Changes appear to be coming to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.
According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Eagles have made wide receiver Alshon Jeffery available for trade, and Jeffery would welcome a move. Jeffery reportedly had a “testy” relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz, and it was confirmed that Jeffery was behind the anonymous criticism of the struggling Philadelphia offense last season.
A Jeffery trade has its caveats. The receiver underwent Lisfranc surgery in December, and may not be ready for the start of the 2020 season. That may mean the Eagles would have to include a draft pick if they want to get Jeffery’s nearly $10 million base salary off the books.
The Eagles have some work to do this offseason on all fronts. It sounds like trading Jeffery would be in everyone’s best interests, but between his health and the finances involved, that will be much easier said than done.
Andy Reid has been an NFL head coach since 1999, but it wasn’t until Sunday night that he finally won his first Super Bowl.
In his 21st season as an NFL head coach, Reid took home the prize after his Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. Many in the sport will be thrilled for him, as he’s waited a long time for his reward.
Perhaps the nicest tribute, however, came from the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid was their head coach for 14 seasons from 1999 through 2012, falling short in the NFC Championship four times plus one Super Bowl loss. As a result, the Eagles were among the first to congratulate Reid on his triumph.
Time's yours, Andy. pic.twitter.com/aEiv5qiZNp
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 3, 2020
Reid is still close with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who made no secret of how hard he was rooting for Reid in Sunday’s game.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2020
Reid received plenty of tributes after the win, but this may be the most meaningful. After the Eagles won their Super Bowl two years ago, plenty of people in Philadelphia will be thrilled now that Reid got his as well.
The Philadelphia Eagles could look to the college ranks to fill their offensive coordinator position.
On Friday, the Eagles interviewed USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell for their vacant offensive coordinator job, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The #Eagles are interviewing Southern Cal OC Graham Harrell for their OC vacancy today, NFL sources said.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 17, 2020
Hiring Harrell would be a clear sign that the Eagles are embracing the Air Raid offense. Only four teams in the country threw for more yards than Harrell’s Trojans did in 2019, and that happened despite injuries forcing true freshman Kedon Slovis to start at quarterback for the bulk of the season.
Harrell, a former Texas Tech quarterback and well-regarded offensive mind, appeared to have committed his future to the Trojans last month. Ultimately, the NFL will be tough to turn down if the Eagles decide they want him.
The Philadelphia Eagles are hurting at the wide receiver position.
The Eagles entered Monday night’s overtime win over the New York Giants with just three healthy wide receivers: Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Greg Ward Jr. Jeffery hurt his foot early in the second quarter and didn’t have any catches. Arcega-Whiteside left in overtime with a hamstring injury.
Seeing how their receivers looked led Reggie Wayne to send this funny tweet:
You know what…. I'll make the Eagles receiving core right now. And I'm currently at a bar at this present moment.
— Reggie Wayne (@ReggieWayne_17) December 10, 2019
Wayne is 41 and last played in 2014, though he still had 779 receiving yards that season. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, so we wouldn’t put it past him.
But the tweet just shows how bad of shape Philly is in. They cut Jordan Matthews and Mack Hollins, and Nelson Agholor was hurt. Now Jeffery and Arcega-Whiteside are too. They need some healthy bodies badly.
The Philadelphia Eagles are trending toward a very disappointing season, and changes may be afoot if things do not significant shift.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Eagles will likely make “significant changes” to their coaching staff unless they turn things around and go on a playoff run this season.
Per @mortreport, unless there is a playoff run – you can expect significant coaching changes this offseason (excluding Doug)
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) December 2, 2019
Mortensen stressed that head coach Doug Pederson is likely safe. However, such a warning likely bodes poorly for the likes of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, whose unit has been disappointing in 2019.
The NFC East is still well within reach for the Eagles thanks to the Cowboys’ ongoing mediocrity. However, Philadelphia blew a huge chance to make up some ground in the division by losing to lowly Miami on Sunday in a game that saw them get fooled badly. Games like that are only going to accelerate the types of changes this report is referring to.
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There are only four weeks to go in the NFL regular season, which means we’ll be watching a lot of huge games in the weeks to come. With bye weeks finished and everybody in action the rest of the way, every game is big in some way, even if the outcomes only affect draft position. Sunday was no different, effectively kicking off the stretch run of the season.
Here are 10 big disappointments from Week 13.
New England Patriots
The Patriots entered Sunday night with the best record in the league at 10-1 and the No. 1 defense. But they looked nothing like the best team in the league during their loss at Houston. The offense struggled to get anything going for most of the game, with Tom Brady taking sacks and complaining about his receivers’ inability to get open. The defense allowed four touchdowns in what was their worst performance since the Baltimore loss. Even kicker Kai Forbath missed an extra point. The Pats are 2-2 in their last four and their 22 points (mostly in garbage time Sunday night) was their high mark during that span. Brady seems to have seen this coming.
The Eagles looked like a disaster, particularly on defense, against the lowly Miami Dolphins. They were victimized by one of the better trick plays we’ve seen, sure, but Miami also put up 409 yards of total offense on them and totally deserved to win the game. Add in lingering concerns about how good Carson Wentz really is, and the Eagles have a lot to think about. Losses like this tend to cause a reckoning in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked horrendous on offense in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. A lot of that had to do with them going up against arguably the best defense in the NFL, but Philly is also hurting at wide receiver. Not surprisingly, Antonio Brown wants to help.
With DeSean Jackson on injured reserve and Alshon Jeffery battling an ankle injury, several Eagles fans took to Instagram on Sunday calling for the team to sign Brown. The seven-time Pro Bowler shared a bunch of the posts on his own IG story.
AB is sharing posts from fans calling for the Eagles to sign him pic.twitter.com/nhpmgcrFne
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 18, 2019
Brown is essentially in limbo at the moment. He met with NFL investigators last week to discuss the sexual assault allegations against him, but there has still been no indication of when the NFL will make a ruling or how severe the disciplinary action might be.
There is a wide-ranging belief that the NFL is trying to prevent Brown from signing with a team this season in order to sort the situation out completely. Even if a team did sign Brown, the league could still place him on the commissioner’s exempt list and essentially suspend him with pay. That is why Brown has expressed frustration and unloaded on the NFL via social media, but that isn’t going to get him signed any quicker. It’s extremely unlikely that the Eagles or any other team will consider bringing him in before the offseason.