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Seth Joyner has a strong stance on whether Eagles should trade for Jalen Ramsey

Seth Joyner has a strong stance on whether Eagles should trade for Jalen Ramsey

Should the Eagles pursue a trade for Jaguars Pro Bowl corner Jalen Ramsey?

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Seth Joyner has a strong stance on the topic, which he shared Sunday on Eagles Pregame Live.

He stood in front of that camera and said, ‘All I care about is winning.’ Well, why the hell did you show up at training camp this year in a Brink's armored truck acting like you wanted a new contract? If all you cared about is winning, then play under your contract and get your money when it’s time for you to get your money, and do what you have to do.

"The other thing is, what you say doesn’t match up. When you look at this culture, when you look at the locker room, he doesn’t fit here.  … One of the reasons he wants out of Jacksonville is because they play too much zone. He wants to be a shutdown corner, up on their No. 1 so he can become the highest-paid cornerback. That reeks of selfishness to me in every regard. And we are not a man team like that. You think he’s going to want to come here and play this zone scheme? People better wake up and understand that what guys say and how they react to situations, that’s really who they are.

The Eagles were among the teams rumored to be in the mix for Ramsey, though ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that Jacksonville is not interested in trading Ramsey away. 

Joyner's opinion runs counter to that of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro, who wrote that the Eagles' front office "should at least look at the possibility" of trading for Ramsey, who'd be a significant upgrade over any corner currently on the team's roster.

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Eagles' historic fourth quarter highlighted last Saints' home playoff loss

Eagles' historic fourth quarter highlighted last Saints' home playoff loss

It was the most dominating quarter in Eagles history. 

And one of the most dominating quarters in NFL playoff history.

The Eagles trailed the Saints by 10 points 4½ minutes into the fourth quarter. 

They led by 16 with two minutes left. 

That’s a 26-point turnaround in 8½ minutes.

The last time the Saints lost a playoff game at the Superdome was Jan. 3, 1993, when the Rich Kotite Eagles went to New Orleans and scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to win 36-20 in a wild-card game.

It was the only playoff win in an Eagles uniform for Reggie White, Eric Allen, Seth Joyner, Clyde Simmons and several other all-time great Eagles. 

The free agent exodus sparked by Norman Braman’s refusal to offer Reggie White a competitive contract in the early days of free agency would begin soon. 

But for one day in New Orleans — or really 8½ minutes of one day — the nucleus that Buddy Ryan built before getting fired two years earlier finally lived up to its vast potential.

Today, 26 years later, the 26 points the Eagles scored that day remains the most ever scored in the fourth quarter of an NFL postseason game. 

And the Eagles remain one of only five teams in NFL history to win a playoff game on the road after trailing by 10 or more points going into the fourth quarter.

It was the greatest postseason collapse in Saints history and the greatest comeback in Eagles postseason history. Even though it wasn’t the greatest comeback in the NFL that day (earlier, Frank Reich rallied the Bills from a 35-3 deficit to a 41-38 win over the Oilers).

Here’s how it happened:

Randall Cunningham’s 57-yard TD pass to Fred Barnett late in the first quarter tied the game at 7-all, but the Saints then scored 13 straight points on two Morten Andersen field goals and a Bobby Hebert TD pass to Quinn Early to take a 20-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Roger Ruzek’s field goal at the end of the quarter made it 20-10 going into the final 15 minutes, but It did not look good for the visitors.

The 4th quarter began with the Saints facing a 3rd-and-1 on their own 29-yard line. Hebert tried to hit Kelvin Martin over the middle, but the pass fell incomplete and after Tommy Barnhardt’s punt and Vai Sikahema’s 12-yard return, the Eagles started at their own 36.

That’s when the landslide began.

Randall went 5 for 6 on that drive, converting all three third downs and bringing the Eagles within three points with his second long TD of the game to Barnett, a 35-yarder with 10:37 left.

On the Saints’ next play, Joyner picked off Hebert and returned it 14 yards to the 26. Just five plays later, Heath Sherman ran six yards for a TD and a 24-20 lead with 6:48 left.

A penalty and a loss of three on a screen pass to Vaughn Dunbar left the Saints with a 3rd-and-23 on their own 7 when White beat Richard Cooper — who years later would join the Eagles as a free agent — and sacked Hebert in the end zone for a safety with 5:36 left.

The Eagles got the ball right back on a free kick, and after four Heath Sherman runs netted 33 yards, Ruzek hit another field goal to make it 29-20 with 2:36 left.

On the Saints’ second play of their next drive, Eric Allen stepped in front of Saints receiver Wesley Carroll and picked off Hebert and ran untouched into the end zone for a 36-20 lead with 2:17 left.

In the span of just 18 offensive plays by the Eagles and Saints, the Eagles had scored 26 points.

The win was the Eagles’ first in a postseason game since the 1980 NFC Championship Game over Dallas and their first on the road since the 1949 NFL Championship Game in Los Angeles.

Some facts and figures about that game:

• Road teams entering the fourth quarter trailing by 10 or more points are 5-187 in NFL postseason history. 

•  After the Eagles in 1992, it was another 25 years until another road team came back from 10 points down after three quarters — that was the Titans beating Andy Reid’s Chiefs 22-21 at Arrowhead after trailing 21-10 going into the fourth quarter.

•  The Eagles’ 26 points at the time were a franchise record for any game. They’ve since scored 28 twice in a fourth quarter — against the Giants in 2010, the DeSean Jackson punt return game — and against the Lions and coach Jim Schwartz in 2013.

