Roseman, Sirianni Endorse Jalen Hurts as Starting QB

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Philadelphia Eagles general manager/vice president/keeper of the closet Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni met with the media today to discuss the 2021-22 season and the Birds’ offseason. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Ruben Frank came right out of the gate asking about the Eagles quarterback situation.  Perhaps, probably not, Philadelphia can settle down a bit now that Howie the Wizard has addressed the situation. 

Here’s how it went:

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Birds Sign 11 To Futures Deals

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With their season over, the Eagles made a bit of a housekeeping move on Tuesday night.

The team signed 11 players to futures contracts that will bring them along with the Eagles to training camp.

The 11 players are listed below, but are essentially all the players who were on the team's practice squad this year.

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If Not Jalen Hurts Then Who?

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Philadelphia Eagles offense was embarrassed in Sunday’s 31-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  There’s no shame in losing to the defending World Champions, but losing without showing a pulse isn’t exactly the way to head into the offseason.  And don’t fool yourself, the Eagles’ scored 15-points but the game was well in hand.  Blame for the loss can be passed around the NovaCare complex but serious questions abound about the starting quarterback position. 

Jalen Hurts was not good on Sunday.  In fact, Hurts’ regressed back to the indecisive, almost frantic, quarterback that we saw in the early part of the season.  Nick Sirianni, while critical, threw his support behind Hurts in the post game press conference.  Hurts’ teammates support him. Hell, I think Hurts should be the quarterback, at least for next year, but what does the front office think? There were rumors that Howie Roseman wasn’t sold and usually where there’s smoke there’s fire when it comes to Roseman. 

So, which way do the Eagles go if they decide to move in another direction? There aren’t many (good) options out there.  Here’s a look at potential replacements if the Eagles move on from Hurts:

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Postgame Report: Coaches, Hurts Lead Eagles To Another Embarrassing Loss

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half looking defeated.

Gannon had his defense perform worse in the first quarter of this game than he did in the second half of the week six game, which is a feat seeing that his personnel was almost entirely worse and that of the Bucs' offense was absolutely worse.

Meanwhile, Jalen Hurts looked like a player who once again appeared to have never played before, missing open receivers and making poor decisions.

The coaches didn't help with Gannon running his Chip Kelly "you play my scheme not to your strengths" mindset and Sirianni putting the ball in the hands of Hurts, the exact opposite of which is what put this team on a playoff run.

Nothing changed until the fourth quarter when the game was already over, so for all intents and purposes, Sirianni and Hurts lead this offense to a shutout with some of the worst QB play we've ever seen along with brutal play calling.

The fourth quarter was just window dressing for the Eagles so that it didn't look like such a blowout.

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Wild Card Halftime Report: Eagles at Buccaneers

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By Matthew Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Eagles (9-8) are back in the playoffs facing the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (13-4) on the road in the Wild Card round. The Bucs have dominated the first half on both sides of the ball and lead 17-0. The Eagles will receive the opening kick in the third quarter. Here’s what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

TE Dallas Goedert

The Eagles’ offense struggled in the first half, and Goedert was one of the only players to get heavily involved in the passing game. Goedert finished the half with three catches for 36 yards but also dropped what would have been a big-time gain in Buccaneer territory.


First Half Defensive MVP

DE Ryan Kerrigan

After having an atrocious regular season, Kerrigan has put together quite an impressive effort in the first half. On 2nd-and-goal, Kerrigan came up with a tackle for loss on a drive that eventually ended in a field goal. Kerrigan came up with a third-down sack on the ensuing Bucs’ drive that led to a punt. On Tampa Bays’ last drive of the half, Kerrigan picked up his second sack of the day on third down and forced the Bucs to punt.


Who Needs To Step Up

Eagles’ Offense

For an offense that was in the upper half of regular season teams, they were shut down for all of the first half. They only accumulated 118 yards and picked up just five first downs. The offense needs to have a big second half if the Eagles want to pull off the improbable comeback.


Who To Watch Out For

QB Tom Brady

A familiar postseason foe for the Eagles, Brady was rolling in the first half. The 44-year-old went 20-of-25 for 159 yards. With the lead so big, the Bucs will likely run the ball more in the second half, but the Eagles defense still needs to have their main focus be on Brady.


Injury Report: Eagles at Buccaneers

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles are in the playoffs and the injury report is a bit shorter after starters got some rest last week.

Noticeably absent from the report for the Eagles is any running back. Both Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are without a designation this weeks, meaning they should play.

The Buccaneers meanwhile are hoping to win this game to get back some key players as they've designated Giovani Bernard, Lavonte David and Leonard Fournette as players who have returned to practice earlier this week.

Injury Report

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STP Staff Predictions: Eagles vs. Buccaneers

By STP Staff, Eagles Coverage on Sports Talk Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) travel to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) on Sunday at 1:00 PM.  The Eagles are an 8.5-point underdog on most betting sites and are a considerable underdog among media members. Find out if our contributors think the Eagles can pull off the upset and move on the NFC Divisional round. 

 

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Analysis: Eagles Offense vs. Buccaneers Defense

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles offense has been humming fairly consistently once the team discovered how effectively they could run the ball.

They will hope to keep this going on Sunday against the Buccaneers in order to advance in the playoffs for the first time since Jalen Hurts arrived at QB.

The run-heavy Eagles offense will be facing the third best run-defense in the Buccaneers, but there's a caveat to that stat: avoid the inside.

The Eagles running back room figures to be full strength and that will help, but bouncing to the outside, or really avoiding defensive tackle Vita Vea.

Really, if the Eagles can bounce the ball outside and/or target the middle while Vea is on the sidelines, they should be able to establish their strong rushing style.

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Miles Sanders “Absolutely” Playing on Sunday

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders has confirmed that he will be playing on Sunday in the Eagles Wild Card game against Tampa Bay.  Sanders injured his hand after the Eagles 34-10 win over the Giants on December 26.

 

Sanders told the media that he underwent surgery on December 27, the day after the injury, to make sure he was available for the Eagles playoff run. 

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Kelce, Johnson Named to AP All-Pro Teams

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson have been named Associated Press All-Pro’s; the team announced on Friday.  Kelce was selected first-team All-Pro and Johnson was selected second-team All-Pro. This is Kelce’s fourth time being selected first-team All-Pro.

Per Ruben Frank, Kelce’s selection puts him in rare air within the organization.  Six other Eagles have been selected first-team All-Pro at least four times and five of them have been enshrined in Canton.  At 34-years old, Kelce is having his most productive season as a professional and has added to his hall of fame legacy.

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