An updated look at how Eagles can get to the playoffs

An updated look at how Eagles can get to the playoffs

LANDOVER, Md. — If the Eagles are going to win the NFC East, it’s going to have to come down to the last week of the season. 

The Eagles took down the Redskins 37-27 on Sunday afternoon but then the Cowboys took care of business too. They beat the Rams 44-21 at AT&T Stadium. 

That means that while there’s a good chance that the winner of next week’s Eagles-Cowboys game at the Linc is the winner of the division, it’s not guaranteed in the case of the Eagles. 

Both teams are 7-7 heading into that Week 16 battle. The Eagles cannot win the division without winning next weekend. Because if the Cowboys win, they’ll have eight wins and the Eagles wouldn’t be able to get more than that. The first tie-break is head-to-head record and if the Cowboys win in Week 16, they’ll be 2-0 against the Eagles. 

Basically, if the Cowboys beat the Eagles next week, they win the division. But it’s not as simple for the Eagles. 

So there are two ways for the Eagles to win the division: 

1. Beat the Cowboys and the Giants 

If the Eagles just win their last two games, they’re in the playoffs. Pretty simple. 

2. Beat the Cowboys, lose to the Giants, Cowboys lose to the Redskins 

This scenario would require some help. But if the Eagles beat the Cowboys and then lose to the Giants in Week 17, they could still make the playoffs. But they would need the Cowboys to lose at home to Washington in Week 17. If that happens, the Eagles would be 8-8 and the Cowboys would be 7-9. 

But what the Cowboys’ win on Sunday did eliminate was the best-case scenario for the Eagles. Coming into the weekend, it was looking like they would have a chance to be playing for the division in Week 16 and then basically get a bye in Week 17. That’s off the table. 

It’s been a wild few months. And if the Eagles win the division, we won’t know it until the final week of the season.

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When LeSean McCoy retires, he'll retire as an Eagle

When LeSean McCoy retires, he'll retire as an Eagle

Even though he’s been gone for six years, Shady is still a Philadelphia Eagle at heart.

LeSean McCoy, whose last season in an Eagles uniform was 2014, said at Super Bowl Media Day Monday in Miami that when he retires, he’s retiring as an Eagle, according to the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, covering Media Day at Marlins Park.

What does retiring as an Eagle really mean?

More than anything, it just means even after all these years, he still considers himself an Eagle.

McCoy could sign one of those one-year contracts for show and formally retire as an Eagle. When he retires he’ll quickly be added into the Eagles Hall of Fame. And his No. 25 - which hasn’t been worn since he left - could one day be retired.

If McCoy does ever go into the Pro Bowl Hall of Fame — and he’s got a shot — he wouldn’t go in “as an Eagle,” only because players aren’t enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame “as” anything. They just go in.

McCoy spent 2009 through 2014 with the Eagles and rushed for a franchise-record 6,792 yards in just six years. He also set a franchise record with 9,074 scrimmage yards. He was an all-pro in 2013 and made three Pro Bowls.

Soon after Chip Kelly assumed GM powers from Howie Roseman in January of 2015, Kelly traded McCoy to the Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

After four years with the Bills, including three more Pro Bowl seasons, he was released this past summer and quickly signed with the Chiefs, reuniting with Andy Reid, who drafted him in 2009.

McCoy ran for 465 yards with a 4.6 average and four TDs this past regular season but has only played one snap in the postseason and doesn’t have a carry in the Chiefs’ last four games. He was inactive for the AFC Championship Game.

This is not only McCoy’s first Super Bowl, it’s the first time he’s been on a team that’s won a playoff game in his 11-year career.

McCoy is the only player in NFL history with 11,000 rushing yards, a 4.5 rushing average and 500 receptions.

He had the most rushing yards (10,434) and most scrimmage yards (13,923) in the NFL during the decade of the 2010’s.

McCoy is now 31 and turns 32 this summer. He said win or lose in the Super Bowl, he doesn’t plan on retiring after the season, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com

“I can still play, so I’m not going to retire yet,” he said. “But that day is coming.”

And when it does, McCoy is coming home.

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Eagles reportedly losing top executive Andrew Berry

Eagles reportedly losing top executive Andrew Berry

Less than a year after the Eagles created a high-level front office position for Andrew Berry, they are losing their Vice President of Football operations to the Cleveland Browns, according to multiple reports.

Berry is the Browns’ new general manager and executive vice president.

The Eagles brought Berry aboard last Feb. 25 after he spent the previous three years with the Browns as their VP of player personnel. At the time, the Eagles just really liked Berry and wanted to find a way to add a young, fast-rising football mind to the building. But with Howie Roseman firmly entrenched as the general manager in Philadelphia, Berry will head back to Cleveland.

According to NFL.com, Berry got a five-year deal and will have 53-man roster control in Cleveland. 

At 32 years old, Berry will become the youngest general manager in NFL history, taking away that title from Roseman, who was 34 when he was promoted back in 2010.

This is the second straight year the Eagles have lost a top executive to a GM job elsewhere. Last offseason, the Jets hired VP of player personnel Joe Douglas to be their general manager.

It isn’t a surprise that Berry is getting a GM job, but perhaps it’s slightly surprising it’s happening so quickly. But he’s a Harvard-educated former football player with a degree in economics and computer science. He began his NFL career with the Colts in 2009 and worked his way up from a scouting assistant to pro scouting coordinator before he left in 2015 to join the Browns.

Just a few days ago, Vikings assistant GM George Paton took himself out of the running for the GM job in Cleveland, which left Berry as the clear-cut top candidate and the Browns moved quickly. While Paton had a long history with new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, Berry got to know Stefanski during the coaching search just after the 2018 season when the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens.

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles reportedly denied a request from the Panthers to interview Berry for a vice president job. The reasoning from the Eagles was that it wasn’t a general manager position and he wouldn’t have had final say on personnel matters.

In Cleveland, Berry will be a full-fledged GM with roster control. His time in Philadelphia didn’t last very long.

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