Mail bag. The Eagles are underneath stress to make the playoffs


Earlier this week, we posed inquiries to the Eagles’ mailbag through Twitter. Thanks as all the time for doing half the work for me. That is Half II of a two-part mailbag (Half I is right here)

Query from @Docd1eSil. Which participant or coach is underneath essentially the most stress to make the playoffs?

There can be a number of stress on Jalen Hurts, Nick Sirianni and Jonathan Gannon to carry out within the playoffs. It is simply Philly.

I feel if Dak Prescott (1-3 playoff report) or Lamar Jackson (1-3) or Andy Dalton (0-4 when he was the Bengals’ franchise QB) and even Matt Ryan ( in Atlanta) to be quarterbacks. They are going to face rather more scrutiny in Philly than of their respective cities. Hell, Donovan McNabb took the crew to the NFC Championship Recreation 4 straight years and nonetheless bought every kind of warmth. This city may be very impatient with playoff underdogs.

The identical could be mentioned for Sirianni and much more so for Ganon. If the Eagles play an honest quarterback of their first playoff recreation and their secondary separates like they did in Dallas, Gannon can be persona non grata in Philadelphia.

The Eagles’ rising success in 2022 is actually an enormous improvement for Hurts, Sirianni and Gannon, however with it comes even larger expectations, honest or not.

Query from nvuono. How upset will Giants gamers be if Jalen Hurts does not play towards them in what may find yourself being a must-win for them?

Sure, there are literally situations the place both or each of those groups may relaxation the beginning lineup.

  1. If the Eagles beat the Saints, they are going to virtually actually be rested towards the Giants in Week 18. That can profit the Giants if they cannot handle enterprise at residence towards the Colts as we speak.
  2. If the Giants beat the Colts, they are going to doubtless relaxation the Eagles in Week 18. That can profit the Eagles if they cannot handle enterprise at residence towards the Saints.
  3. After which, in fact, it’ll in all probability be a glorified preseason recreation in the event that they each win as we speak.

My guess is that the NFL would like to see each the Eagles and Giants lose as we speak, which might arrange a significant Week 18 matchup between them in addition to the Cowboys and Commanders.

Query from @SwillowBee. Which playoff bubble crew ought to the Eagles be most nervous about taking part in within the divisional spherical, assuming they get a bye?

The 4 groups are the Eagles, Vikings, 49ers and Cowboys. The NFC South can be received by the Buccaneers, Panthers or Saints, however none of these groups will find yourself as a wildcard.

That leaves the Giants, Commanders, Bays, Lions and Packers preventing for the ultimate two spots. Their entry choices are as follows, in keeping with and the New York Occasions:

NFC tag FiveThirtyEight: NYT:
Giants (8-6-1) 92% 92%
Commanders (7-7-1) 28% 34%
Packers (7-8) 27% 32%
Seahawks (7-8) 27% 21%
Lions (7-8) 24% 20%

I feel any of those groups can be ultimate first-round opponents for the Eagles, however I will rank them like this from most ultimate to least ultimate:

  1. SeahawksThey’re simply not a superb soccer crew proper now.
  2. GiantsThe Eagles have already crushed them.
  3. LionsJared Goff within the chilly.
  4. CommandersPositive, they beat the Eagles in a scrappy recreation, however they’ve had a neater time hitting Carson Wentz this season.
  5. PackersThe Eagles had hassle stopping Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, although they ran all around the protection.

Query from @BenjaminEnck. If the Eagles lock down the 1 seed this week, do you assume they’re going to lastly let Trey Sermon play towards the Giants?

My predicted Eagles beginning lineups Week 18 towards the Giants in the event that they beat the Saints Week 17:


QB: Gardner Minshew (perhaps with some Ian books)
RB: Trey Sermon
WR: Zach Pascal
WR: Britannia Covey
WR: Quez Watkins
T.E. Grant Calcaterra
LT: Andre Dillard
LG: Sua Opeta
C: Jason Kelce (one shot, then Cam Jurgens)
RG: Josh Sills
RT: Jack Driscoll


DE: Janarius Robinson
DT: Milton Williams
NT: Jordan Davis
DT: Marvin Wilson (PS callup)
SAM: Patrick Johnson
LB: Nakobe Dean
LB: Sean Bradley
CB. Zeke McPherson
S: Anthony Harris (PS callup)
S: Ok’Von Wallace
CB. Josh Job
Slot CB: Josiah Scott

Query from @ChrisLuvGoBirds. Has Kyzir White’s recreation fallen off because the 12 months has gone on? He regarded superb throughout the first month of the season, however not a lot of late (from my sofa).

