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  1. Eagles reportedly 'taking calls' on offensive line, linebacker depth AUGUST 30, 2021 The latest NFL trade rumors have Howie Roseman selling rather than buying... BY JIMMY KEMPSKI PhillyVoice Staff KATE FRESE/PHILLYVOICE Eagles LT Andre Dillard When trying to project the Philadelphia Eagles' final 53-man roster over the weekend, we landed on excessive numbers along the offensive line and at linebacker. We had the Eagles keeping 10 offensive linemen (11 if you count Landon Dickerson on the PUP list), and seven linebackers. That forced us to go thin at other spots, notably at cornerback and along the defensive line. And so, it comes as no surprise that the Eagles were seemingly willing to tell SI's Albert Breer that they're listening to offers on their offensive line and linebacker depth, as Breer included the following nugget in his MMQB piece Monday morning: That makes sense. A look at some players the Eagles could be willing to deal. Offensive line • Andre Dillard: The Eagles don't have much use for Dillard, since (a) they have a much better starting LT in Jordan Mailata, (b) Dillard can't play any positions other than LT, and (c) the Eagles have other players who are capable backups at LT. After an awful start to his career and a bad 2021 training camp, a new start for Dillard in a different city would be best for all parties involved. Perhaps someone will like his athleticism and think they can mold him into the lineman the Eagles thought they were getting when they took him in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. • Sua Opeta: Other teams have attempted to poach Opeta off of the Eagles practice squad in the past, and when I took a look at all of his snaps in 2020, I came away pleasantly surprised by what I saw out of him. • Le'Raven Clark: The Eagles signed Clark in May, after he had torn his Achilles in December. Clark returned to action perhaps sooner than expected, and put some concerns to bed about lingering issues from his injury during the final preseason game. • Matt Pryor: I'm not sure why anyone would give anything up for Pryor, but if some team likes him for some reason, the Eagles would no doubt be happy to deal. Linebacker • T.J. Edwards: Edwards is an instinctive linebacker who specializes in stopping the run, a role he filled well as the third linebacker in Jim Schwartz's scheme. In Jonathan Gannon's scheme, he's a little more of a difficult fit, as the two starting off-ball linebackers are tasked with being three-down linebackers, and the SAM linebacker is expected to have pass rushing traits. Edwards is a good role player, but he probably doesn't fit into this defensive scheme as positively as he would in others. • Shaun Bradley: Bradley played the second-most special teams on the roster last season, and like Edwards, his best trait is his run-stopping ability. He's a bit of a projection as a three-down linebacker, and does not possess the aforementioned pass rushing traits. https://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-reportedly-taking-trade-calls-offensive-line-linebacker-depth-andre-dillard-rumors/
  2. John McMullen: A competition Nick Sirianni can’t win BY JOHN MCMULLEN PhillyVoice ContributorEagles from KATE FRESE/FOR PHILLYVOICE PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 2: Head Coach Nick Sirianni of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen at the Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp on August 2, 2021 at NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to credit photographer. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 Kate Frese (Photo by Kate Frese/PhillyVoice) Forget the next friendly game of roshambo at the NovaCare Complex, the biggest competition at Eagles camp might be the innovative teacher swimming upstream against the expectation of helping the overwhelmed student. Saturday's practice session in South Philadelphia was one for the books. In this particular causality dilemma, you had to decipher if the chicken (Jonathan Gannon's defense) was the reincarnation of the 1985 Chicago Bears or the egg (a Jalen Hurts led offense without Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, and DeVonta Smith) was responsible for one of the worst offensive practices in my 25 years of doing this. Let's dive in by starting with the guy responsible for it all, head coach Nick Sirianni. You've probably heard a lot about Sirianni's affinity for using video while teaching over the past week. On the surface that's a cute training-camp story for the dog days of August and not a bad idea when dealing with a younger generation indoctrinated into society with a natural affinity for streaming content in short bursts from smartphones that may or may not be evolving into an extra appendage. The Eagles' rookie mentor has used videos of everyone from NBA legend Kobe Bryant to hot-dog-eating superstar Takeru Kobayashi, the latter clip expressing a very interesting take on fundamentals. "Our fifth core value is fundamentals, and Kobayashi, there's this video of Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut competing and they go, ‘Why is Kobayashi so good at eating hot dogs?’" opined Sirianni. "The details and fundamentals he puts into it -- he has to have the right temperature of water to dunk the thing. He has to break the hot dog perfectly in half. "So my point on that is, yeah, we are all seeing it and watching it, and it’s like, ‘What's the point of that?’ My point is, if you want to be the best in the world at what you do, right, on the football field, it comes down to the little things and that right there was a fundamental talk." From an existential standpoint that's a unique way to reach a group of young men who will start to zone out after hearing the same voices every day, something Sirianni is very cognizant of due to his teaching background. "At some point, my voice, they are going to hear me and I'm going to talk a lot but at some point, it can't just be my voice saying it," the coach explained. "So I have these things, these messages that I want to get across. So how do I get those messages across? I think it's the art of storytelling. I guess I'm a good storyteller. So you can have this storytelling, but then visual is so big in our profession." All of this would make an interesting doctoral thesis but what are the lessons being taught? And is there a better way to teach them to NFL players? After watching Hurts' Saturday practice, maybe stressing the fundamentals of a Carson Palmer via video is a better idea than the more layered approach of explaining their importance across any competition, even something as goofy and endearing as hot-dog eating. And maybe waxing nostalgic about Bryant's legendary worth ethic where Kobe might head back to the gym after a late-night meal with Allen Iverson just as A.I. was hustling to hit the club isn't translated to an environment where 75- to 90-minute practices are the norm due to a decree from above. To be fair, though, Sirianni is a creative guy using a wide array of techniques. He's surely showing Hurts cut-ups of brilliant footwork and pristine arm angles. The coach has also made the best of his limited practice time on the field with briskly-paced sessions that maximize what's available to him. Then there are the pop quizzes in team meetings or even the halls of the NCC to keep everyone engaged. "He’s holding everybody (accountable)," running back Miles Sanders said when discussing his coach. "He puts all the film up on the screen in front of everybody. Everybody’s nervous in there. He does pop quizzes every team meeting. That keeps us in our playbooks, testing our knowledge on the playbook and how we’re learning it. I like it. It’s keeping us all on our toes, and really keeping us locked in." Sanders, of course, is also not all that upset over the length of practices: "I love it. They’re not three hours long,” he said. "I love how they’re making it very fun. Just gotta have fun with this stuff because training camp is not fun at all.” Finally, you have the constant competition like what Avonte Maddox described as a third-down jamboree Saturday which enabled the offense to save a little face on a run-of-the-mill Nick Mullens to Jason Huntley 3rd-and-5 conversion to punctuate the session. "It’s very important to compete and it’s very important to win, to do our best and compete in whatever drill that may be," said linebacker Eric Wilson, who looked like Derrick Brooks while baiting Hurts into an ugly interception during the Saturday session. "We did competition in special teams – linebackers vs. linebackers, skills (returners and gunners) vs. skills. That’s important, to compete every day, get better with yourself and make the person across you better." By Sunday, in front of nearly, 26,000 at Lincoln Financial Field, the bleeding was slowed as Hurts was back to making some plays, most notably a beautiful 50/50 ball in which Quez Watkins went up over Anthony Harris to high point the football and the QB’s best throw of the might, an outside-shoulder fade to Travis Fulgham for about 30 yards. The cut wasn’t closed though. Along with the ups of the occasional big play from Hurts were the downs of shoddy decision-making whether that stems from holding onto the football too long, throwing into double coverage, or flushing too quickly instead of climbing the pocket. When you understand the Jeffrey Lurie Eagles have always been obsessed with innovation and the race to stay ahead of the imaginary NFL curve it comes into focus why they landed on Sirianni, who seems tailor-made for that philosophy as a young coach who embraces out-of-the-box techniques to get the job done. The caution sign to that isn't exactly flashing yet but after the next PBU parade by a defense that isn't supposed to be world-beaters, you should at least be reminded that by definition, innovation is always new but not everything new is innovative. The value of an idea lies in its use. More so, the bells and whistles always take a back seat to the talent, something Sirianni himself admitted last week when asked by PhillyVoice about another Lurie passion — analytics. "You've got to think it's always, always, always, always about the players first," the coach admitted. "That's regardless of – you know, when we talk about game planning – that's regardless of whether you see a great play on tape or the analytics tell you something. It's still – I guess the old saying goes, ‘It's about the Jimmys and Joes not the Xs and Os.'” That’s four different uses of "always” by Sirianni and the redundancy should not go unnoticed. Right now, Sirianni might rather have a Jimmy or Joe at the controls of his offense because the Jalen running it just doesn't look good enough. https://www.phillyvoice.com/john-mcmullen-nick-sirianni-eagles-head-coach-training-camp-observations-fundamentals/
