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Beau Allen posts farewell message on Instagram

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Beau Allen posts farewell message on Instagram

Say it ain’t Beau.

With the news that Haloti Ngata will reportedly sign with the Eagles, fan favorite DT Beau Allen will probably be headed elsewhere. Allen nearly confirmed that will be the case with this post on his personal Instagram account.

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It's crazy to think I got to Philadelphia 4 years ago. Thank you to the entire Eagles organization for giving me a shot. Thank you to the coaches and staff that have helped mold me into the player and person I am today. Huge shout out to the city and the fans! Thank you for embracing me and showing this dude from the Midwest what it means to be from Philly! I put a lot of sweat and blood into the game of football during my time in Philadelphia and was rewarded with a Super Bowl Championship and memories that will last a lifetime. I can't say enough about the teammates and brothers I've shared this experience with, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! Philadelphia will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always share a special bond with my brothers that brought the Lombardi to Philly. Excited to see what the future has for me!

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Picked in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, Allen was the top backup defensive tackle for the Eagles over the past few seasons and looks likely to earn more money and a larger role once free agency opens up tomorrow.

Eagles' latest collapse highlights Wentz' late-game weakness

Eagles' latest collapse highlights Wentz' late-game weakness

The numbers are phenomenal. Heck, the numbers are virtually unprecedented. Carson Wentz is piling up stats that virtually no quarterback in NFL history has ever piled up.

This isn’t about the numbers, though. It’s about what happened at the end of the game Sunday and why Wentz fell short. Why the Eagles fell short.

The Eagles’ epic collapse, blowing a 17-0 fourth-quarter lead, certainly isn’t all on Carson. But his performance down the stretch was disturbing because with the game on the line, he suddenly lost his magic. And that’s when he needed it the most.

The decisions Wentz made down the stretch were mystifying and alarming. And although his final numbers were magnificent, the outcome was anything but.

The play that really killed the Eagles was Wentz’s decision to force a ball into Alshon Jeffery in double coverage in the end zone on that 3rd-and-2 with 37 seconds left from the 14-yard-line when he had Wendell Smallwood wide open in the left flat.

Dump it to Smallwood, who could run out of bounds and stop the clock, and now you have four shots at the end zone from a manageable distance — right around the 10-yard-line.

Wentz acknowledged after the game he knew he had a back open and shouldn’t have made the throw. But he did anyway.

This was Wentz trying to be Superman. Trying to do too much. Smallwood and Corey Clement are both capable receivers, but Wentz targetted them just four times on 41 pass plays Sunday.

Nick Foles always spoke about taking whatever the defense gives you, and if that meant 10 straight check-downs, he would trust his reads and throw it to the backs 10 straight times.

With the game on the line, with the season on the line, Wentz chose to throw into double coverage in the end zone instead of taking a high-percentage first-down throw, and if you’re the captain, you’re the leader, you’re the franchise, you’re the MVP, you simply cannot make that decision.

And it wasn’t just the 3rd-and-2. Wentz took a sack earlier in the fourth quarter that turned a 2nd-and-10 into a 3rd-and-18 and killed one drive. Who knows what happened on 1st-and-10 on the final drive, the pass that was nearly intercepted. A miscommunication, but whoever’s fault it was, that can’t happen. Not then, not there. And then the fumble on 4th-and-2? Inexcusable.

Doug Pederson didn’t do Wentz any favors with his play calling. A running attack would have taken some pressure off Wentz down the stretch, but Pederson only called one run on 14 plays on the last three drives — the big Smallwood eight-yarder.

Wentz wants to be the best. He wants to be the best ever. It definitely seems like he tries to do too much in key situations, tries to put the team on his shoulders and be a hero.

And that’s admirable. You want those qualities in a quarterback.

But he has to learn to temper that desire to make the remarkable throw with knowing when to just make the smart throw.

Sometimes, just being good makes more sense than trying to be incredible.

Since coming back from the ACL, he’s completed 71 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns, one interception 300 yards per game.

But he’s also 2-3. And down the stretch, he hasn’t been good enough.

Wentz has the seventh-highest passer rating in the NFL, but in the fourth quarter? He has the 23rd-highest.

And on third down in the fourth quarter? He’s 26th.

