The Linc – Nick Sirianni gone if the Eagles don’t win a playoff game?

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In Roob’s Observations: What do Eagles have to do in 2024 to save Nick Sirianni’s job? – NBCSP
1A. What does Nick Sirianni have to do to keep his job beyond 2024? I think it’s pretty clear if the Eagles don’t win a playoff game this year, he’s gone. And he should be. Because if the Eagles lose in the wild-card round or don’t make the playoffs, then you’re looking at a team that reached a Super Bowl in 2022, finished 2023 with a 1-6 record and a blowout playoff loss and then failed to advance in the postseason again in 2024. That’s a trajectory Sirianni wouldn’t be able to survive. If the Eagles don’t win a playoff game this year, that means they lost in the wild-card round for the third time in four years (or earned the No. 1 seed and lost a home game to a wild-card team in the conference semis, which would be even worse). Just getting to the playoffs is no longer enough. Whatever equity Sirianni earned in 2022 is running out. He’s got to prove this team has moved beyond the 2023 collapse and that he still has what it takes to guide a team on a postseason run. The Eagles have real coordinators now. They have unlimited talent on offense, and they’re younger and faster on defense. They have a manageable schedule. Everything is in place for Sirianni to get this team to mid-January. If not, Jeff Lurie won’t have much of a decision to make.

Jason Kelce is still supporting Jalen Hurts – BGN
It’s only been a few months since Jason Kelce announced his retirement, and the Eagles’ legend is still supporting his QB. Kelce has been a hot commodity this offseason, and as he’s made the media rounds, he’s often still repping Jalen Hurts. Earlier in the offseason, when Kelce was meeting about his future job prospects, he wore a “Breed of 1” hoodie — Hurts’ apparel brand — on “New Heights” in mid-May.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: T AJANI CORNELIUS, OREGON. Oregon’s offensive line features two potential top-50 tackles, with one being Cornelius. He started his career at right tackle after being labeled a no-star recruit out of high school. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder has far outplayed that recruiting rank. Cornelius is a powerful player who can move defenders in the run game. He could be perfect as a typical Eagles depth player with versatility who could eventually be a starter, inside or out.

Former Giants O-Lineman Lauds How Eagles Do Business – SI
“The Eagles take on more risk by front loading cash and spreading out signing bonus,” Pugh correctly explained. “They’ve hit on those players and it’s worked out but….This Sunday Ticket lawsuit could negatively impact the salary cap and it would hurt teams that spend like the Eagles and Browns.” Pugh is again correct in a sense that the Eagles lean on a proactive owner’s willingness to take financial risks in an environment where the NFL’s financial heft seems as strong as ever. The Giants and most other teams are more conservative and cognizant of potetential rainy days like the COVID-19 short-term impact on the cap and say a potential lawsuit settlement that will reach well over $10 billion down the road if nothing changes. “[The Eagles] rely heavily on the cap increasing every year,” Pugh noted. “We will see how it plays out.”

Seven-round NFL mock draft, Round 1: Building a win-now team from active players for 2024 season –
CEEDEE LAMB. Lamb was already off the board and then the Eagles passed on Justin Jefferson in favor of Jalen Reagor in the 2020 NFL Draft. GM Howie Roseman won’t miss this time around.

Mystery finally revealed: What Cowboys have to gain by waiting to extend their star players – Blogging The Boys
All of these factors come into play. Some are more significant than others. It’s easy to be lulled into this narrative that the Cowboys’ front office is inept, but that’s just emotion talking. As the saying goes, this isn’t their first rodeo, and there is enough evidence in the past to show they are pretty good at building a roster. It may not be the decisions we want and things may not happen when we want them to, but ultimately this front office has a plan and is handling things in the best way possible to carry out the plan.

Giants’ offensive line ranks 29th, per PFF – Big Blue View
Continuity is another thing working in their favor. The Giants spent much of camp rotating players to try and find the “Best 5”. And while there’s some merit to cross-training depth for a rainy day, that can also interfere with the chemistry among the starters. Schmitz and Neal also both lost time to injury last year, setting back their development. Neal, in particular, has missed almost an entire season (14 games) and has attempted to play through injury at other times. The team will have to make a decision regarding Neal if he suffers another injury this year, but as of now we have to assume that he’ll be healthy and able to get consistent reps. Schmitz flashed promise as well as some frustrating lows in his rookie season. He’ll have a full off-season and camp as the starter, as well as time working with a new offensive line coach who was hired for his track record of developing players. Taken as a whole, the offensive line should be better coached, with it’s best player returning to form, better and more consistent play from the guards, and a better situation for the youngsters to develop. That’s a recipe for improved play.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Player Overs/Unders – Commanders TEs edition – Hogs Haven
Zach Ertz – games played in the 2024 regular season – 11.5. Zach Ertz – yards per reception for 2024 – 8.55

Seahawks legend suggests Seattle add veteran linebacker who can ‘play right away’ – Field Gulls
Cunningham is still just 29 years old and while he hasn’t been a beacon of health, his injury history is comparatively minimal when you consider other veterans like Shaq Leonard (who was signed by the Eagles, to underwhelming results), Kwon Alexander (twice torn Achilles), and Anthony Barr (torn pec), all of whom are on the market. It’s more than possible that the Seahawks bring in another linebacker or two before preseason starts. Whether Cunningham is that guy remains to be seen.

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Title: The Linc – Nick Sirianni gone if the Eagles don’t win a playoff game?
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