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Eagles are still in NFC East race, but they gotta win a damn game first

Eagles are still in NFC East race, but they gotta win a damn game first

NEW ORLEANS — As the Eagles woke up in Philadelphia Monday morning, they could choose to look at the NFC East standings and realistically see a chance to still win their division. 

Because even after their 48-7 loss at the Superdome Sunday afternoon, they’re just two games behind Washington, which lost its starting quarterback for the year before the Eagles-Saints game even kicked off. 

But they can’t do that. 

The Eagles can’t think about the division or the big picture or their chances to still sneak into the playoffs with a run down the stretch. They gotta focus on winning one damn football game first. And that’s no given with this team regardless of who they play. 

Chris Long is a veteran. He’s played on bad teams before. He gets it. 

“If we start worrying about how many games we are back in the division and whatnot, which is the reality, but you’re not focusing on the one thing in front of your face and that’s the division game coming up,” he said. 

“Just one. Just win a game. We can’t worry about the past, last year, how this year started. We gotta win right now.”

The Eagles will host the Giants at 1 p.m. at the Linc on Sunday afternoon. The first Giants game (a 34-13 win in October) was really the only complete game the Eagles have put together all season. But it would be foolish for the Eagles to think they’ll simply roll over the Giants, who have won two straight since their bye week. 

Are the Eagles better than the Giants? No doubt. But they’ve lost to inferior teams before this season.

“We’ll be raring to go on Monday, Tuesday, trying to win a division game. And that’s no BS,” Long said. “I mean, listen, I want to mope, I want to throw s—, but that’s not going to do us any good. Execution is going to do us good. We need to go out there and execute.”

The Eagles are 4-6. They’ve earned that record. Simply put, they’re just not a very good football team right now. They’ve lost five of their last seven games, including both since coming off their Week 9 bye. And thanks to the blowout loss Sunday, they’ve now lost in just about every conceivable way this season. 

The Super Bowl feels like it was decades ago. 

The NFC East is still very much up for grabs and the Eagles are still very much in the mix. But it starts with next Sunday against the Giants. The Eagles just need to find a way to get a win. Maybe then — and only then — they can start thinking about the division.

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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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