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Eagles News: Jeffrey Lurie can’t overlook Howie Roseman’s huge role in Philadelphia’s struggles – Bleeding Green Nation

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Jeffrey Lurie’s 7 options for Eagles: Kapadia on Pederson, Roseman, what’s next – The Athletic
As for Howie Roseman, I realize I’m repeating myself, but the roster is old, expensive and bad, and their cap situation is among the messiest in the league. The 2021 offseason has to be about having a smart vision for the next three to five years. That starts with the draft. It’s not just that the Eagles have failed in identifying talent under Roseman. Every team has misses. But their process has also been unsound. They’ve failed to draft for volume and have spent picks on players with limited upside (Dallas Goedert, Jalen Hurts), given the construction of the roster. They spent two years failing to upgrade at wide receiver via trades and free agency. And they’ve sunk money into unnecessary areas (like Hargrave at defensive tackle), knowing that they face cap challenges in the offseason. Bottom line: Roseman’s decisions over the past three years have played a huge role in where the Eagles are today. And Lurie can’t overlook that.

Eagles vs. Seahawks Week 12: 14 winners, losers, and I dunnos – BGN
I know we’ve sung this song a couple of times this season, but it is objectively hilarious to look at what Howie Roseman’s rookie class has done this season. Reagor has been one of the worst wide receivers drafted in the first two rounds of a stellar WR class. Jalen Hurts had the most buzz he’s ever had in a week of preamble and played two snaps. Davion Taylor took a season-high number of snaps against the Browns, was bad, and was benched tonight. Louis Riddick laid in to Roseman on the broadcast, and rightfully so. There was certainly some self-interest there — Riddick was with the Eagles’ scouting department for six years (2008-2013), including four as their director of pro personnel (2010-2013), and has pretty openly hated Roseman since his firing. Riddick would love to take another spot in a new Philadelphia front office, and just seeing Roseman fired would be a good consolation prize. But at the end of the day, when the roster lacks talent, it doesn’t matter exactly why the broadcaster is ripping on the general manager. The general manager failed.

The Kist & Solak Show #211: Eagles Struggles Continue in Seahawks Loss – BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak react to the Eagles dropping to 3-7-1 after a loss to the Seahawks! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Seahawks game – PhillyVoice
Another week, another bad Wentz performance. Twice Wentz missed a wide open Dallas Goedert deep down the field on what could have been touchdowns with better throws. Additionally, on a key fourth down late in the game, Wentz threw a pass directly to the Seahawks’ Quandre Diggs. I look forward to hearing Dan Orlovsky explain why that was someone else’s fault. […] On Monday morning, we laid out why the Eagles should blow it up at the conclusion of this season. It’s really the only logical thing to do. This team deserves a complete teardown, and the scary part is that we probably haven’t seen rock bottom yet.

Eagles Lose Thrilling Shootout – Iggles Blitz
The Monday Night Football crew discussed the problems with the Eagles all night long. They blamed Wentz, the OL and his receivers. And all of those groups deserved the blame they got. If anything, Wentz got off a bit easy. The group also ripped Howie Roseman and the Eagles lack of talent. They pointed out the draft misses and the lack of playmakers. They didn’t say anything unfair, just pointed out what Eagles fans have seen over the past couple of years. There just aren’t enough good players. There certainly aren’t enough difference-makers. Doug Pederson got some criticism, but not nearly as much as Roseman and the players. There were multiple shots of Jeffrey Lurie watching the game. He didn’t look particularly happy, nor should he. The Eagles cut the lead to 14-9 at one point, but they never really felt like they were a legit threat to the Seahawks. Lurie’s patience has to be wearing thin.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles’ offense hit new lows in loss to Seahawks – ESPN
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz finished 25-of-45 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He averaged 1.8 yards per attempt in the first half, the fewest by any QB in a first half in the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information data. […] Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie recently reiterated to Pederson that it’s the coach’s decision to make personnel changes if he thinks that’s in the best interest of the team, a source said. That could be viewed as a green light of sorts if Pederson wants to make an adjustment at the team’s most important position. After Monday’s loss, the calls from the outside will only grow louder.

NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Seattle Seahawks 23, Philadelphia Eagles 17 – PFF
On the flip side, the Eagles continued their poor offensive play with Wentz under center. His interception seemed to be a miscommunication with the receiver rather than a bad read or throw, but he continually missed throws that he shouldn’t. Wentz was sacked six times, but not all of them were on the offensive line. He held the ball too long on multiple pressures/sacks on the night. […] For the Eagles, only first-round receiver Jalen Reagor garnered significant playing time. He caught three receptions for a measly 11 yards, but the poor performance was not all his fault. Of his seven targets, only three were charted as catchable.

Carson Wentz taking sacks like no one since David Carr – PFT
A big part of the problem has been injuries on the Eagles’ offensive line, but a bigger problem has been Wentz himself, who has regressed markedly in his ability to feel the pressure and get rid of the ball quickly. Wentz just isn’t the quarterback he appeared to be early in his career, isn’t the quarterback the Eagles expected him to be when they signed him to one of the biggest quarterbacks in NFL history. Wentz looks like a rookie playing on an expansion team.

Roob’s observations after the hurting continues as Wentz, Eagles are sacked again – NBCSP
5. This Alshon Jeffery thing is just an embarrassment to this organization. He’s giving the Eagles nothing. He’s obviously either not totally healthy yet or just so out of shape and rusty he can’t function. For him to be getting snaps ahead of Travis Fulgham is preposterous. You can’t cut him because of his ridiculous contract? Fine. Send him home. Thanks for 2017. It’s over. Bye.

