Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/6/21.
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2021 NFL head coach rankings: Andy Reid edges Bill Belichick as No. 1, Bruce Arians, Matt LaFleur crack top 10 – CBS Sports
27. Nick Sirianni (Eagles). Anyone who laughed at the puppy-dog nervousness of his early press conferences may say this is too high, but he was a prototypical hire for Jeffrey Lurie, whose track record of HC hires is strong. At 40, he brings youth and energy to an offense that got stale fast, plus three years of rock-solid OC work under Frank Reich. The bar is also relatively low despite the team just winning it all in 2017.
How Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy ranks in a fan survey – Blogging The Boys
McCarthy placed 16th, right in the middle of the league. Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay topped the list (no surprise there considering their Super Bowl win). What is a little surprising is Joe Judge of the New York Giants ranked third in being liked by his own fanbase. Giants fans must really like what they’re seeing. Despite winning the NFC East, Washington fans only ranked Ron Rivera 25th, and new Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni is liked dead last by his own fanbase.
Is Sanders really that bad, Wentz’s quote and more in Roob’s Eagles observations – NBCSP
My first reaction when I saw that Pro Football Focus had ranked Sanders as the 19th-best running back in the NFL was surprised. He’s gotta be higher than that! Then I started really looking a little deeper into it, and I realized that actually is just about the right place for him. The potential is there for him to be a top-10 back and you hope he can be more consistent this year with presumably the offense operating at a more efficient level, a healthier O-line in front of him and more balanced play-calling. But the reality is that Sanders’ 2020 season was marked by inconsistency, fumbles, dropped passes and injuries, and if he’s going to be a top-10 player, he has to get past all that and perform at a high level every week. Sanders is only signed through 2022, so we’re getting close to the point where the Eagles will have to make a decision about him. This year is going to answer a lot of those questions.
Why Eagles’ Jalen Hurts will surprise many critics this season – NJ.com
Even with all of these things working for Hurts, analysts and some fans are skeptical about how he will perform. NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms left Hurts off his list of the top-40 quarterbacks, ranking him behind Kellen Mond, Andy Dalton and Taysom Hill. Hurts said he is not worried about what everyone else is saying. “It’s a deal where it is something that I want to prove to myself,” Hurts said. “I know what I can do. I know who I am, and I know the player I can be, so it is about me going out there and doing what I say I am going to do. Anybody else saying whatever, it doesn’t really pertain to me. It’s like a bird on a log. You see him, and you hear him, but you’re not really worried about it.”
Who are the best breakout candidates for all 32 NFL teams? – The Athletic
With Zach Ertz expected elsewhere next season, Dallas Goedert will likely take over as the No. 1 tight end. That should lead to even more production from a player who will be featured in new coach Nick Sirianni’s offense. Goedert ranks No. 13 among tight ends in receiving yards since he entered the NFL in 2018 and No. 11 in receptions and touchdowns, so he’s already among the more productive tight ends in the NFL. He played 66 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps in 2019 and 54 percent of the offensive snaps last season while limited to 11 games. Look for the playing time to increase if he stays healthy, and his target share should jump as well. A Pro Bowl bid is not out of the question. — Zach Berman
NFC East Dream Team: The division’s best offensive lineup – Big Blue View
OC, Nick Gates, NYG. I went with a more proven, yet older, offensive lineman at tackle, so I wanted to infuse some youth into the interior offensive line. Jason Kelce, right now, is a better, more aware, offensive lineman than Gates, who only has one season starting at center. The transition he made in 2020 to center, from an undrafted 2018 tackle out of Nebraska, deserves praise. He had his faults in 2020, but he still showed many positive signs of progression that make me feel solid about his development. Because of this, I’m going with Gates over Dallas’ Tyler Biadasz and even the great Jason Kelce, albeit close.
Colts’ QB Carson Wentz ranked No. 3 in Gil Brandt’s top 10 traded players of 2021 – Stampede Blue
The Colts won’t need Wentz to be ‘2017-Wentz,’ and he won’t be asked to throw the ball 40-50 times a game like he was during his last season with the Eagles. Indianapolis, in my mind, is a 12 to 13-win football team if Wentz plays similarly to how he did in 2018 or 2019. Wentz has got the pieces to help alleviate some of the pressure he’ll likely face this season. The situation he’s currently in from a cultural and roster standpoint doesn’t get much better, either. This kind of opportunity, to put it bluntly, is one which many quarterbacks who are coming off abysmal seasons don’t typically get. Now, with the NFL world watching, the outcome of Wentz’s 2021 season will be entirely up to him.
NFL Daily Kickoff, Tuesday- Trevor Lawrence signs rookie deal – The SB Nation NFL Show
In today’s episode, Trevor Lawrence signs his rookie deal, Aaron Rodgers speaks again, and a fellow tight end offers a helping hand to Tim Tebow.
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