Saturday, January 23

The NFL has great reason to be concerned about how the Eagles handled the last game of the regular season.



If one’s goal is to normalize the approach taken during Sunday’s game against the Washington football Team by Eagles coach Doug Pederson , and his staff, , and anyone above him on the org chart who might have been involved, the easiest device available is to blame the New York. Giants

In fact, the “soccer giants” weren’t within 50 miles of Lincoln Financial Field when Philadelphia, say, downplayed the victory. But they ran into the biggest consequences, , and they were also an easy target for online cynics because they were trying to reach the playoffs with a 6-10 record.

What if the Giants were 10-6 , and the same shenanigans happened?

Look, it’s an escape. It’s not about the Giants.

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What happened with the Eagles was something we hadn’t seen before in the NFL, certainly not this season. They seemed to choose a more advantageous draft position from making the most serious attempt possible to win the game in which they were involved. If this is to become the new norm in the league, it may be necessary for the NFL to combat it by installing a lottery draw system similar to those of the NBA , and NHL.

Pederson later insisted that he was trying to win despite the curious decision to dump starting QB Jalen Hurts for clipboard Nate Surfed, but even running back Miles S, anders acknowledged that “no one liked the decision” during an interview Tuesday with WIP radio station.

Before making the quarterback change on the Eagles’ first possession in the final period, in five seasons since entering the league, Surfed had played in three previous games , and threw 25 passes in total, Pederson turned down the opportunity to that the Eagles attempted a tying field goal. , and he went for it on fourth , and goal from the 4-yard line. With two minutes remaining in the third quarter, that was another curious choice from the coaching staff.

Reactions both within , and outside of the Eagles family indicated that this appeared to be somewhat different from what we have previously seen in the NFL.

It seems that no one has even mentioned what this meant for the growing number of legal players in the US, at least some of whom bet on the Eagles expecting a sincere effort.

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It’s not uncommon for bad Teams to lose a lot. The Bengals did so on Sunday, falling to 4-11-1 with a 38-3 loss to the Ravens. Yet it is also not unprecedented for bad Teams to win when they have nothing but pride on the line , and when victory could affect the future of the franchise. The Bengals were involved in one of those in Week 15, upsetting the Steelers , and delaying their conquest of the AFC North championship.

Most famously, the Jets trudged forward in a perfect effort to secure the first overall pick in the draft , and a chance to select Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence without winning once in 13 games. Then they went out , and beat the Rams, a playoff Team. And they won again the following week against another contender for the playoffs, the Browns. Instead, the Jaguars will have a chance to select Lawrence.

There have been some analysts who have tried to defend what happened in Philadelphia. Kurt Warner of the NFL Network said on Twitter that Surfed worked all season , and “broke his butt” like the rest of his Teammates , and suggested that the game he played was “nonsense.”

On Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan radio station, former NFL linebacker Arthur Moats defended the Eagles’ approach during his weekly appearance, curiously using public mockery of the Jets as justification. It was an illogical claim because, in fact, the Jets did the exact opposite of what led to the criticism of the Eagles: criticism that originated within their roster, from the national media, , and from NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst Seth Joyner, a former Eagles linebacker. Team that stated after the game, “I have never felt more ashamed to be associated with the Philadelphia Eagles from tonight.”

It was surprising to hear Moats defend what Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeff McLane described as a “tank.” In the 2015 season, Moats , and the Steelers made the playoffs as a wild card 10-6 because, on the final day of the season, the Bills 7-8 defeated the Jets 10-5. There would have been no place for Pittsburgh in the playoffs that season without that help. The Bills ended up picking 19th place in the 2016 NFL Draft. They could have made it 14th if they had lost to the Jets. But NFL Teams have routinely played to win.

Those who have tried to compare the Eagles’ decision to the approaches employed by the Chiefs , and Steelers in the final week of the season are trying to do enough to injure themselves. Those Teams whose playoff positions were secured had earned the right to approach Week 17 as they wished relative to their rosters.

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The Steelers opted to avoid potential injury to their veteran quarterback , and superstar linebacker, among others, , and to lay down players who never got a true bye week due to COVID issues with multiple opponents. However, once in the game, the coaches , and players raced to win, fierce enough to come up with a failed 2-point conversion to tie the Browns in the final two minutes.

The Eagles will have to deal with any dissent this decision generates within their organization. It seems unlikely that he will remain among those who remain in the next season; Success is so intoxicating that, if possible, players will enthusiastically pursue it.

However, the impact on the sport is something the NFL will ultimately not be able to ignore. This is an instance, , and making changes based on that would be an overreaction. However, if other Teams perceive the league’s current silence as an approval, they will be tempted to follow a similar tack next season. It is a direction that the league cannot , and cannot afford.



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