What we learned from Seahawks’ win over Eagles on Monday night – NFL.com
2) No ills were remedied for the Eagles offense with Jalen Hurts being folded into the mix, the issues just got far more convoluted. Carson Wentz was abysmal from the outset; Hurts came in for some snaps and offered no relief. And the Eagles have lost three in a row with the offense failing to touch 20 points in each of them. Wentz’s start was dreadful, with a trio of incompletions to open the game and the first of three consecutive three-and-outs. Hurts made a cameo and was 1-for-1 for six yards. He wasn’t even bestowed a full drive to show what could come to be. At one point, he and Wentz were each in the huddle together and a timeout was taken and confusion seemingly rang out. It’s difficult to defend Wentz — whose final stats (25-for-45 for 215 yards, 2 TDs, INT, 73.8 rating) actually paint a better picture than how ugly this outing was. Still, he was sacked six times and rushed for a team-high 42 of the Eagles’ 70 rushing yards. For all of Wentz’ trials, the Eagles’ offensive hopes still rest securely upon his shoulders. The Wentz of past seasons seems nowhere to be found, but can the Eagles really move on from a franchise quarterback with great past success and a huge contract to a rookie second-rounder? It’s a question the Eagles likely don’t want to answer, but it’s one they’ll need to make.

DK Metcalf burns Darius Slay, Eagles again – Inquirer
The 29-year-old Slay, as well as he’s played this season, was another faulty roster decision by Roseman. A cornerback can only influence so much of a game. Offenses have gashed the Eagles in other weak areas all season. Slay, for the most part, has taken away top receivers. If there’s been a disappointment, aside from Monday night, it’s been the lack of a single interception. […] Roseman allows for Lurie to be involved, as Pederson does, as well. But signs continue to point to the coach being on the hot seat, rather than the GM. The Eagles’ struggles on offense fall on Pederson and Wentz’s shoulders, but an offense that has been this inept can’t solely be the fault of just two men.

Offensive struggles continue in Monday loss to Seattle – PE.com
There isn’t any time for the Eagles, who have now lost three straight games after the bye week, to change up a whole lot with a game on Sunday at Green Bay, one of the best teams in the NFL. They’re going to get back on the practice field at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday hoping to get back to the top of the division – the Eagles are now behind New York and Washington, who both have four victories. This football team has a lot to clean up and they know it. “I hate losing,” Wentz said. “It’s very frustrating to have this result the last few weeks and to be where we’re at this season. The great thing about this league and this division is that it’s still wide open and the guys know that. We’re looking ahead to next week, to getting this thing turned around, and getting it going in the right direction and hopefully surprise some people.”

DK Metcalf continues to make the Eagles pay for passing on him – Field Gulls
Metcalf ended Week 12 having achieved that goal, with Philadelphia no doubt reminded of the chance they had and passed up on. Not to be overshadowed by Metcalf’s vendetta, Seattle’s second-year wideout also broke 1,000 yards in a season for the first time during the win over the Eagles and ended the night atop the league in receiving yards. Not bad for the 64th pick.

2021 NFL Draft Order: Cowboys in battle for Top 3 pick – Blogging The Boys
It’s been a bumpy ride for Team Tank and Team Win over the last two weeks. After the Cowboys’ improbable win over the Vikings, Team Win enjoyed a brief revival, but after the beatdown by Washington on Thanksgiving, Team Tank took over the reigns again. There’s been some speculation that a 5-11 record might still be enough for the Cowboys to win the division, but that would require the Cowboys to win two of their last five games, and that’s probably not happening. In fact, fivethirtyeight.com calculated point spreads and win probabilities for the remaining five Cowboys games, and based on their projections, the Cowboys will be lucky to win even one of their remaining five games.

Daniel Jones injury: Giants QB “did avoid major injury,” per report – Big Blue View
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who left Sunday’s game with a right hamstring injury, “did avoid major injury,” per Ian Rapoport. The report also added that Jones “has an outside chance at playing Sunday” and that the Giants will “have plans with Jones & without him.” Jones injured the hamstring on a 7-yard run in the third quarter of Sunday’s 19-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He returned briefly to test the injury, but couldn’t go and Colt McCoy finished the game. A second report from Jordan Ranaan said an MRI conducted Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery “showed a hamstring strain that is likely to force him to miss some time.”

Packers Week 12 Snap Counts: Jon Runyan gets another long look with Linsley hurt – Acme Packing Company
It appears that the Green Bay Packers have found another gem on the offensive line in the late rounds of the NFL Draft. Jon Runyan, Jr., a sixth-round draft pick in April, has now been called into 50-plus snaps of action in consecutive games due to injuries to Corey Linsley, and the results have been outstanding. With Elgton Jenkins moving inside to center and Runyan taking over at left guard, the Packers have not missed a beat, allowing just one sack combined over those two games and none on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Furthermore, the Packers’ running game was clicking with Runyan in the lineup, racking up over 180 total yards on the ground.

The NFL Is Determined to Finish the Season No Matter What the Games Look Like – The Ringer
Denver used a practice-squad receiver at QB against the Saints. Baltimore will be without 11 starters against the Steelers. With COVID-19 cases spiking, the league faces key questions—and the season is starting to look unrecognizable.

4 winners and 4 losers from Week 12 in the NFL – SB Nation
I’d be remiss without mentioning Panthers rookie Jeremy Chinn this week, who almost beat the Vikings singlehandedly. In the span of 10 seconds at the start of the third quarter, Chinn recovered two fumbles and returned them for touchdowns. Chinn out-scored the Panthers offense on Sunday, and almost won the game by himself. Chinn was already in the discussion for defensive rookie of the year honors, and that is surely drawing closer after his heroics against the Vikings. [BLG Note: Remember when the Eagles passed on Chinn to take Jalen Hurts?]

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