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Bad Carson Wentz then Good Carson Wentz doesn't cut it for Eagles

Bad Carson Wentz then Good Carson Wentz doesn't cut it for Eagles

ATLANTA — More inconsistency. Another slow start. An incredible rally. An agonizing measurement. A disappointing loss.

What a strange day for Carson Wentz.

Wentz had one of the most unusual games we’ve seen Sunday night in the Eagles' 24-20 loss to the Falcons, just a horrible first half and what appeared to be a rib injury followed by a riveting second half that ended with a a remarkable comeback and a crushing finish.

First half: 6-for-16, 47 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 6.2 passer rating.
Second half: 18-for-26, 177 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 101.0 passer rating.

Wentz nearly rallied the Eagles to an improbable win despite playing the entire game without Dallas Goedert and virtually the entire game without Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.

But in the end, same old story.

No consistency.

Another slow start followed by a big finish. Against the Redskins, you can get away with it. Against the Falcons, you can’t.

Wish I had an answer,” Wentz said. “It’s something we’re all looking at. By no means making excuses but we were trying to figure out who we had out there and get guys in the right position. I think the coaches did a good job of that, we just have to execute better. We’ll take a hard look at it. I know we say that all the time. But that’s what we’ll do.

What a strange night.

Wentz took a vicious shot in the ribs from linebacker Deion Jones while throwing a late first-quarter interception, and he sure seemed to be struggling with his delivery the rest of the half.

He said he's fine. Just a little sore. No problem.

“It’s football,” he said. “I got hit a few times. That’s just how the game goes. I’ll be a little sore tomorrow but it’s nothing serious.”

Wentz also left the game for six snaps just before halftime to undergo a concussion test —  Josh McCown converted a couple first downs in his absence — but he quickly came back.

Wentz said he didn’t undergo any treatment at halftime, but something clicked.

He looked more fluid, and the Eagles looked like a different team.

Maybe it just took a while for Wentz to click without three of his top weapons. But he just looked like a different person in the second half.

“It’s tough,” Wentz said. “You game plan all week and you have have all these personnel packages and then they all go out the window on game day. But coaches do a great job and so do the guys; Mack (Hollins) and JJ (Arcega-Whiteside), guys were ready to step up.”

Nelson Agholor had over 100 yards but dropped a touchdown that might have won the game. Ertz was 8-for-72 but came up a few inches short inside the 10-yard-line on 4th down in the final seconds. Hollins helped out with 5-for-50 — all in the second half.

As for Wentz, his rushing TD with 3:13 left gave the Eagles their first lead of the game at 20-17 and should have been the game-winner.

He spiked the ball so hard he almost fell down.

Then Julio Jones ran 54 yards, Agholor dropped a sure touchdown, Ertz came up inches short and the Eagles’ slow starts and inconsistency cost them a win.

It’s frustrating, it’s frustrating,” Wentz said. “Slow start as an offense, we battled back, we did our thing late, we scored, they scored, we got right down there and came up six inches short. It’s frustrating. I’m really proud of the guys, I’m encouraged with the way the guys fought and bounced back from some adversity. But that doesn’t win you ballgames and we just have to learn from it.

This team should be beyond patting themselves on the back for fighting adversity and showing resilience.

They need to find a way to play 60 minutes, and so does their quarterback.



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Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

After DeSean Jackson made anti-Semitic Instagram posts quoting Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan, the Eagles released a statement calling the wide receiver's posts 'absolutely appalling' and promising 'approporiate action'.

Whether the posts will ultimately cost Jackson his job with the Eagles is unclear, but according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson, it may have been presented as a possibility.

In one of many statements Wednesday defending the 33-year-old wide receiver, Stephen Jackson claimed that DeSean Jackson called him and said the Eagles threatened to cut him:

I didn't support the post, as far as Hitler and him supporting Hitler. I don't know support Hitler, I don't know nothing about Hitler, and I could give a f**k about Hitler. All I know is he was a cruel guy. I don't stand for that, and I don't support it. My whole reason for supporting D-Jack was, before I got on Instagram, he called me on the phone and told me that they was threatening to fire him, but they didn't do that to [Riley] Cooper. And I was like, 'You're right, you shouldn't have to apologize if they didn't make him apologize.

The Eagles did in fact punish wide receiver Riley Cooper in 2013 after he was filmed shouting the n-word at a country music concert, fining him an undisclosed amount of money. The team also condemned Cooper's comments in a public statement, as they did with DeSean Jackson's comments.

Cooper was not released for his comments, however, and was signed to a five-year extension in 2014. Cooper was released in 2016.

You can watch the full Stephen Jackson video below:

Stephen Jackson also said in a different post, which has since been deleted, that DeSean Jackson was "speaking the truth" in the posts.

In one of the original Instagram posts, DeSean Jackson highlighted a quote, which was incorrectly attributed to Hitler:

The white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.

DeSean Jackson also posted a clip from a speech Farrakhan made in Chicago on July 4 where he alleged that White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were plotting to use a virus vaccine to "depopulate the Earth." 

Farrakhan is a noted anti-Semite and homophobe who was among several prominent people whose posts were banned 

DeSean Jackson apologized publicly multiple times on Tuesday for his posts and comments, and also reportedly spoke with and apologized to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, both of whom are Jewish.

The Eagles signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $27 million deal in March 2019.

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The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Wide Receiver

Complete voting

1. Harold Carmichael = 23
2. Mike Quick = 16
3. Tommy McDonald = 15
4. DeSean Jackson = 13
5. Terrell Owens = 8 

The breakdown
New Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael got three 1st-place votes and Mike Quick and Tommy McDonald each got one. Harold was 2nd on the two ballots where he wasn’t first, and Quick got a 2nd-place vote, a 3rd-place vote and two 4th-place votes in addition to the one 1st-place vote. McDonald got the other 1st-place vote along with two 3rd-place votes and two 4th-place. DeSean Jackson got a 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. T.O. was as high as 2nd on one ballot and 4th on all four others. Interesting that the same five WRs were listed on all five ballots.

Did we get it right?
It’s tough comparing eras, but McDonald was the best in the business in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carmichael was the best in the league from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and Quick was as good as anybody in the NFL from 1983 through 1987. So it really comes down to who did it the longest and most consistently, and that's Carmichael. From 1973 through 1983 — a span of 11 years — nobody had as many receiving yards or touchdowns. There’s a good reason he’s going into the Hall of Fame next summer. On our team, we’re coming out in a three-receiver set, and Carmichael, Quick and McDonald are clearly the top three in franchise history.
 
Complete team so far:
QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: Harold Carmichael
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald

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