Wentz is an astonishing talent, and he’s going to win a lot of games for this franchise. He just has to learn how to be as effective in the final seconds, with the game on the line, as he is the rest of the time.

He needs to learn how to finish. Or all the stats and touchdowns and numbers in the world won’t mean a damn thing.

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Eagles snap counts: Eagles curiously play Dexter McDougle a ton, Rasul Douglas none

Eagles snap counts: Eagles curiously play Dexter McDougle a ton, Rasul Douglas none

The Eagles signed Dexter McDougle off the street on Tuesday and on Sunday, he started and played 48 snaps or 81 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps in the Eagles’ 21-17 loss to the Panthers. 

Sidney Jones (hamstring) is out for a little bit, but it’s curious this was the Eagles’ best option. They decided it was better to leave Avonte Maddox at safety and bring a slot corner in and play him on short notice. 

Of course, McDougle had familiarity with the Eagles’ scheme, but it’s still hard to believe they asked him to play that much on that short of notice. 

The Eagles had other options. They could have played Rasul Douglas at safety like they did last week during the game. They could have kept Maddox at safety and made Jalen Mills slide inside in the nickel package and get Douglas on the outside. To me, it would have made more sense to get Douglas on the field in some capacity. I believe he’s their next best player in the secondary. Douglas missed time this week because of a death in his family, but he knows the defense well enough to get out there. 

While McDougle played 48 defensive snaps, Douglas didn’t get on the field on defense. I don’t get it. 

Other defensive snap count notes
- Simply put, Michael Bennett didn’t play enough. He got 32 snaps and some of them came as a defensive tackle. He’s been the Eagles’ best defensive end lately and had another big game against the Panthers. Sometimes, the Eagles need to go with the hot hand. 

Brandon Graham led the DE rotation with 39 snaps, followed by Derek Barnett (37), Bennett (32) and Chris Long (29). Josh Sweat didn’t get on the field on defense. 

- Without Haloti Ngata, Treyvon Hester played 34 snaps (58 percent) and Bruce Hector, just promoted from the practice squad, played 21 (36 percent). Fletcher Cox played 45 (76 percent). 

- Malcolm Jenkins, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham played all 59 snaps. Hicks is now 444/444 on the season. 

Offensive snap count notes

- Jason Peters missed six snaps, while Lane Johnson played all 67. Peters came into the game with a partially torn biceps and Johnson has a high ankle sprain. 

- Wendell Smallwood led the running backs with 35 snaps, followed by Corey Clement (25) and Josh Adams (8). Is this group going to be good enough? 

- Alshon Jeffery (64 of 67 snaps) and Nelson Agholor (57) barely left the field, but the next receiver was Jordan Matthews with 29 snaps. He was not targeted. 

- Zach Ertz played 65 snaps and Dallas Goedert played 37. They both had good games if you’re looking for a nice little silver lining. 

Here’s a look at full snap counts: 

Offense
Isaac Seumalo: 67 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks: 67 (100)
Lane Johnson: 67 (100)
Jason Kelce: 67 (100)
Carson Wentz: 67 (100)
Zach Ertz: 65 (97)
Alshon Jeffery: 64 (96)
Jason Peters: 61 (91)
Nelson Agholor: 59 (88)
Dallas Goedert: 37 (55)
Wendell Smallwood: 35 (52)
Jordan Matthews: 29 (43)
Corey Clement: 25 (37)
Josh Adams: 8 (12)
Josh Perkins: 7 (10)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 7 (10)
DeAndre Carter: 3 (4)
Shelton Gibson: 2 (3)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins: 59 snaps (100 percent)
Jordan Hicks: 59 (100)
Nigel Bradham: 59 (100)
Jalen Mills: 58 (98)
Avonte Maddox: 58 (98)
Ronald Darby: 58 (98)
Dexter McDougle: 48 (81)
Fletcher Cox: 45 (76)
Brandon Graham: 39 (66)
Derek Barnett: 37 (63)
Treyvon Hester: 34 (58)
Michael Bennett: 32 (54)
Chris Long: 29 (49)
Bruce Hector: 21 (36)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 9 (15)
Tre Sullivan: 3 (5)
LaRoy Reynolds: 1 (2) 

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