Good morning, Eagles fans! The last two games have been brutal, but there is hope on the horizon. The 5-6 Eagles have the NFL’s easiest schedule over the last five games, in terms of won-loss records for their opponents, and control their own destiny in the NFC East. They don’t have to win all five games to clinch the division title, however. Considering how they’ve looked for most of the season, it’s possible they won’t win out. But the 6-5 Cowboys have a tougher remaining schedule and haven’t exactly been giant killers (except, of course, for those lowly New York Giants).
First up are the 2-9 Dolphins in Miami Sunday. It’ll be the last time the Eagles have to board a plane for a game this regular season. The Eagles began preparations in earnest Tuesday, a day earlier than normal because of Thanksgiving. Carson Wentz and the offense were shorthanded Sunday against the Seahawks, but help is on the way. Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks are expected to be back on the right side of the line. And receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are trending toward returning. Running back Jordan Howard seems further out, but rookie Miles Sanders has fared well in his place.
There is still a lot of uncertainty about whether the Eagles can salvage the season, but the woeful Dolphins should help them rebound. If not, it might be time to start looking forward to spring training.
— Jeff McLane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Every offseason, the Eagles have to make decisions about which players to keep and which not to keep. Some are more difficult than others. There have been times when they’ve moved on from a player only to see him thrive elsewhere, but the Eagles have long done a better job than most teams of knowing when to cut the cord.
Here’s a look at some of the more prominent players from 2018 the Eagles decided to not bring back, whether it was before offseason workouts in April, or in September after training camp, and how they’ve fared with other teams, if they’re even playing at all:
Hey, Jeff! Do you think Lincoln Financial Field will one day host a Super Bowl? Happy Thanksgiving! — Nick Peters (@PrinceSnivy24) via Twitter
Hey, Nick! Thanks for the question. I like the change of pace. I don’t foresee the Linc ever hosting a Super Bowl, but never say never. There was a recent Super Bowl played in an open-air stadium, cold weather city — at MetLife Stadium — but that may have been a one-shot deal. While the game was played in North Jersey, New York was basically the host, and let’s face it, Philly isn’t New York in terms of pedigree and for hosting a major event like the Super Bowl.
Rogel Goodell also seemed intent on making the New York thing happen, partly because he got the Giants and Jets to build a new stadium, but also because he’s close with Giants owner John Mara. The NFL lucked out, too, because the weather was great for the entire week.
The Eagles have thrown their hat in the ring a few times, but owner Jeffrey Lurie and Don Smolenski know it’s a long shot. I don’t know Philadelphia’s hotel situation, but you need a ton of rooms for all the media, fans, and NFL personnel that descend on the city. You also need two state-of-the-art practice facilities, although the Eagles have one, and I guess Temple’s new facility could house one team.