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Nate Sudfeld leaves Eagles-Titans preseason game with injury

Nate Sudfeld leaves Eagles-Titans preseason game with injury

Updated: 11:41 p.m.

Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld broke his non-throwing wrist in Thursday night’s preseason opener, head coach Doug Pederson said. 

Sudfeld, 25, will have surgery on Friday morning. 

Pederson said the Eagles are excited that the injury is not deemed season-ending, but wouldn’t give a more specific timeframe for return. Pederson said the team would have more updates on Saturday. 

With under 30 seconds left in the first half, Sudfeld was driven into the ground and injured his left arm. Isaiah Mack was called for roughing the passer on the play. The backup quarterback braced for impact, which is when the injury occurred. 

On the ground, Sudfeld immediately grabbed that left wrist in pain. After leaving the sideline on a cart with his wrist in an air cast, Sudfeld had X-rays at halftime that revealed the break. 

Pederson said there are no plans to sign another quarterback right now. That means the Eagles are down to Carson Wentz, Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson. 

“Right now, we’re just going to continue with who we got,” Pederson said. “We’re comfortable with Cody and obviously get Clayton more work. With Nate, this is not season-ending so we’re excited about that.” 

After leaving the field, Sudfeld went into the blue medical tent and veteran Kessler replaced him to finish the first half.

Since Super Bowl hero Nick Foles left in free agency this offseason, Sudfeld became the Eagles’ backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz. We expected to see a lot of him this preseason, but now the Eagles might be without him for a while. With Wentz’s injury history, Sudfeld is considered by many to be a key player for the upcoming season.

Entering his fourth NFL season, Sudfeld was having a good night before the injury. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown, with a passer rating of 107.9.

“I thought he was playing well,” Pederson said. “He was seeing the field good. Great touchdown throw. Had a couple opportunities, missed a little bit wide on a couple throws early, but I thought he really had great poise going in against their No. 1 defense out there and was doing some really good things. Kind of getting into a rhythm there before the half.”

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COWBOYS AT BEARS (THURSDAY NIGHT 8:20PM FOX/NFL)
Everybody in Dallas wants Jason Garrett fired. In Chicago looks like the love affair with QB Mitchell Trubisky has come to a crossroads. The Cowboys are doing everything they can to give the NFC East lead away, while the Bears have fought their way back into playoff contention. Dallas has a lot of soul searching to do after getting embarrassed on Thanksgiving day by Buffalo. Two good defensive fronts in this one, but if Dallas’ offense  comes to play they have enough fire power to ride out of chi-town with the W.

49ERS AT SAINTS (SUNDAY 1PM FOX)
Niners are still licking their wounds after coming up short in a slugfest in Baltimore. The Saints are the first team to wrap up a division title in the NFC South. Both squads are striving to achieve that number one overall seed. San fran’s defense is stingy and will provide a great chess match for Drew Brees and his offense. Niners schedule has been brutal having played the packers, ravens and now New Orleans in consecutive weeks. Should be a good possible playoff preview. Saints get the slight edge in the dome.

RAVENS AT BILLS (SUNDAY 1PM CBS)
Can anybody stop the Ravens right now? So far the answer is no. Their 8 game win streak is quite impressive when you consider 5 of those wins have come against the seahawks, patriots, texans, rams, and 49ers. Lamar Jackson has the league buzzing and appears to be the MVP front runner. Buffalo went down to Dallas and shocked the world. They believe they still have a chance to catch the struggling patriots in the AFC East. Bills head coach Sean McDermott has done a wonderful job with his defense. They’re good, but not good enough to stop the ravens hot streak.

CHIEFS AT PATRIOTS (SUNDAY 4:25PM CBS)
Speaking of the patriots for years offense has been their staple, but lately the defense has had to carry the weight of this team. In their last 3 outings Tom Brady’s crew has posted 17, 13, and 22 points. Not what we expect from an O that normally racks up 30 plus points a game. They better figure it out in a hurry because the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the chiefs can light it up in a hurry. In their last two games KC has scored 64 points. Patriots defense against the chiefs offense will be fun to watch. New England is ripe for the picking, and i pick KC to pluck them.

SEAHAWKS AT RAMS (SUNDAY NIGHT 8:20PM NBC)
Right now Seattle controls the NFC West and is the two seed in the conference overall. As for the rams they’re on the outside trying to get back in currently holding the 7th spot. Rams trying to get RB Todd Gurley more involved in the offense which would take some of the pressure off Jared Goff. This is a crucial stretch for the rams... with 3 straight heavyweight showdowns against Seattle, Dallas, and San Francisco. They’ve already lost to both the hawks, and niners earlier in the season. Seattle coming off a huge win over the vikings at home, will up their road mark to 7-0 after getting by Los Angeles.

