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Is it too late for Eagles to salvage 2018 season?

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Is it too late for Eagles to salvage 2018 season?

Now what?

The Eagles have lost four of their last six games and three in a row at home. They’ve fallen two games off the pace in the NFC East and the hottest team in the NFL is laying in wait in New Orleans.

It’s bad, and it could very well get worse very quickly for the Super Bowl champs.

So where do they go from here? Is there anything left to play for? Is there still hope?

Here’s a sampling of answers to that question from the locker room:

Zach Ertz: “We just have to believe, despite the evidence. The evidence says we’re 4-5 and we’re not as good as we thought we were going to be coming into this year. But we can’t lose the faith of being brothers, playing for one another, and being a family. I know that if we’re able to put a full game together for 60 minutes with the offense playing well and the defense playing well, I feel like we’re one of the better teams in the NFC. But it just hasn’t happened yet. The evidence says that we’re not a very good football team, but I think we just have to maintain that faith in one another. There’s still seven games left, we still play the Redskins twice, and we play the Cowboys another time. Is it going to be easy? Heck, no. It’s not going to be easy, but we have to believe despite the evidence.”

Malcolm Jenkins: “I think you’re not allowed to look at the big picture at this point. It’s just taking pride in the work that you do every single day. Whether it’s your preparation, the way you practice, that’s all we can afford to look at at this point. There is no big picture. It’s just one day at a time, taking pride in your work, and we will figure out the rest later.”

Chris Long: “The door’s not closed, but we’ve certainly dug ourselves a nice hole. This is the NFL, you don’t play well, you get beat, period. A team that’s 4-5, you don’t stick together that can go south real quick, but I believe in these guys, the character in this room. Last year at this point we were lighting the world on fire and this year I don’t think we’re much different a team but the record is very different and that’s because of a few little things here and there and that’s the difference between winning and losing in the NFL. Rightfully so, a lot of people are going to say the sky is falling but the players can’t have that attitude.”

Carson Wentz: “We have a lot of veterans, lot of leadership. And like you said, like Coach said, and I’m going to keep echoing the same thing, we all have to look in the mirror. What can we do differently? Where can we be better? And we realize a lot of people are going to want to write us off at this point and now it’s just time to play ball and try and go shock some people.”

Jason Peters: “We still have it, we’re just coming up short. We lost four games (by a total of) 15, 16 points. It’s little stuff. That’s the difference between this year and last year. (I tell my teammates), ‘Don’t go in the tank. Don’t listen to the negativity. Just come to work, and let’s finish.’ We’ve got the Saints next week. Tough opponent. But we’re going to be ready for them.”

The Eagles are now two games behind the Redskins in the NFC East with seven games to go.

According to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction engine, the Eagles have a 26 percent chance of reaching the playoffs, a 23 percent chance of winning the NFC East and a 1 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.

That sounds a little high.

They still have to deal with the 9-1 Rams, the 6-3 Texans and the 8-1 Saints this weekend in New Orleans. Not to mention the 6-3 Redskins twice. And a Cowboys team in Dallas that just beat them in Philly.

But it’s really not the time to play scoreboard. That will come when the Eagles start winning games again. If that ever happens.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Doug Pederson’s comments about coaching staff accountability and go through his roster of coaches. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion. Mack Hollins is gone. Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact and the team hasn’t been the same without him.

And the Eagles do have a game this week! 

• Marken Michel is back and Dave is happy 
• Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion 
• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
• Which coaches might not be back?
• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
• Eagles really miss Jordan Howard 
• Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley 
• At least one more game vs. Eli 

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Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill missed practice on Thursday with a concussion, which means he could possibly miss Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Grugier-Hill played 42 snaps against the Dolphins and even spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But on Thursday, he reported concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

On the first play from scrimmage against the Dolphins, Grugier-Hill collided hard with DeVante Parker, but was able to return to the game after the collision. It's unclear whether or not this was the play where he suffered the concussion, but it's very possible.

If Grugier-Hill can’t play on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers would be Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, who would likely see an expanded role.

In addition to Grugier-Hill, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Derek Barnett (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.

Agholor was limited last week during practice with his knee injury but was able to play. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Dolphins game but was able to return to the game and play 50 snaps.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday, as he has been for weeks, and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. He can’t play until that happens. On Thursday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t think it’s an injury that will end Howard’s season, but there’s just four games left.

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