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  1. At the very least he'll have to restructure. So will guys like Slay and others who want to stay. Unfortunately they will also have to lose some young talent too. For example, they save $10 million off the top by letting Derek Barnett go.
  2. PFT reporting that per league sources the 2021 cap may be in the range of $180 million, about $18 million less per team than in 2020. We know it can't go below $175 million (per the deal cut between the NFL and NFLPA last summer) so considering the catastrophic drop in revenue, $180 million makes sense. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/01/19/salary-cap-could-be-in-the-range-of-180-million/ Heading into the offseason the Eagles are about $52 million over the current cap of $198 million. If the reports are correct, they will need to find about $70 million in cap space in 2021, plus or minus based on the final number. That's a lot of Cheez Whiz boys.
  3. That’s a very fair point and hindsight is 20/20. Still, when you roll it into all the other roster decisions it looks like another bad move. Best case scenario is Wentz returns to form under a new system and Hurts gets time to develop.
  4. I agree with this completely but thanks to Howie, Wentz is essentially guaranteed to be on the roster. If they cut or trade him they will have anywhere from $26 - $60 million in dead money which is crushing in a year when the cap will be down $20 million or so. They have painted themselves into a corner.
  5. A much more in-depth piece today in the Inquirer (McLane). https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/carson-wentz-eagles-regression-doug-pederson-press-taylor-howie-roseman-20210116.html Another one you should click on but the essence is Wentz was treated, and subsequently acted, like the golden child. He has also been resistant to coaching since Reich and DiFillipo left, despite his ongoing issues with mechanics, creating friction with Doug but seemingly intimidating Press (and remember, Doug wanted Press to be OC). He disagreed with Groh last year on game planning. Wentz wanted to play to his strengths while Groh wanted to game plan against specific teams and defenses. Doug wanted to keep Groh but the front office insisted he be fired. Doug is also described at having issues communicating internally (the Sudfeld thing vs. Washington being the most recent example - nobody knew what or why he was doing that). Wentz is described as dedicated and tireless but he also tends to blame others for his mistakes and nobody holds him accountable, including Jeff and Howie. For all the trade/cut talk, the reality is the Eagles simply have to make it work for another year at least because of his contract so both Wentz and Hurts will be back next year. It’s a complex story and I only scratched the surface so please click, read and share your thoughts. Bottom line is the Eagles organization and all it’s key players - Lurie, Howie, Doug and Wentz - come off as dysfunctional and organizationally deficient.
  6. Good read on Yahoo Sports that takes a deeper dive. https://sports.yahoo.com/doug-pederson-was-toast-of-philly-eagles-3-seasons-ago-now-hes-fired-how-did-it-end-so-quickly-183447392.html It's worth clicking the link but fundamentally it says Lurie was micromanaging Doug - overruling Doug's decisions on staff and quarterback play. Doug had been a good soldier since the beginning and had worked "collaboratively" with Lurie and Howie but enough was enough. Furthermore, the relationship between Wentz and Doug had deteriorated to the point where they were no longer having productive conversations. Doug was ready to move on without him but Lurie said no.
  7. Troy Aikman said on Michael Irvin's podcast that he spoke with Pederson after the firing. Pederson wanted to move forward with Hurts as starting QB but Lurie disagreed. https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/troy-aikman-doug-pederson-carson-wentz-jeffrey-lurie-michael-irvin-podcast-20210113.html "Jeffrey Lurie has paid a lot of money to Carson Wentz, and they’re on the hook with him, and can’t get out of that contract right away,” Aikman told Irvin, his longtime friend and former Cowboys teammate. "It’s my belief that Doug Pederson felt that Jalen Hurts probably [should be] the quarterback going forward. But how does that mesh [with Wentz’s contract situation]? I believe it all came down to how they’re going to handle Carson Wentz.”
  8. Doug is gone because Wentz has all the leverage. That contract is, for all practical purposes, untradeable and uncuttable so they're stuck with him. He and Doug had a toxic relationship so Doug had to go.
  9. Marcus Hayes with a strong take on how Lurie had to choose between Wentz and Pederson and chose Wentz. He's your QB1 going forward, Eagles Nation. https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-doug-pederson-jeffrey-lurie-carson-wentz-20210113.html
  10. Q: How many Pro Bowl players has Howie drafted in the last 7 seasons? A: One. Carson Wentz in 2016. But it must be a coaching issue...
  11. Andy Reid's right hand man in KC, Eric Bieniemy, gets the gig. Book it.
  12. This is Doug's biggest issue. The Wentz situation is an absolute disaster. The Eagles hired Doug then traded up to draft Wentz a few months later with the expectation that they would develop into a Brady/Belichick or Wilson/Carroll or Mahomes/Reid kind of combination. Not only has that not happened, it's gone the other way. Not sure how Doug talks his way out of that. Certainly not by moving a few coaches around.
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