Hogs Haven
2. Vastly overpaying for Carson Wentz. In early 2021, the Colts traded a 3rd round and 1st round pick to the Eagles for Carson Wentz. Yet, by the end of the 2021 season, where Wentz had gone 9-8 in Indy, Colts’ owner Jim Irsay appeared to despise Wentz with the burning passion of a thousand suns. To the outside world, it wasn’t exactly clear why, but what was obvious was that Irsay would have been happy to part with Wentz at any price, if he didn’t cut him first. In early 2022, GM Ron Rivera “looked at the analytics,” called Chris Ballard (the Colts’ GM) up, offered him two third round picks, a second round pick swap, and to pick up the full freight of Wentz’s salary (~$28M) in what has to be one of the worst trades in franchise history. Ballard almost certainly couldn’t have believed his good fortune. Rivera had negotiated against himself.
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