Doug Pederson insists it's not time for Eagles to panic

Doug Pederson insists it's not time for Eagles to panic

The Eagles have already lost as many games as last year, if we’re not counting the meaningless year-end game against the Cowboys, and it’s easy to lose perspective right about now.

The reality is that nobody in the NFC East has more wins than the Eagles, they’ve lost one game against an NFC opponent, they haven’t even started on division play yet, and as we wrote earlier this week, the last time they were 2-2 and didn’t reach the playoffs was 1983, and their next two opponents have a combined two wins.

Doug Pederson emphasized it to his team in the wake of Sunday’s overtime loss to the Titans, and he repeated it Wednesday when asked if he plans any lineup or roster changes this week:

When you sit back and you look and you get time these last couple days to evaluate kind of where we are, the sky is not falling. The sun came up today. We're 2-2. We're still in good position, control our own destiny. A lot of football ahead of us and there is no panic.

As coaches we prepare our players and we prepare them extremely well. We have confidence in all our guys moving forward, and so with that, we just continue to coach and get our guys ready for Sunday.

The Eagles are ranked 20th in the NFL in offense and 10th in defense, down from seventh and fourth last year.

Their losses have come against a Tampa team that has the second-worst defense in the league and a Titans team that has the fifth-worst offense in the league.

Their wins are over two 1-3 teams.

Pederson said a point of emphasis this week has been situation football.

The Eagles have dropped from eighth last year on third down to 18th and first in the red zone to 16th.

“You're two plays away from maybe being 0-4 and two plays away from being 4-0,” Pederson said.

“That's how tight this thing really is. Therefore, with that being said, as coaches, we’ve got to make sure we're doing our part to prepare our players and get them ready for those situations.”

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Eagle Eye podcast: What Jason Peters move means for Andre Dillard, plus much more

Eagle Eye podcast: What Jason Peters move means for Andre Dillard, plus much more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks take a long look at the Eagles’ decision to bring back Jason Peters.

They get into what the move means for Andre Dillard, whether Peters will ultimately end up back at left tackle, how long J.P. might be able to extend his career if he stays at guard, how long it will take him to adjust to a new position and and much more. 

They also looked at defensive tackle and defensive end on the All-Time Eagles Team and whether Fletcher Cox or Jerome Brown is the greatest defensive tackle in Eagles history. 

(0:42) — Jason Peters back with the Eagles to play right guard

(27:18) — Jerome vs. Fletcher 

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Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans should start coming to grips with watching games from their couch in 2020.

After the city of Philadelphia cancelled "large public events" through February 2021 on Tuesday, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health officials provided an update on the feasability of fans watching Eagles games in person.

Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Thomas Farley and Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy made it sound all but certain that Lincoln Financial Field stands will be empty.

Per the Inquirer:

"I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they're proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there," Farley said. "I can't say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds."

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

Abernathy said NFL guidelines also "remind teams that local authorities have the ability to ban fans, so I don't expect any issues."

"We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don't have fans," Albernathy said.

Whether other teams around the country will be able to host fans, based on differing guidance from state officials, remains to be seen. Earlier this month, reports emerged claiming the NFL is considering fan waivers for those interested in attending home games this season.

A season without home fans also means the Eagles stand to lose a sizable sum of money if the NFL plays its 17-week regular season as scheduled.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro noted, the Eagles will be one of the 10 teams most affected (financially) by a lack of fans at home games:

The Eagles in 2018 were tied for eighth in the NFL with $204 million in stadium revenue. Just the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Texans, Jets 49ers and Redskins made more.

In late June, the organization informed season ticket holders that their ticket installment payments would not be billed, fueling speculation that games would be played in empty stadiums this fall. 

Barring a drastic change in the pandemic's trajectory between now and early September, it seems that speculation was right.

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