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Eagle Eye Podcast: Who are the leaders on this team?

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Who are the leaders on this team?

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Dave Zangaro preview Eagles vs Saints. Good news; the Eagles appear to be getting healthier. Bad news; it's a daunting task they're facing.

What do they need to do to pull off an unlikely win? Is there a lack of leadership on this team? Gunner and Dave debate that.

Also, where will the guys visit while they work in New Orleans.

2:00 — Eagles are getting healthier.
6:30 — Taking a look at the secondary.
12:00 — That secondary has to go up against an incredible Saints offense.
16:00 — Eagles have to play a perfect game to win.
20:00 — Is there a lack of leadership with this team?
25:00 — Previewing the other NFC East games.
28:30 — Where will the guys hang out in New Orleans?

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Doug Pederson says no to bringing back DeFilippo … ‘at this time’ 

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Doug Pederson says no to bringing back DeFilippo … ‘at this time’ 

In the wake of John DeFilippo’s getting fired by the Vikings on Tuesday, the natural reaction was to think about a possible reunion in Philly. 

Even though Minnesota’s offense hadn’t been good under DeFilippo, he was a part of the Super Bowl staff that led the Eagles to great offensive success not that long ago. So, naturally, there was a clamor from the fanbase to bring him back. 

So Doug knew the question was coming. Here was his response on Wednesday morning: 

I was anticipating this question, but listen, what I’ll say is John did a great job for me. He helped us win a world championship and then he had an opportunity. I love my coaches. I’m confident in the guys we have. So at this time, no.

If you really want the Eagles to bring back Flip, the part to cling to there is “at this time,” because Pederson didn’t rule out an eventual return. But this probably shuts down the idea that Flip would be brought in for some Hue Jackson-type role in Cincinnati. 

While Pederson didn’t rule out an eventual reunion, as I wrote yesterday (see story), it could be tricky because both sides would need to want it. It was important to DeFilippo to get an opportunity to call plays. If the offensive coordinator job in Philadelphia became available, it still wouldn’t give him the ability to do that. He’d be stuck behind Pederson in that regard. 

DeFilippo is still just 40 years old and was thought to be an up-and-coming offensive mind who was going to be a head coach. It’s unclear how his incomplete season in Minnesota will change the perception of him throughout the league. 

But we do know the Eagles thought a lot of him as a coach and for good reason. As QB coach, he helped Carson Wentz become an MVP candidate and helped Nick Foles lead the team to a championship. The Eagles blocked him from leaving before last season and it helped them win a Super Bowl. It wouldn’t be crazy for them to want to bring him back.

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Report: Carson Wentz not expected to play vs. Rams, may miss rest of season

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Report: Carson Wentz not expected to play vs. Rams, may miss rest of season

Carson Wentz won’t practice on Wednesday because of back soreness, and according to a report he won’t play Sunday against the Rams and may not play the rest of the year.

After head coach Doug Pederson said earlier Wednesday that Wentz was experiencing back soreness and tightness, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the injury is much more serious than Pederson let on.

A team spokesman said the Eagles would have no comment on the NFL Network report:

"Doug just did a press conference in which he proactively said what he's comfortable saying at this point."

Pederson said only that Wentz would miss practice Wednesday. He said he didn’t know whether he’d be available for the Eagles’ game against the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Carson has a little bit of back soreness, a little tightness. So we’re going to rest him today and continue to evaluate him and make sure he’s good, but we’ll have more information … later in the week. Sometimes he just gets a little sore, a little tight, so we’re just going to rest him today and evaluate him further.

Asked whether he expects Wentz to play against the Rams Sunday, Pederson said: “Again we’re going to focus on today, get through today and see where he’s at at the end of the day.”

Wentz hasn’t missed a snap since his season began Week 3 against the Colts.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who hasn’t played a snap since Week 2, will take the first-team reps at practice Wednesday. Nate Sudfeld will run the scout team.

The irony here is that it was in Los Angeles that Wentz suffered his season-ending knee injury a year ago this week.

Foles replaced him, rallied the Eagles to a win and then to postseason wins over the Falcons, Vikings and Patriots as the Eagles won their first NFL championship since 1960.

Pederson was vague Wednesday morning when asked when Wentz’s back issues began:

We’ve monitored him since he tore his knee, since he damaged his knee, so we’ve been on him and monitoring him and listen every player’s going to play with a little nagging injury from time to time, that’s just the way it works in this business, and the quarterback’s no exception.

Wentz has been bothered by back spasms at times earlier this season.

He was limited at practice through the practice weeks leading up to the Carolina and Jacksonville games but played in both.

Wentz was most recently listed on the injury report on Oct. 26, the Friday before the Jaguars game, when he was limited at practice at the Hazelton Rugby Complex in Sunbury-on-Thames, England.

But Wednesday’s practice is the first that he’ll miss entirely because of back issues. Wentz didn’t play the first two weeks of the season as he continued to rehab his knee injury.

Have Wentz’s back problems affected his performance this year? Could that be one of the reasons he’s run less?

“I don’t know,” Pederson said. “That’s probably something you’d ask him about.”

The Eagles did postpone Wentz’s usual Wednesday media availability.

Foles started the first two games of the season, a win over the Falcons and a loss to the Buccaneers. He completed 66 percent of his passes with one TD and one INT in those games.

The Eagles are 5-6 in Wentz’s 11 starts this year. He’s completed a career-high 70 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 3,074 passing yards and a career-high 102.2 passer rating.

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