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Gunn-On-One: Corey Clement talks about not being elevated to feature back status

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Gunn-On-One: Corey Clement talks about not being elevated to feature back status

It was assumed that Corey Clement would move into a feature back role, but that has not been the case. 

We discussed how Clement feels about that and more in this week’s Gunn-on-One.

Gunn: Since Jay Ajayi has gone down, you’ve had only 24 touches. How frustrating is it that your role hasn’t increased even more so?

Clement: Being put in the situations, I try not to put my stats first. I try to be a team-oriented player every time I step out there regardless of the amount of touches I get. For those who do know, every time I get a chance I try to make an impact as much as possible because just around the league, not everybody gets their fair share of the ball as much as they should. That’s just the nature of the business, but when you do get a shot, it’s always good to leave a positive note. When you do get a chance and make an opportunity count, that’s when you know you can definitely be trusted.

Gunn: Jacksonville is a team like yourselves. Everybody projected them to be this Super Bowl contender. They’ve been struggling to stay afloat. When you look at their defense they’ve got talent across the board. What jumps out at you even though they’re struggling right now?

Clement: Jacksonville is a sound defense. Great defensive front. Probably one of the top defenses we play this year. Regardless of their record, that’s not who they truly are, just like us. I think it’s going to be a great matchup that we get a chance to display in London for the first time. It’s going to be a fun time, an awesome trip, but at the same time, we are going there to win. I really don’t want to get caught up in the travel experiences. We want to go out at Wembley Stadium and be victorious.

My extended conversation with Clement comes your way Sunday between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Eagles Pregame Live on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Or watch our pre and postgame shows on the #MyTeams Philadelphia sports app. 

I’ll be on live before and after the game from across the pond. Cheerio! 

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Doug Pederson is right — 7 points was worst part of blowout loss to Saints

Doug Pederson is right — 7 points was worst part of blowout loss to Saints

The score is still shocking to see on paper — 48-7. 

You’ve heard all about it over the last day. It’s the worst loss a defending champion has ever suffered. It’s the sixth-worst loss in franchise history. It’s a final score you guys rightfully ripped the Eagles for just after the game ended (see story.) 

On Monday afternoon, I wondered what part of that score bothered Doug Pederson more: the 48 or the 7. So I asked him. 

And he didn’t hesitate at all. 

The seven points we scored because we had more plays out on the field that we left, after watching the film again today. So that's the disappointing thing, that we didn't do a better job offensively and score more points in this game.

The 48, listen, they're a good football team. Let's not kid ourselves there. That's a good football team, and we knew we were going to have to score points, but, yeah, the seven points is probably more disappointing.

Yeah, he’s right. At least on this topic. 

The Saints score a lot of points. We knew this going into Sunday’s game. They put up 51 points the previous week and were averaging 36.7 points per game. The Eagles weren’t going to just shut down Drew Brees and that offense. We all went into the game on Sunday thinking the offense had to put up 40 points if the Eagles were going to have a chance. Then they scored seven. 

So the Eagles’ defense gave up 48 points to a Hall of Fame quarterback, but they have a secondary that has been completely decimated by injuries this year and even in this game. By the end of Sunday night, Brees was picking apart three corners who weren’t on the roster a month ago (see story). Now, that still isn’t an excuse to get torched as badly as they did and even before Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas went down, Brees was picking them apart. 

But we expected the Saints to score. That’s what they do. 

They Saints also give up points and yards through the air. At least they did before they faced the Eagles. Coming into Sunday, the Saints were giving up 25.8 points per game and 296 yards through the air. The Eagles scored seven and Wentz had just 156 passing yards. 

As bad as the defense has been at certain points this season, it’s not the biggest problem. This offense isn’t getting the job done. They have still scored just 21 points in first quarters this year — just 2.1 per game — and on Sunday never found a rhythm. 

This is an offense with a franchise quarterback, an offensive line that’s supposed to be good and several weapons, including a trade deadline acquisition of Golden Tate. That offense sputtered on Sunday and has sputtered for most of the season. 

It takes a lot for 48 points given up on defense to not be the biggest problem in a game. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday. 

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

On this edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro recap the debacle in New Orleans. 

Who should own the most responsibility for the loss? Are there coaches already on the hot seat?

Roob gives some rather forgettable stats. However, is there hope for a division title with the injury to Alex Smith?

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1:00 - What happened?
6:00 - Doug Pederson and Mike Groh overmatched without Frank Reich?
11:00 - Saints were playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" often.
13:00 - Alarming lack of takeaways from the defense.
17:00 - Doug deserves most of the blame.
22:00 - Carson Wentz deserves criticism.
28:30 - With Alex Smith gone for the season, do the Eagles have a shot at the division?
34:00 - Some forgettable stats from Sunday's loss.
39:30 - How was New Orleans?