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Hey, Donovan: You're no Carson Wentz

Hey, Donovan: You're no Carson Wentz

The Eagles’ win over Arizona on Sunday was the kind of victory Birds fans have dreaming of for years. The Eagles dominated in all phases of the game. Nelson Agholor did a very fine impression of an elite wide receiver. Weak position groups like the offensive line and the secondary played well. The Eagles even did a choreographed, baseball-themed touchdown celebration that doubled as a clear message to Mike Trout, who was at the game, that it’s time for him to sign with the Phillies.

But most importantly of all, Carson Wentz proved himself an elite quarterback, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, Carson’s the real deal, and feelings are good here in Philadelphia.

After that victory, nothing could kill the mood. Nothing could put a damper on a great win. Unless. Unless…

Yes, Donovan McNabb was at the game, and even introduced himself to Wentz afterward. Because even years into his retirement, Donovan just had to do what he did throughout his Eagles career: Make it all about him.

McNabb felt the need to crash the postgame show, saying some stuff he obviously didn’t mean about Wentz has “got a promising career” and “will absolutely make the playoffs.” Pathetic.

The truth is, because there can only be one top Eagles quarterback in all of our lifetimes, every fan must make a choice, and make it right now: McNabb or Wentz? The morning show asked that very question Monday and yes, the fans have spoken:

Still, it just goes to show how lucky we are to have Carson Wentz. Carson will never get sick on the final drive of the Super Bowl. He’ll never lose three straight NFC championship games. He’ll never get into a bitter, years-long feud with a local boxing champion. If Nelson Agholor demands a new contract during training camp next year, Carson will go to bat for him. And if a busload of Eagles fans had taken a bus up to the draft last year to demand the Birds draft someone else, Wentz wouldn’t have held a grudge. He’d have understood.

Here’s my conspiracy theory: McNabb, of course, lost the NFC Championship Game, to the Arizona Cardinals, back in 2008. Do you think it was a coincidence that he chose another game against Arizona, to show up and upstage his more talented successor?

Anyway, let’s enjoy the ride, Eagles fans. When can we arrange for Jeff Garcia to come and meet Carson?

I’ll give my followers the last word:

Other Philly sports takes:

-Really good point by Colin Cowherd on the radio last week: It was unfair for Philadelphia to “run Andy Reid out of town,” after he went 4-12 in his 14th season.

-Sure, I called for the Phillies to fire Pete Mackanin numerous times throughout the season, especially after he failed to prevent Odubel Herrera baserunning gaffes. But firing him on a Friday instead of Sunday? That’s just classless.

-I’m confident in the Phils’ manager search, as long as they don’t do something ridiculous like interview Ruben Amaro, Jr.

-Yes, the Sixers gave Joel Embiid the same amount of years- and $23 million more dollars- than the Phillies gave Ryan Howard. Good thing Embiid doesn’t have Howard’s injury history.

-Where’s Carson Wentz’s nine-figure contract? Where’s Rhys Hoskins’? I hate how cheap our teams are.

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NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create clickbait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good ...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?