  3. What they're saying: The Eagles' future is bleak, and their skill players are among the NFL's worst Please, don't shoot the messenger... BY MATT MULLIN PhillyVoice Staff We're now officially one week away from the Eagles' first practice of the first training camp under first-year head coach Nick Sirianni. And for the first time in at least a few years, there's only tepid excitement among the fanbase, as most are cautious not to get too excited, knowing that what lies ahead is likely a learning year, one in which the Eagles will need to find out not just if the coach is the right man for the job — he'll probably have more than a season to prove himself anyway — but more importantly whether or not quarterback Jalen Hurts is the guy to lead this team on the field for the foreseeable future. With the potential to have three first-round picks next spring, not to mention a chance to trade for Deshaun Watson, Hurts likely won't have as long of a leash as Sirianni. And the deck is already somewhat stacked against him. While strong offensive line play is a key for young quarterbacks — and the Eagles offensive line should at least be decent this season, health permitting — it also helps to have a strong arsenal of offensive weapons, something the Eagles are most certainly lacking at this point. Just ask, well, pretty much anyone who writes about or watches football, and they'll tell you that the Eagles, despite spending two first-round picks on wide receivers and a second-round pick on a running back over the last three drafts, don't have a lot to offer in that department. They have some potential, sure, but not much in terms of veteran stalwarts you can trust week in and week out to deliver. And the one guy you used to be able to bank on for that, Zach Ertz, was a shell of himself in 2020 and likely won't be on this team when they open the season anyway. The Eagles are a team clearly trending in the wrong direction. But maybe this is rock bottom. Maybe it's all up from here. Maybe. Maybe not. It's unfortunate that a week before camp opens that we're bringing you so much doom and gloom in today's What They're Saying, but remember not to shoot the messenger. Let's dive in... The future isn't very bright Staff | ESPN+ Over at ESPN, they released their annual Future Power Rankings, where they look at the teams best positioned to succeed over the next three years. The Eagles, unsurprisingly, did not fair too well. The worst part about this? They were ranked 6th just a year ago. I didn't do all the math, but it's hard to imagine another team falling anywhere near that many spots in such a short amount of time, especially since these rankings are supposed to be more big picture and less reactionary. That's, uh, not great... Not-so-skilled positions Bill Barnwell | ESPN+ Sticking with ESPN for a moment — and getting back into something we discussed in the intro — the Eagles' skill players leave a lot to be desired. And Bill Barnwell is one of those writers we mentioned who can clearly see that's the case. When ranking all 32 NFL teams based on their skill position players, the Eagles were way down the list at 29th, 19 spots lower than where they were just a year earlier and 25 spots below their position from 2019. How the mighty have fallen... Nowhere to go but up? Steve Palazzolo | Pro Football Focus Where PFF got it absolutely right is with the Eagles pass catchers, which they ranked 30th overall. Given how bad they were each of the last two years — dead last, according to PFF — it makes sense that the addition of DeVonta Smith wasn't going to be enough to rapidly move them up the boards. If Smith lives up to the hype, and if Reagor takes a step forward, and if Travis Fulgham can be more consistent — and, yes, that's a lot of big ifs — then next year they could move up quite a bit in this ranking. See how the grow Zach Berman | The Athletic Speaking of those three wideouts I just mentioned in the above blurb, Zach Berman of The Athletic offered up 25 thoughts heading into Eagles training camp, and there was one for each of those three receivers, and he seems to agree that this could be their trio of the future if each takes the necessary steps forward in 2021. https://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-rumors-news-training-camp-power-rankings-jalen-hurts-devonta-smith-jalen-reagor-058882/