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How long will Jeffrey Lurie give Doug Pederson to turn Eagles around?

How long will Jeffrey Lurie give Doug Pederson to turn Eagles around?

With the Eagles sputtering along at 5-7 and coming off one of the ugliest losses in a generation, there’s been plenty of speculation about Doug Pederson’s future and just how long owner Jeffrey Lurie will be patient if Pederson is unable to get this team back on track.

Pederson won a Super Bowl two years ago, but the Eagles are 15-15 since, although they did win a road wild-card game last year in Chicago.

Pederson isn’t getting fired after this season, and I think everybody understands that he still has plenty of equity left just 22 months after leading the Eagles to their first and only Lombardi Trophy.

But the Eagles certainly aren’t trending in the right direction. They’ve lost three straight games and the 37-31 loss Sunday in Miami to a 2-9 Dolphins team turned the heat up on Pederson.

His play-calling magic seems to have disappeared, his franchise quarterback has struggled at times, some of his assistant coaches often seem overmatched and way too many young players are failing to develop.

After being picked by many experts and analysts to contend for a Super Bowl, the Eagles need to go 3-1 to avoid just their fifth losing season in the last 20 years. 

So how long should we expect Lurie to stick with Pederson if things don’t get better?

History — Eagles history and NFL history — can help us sort this out.

Lurie has fired four head coaches — Rich Kotite, Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid and Chip Kelly. He let go of each one at the exact same time — after the first time their teams failed to reach the playoffs two straight years.

Does that mean if the Eagles don’t win the NFC East this year and the Eagles don’t rebound and reach the playoffs next year, Pederson is gone? 

Probably not.

It’s hard to imagine Lurie looking at Pederson the same way he looked at Rhodes, Kotite or Kelly. That Super Bowl trophy could very well earn Pederson more than just two down years.

Plus, only one coach in NFL history has ever won a Super Bowl and been fired before he coached at least four more seasons with that team.

Let’s take a look at the curious history of Super Bowl coaches getting fired:

There have been 53 Super Bowls and 32 Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

Out of those 32, six are still with the team they won a Super Bowl with. Of the remaining 26, 17 either voluntarily resigned or retired.

That leaves only nine who have been fired, and that includes Tom Coughlin, who initially resigned, although it was later reported he had been forced out.

Let’s take a look at the nine and how long they lasted between their Super Bowl triumph and their dismissal:

Tom Landry, Cowboys: Won Super Bowls after the 1971 and 1977 seasons and was fired after the 1988 season (after a loss to the Eagles). Coached 10 more years. Four losing seasons.

Mike Shanahan, Broncos: Won Super Bowls after the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Coached nine more years. Four losing seasons.

Mike McCarthy, Packers: Won the Super Bowl in 2010. Coached eight more years. Two losing seasons.

Mike Ditka, Bears: Won Super Bowl in 1985. Coached seven more years. Five losing seasons. 

Jon Gruden, Buccaneers: Won Super Bowl in 2002. Coached six more years. Four losing seasons.

Brian Billick, Ravens: Won Super Bowl in 2000. Coached five more years. Three losing seasons.

Hank Stram, Chiefs: Won the 1969 Super Bowl and was fired after the 1974 season. Coached five more years. Three losing seasons.

Tom Coughlin, Giants: Won Super Bowls after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. Coached four more years. Three losing seasons. 

Don McCafferty, Colts: Won the 1970 Super Bowl and was fired after the 1972 season. Coached two more years. Two losing seasons.

So seven of the nine Super Bowl-winning coaches who have been fired coached at least five more years after their Super Bowl before getting the axe.

The two others?

Coughlin didn’t get fired until the Giants had gone 28-36 without reaching the playoffs in his last four seasons.

McCafferty is an anomaly. He won the Super Bowl in 1970 with the Colts and went 10-4 the next year before getting fired just five games into the 1972 seasons with the Colts 1-4. He coached the Lions to a 6-7-1 record in 1973, was fired again and never coached again.

Which means he’s not only the only head coach in history to win a Super Bowl and get fired within the next three years, he actually got fired twice within the next three years.

If Lurie fires Pederson before the end of the 2021 season, it would equal the second-fastest a Super Bowl-winning coach had been fired in nearly half a century.

It’s just hard to imagine Lurie giving up that quickly on the only coach to deliver a Super Bowl championship to Philadelphia.

And who knows? Maybe the Eagles will actually start winning again.

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