The bar for accomplishments for Eagles linebackers acquired by free company will not be excessive. They often do not even make it by your complete season. Earlier examples embrace Corey Nelson, Paul Warrilow, LaRoy Reynolds, L.J. Fort, Zach Brown, Jatavis Brown and Eric Wilson. So, comparatively talking, White is mainly Ray Lewis.

I feel he is been good for essentially the most half. Whereas he hasn’t proven a lot within the scrimmage, he is sometimes in the proper spot and a stable defender. I feel he had a foul recreation towards the Cowboys on Christmas Eve and must bounce again from that.

Query from @TREaglesFan. Are the Eagles coaching Zeke McPherson and/or Josh Jobe to play that slot?

McPhearson is what I’d name an “exterior CB3”. He can be the primary man off the bench if Darius Slay or James Bradbury went down. That was his position final 12 months as nicely, and I believed he largely performed nicely.

When you return and browse any of McPherson’s scouting studies from the 2021 draft, they often observe that he has inside-outside versatility, however the Eagles have but to ask him to play the slot out huge in an actual recreation. He is a wise child and I do not assume he’ll have any hassle selecting up the psychological facet of taking part in the slot within the NFL. He needs to be higher than Josiah Scott, proper?

If the Eagles re-sign Bradbury or add one other beginning exterior nook, the Eagles ought to in all probability contemplate cross-training McPherson so he can play each spots. It was considerably stunning that McPherson did not get a shot within the gap given Scott’s struggles.

Query from @cocoeagles88. Kes Watkins has unimaginable velocity, however he had a disappointing recreation final week. Was his efficiency an indictment of his expertise, or was it only one unhealthy recreation?

His expertise are good. He has velocity, good palms and when he’s aggressive can win some contested catches. His downside in current weeks (most notably towards Dallas and Chicago) is that he is run some horrible routes which have led to interceptions.

If he dropped a couple of passes, I feel it could be much less of a priority. However Watkins’ downside within the final two video games is that lazy routes have led to interceptions. If he does not get the place the quarterback expects him to be, it is solely human nature for the quarterback to lose confidence in that receiver. It is going to be fascinating to see how Watkins responds.

Query from @TARiley. Are they even giving a timeline for Robert Quinn to return? Even when he does, he cooks it proper.

I do not assume anybody requested, truthfully. It is arduous to inform if he is cooking as a result of his manufacturing has been wildly inconsistent from 12 months to 12 months. One 12 months he’ll have two sacks, the following he’ll have 18. This 12 months was down, not solely in Philly, but additionally in Chicago earlier than he was traded.

When Quinn is wholesome, it will likely be troublesome for the crew to discover a position for him as a result of doing so would take away guys like Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham or Haason Reddick, and I wasn’t inclined to try this. In apparent passing conditions, if I have been the Eagles, when all three gamers are crimson sizzling.

Query from @Kyle_Sch_. I do know Eagles followers are having victory laps over the Saints first spherical decide. However for the reason that Eagles have an actual likelihood to win the Tremendous Bowl, should not they make that commerce and use all of the obtainable sources for this 12 months?

Nicely, a type of picks was used for AJ Brown’s speedy influence participant, who may very nicely be an All-Professional this season.

However past that, they completely ought to have made that commerce 100 occasions over 100 occasions.

Query from @Cumbleton. Will the Eagles draft a quarterback within the late rounds this 12 months?

There is not any manner we (just like the media) noticed Ian E-book’s Eagles offense in coaching camp, and we do not get to observe apply anymore throughout the common season, so I can not actually say. what have they got in him and is he a possible #2 quarterback or not?

My sense is that the Eagles would in all probability desire a veteran No. 2 decide in the event that they assume they are going to be Tremendous Bowl contenders in 2023, and relying on how a lot they like E-book, they could course of quantity 3.

Query from @JustinF_89. What number of kilos of macaroni and cheese have you ever eaten this week?

When you missed it, the cowboys despatched me 10.6 kilos of their well-known mac and cheese. I heated some up for my writing overview on Thursday and had an enormous batch with dinner on Friday. I feel I’ve eaten a few pound of it up to now. I additionally gave it to my sister and brother-in-law (who I feel have been perhaps a bit of skeptical concerning the hype), however after sampling it, they realized how good it was, even threatening to rob my home.

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