  4. 10 reasons the Eagles will be a dumpster fire this season fire this season BY JIMMY KEMPSKI PhillyVoice Staff EAGLES NFL KIRBY LEE/USA TODAY SPORTS Jeffrey Lurie reminds someone that the Eagles won a Super Bowl four years ago. This week, all week long, we've been taking a 100 percent vitriolic look at each of the teams in the NFC East, in detail, while ignoring the positives. The first target on Monday was the Cowboys. On Tuesday, we roasted the Giants. On Wednesday, we poked fun at the Washington team. On Thursday, we took some quick shots at the rest of the NFL. Today we'll finish off the series with the Philadelphia Eagles. 1) They wrecked their Super Bowl roster in record time After the Eagles' Super Bowl season in 2017, the team appeared to be as well-positioned as any in the NFL to compete for a another championship every year for the foreseeable future. All they really had to do was hit on a reasonable number of draft picks, make judicious decisions on which core players to retain long-term, and not completely blow it in free agency. Over the last three offseasons, however, they failed on all three accounts. The worst of it was the draft. Since Howie Roseman reassumed the GM title (or initially Executive Vice President or whatever) in 2016, not including the 2021 draft, the Eagles have made 36 selections. Only 1, Carson Wentz in 2017, has made a Pro Bowl. He's no longer on the team, as we're all well aware. But beyond the lack of talent generated from those drafts, there were some spectacular misses along the way: The whiffs on Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas in 2017 necessitated the team to burn two more draft picks and a big chunk of cap space to acquire Darius Slay during the 2020 offseason. The Jones selection in particular was immediately met with skepticism, given that he had torn his Achilles and was highly unlikely to be a factor at all his rookie season. They selected J.J. Arcega-Whiteside instead of several other far better options, most notably DK Metcalf, who is already a star player. They selected Jalen Reagor instead of Justin Jefferson, again, who is already a star player. To note, it's not as if there's "benefit of hindsight" at play here. The overwhelming consensus among fans, draft experts, and NFL teams was that Metcalf and Jefferson were better prospects than Arcega-Whiteside and Reagor, respectively. They traded up for Andre Dillard, an athletic talent who unexpectedly fell in the draft because of mentality concerns that other teams appropriately diagnosed, but the Eagles did not. And, of course, they used a second-round pick on a quarterback, which didn't make any sense on a whole lot of levels, and probably contributed to the downfall of Wentz's play this past season, which was an outcome that many predicted. There's no way to sugarcoat the above. The Eagles have been one of the worst drafting teams in the NFL over the last five years. On the contract restructure/renegotiation front, the Eagles have had miss after miss after miss, from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery to Brandon Brooks to Lane Johnson to Nelson Agholor (exercising his fifth-year option) to Jake Elliott to Nigel Bradham, and the list goes on. Because of the need to rid their books of such a gross accumulation of bad contracts, the Eagles have over $49 million in dead money on their cap in 2021. Yes, that leads the NFL. That'll rise to over $53 million whenever they cut or trade Zach Ertz. Put more simply, once Ertz is gone, 29.2 percent of the Eagles' available 2021 cap spend will count toward players no longer on the roster. In pie chart form: And then there's free agency. In 2017, the team signed a bunch of older guys, who helped them win the Super Bowl. That strategy was a one-hit wonder. In 2018, 2019, 2020 and even 2021, the Eagles have continued to sign a bunch of old dudes in free agency. Notable 2018 acquisitions: WR Golden Tate (acquired for 8 games for a third-round pick) WR Mike Wallace LB Corey Nelson LB Paul Worrilow DE Michael Bennett DT Haloti Ngata CB Daryl Worley Notable 2019 acquisitions: RB Jordan Howard (trade) WR DeSean Jackson (trade) TE Richard Rodgers DE Genard Avery (acquired for a fourth-round pick in 2019, and a healthy Avery played 11% of the team's defensive snaps in 2020) DE Vinny Curry DT Malik Jackson LB L.J. Fort S Andrew Sendejo Notable 2020 acquisitions: WR Marquise Goodwin (trade) LB Jatavis Brown DT Javon Hargrave CB Darius Slay (the team traded third- and fifth-round picks for Slay, and then re-did his deal) CB Nickell Robey-Coleman Notable 2021 acquisitions: Joe Flacco Eric Wilson Anthony Harris Ryan Kerrigan Just before the start of the 2019 season, we analyzed the Eagles' rapidly aging roster, and warned that the team was running the risk of needing to undergo a major rebuild in a few years if they didn't change their strategic pattern of signing and trading for older players for short-term gains, while continually making a low number of draft picks. If a dope like me could see it, how could the team miss it? As it turned out, again, very predictably, the roster got old, expensive, bad, and boring, leading to one of the worst seasons in franchise history in 2020. Anyway, I guess I just went a really long way here to say that the people responsible for the downfall of the team over the last three years are still in charge. 