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The Eagles Might Have an Anonymous Source Problem

Russ Joy - October 18, 2019

This is getting a bit problematic for Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, and the Eagles. Less than 24 hours after Josina Anderson’s anonymous Eagles source returned to publicly drag the team’s inability to trade for cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Anderson went on NFL Live and dropped this nugget about either Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, or some combination of the two:

The Eagles source also talked to me about how they feel like that offense is functioning. One of the things that they said is, “We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes we need to just handle what is manageable.” They said, “Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down.” Carson Wentz right now is 38% on passes that travel 15 air yards, has three interceptions on passes like that, which is tied for most in the league. He also has 148 passes on those that are ten yards or fewer. He has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on passes like that. So, I do think it’s a apt point.

Let’s clear the air here. It’s been widely speculated that Alshon Jeffery is Anderson’s source, including the time a source openly questioned whether the real issue with the Eagles’ offense in 2018 was more a result of switching QBs than a Super Bowl hangover. The speculation appeared to have some merit due to Anderson having cited direct dialogue with Jeffery in the past, including that he was going to sign with the Eagles ahead of the 2017 season:

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Acho: Prescott is a 4Runner, Wentz an Exotic Car

Russ Joy - October 17, 2019

In case you missed Get Up this morning, former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho was on the show leading up to a Week 7 matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys. He offered this interesting automotive metaphor to settle the Dak Prescott v. Carson Wentz debate:

I’ll put it like this: Dak Prescott is like your good old Toyota 4Runner. He’s steady, you know what you can get from him, he’s reliable. Carson Wentz is like that exotic car. Now, that exotic car is gonna break down, Greeny, we all know that. But one day, you’re gonna get into a high-speed chase, and you’re gonna be real mad if you’re sitting in a 4Runner. Dak Prescott… he’s not gonna get hurt, he’s gonna be good, old reliable. But Carson can just do some things that Dak Prescott can’t do. Which is why I would take Carson, because sooner or later you’re gonna need him.

There you have it. No need for further debate.

Was Zach Brown Freelancing Out There?

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2019

Question:

What was the best play Zach Brown made as a Philadelphia Eagle?

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Yeah, I can’t remember either.

Regardless of whether or not the Kirk Cousins comments factored into the Eagles’ decision to release the veteran linebacker, he just didn’t have much of an impact on the field. Wednesday, Derrick Gunn then added this tweet to the mix:

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Talking Eagles, Cowboys, and the State of the Rivalry on 97.3 ESPN

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2019

I wrote a column Tuesday titled “Do Younger Eagles Fans Share Our Distaste for the Dallas Cowboys?

The gist was that teenage and 20-something year old Birds supporters grew up during an era when Dallas wasn’t very good, hence what I feel is a bit of indifference towards the divisional rivalry.

Is that accurate? And what defines sports fandom in the digital age? We talked about it on 97.3 ESPN’s Sports Bash with Mike Gill and Ryan Rothstein:

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Josina Anderson’s Eagles Source Returns

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2019

Somebody is talking again:

It’s not the first time the snitch has gone to Anderson.

Last November, she appeared on NFL Live with information from a source describing why the Eagles had been struggling. That source told Anderson that the team did not have a Super Bowl hangover, but a chemistry issue instead, and suggested that Zach Ertz was receiving too many targets while the coaches weren’t running the ball enough.

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All-22 Film: Philadelphia Eagles Ugly Pass Defense Edition

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2019

Welcome to the weekly All-22 Film article.

Today we’re gonna take a few quotes from defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and match them with ugly clips from Sunday’s loss.

I was going to start with the first first Stefon Diggs’ touchdown, but then decided to axe it, since we went over that on Monday. Let’s actually begin with a couple of quotes about the second TD, when the Eagles were playing single high safety and got beat deep on both sides of the field anyway.

Schwartz touched on that play briefly when answering this question:

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Cowboys Injury Report Looks Good, For the Eagles

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2019

They had a bunch of guys missing today:

Cooper played three snaps in the Jets loss before leaving with a quad injury. He was coming off an 11-catch, 226 yard game against the Packers and cooked the Eagles last year for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

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Doug Pederson Says Kirk Cousins Comments Had Nothing to do With Zach Brown’s Release

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2019

Zach Brown is no longer an Eagle. It was a brief tenure in Philadelphia.

Was he axed because of the pregame comments he made about Kirk Cousins? No, according to head coach Doug Pederson, who said this today:

As you guys know, we always do what we feel is in the best interest of the football team. I appreciate everything Zach did for us. I think Jim (Schwartz) alluded to the fact that we need a little more production out of that group. So we made the change.

Obviously we’re based on performance. I’m not gonna get into a lot of ‘whys,’ as to why we did it. We need more production there so we made the change.

Here’s what the defensive coordinator said about the Brown move on Tuesday afternoon:

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