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Eagles reportedly likely to retain Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but it appears he doesn’t have that much to worry about.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, “all signs” point to the Eagles retaining Pederson for 2021 despite a disappointing season. The organization is more focused on moving forward with the current leadership and allowing them to address the current issues plaguing the organization.

The Eagles are 4-10-1, and were unable to take advantage of the rest of the NFC East’s frailty to win the division. In fact, they are the only team in the division to be eliminated from playoff contention heading into Week 17. The Eagles have also had significant quarterback issues, with Carson Wentz recently being benched in favor of Jalen Hurts.

Pederson won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia, so he still has some goodwill left. He was clearly concerned about his job status, but it sounds like he doesn’t have a ton to worry about.

5 most important remaining games on NFL schedule

Alex Smith

It may be hard to believe, but we’ve reached the final stretch of the 2020 NFL regular season.

Despite the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has managed to maneuver their way to the tail-end of the schedule. And with just two weeks remaining this season, playoff contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the pretenders, which also means each game is of the utmost importance.

With plenty left to be decided, here’s a look at the five most important games remaining on the NFL schedule.

5. Week 16: New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Saints currently lead the NFC South by one game, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looming. Meanwhile, the Vikings find themselves on the outside of the wild card race looking in and cannot afford to lose again this season. Although these two teams seem destined for different outcomes, they collectively make up one of the most important remaining games of the season — third in terms of importance factor heading into Week 16. The reason for that is simple: regardless of the outcome, it will impact both the Saints and Vikings, as well as the Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. And that’s the fun of late-season games during a tight playoff race.


Report: Carson Wentz not pleased with current Eagles situation

Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles have yet to indicate that they plan to move on from Carson Wentz this offseason, but it sounds like the former second overall pick will want out if he does not get his starting job back sooner rather than later.

Wentz is unhappy with the way things have unfolded with the Eagles this season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The 27-year-old has no interest in riding things out as a backup and would want to be traded or released if the situation remains unchanged.

While Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has not named Hurts the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was told by sources that Wentz will not get his job back this year.

Other teams have taken note of the situation in Philly and have already inquired about potentially trading for Wentz, according to Schefter.

Wentz’s $22 million base salary for 2022 will become fully guaranteed in mid-March. His $10 million roster bonus for 2021 will also be paid out at that time, so the Eagles do have a timeline of sorts for deciding his future with the franchise. They could save the $22 million for 2022 if they cut him and designate him a post-June 1 release, but Philly would still owe Wentz the $10 million roster bonus plus his $15.4 million base salary for next season if they go that route.

Despite all that, a recent report seemed to hint that Wentz’s future with the Eagles could be safe. Of course, that could change if he asks the team to move on from him.

Eagles have reportedly made decision about Carson Wentz’s future

Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles finally decided to bench Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but that does not mean they are giving up on the former No. 2 overall pick.

The Eagles still believe in Wentz and think the 27-year-old can return to the MVP-caliber quarterback he once was, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. One team source told Schefter that Wentz’s poor play this season and benching do not change “the belief that people have in Carson.”

Wentz’s $22 million base salary for 2022 will become fully guaranteed in mid-March. His $10 million roster bonus for 2021 will also be paid out at that time, so the Eagles do have a timeline of sorts for deciding his future with the franchise. They could save the $22 million for 2022 if they cut him and designate him a post-June 1 release, but Philly would still owe Wentz the $10 million roster bonus plus his $15.4 million base salary for next season if they go that route.

Of course, the Eagles could also trade Wentz. If that happens before the third day of the league year in mid-March, they would not owe him his $10 million roster bonus.

It’s easy for the Eagles to say they still believe in Wentz before Hurts has made a start. If the former Alabama star struggles, Philadelphia will be more likely to keep Wentz. If Hurts ignites the team and puts his funny wardrobe mistake in the past, Wentz’s future with the Eagles will be in serious question.

Jalen Hurts to start for Eagles over Carson Wentz against Saints

Jalen Hurts

Carson Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season, and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has officially stripped him of his starting spot.

The Eagles have named rookie Jalen Hurts their starting QB for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen first reported. The team later confirmed the news.

Hurts has been eased into action with the Eagles over the past two weeks. He replaced Wentz in the third quarter of the team’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with his team down 20-3, and he ended up throwing a touchdown on a beautiful pass. The former Alabama star’s stat line was not all that impressive, however, as he completed just 5-of-12 passes and threw an interception.

Pederson has been fielding questions for weeks now about benching Wentz. The belief is that the Eagles have stood by the No. 2 overall pick because they are paying him so much money, but he has thrown 15 interceptions and has a passer rating of 72.8. The lack of production could only be ignored for so long.

While Wentz took responsibility for his poor play recently, he did not turn things around against Green Bay. Fans will likely be pleased that the QB change has been made.

Report: Eagles OL Jamon Brown kicked out of team hotel

Philadelphia Eagles logo

Jamon Brown was released by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this season following a poor stretch of play, and it sounds like a rough year continued for the veteran offensive lineman over the weekend.

Eagles reporter Derrick Gunn reports that Brown was kicked out of the Eagles’ team hotel on Saturday and sent home for conduct detrimental to the team. It’s unclear what the specific violation was.