2) There's a new head coach Somebody had to take the fall for the 2020 season, and that somebody was Doug Pederson. After interviewing like a hundred head coaching candidates to replace Pederson, the Eagles eventually landed on former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. A year ago, during the 2020 offseason, the Eagles were returning their head coach (Pederson), their defensive coordinator (Jim Schwartz), and their quarterback (Wentz) for their fifth seasons with the team, while every other team in the NFC East had hired a new coaching staff. Having that continuity while the rest of the division had to figure out a way to install their scheme and instill their principles was no doubt a daunting task for new staffs in a COVID-shortened offseason, and it figured to be a major advantage for the Eagles. But, of course, the Eagles blew it. In 2021, the Eagles are the lone team with a new staff, and while this offseason isn't quite as unstable as 2020, there are still significant challenges, and a decent amount of lost time. They'll be at a disadvantage, relative to the rest of the divison. But also, the Eagles hired an insanely young staff. Their ages: • Nick Sirianni, head coach (40) • Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator (38) • Shane Steichen, offensive coordinator (36) • Jemal Singleton, running backs, asst. head caoch (45) • Michael Clay, special teams (29) • Kevin Patullo, passing game coordinator (39) • Brian Johnson, quarterbacks (34) • Aaron Moorehead, wide receivers (40) • Jason Michael, tight ends (42) • Jeff Stoutland, offensive line (59) • Tracy Rocker, defensive line (55) • Nick Rallis, linebackers (27) • Dennard Wilson, defensive backs (39) I can't imagine there's a younger staff in the NFL. While those guys may eventually become good coaches, most of them are in their current positions for the first time. Hell, during his post-hiring press conference, Lurie said that Sirianni's hiring was "a lot of projection." "Nick was sort of the culmination of a lot of thought that went into it, a lot of projection," he said. "Of course, that's what it is. It's an evaluation of what is now and what coach he can become and what organization we can become with his leadership." In other words, in a similar way that teams draft projects, the Eagles hired a project to be their head coach. He's a competitor though! See if you can beat him in rock-paper-scissors: 3) The quarterback sitch 😬 Ah, the quarterback factory is always busy. With Wentz gone, the new sheriff in town is Jalen Hurts, who in four-plus games in 2020 was 77-of-148 (52 percent 😬) for 1,061 yards (7.1 YA), 6 TDs, 4 INTs, and a QB rating of 77.6. He was also sacked 13 times. The most alarming stat, as the above emoji is warning you, was his completion percentage. While completion percentage isn't always a definitive measure of a quarterback's accuracy, especially in a bad scheme with sub-par receivers, that completion percentage was still earned, because Hurts missed plenty of makeable throws. Hurts is smart, he has intangibles, and he can run, but if his accuracy doesn't improve dramatically, it's going to be another loooong season. We should also note that the Eagles aren't exactly going out of their way to promote Hurts, as he rarely appears in any of the team's marketing materials. For example, their schedule release featured six players, none of whom were Hurts. That doesn't feel like an oversight. I mean Darius Slay gets in there, but not the starting quarterback? Hurts should at least be fun to watch. If he goes down and Joe Flacco has to start, it's going to be an unwatchable product. 4) The wide receiving corps still aren't good Here were the Eagles' leading receivers at the wide receiver position during the Doug Pederson era: Year Player Stats 2016 Jordan Matthews 73-804-4 2017 Alshon Jeffery 57-789-9 2018 Alshon Jeffery 65-843-6 2019 Alshon Jeffery 43-490-4 2020 Travis Fulgham 38-539-4 Most teams would be upset if these were their No. 2 receiver's numbers. I mean, look at 2020 and 2019. 539 yards?!? 490?!? Lol, what a mess. Fulgham had a great five-game stretch, and then disappeared in the back half of the season, while Reagor's rookie season was more memorable for his social media interactions than his play on the field. Of course, the Eagles selected DeVonta Smith with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft, which means that a 166-pound rookie is by far the most talented receiver on the roster. 5) Their offensive linemen are old and/or injury prone The Eagles' offensive line was the biggest reason the team won the Super Bowl in 2017. Since then they have aged, and missed a lot of time due to injury. A look at each spot: • LT Jordan Mailata (24) or Andre Dillard (26 in October): There will be a training camp competition for this job. Mailata landed on IR in 2018 and 2019 with back injuries. Dillard had an awful rookie season, and missed his entire second season with a torn biceps. • LG Isaac Seumalo (28 in October): Average starting LG. Missed 7 games in 2020. • C Jason Kelce (34 in November): Unlikely to be with the Eagles in 2022, either due to retirement, or moving on to another team. • RG Brandon Brooks (32 in August): Brooks acknowledged that he was on the trade block earlier this offseason. He suffered three major injuries in an 18-month span: January 13, 2019: In the Eagles' divisional round loss to the Saints, Brooks tore his right Achilles. December 29, 2019: Brooks suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the Eagles' NFC East-clinching Week 17 win over the Giants that required surgery. June, 2020: Brooks tore his left Achilles. • RT Lane Johnson (31): Johnson suffered an ankle injury in 2018 in London, and hasn't been right since. He missed four games in 2019 and nine in 2020. Even the top two backups not noted above have had injury issues. The top OT backup is probably Jack Driscoll, who landed on IR with an MCL injury. And then there's Landon Dickerson, the Eagles' 2021 second-round pick, who had the following injury history in college: November 2016: Torn ACL, right knee. October 2017: Right ankle surgery ended his season. 