Eagles should just go all-in on smack talking Dallas

Eagles should just go all-in on smack talking Dallas

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill started off Dallas week with a little smack talk Wednesday afternoon and I loved it. 

Here’s what he said to NBC 10: 

“Look at Dallas’ history. They always choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.” 

I know it might be a somewhat unpopular opinion, but that’s tremendous. 

I love the smack talking. I think the Eagles should smack talk more. I think they should turn complete WWE heel and all talk crap this entire week. Why not? 

So it might end up on a bulletin board in Dallas? Who cares? 

Do you really think the Cowboys have a better shot of winning this game today than before yesterday when KGH said that? No way. This is a division game for first place in the NFC East between two teams that are supposed to hate each other. No bulletin board crap is going to change that. 

Maybe that comment looks bad if the Eagles go down to North Texas and get beat up by the Cowboys on Sunday. But the Eagles can’t even think about that possibility. They have to go down to North Texas this weekend completely convinced they’re going to beat the Cowboys, take over first place in the division and never look back. 

There are plenty of reasons for the rest of us to realistically doubt that’s going to happen. But every single person in that locker room should feel that way. 

They ought to go down to North Texas this weekend acting like the damn reigning Super Bowl champions, big you-know-what swingin'. 

Have some swagger. 

Now, Doug Pederson didn’t seem to like the comment from Grugier-Hill and that’s to be expected. He’s got enough on his plate and he sort of needs to act with an appropriate level of decorum as the head coach of an NFL franchise. 

Likewise, Carson Wentz wasn’t very interested in joining Grugier-Hill among the trash-talkers either. He said he has a lot of respect for the Cowboys and blah, blah, blah. 

But I wonder how many of Grugier-Hill’s teammates, if you hooked them up to a lie detector test, would really think the comment was “unfortunate.” Instead, maybe they’d actually agree with him. Maybe they’d have some comments of their own, like earlier this season when Jason Peters called Cowboys fans “arrogant.” 

Sports are entertainment and hearing what Grugier-Hill said on Wednesday is the most entertained I’ve been all week as we get ready for a pivotal rivalry game. 

If it gets the Cowboys mad? Oh well. If they post his comment on some nonexistent bulletin board (no one has bulletin boards anymore, right?), so be it. Let the Cowboys play with too much emotion. Let them work themselves into a lather. 

And then go down to North Texas and beat them. To me, that’s the mindset of a team that has its back against the wall. The Eagles have always performed best when they think everyone is counting them out. 

So go ahead and add some fuel to the fire, Eagles, and let’s have ourselves a showdown in Texas on Sunday.

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Eagles to host New Jersey high school football game suspended after shooting

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Eagles to host New Jersey high school football game suspended after shooting

The Eagles on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field will host the rest of a New Jersey high school playoff football game that was suspended because of a shooting. 

The game between Pleasantville High School and Camden High School was stopped on Friday night after a shooting in the crowd in Pleasantville that left three wounded, including a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old student

According to NBC 10, a suspect has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts, while three other men have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. 

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) announced on Monday afternoon that the Eagles offered up their stadium to finish the approximately 17 remaining minutes of the playoff game. The NJSIAA had been looking for a neutral site. 

Larry White, the executive director of the NJSIAA, said the following in a statement released Monday: 

“It’s extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles’ generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game. They’ll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win.”

The Eagles are expected to release a statement and more information about the game on Tuesday. 

The NJSIAA took up the Eagles on their offer but thanked other schools for their assistance. The Black Horse Pike School District also offered to host the game. 

The game will resume at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. While the Linc will be closed to the public, each school will be given free passes for players’ parents and family members. The game will also be streamed live on NJ.com. 

The shooting on Friday night occurred in the third quarter with Camden leading 6-0. The winner of this game will face Cedar Creek on Saturday, Nov. 30 for the Central Group 2 Sectional Championship. 

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The interesting wrinkle in Jay Ajayi's contract

The interesting wrinkle in Jay Ajayi's contract

The Eagles on Friday signed running back Jay Ajayi for the rest of the 2019 season, but based on what’s written into the contract, the Eagles will basically have the option to bring him back in 2020. 

Here’s the report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport: 

So basically, Ajayi will kind of be a restricted free agent at the lowest (right of first refusal) level. That means the Eagles have the option to match a contract and keep the player, but won’t get compensation back if he goes elsewhere like a higher-level tendered player. The Eagles will still be eligible for a compensatory pick if Ajayi signs elsewhere and they don't match the offer. 

This is an interesting wrinkle to Ajayi’s contract, especially in the entire scope of the Eagles’ running back situation. 

Because, remember, Jordan Howard is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. As long as he’s able to return from this stinger soon, he would be a realistic candidate to get an extension before the end of the season. But, to me, this part of Ajayi’s contract is sort of like an insurance policy if the Eagles aren’t able to re-sign Howard during free agency. Or if they choose to move on from Howard. 

The Eagles seem to like having a running back rotation and the only running back guaranteed to return in 2020 is Miles Sanders. Either Howard or a healthy Ajayi (we’ll see) would seemingly be a good complement. 

I say we’ll see because Ajayi hasn’t played football in over a year. He signed on Friday, but Doug Pederson opted to not play him two days later. During his career, Ajayi has been a very productive runner, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. 

But Ajayi, 26, tore his ACL last season and already had long-standing knee issues, so there’s some serious doubt about his football future. Ajayi will have a chance to answer some of those questions in the final six games of the 2019 season. 

“We will incorporate him,” Pederson said on Monday. “Again, if Jordan (Howard) … if he doesn't practice or whatever during the week then we definitely will get Jay ready to go.”

The Eagles at least took out an insurance policy of sorts. If Ajayi does have something left, they’ll have the option of bringing him back in 2020 no matter what other team is interested in him.

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