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What they're saying in Philly

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What they're saying in Philly

What they’re saying in Philly:

--Ryan Messick of ESPN 97.3 in Atlantic City tweeted the following late in the game:

#Redskins P Sav Rocca had more solo tackles (1) than #Eagles DE Trent Cole and as many as DT Cullen Jenkins (1).

Cole did end up getting a tackle to match Rocca and Jenkins got one more. Still . . .

--From Geoff Mosher, CSNPhilly.com:

The Eagles are the first team this year to fall short of 300 offensive yards and not score at least two touchdowns against a Redskins defense ranked third-worst in the league.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are the fourth straight team to have a quarterback complete 70 percent of his passes and register a passer rating of over 120.0 against the Eagles’ defense.

--Mark Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News columnist:

The Eagles are seven points from being the only winless team in the NFL.

Zero-and-10.

There is a very good argument that, on this day, they are the worst team in the NFL.

It got stronger Sunday.

Now 3-7, having lost six in a row, the Eagles have one neighbor in the NFC: the Panthers and Rams.

After they visit next Monday night, Cam and family might be movin' on up.

The Panthers, like the similarly hapless Jaguars, Browns and Chiefs, appear to be progressing.

Not so the Birds.

--Paul Domowitch of the Daily News completes his report card with this:

OVERALL: I never thought I'd see a football team quit on Andy Reid, but that appears to be the case with this team. What's happened to the Eagles' defense since Reid fired Juan Castillo and promoted Todd Bowles is unfathomable. The offense at least can use injuries as an excuse for their inept play. But Bowles' defense, which has given up 11 touchdown passes in the last four games and has just one interception in the last six games, is perfectly healthy.

Grade: F

--Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote his version of the Up-Down analysis. Of the 13 individuals he rated, only one got an “up” arrow and that was Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. He starts at the top:

Jeffrey Lurie

↓  His off-season decisions to retain Andy Reid and give Howie Roseman more authority have backfired on him. Lurie will have to fire Reid now to pacify an angry fan base. It’ll be the right move, but can the owner be trusted to hire a replacement?

Andy Reid

↓   We were about done picking on Big Red at this point, but then he had LeSean McCoy carrying the football down 25 points with less than two minutes left in the game. Lurie won’t likely fire Reid during the season, but he can’t be happy with his franchise running back getting a concussion during garbage time.

--Inquirer columnist Bob Ford says that the Redskins “are a pretty awful football team” but he empties both barrels at the team he covers:

While Andy Reid talks about fixing the problems and going forward, the team is going backward with a foot on the gas. The Eagles would have to run the table, winning their final six games of the season, to surpass owner Jeff Lurie's mandate to improve last season's 8-8 record. After Sunday, however, all that splitting of hairs seems pointless. Reid appears to have lost the team and there is never any turning back from that.

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Josh Norman wants to play 'early Santa,' will give away Redskins tickets

Josh Norman wants to play 'early Santa,' will give away Redskins tickets

Josh Norman caused quite a stir with his comments Sunday about the atmosphere at FedEx Field, and the Redskins cornerback made it clear he plans to do his part in making sure the stadium is packed for Sunday's game against the Texans. 

Norman told reporters Thursday he's going to be giving away "40 or 50" free tickets for the Houston game, online and perhaps even in person.

"Yes, I will be giving out free tickets," he said. "I'll be doing it on my socials as well, I think I'll probably post tonight or something about it."

"Who knows, you may see me coming out and being an early Santa somewhere in the mall or something, just handing out tickets."

And if you are one of the lucky fans who gets a ticket from "Santa Norman," he has specific instructions on how you should behave at Sunday's game:

"Whoever get(s) them, we want them loud and just obnoxious. Just really obnoxious."

Norman joins several Redskins players who have promised to give away tickets to the Texans game.

It may be November, but the Christmas spirit is alive and well at Redskins Park. 

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A Madden ratings performance adjustor explains what goes into the job that everyone's jealous of

A Madden ratings performance adjustor explains what goes into the job that everyone's jealous of

Even on a field filled with NFL players, experienced coaches and a few celebrities, Clint Oldenburg stood out. 

It wasn’t because of his stature or that he used to play pro football, either.

It was due to his jacket.

A jacket, which led to a photo, which led to a tweet, which led to unexpected Internet fame, all thanks to the four words written on Oldenburg’s back: “Madden Ratings Performance Adjustor.”

Oldenburg was spending Week 9 at FedEx Field, sent by EA Sports to get more information on Adrian Peterson at that afternoon’s Redskins-Falcons game. The future Hall of Famer is in the middle of a comeback season, so Oldenburg was charged with checking in on him.

4.5 million Twitter impressions later, Oldenburg now knows that countless people are supremely jealous of his weekend vocation.

"I wasn’t really engaging on my cell phone during the game, and then when I was catching my cab to the airport after the game I looked at it and said, ‘Holy crap,’” he said in a recent phone interview.

"I was in shock as to what was happening.”

A fifth-round pick of the Patriots in 2007, Oldenburg also had brief stints with the Jets and a few others, including the Redskins. These days, he spends Monday-Friday working to make Madden’s gameplay better.

But he’s also a part of the Ratings Adjustor team, a small group of evaluators who travel to stadiums, observe players and submit their notes to a fellow employee. That primary analyst takes their notes into account and then has the final say on every player’s precious overall rating, which can fluctuate with each Madden update. 

Now, you may find the idea of sending someone to the site of a matchup to do this gig a bit preposterous. But according to Oldenburg, being there in-person does make a major difference.

"The benefits of the sideline really are for pregame,” he explained. “Just seeing how guys are working in pregame, getting a close-up view of their actual athletic skills, their footwork.”

Oldenburg also likes the “better perspective” he gets once the action kicks off. For example, while focusing on Peterson during the Burgundy and Gold’s loss to Atlanta, he felt like No. 26 missed some cutback lanes, something Oldenburg always finds himself paying attention to thanks to his days battling along the line.

Much like the thousands of social media users who shared various reactions about his job, players take an interest in him as well.

While in Landover, kicker Dustin Hopkins found Oldenburg on the sideline and passed along a request: That day, the team was planning on kicking off short as opposed to through the end zone, so Hopkins wanted to make sure his kick power wouldn't be decreased. 

"They wanna come talk about what we’re doing,” Oldenburg said about the athletes he’s tasked with grading. "Information like that is always valuable."

After his playing career wrapped up, Oldenburg jumped into an internship working on the video game that he loved growing up. “Everything took off” after that 10-week program, and he’s been enjoying it ever since.

"I always had to scratch and claw for everything I got,” he said near the end of the call. "I wanted to find a career that I knew I’d be happy doing.”

In the end, he landed in a career that makes him happy. And as one viral tweet showed, plenty of others would be happy in his role too. 

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