Brown, who was drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams in the third round back in 2015, was released by the Eagles following a Week 6 game in which he allowed two sacks, four quarterback hits, three hurries and nine pressures. He was then re-signed to the team’s practice squad and had been elevated to the active roster twice as a reserve lineman.

Brown, 27, was originally signed by the Eagles off the Chicago Bears’ practice squad back in September. We’ve seen NFL players find themselves in trouble this season for violating COVID-19 protocols, so it’s possible Brown committed some sort of violation on that front.

LeGarrette Blount makes bold claim about Patriots’ inability to replace him

LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, but not before making an interesting point about how valuable he really was.

Blount contended on “The Pat McAfee Show” that neither the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots have been able to replace him since he left, as teams believe running backs are too replaceable.

“If you got a nice a running back, [teams] think that in the next couple years there might be another nice running back like you or another nice running back like you,” Blount said, via Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub. “To this day, I don’t think the Eagles have been able to replace me and to this day I don’t think the Patriots have been able to replace me.”

The Patriots have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Blount’s departure, and he scored 18 rushing touchdowns with them in 2016. Still, the Patriots won a Super Bowl without him playing a major role in the playoffs, and he didn’t do a ton with the Eagles either.

Ultimately, Blount can say what he wants. He has some pretty good evidence to point to how important he was to multiple teams.

Carson Wentz addressed Eagles, took responsibility for his poor play

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in football this season, and he wants his Philadelphia Eagles teammates to know he is well aware of that.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Friday that Wentz stood up in front of the team this week to take accountability for his poor play. Pederson said Wentz was one of several players who acknowledged they need to do a better job moving forward.

“He understands that he needs to play better. For him to stand up and take ownership there with the team, it really, quite frankly, showed vulnerability,” Pederson said, via ESPN’s Tim McManus. “I think it’s a sign of growth in any player. We’ve had several players do that this week. … It just shows that our young players — and I still consider Carson in that young (category) — are showing signs of maturity and growth and leadership ability, especially from your quarterback.”

Pederson has had to answer questions about making a quarterback change seemingly all season, but he remains committed to Wentz. Not giving rookie Jalen Hurts a shot to start is getting harder to justify by the week, however.

Wentz has thrown 16 touchdown passes compared to 15 interceptions and has a passer rating of 73.4, which places him among the bottom three quarterbacks in the NFL. Despite that, the NFC East has been so bad that the Eagles remain in the hunt at 3-7-1.

We recently learned some new information about why Wentz may be struggling this season, and it’s nice to see him take responsibility in front of the team. Of course, that will only take him so far. The Eagles aren’t paying Wentz more than $30 million per year to hold himself accountable for consistently poor play.

Doug Pederson seems to indicate he is on hot seat with Eagles

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles lost their third straight game on Monday night and continue to blow chances to take control of the abysmal NFC East. There has been a lot of talk about benching Carson Wentz, but is head coach Doug Pederson also facing an uncertain future with the franchise?

Pederson was asked on Tuesday if he has reason to believe his job is in jeopardy. He said he has a “good” relationship with owner Jeffrey Lurie but has not been reassured that he will remain with the team in 2021.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported earlier this season that Pederson’s job is safe, but he admitted on Monday that he “can’t say that with any confidence anymore.” Keep in mind that Pederson has a background as an offensive coordinator, and the Eagles’ offense looked terrible on Monday and has been lost for the majority of the season.

Pederson is only three years removed from leading Philadelphia to a Super Bowl win, but a 3-7-1 record is not what ownership had in mind for this season. Lurie and company may have a specific reason for not benching Wentz, and that reason could make Pederson even more uneasy about his own job.

Report: Carson Wentz was not happy about Eagles picking Jalen Hurts

Carson Wentz

The calls for the Philadelphia Eagles to bench Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts grow louder by the week, and the presence of the former Alabama star may actually be one of the reasons Wentz has struggled so much this season.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler examined some of the factors that may be contributing to Wentz having the worst season of his career. One Eagles source told Fowler that the team’s decision to use a second-round draft pick on Hurts did not sit well with Wentz and caused him to “press.” The belief is that Wentz already had to prove he was worthy of the starting job over Nick Foles and is now once again uncertain if the Eagles are committed to him long-term.

“All that ground he gained over Nick, everything he fought past to get to this point, you pull it right back,” the source told Fowler. “Here is your franchise quarterback, the guy you paid a lot of money to keep long-term, and he’s having to prove himself all over again.”

Since the Eagles drafted him with the second overall pick in 2016, Wentz has suffered multiple significant injuries. He suffered a torn ACL in 2017 and fractured his back in 2018. Philadelphia almost certainly had that injury history in mind when they used a high pick on Wentz, so he shouldn’t have felt that threatened by the team taking Hurts.

Even if the Hurts pick is one of the reasons for Wentz’s poor play this season, that doesn’t bode well for his future with the Eagles. A franchise quarterback should be able to elevate his game when he feels like someone is gunning for his position. Wentz certainly has not done that, as evidenced by his league-worst 15 interceptions.

It doesn’t sound like the Eagles intend to bench Wentz, though you may disagree with their reasoning behind sticking with him. However, if the presence of Hurts bothers him that much, it may not be long before Philly has to simply accept in inevitable.

H/T The Spun