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Eagle Eye Podcast: DeSean Jackson speaks; why no RB signing? Let's laugh at the Giants!

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Eagle Eye Podcast: DeSean Jackson speaks; why no RB signing? Let's laugh at the Giants!

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro give their thoughts on DeSean Jackson's press conference. He said all the right things but is he being genuine?

Should there be concern over the Eagles not signing one of the top free agent running backs? Is Jay Ajayi still an option?

Also, what in the world are the Giants thinking?

1:00 - DeSean Jackson's press conference.
5:00 - His longevity.
9:00 - First time in his career he has a stable QB situation.
14:00 - Was DeSean being genuine today?
19:00 - DeSean gets No. 10.
21:30 - Why haven't the Eagles sign a free agent running back yet?
30:00 - Should they bring Jay Ajayi back?
33:30 - Ronald Darby's future.
39:30 - What are the Giants doing?
44:30 - Eagles sign L.J. Fort.

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Fletcher Cox: ‘We can’t get the f— out of our own way’

Fletcher Cox: ‘We can’t get the f— out of our own way’

MINNEAPOLIS — Fletcher Cox was frustrated. 

Not just because the Eagles lost 38-20 to the Vikings, but because he thought they did a lot of that damage to themselves. 

We gotta be smart,” Cox said. “It’s 3rd-and-long, we can’t get penalties. We talk about it all the time. You can’t shoot yourself in the foot. 

“Right now, it just seems like we can’t get the f--- out of our own way. That’s the honest-to-God truth. We’re in our own way. Until we can let it go, we’ll keep getting blown out. Until we get out of our own way, we’ll keep getting blown out. We have to fix it and we have to fix it right now.

Five of the Eagles’ seven penalties on Sunday afternoon came on the defensive side of the football. They had a neutral zone infraction, two defensive holds and two defensive pass interferences. 

The Eagles gave up first downs on third downs twice on Sunday. 

• In the first quarter, Rasul Douglas was called for a defensive hold that gave the Vikings a fresh set of downs on a 3rd-and-6. 

• And in the third, Sidney Jones was called for a DPI on 3rd-and-9. Even though it looked like Jones had good coverage on the play, the flag still came out.  

The Vikings got just three points total on those two drives, so it wasn’t like those plays are the only reason the Eagles lost. But they certainly didn’t help. And Cox’s overall point was about miscues and missed chances. 

The Eagles played sloppy football on Sunday and lost. They committed penalties, blew coverages and weren’t disciplined enough. 

“We have to come here next week and fix it,” Cox said. “We play another good football team. We’re on the road again (in Dallas). It’s gonna show what type of team we are. We’ve got our backs against the wall right now. We’ve been in this hole before. As long as this locker room sticks together and don’t start pointing fingers, we know what we can do.”

A week after the Eagles had 10 sacks against the Jets, they had just one against the Vikings. And they had just four quarterback hits. As much as the secondary struggled, a little more pass rush might have helped.

Cox said he actually thought the pass rush was fine against the Vikings, but it was hard to get to Kirk Cousins because he was rolling and the Eagles had to respect the run. Maybe that’s partially true, but they still didn’t do enough. 

No one did enough on Sunday. At least the Cowboys lost too, which sets up a battle for first place in the NFC East next weekend in North Texas. 

“We don’t have to do nothing special,” Cox said. “We just gotta focus on doing our job, everybody just has to focus on doing our job. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”

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Why the Eagles called their ill-advised fake FG vs. Vikings

Why the Eagles called their ill-advised fake FG vs. Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — On Sunday, the Eagles returned to U.S. Bank Stadium, where Doug Pederson once called one of the most famous trick plays in NFL history.

This time, his trick play didn’t work out so well.

It was just a bad idea.

Late in the second quarter of the Eagles’ blowout loss to the Vikings, Pederson called a fake field goal on 4th-and-4. Kicker Jake Elliott took a direct snap and the play was designed to be a pass to Dallas Goedert, who would — in theory — either go for a touchdown or step out of bounds to give the Eagles another shot at the end zone.

That didn’t happen.

“I was the only receiver there,” Goedert said. “We had the look that we wanted. The linebacker played over towards my side a little bit more. It still might have been there, but it obviously wasn’t exactly how we wanted it to go. In hindsight, those three points would have been nice.”

Basically, the Eagles expected No. 41 Anthony Harris to sit in the middle and not take away Goedert on the short side of the field. Earlier in the game, on a 53-yard field goal, Harris broke to his right, but the ball was on the other hash. The Vikings left the short side wide open for Goedert. That, along with the Vikings’ tape, influenced the fake.

On the fake, if the Eagles didn’t like what they saw as they lined up, they were going to kick the 39-yard field goal. But the Eagles got the look they wanted pre-snap. It’s just that Harris went with Goedert this time.

“Yeah, we had the look we wanted, tried to take advantage of it, get a little bit closer opportunity to maybe shoot it in the end zone after that,” Pederson said. “They made a great play.”

This is a play the Eagles have been working on in practice, but Elliott said this was the first time he’s ever thrown a pass in the game. The design is for Elliott to throw the ball immediately, but when he got the ball, he thought Goedert was too covered. Elliott tried to make something happen, but even if Goedert comes back and catches the ball, the clock would probably run out. The Eagles had no timeouts and didn’t even have a QB on the field to clock it.

This play call from Pederson was a bad one for two reasons:

1. Kicking the FG would have given the Eagles three points and they were getting the ball back after half. As it turns out, the Eagles scored on the opening drive of the second half to cut the lead to seven (24-17). But had they gotten those three points, they could have tried a two-point conversion to put them down three.

2. If you’re gonna go for it, just go for it. Why put the ball in your kicker’s hand instead of Carson Wentz’s? If the Eagles would have converted with Wentz, they would have had enough time to clock the ball and try for the end zone, if that was the idea.

“I mean, hey, Coach made the call, and if it works, it would have been awesome,” Wentz said, “and it didn't, so that's football.”

There were plenty of other reasons why the Eagles lost on Sunday, but this fake field goal just wasn’t a good call from Pederson. Ultimately, maybe it didn’t matter, but a better play call there certainly wouldn’t have hurt.

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