•  Allen’s pick-six was the last one the Eagles had in a postseason game until Asante Samuel in 2008 against the Vikings.

•  The Eagles’ 26-point scoring margin in that fourth quarter is the largest in NFL history in a fourth quarter but not the Eagles’ biggest postseason margin in a quarter. In their 58-37 wild-card win over the Lions in 1995, they outscored Detroit 31-0 in the second quarter.

•  From the time Ruzek’s field goal made it 20-10 to the time Allen’s pick-six made it 36-20, the Saints netted minus-one yard of offense while the Eagles were scoring 29 points.

•  Four members of that 1992 Eagles team currently work in the media — Seth Joyner with NBC Sports Philadelphia, Brian Baldinger with NFL Network, Mike Golic with ESPN radio and Vai Sikahema with NBC 10 in Philly.

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The baffling Golden Tate situation, 2 Hall of Fame travesties, more in Roob's 10 random Eagles observations

The baffling Golden Tate situation, 2 Hall of Fame travesties, more in Roob's 10 random Eagles observations

What the heck is up with Golden Tate? Another Hall of Fame travesty? Who deserves more blame than Mike Groh? What about Dallas Goedert?
 
We answer these questions and more in this week’s edition of Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations!
 
1. This whole Tate thing is baffling to me. Every aspect of it. I understand that getting a new player up to speed in the middle of a season is a tricky process. But when you give up a third-round pick, you better have a sense of exactly where a new player is going to fit in before he even gets here. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the offense has actually looked less smooth since Tate got here. And 4-4 has turned into 4-6. The supplemental pick is great in case the Eagles don’t re-sign Tate, but the Eagles won’t get that until the 2020 draft. They have a lot of needs right now, and they could sure use that third-round pick this spring. I liked the trade when the Eagles made it because I thought they desperately needed a playmaker. But maybe that was the problem all along. They already had playmakers, this staff just couldn’t figure out how to get the most out of them. And now they have one more playmaker that they can’t get the most out of. I don’t blame Tate for any of this. He’s a talented wideout. We just haven’t seen it yet, and I’m starting to wonder if we will.
 
2. What a travesty that once again Seth Joyner and Eric Allen have failed to make the Round of 25 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame balloting. The voters ought to be absolutely ashamed of themselves for being so woefully uninformed about the history of the NFL to continually exclude Joyner, the only player in NFL history with 50 sacks and 20 interceptions, and Allen, who has the third-most interceptions among cornerbacks in the last 40 years and more INT return TDs than all but one corner in the Hall. In-freaking-excusable.
 
3. When Doug Pederson said this Friday: “You have to, as a play-caller, get back to kind of who we are on offense,” I honestly have no idea what he means. Who are the Eagles on offense? What’s their identity? What’s their philosophy? Ten games into the 2018 season, I have no clue.
 
4. As easy a target as Groh is, it’s important to remember Pederson calls the plays, not Groh. It’s clear the Eagles miss Frank Reich but don’t let Pederson off the hook. It’s his offense. It’s his team. It’s his gameplan. It’s his play chart. He’s ultimately responsible for this mess.
 
5. Then there’s this:

• The Eagles have one interception all year by a starting defensive back. That was Ronald Darby in Week 2.

• The Eagles won’t have any defensive back in uniform Sunday against the Giants that has an interception this year.

• They’ve faced 189 consecutive passes without an interception.

• Their four-game streak without an INT is the franchise’s third-longest ever. Their seven takeaways are the fewest in franchise history after 10 games.

• Their streak of eight straight games with one or fewer takeaways is one of the 20 longest streaks in NFL history.

Mind-boggling.
 
6. When you look at how much all the Eagles’ players in their 30s are either struggling or injured, there has to be a correlation with the short offseason. The only guy in his 30s who’s played well is Michael Bennett, and he wasn’t on the team last year. Malcolm Jenkins hasn’t been bad but certainly not up to his usual standard. Not one older guy on the roster who was part of the Super Bowl run has played anywhere near where he did last year. It makes sense that the significantly shorter offseason would have more of an effect on older guys, who need more recovery time. If there is a Super Bowl hangover, this is it.
 
7. I’d like to see the Eagles get both Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert going Sunday. Jeffery has just 12 catches for 116 yards the last three games and Goedert has just one catch the last three weeks — the 32-yard TD against the Jaguars. Both are weapons. Both need to get the football more.
 
8. Amazing that four Coach of the Year candidates — Matt Nagy, Frank Reich, Sean Payton and Andy Reid — are all former Eagles offensive coaches. All are running units that are operating at a completely different level right now than the Eagles’ offense.
 
9. The Eagles most likely aren’t going to have a running back with 100 carries. Last time that happened was 1971.
 
10. This may be an unpopular opinion, but Jim Schwartz is doing as much as humanly possible with what he has. He’s a very good defensive coach. If last year didn’t prove it I don’t know what will. The Eagles are now down five defensive backs, and he doesn’t have one cornerback available who was on the roster a month ago. It’s hard enough slowing down Drew Brees with experienced veteran corners. Now try doing it with a bunch of practice squad guys. This isn’t a perfect unit and it definitely needs an infusion of young talent. The late-game collapses against the Titans and Panthers were inexcusable. But the bottom line is the defense has kept the Eagles in every game but one. And in a league where scoring is higher than ever, not one NFL team has held more opponents below 28 points than the Eagles. You want him fired? It’s not going to happen. 

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