2018: Nagging/recurring left ankle injury caused him to miss most of the season. December 2020: Torn ACL, left knee. 6) As always, the cornerbacks are bad No. 1 receivers absolutely wrecked the Eagles' defense in 2019, and as a response the team acquired Slay in a trade during the 2020 offseason to try to stop the bleeding. Slay traveled with the opposing offense's best receiver all season long, and was able to slow some guys down, but he also got torched in a pair of games against DK Metcalf (10-177-0) and Davante Adams (10-121-2). I respect the swagger, but... respectfully disagree. Slay is now 30 (he'll turn 31 by the end of the season), and he only had one INT last season, a garbage time pick in a blowout loss to Dallas Week 16. Who's the CB2, you might ask? I have no idea. Here's the depth chart. Your guess is as good as mine. 7) And the linebackers The top three linebackers are Eric Wilson, Alex Singleton, and T.J. Edwards, all three of whom are actually a HUGE upgrade over Nate Gerry, but that really says more about Gerry's awfulness. Still, how many teams in the NFL are trading their linebackers for the Eagles' linebackers? Without looking, I'll ballpark it at... zero? 😎 Their best (and most expensive) defensive player is in decline We are referring here of course to Fletcher Cox, who made his sixth straight Pro Bowl in 2020, but that was mostly as a result of reputation as well as the lack of DT competition in the NFC. While still a very good player, Cox is not the elite star he once was. In 2018, for example, Cox had 10.5 sacks an 34 QB hits. In 2019 and 2020 combined, he had 10 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. Cox carries huge cap hits each of the next two seasons. He'll count for $23,879,939 in 2021, and $23,779,939 in 2022, the last year of his deal. Additionally, as a result of some previous can-kicking down the road, the Eagles are on the hook for almost $6.5 million on the cap after his contract ends. 9) The season could go very badly out of the gate A month ago, the Westgate sportsbook released point spreads for all 272 games on the NFL schedule. I'll save you the trouble and zoom in on the Eagles' spreads: The first six games of the season look tough, on paper, at least for a schedule that is considered the easiest in the NFL based on 2020 records. Their three home games are against the three teams that have played in the Super Bowl the last two seasons, and two of their road games are against good veteran quarterbacks. Philly is not a pleasant city to play in if you're 1-5, and if the team gets out to a bad start like that, the season could spiral out of control. 10) The Eagles themselves know they're going to be bad When asked where he and Doug Pederson differed in their vision the franchise's direction going forward, Lurie seemed to almost warn that the team's focus was not on the short-term. "I'd really rather not publicly talk about the details, but I think it's fair to say that I saw this as a retooling of the team in a way in which I thought we needed to make a lot of mid-term, long-term decisions, and that also had to do with coaches, how would we best set ourselves up for success two, three years down the road," Lurie said. "I'd rather not publicly talk about any specific coaches or anything like that except to say that we probably saw things a little differently. "What I was trying to get across, it's much more about where we are as a franchise heading into a retooling and a real transition period versus trying to support a coach, trying to attract potentially other coaches, a defensive coordinator, or retain people on the staff in that role, knowing that you might not have the success that you want in that transition right away and therefore, you don't want to put Doug in that position. And therefore, I thought it was best for him and best for us that we part ways. It's just sort of the root of where we're at at the moment." To sum that up, you don't need me to tell you the Eagles are going to be bad this year. The owner already did. https://www.phillyvoice.com/10-reasons-eagles-will-be-dumpster-fire-season-2021-058882/
  5. John McMullen: Believe all the Eagles hype you want — but we've been here before
  6. What they're saying: Eagles can still trade for Yannick Ngakoue, but it's now or never
  7. Three running backs who could make sense for the Eagles in a trade Hunt can run, catch, block, and he almost never fumbles. If the Eagles are willing to roll the dice on a character concern guy, Hunt could interest the Eagles, though his $3,259,000 salary in 2020 might be a little pricey. https://www.phillyvoice.com/three-running-backs-who-could-make-sense-eagles-trade/ Hunt would be an intriguing one I think.
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