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Getty Eagles franchise QB Carson Wentz is out to prove his doubters wrong in his fifth year in the NFL.

The outside noise can silence your thoughts, creep into your every waking move if you let it in. The Eagles have been hearing a negative din all week after a disappointing loss to the Giants. Carson Wentz has been enveloped by criticism all year for an epic regression from a former MVP candidate.

So the 27-year-old felt it was time to speak up and address the elephant in the room.

Wentz, the fifth-year quarterback out of North Dakota State, huddled his teammates up after practice and instructed them to block out the outside noise. Believe it or not, the Eagles remain in first place in the dysfunctional NFC East and somehow control their own destiny. They have seven games left to prove their doubters wrong. Wentz’s message was to “stay together” and “put everything behind them.”

“Obviously, coming off a loss there are a lot of different things going on outside this building,” Wentz told Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. “I just wanted to remind everybody to stay together in this building. Just keep believing. Put everything behind us. I’m excited for this last half of the season and I know everybody else is.

“For me, it was simply reminding everybody like, hey, I still believe in them, they still believe in me, and let’s put everything else behind us and keep that (noise) outside the building and take care of what’s in this building and take care of each other and hopefully good things happen.”

“We gotta come out swinging early.” – @cj_wentz@novacare | #FlyEaglesFly

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 20, 2020

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Fixing Mental Mistakes, Physical Errors

Another thing the Eagles talked about all week was fixing their sloppy practice habits. Everyone from Doug Pederson to Brandon Graham admitted guys were getting a bit too lackadaisical in “policing themselves.”

“I think it’s more of a mindset, a mindset for guys to keep believing,” Wentz said. “Block out all the noise — the good, the bad, the ugly — and let’s just go play.”

Players vowed to clean up tangible things like pre-snap penalties and “people dropping balls.” (Darius Slay is doing push-ups after each dropped interception). For Wentz, that meant throwing the ball with better accuracy and limiting the turnovers. He has 16 giveaways through nine games.

Only the #DallasCowboys have more giveaways than Carson Wentz in 2020 — and Wentz didn't have a turnover today.

29 teams have fewer giveaways. The Broncos have 16 giveaways on the year (Eagles have 17). #Eagles

— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) November 16, 2020

“If I miss a throw by like a foot or things like that, it’s just those little things that are really keeping us back and holding us back,” Wentz said. “And whether it’s a mental mistake or a physical error, I think we can all just lock it in just a little bit more starting with myself, and I think guys are seeing how close we are to being a great team, a great offense, and a great team in all three phases. But it is those little things that are really holding us back right now.”

Pederson could see the results this week in the way guys were buzzing around the practice field. There was a different vibe out there.

Darius Slay says Carson Wentz gave the guys a little pep talk today, coaching the guys up. "He's our leader and he let us know he's going to lead us." He also let them know that this team is better than their record so go show it." #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly

— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) November 18, 2020

“They’ve focused in a little bit this week, and they’re talking about it,” Pederson said. “They’re talking about it with their position groups. I think from my standpoint not sort of beating them down with it but just communicating, having a nice conversation with them, just to reiterate the fact that, guys, we’ve got to take care of the business.”

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Seahawks to See More of Eagles QB Jalen Hurts on MNF: Report


The Seahawks could see more of Jalen Hurts at quarterback against the Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles could make a change at quarterback in an attempt to turn around their season and the decision may come against the Seattle Seahawks. Heading into Week 12, Jalen Hurts has been receiving increased work with the first-team offense at quarterback, per ESPN’s Tim McManus. Carson Wentz is still expected to start against the Seahawks, but all signs point to the Eagles turning to Hurts if he struggles on Monday Night Football.

“Rookie Jalen Hurts has been getting first-team reps at quarterback ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN,” McManus noted. “Carson Wentz is still expected to start, but there’s been a noticeable increase in Hurts’ snaps with the first team at QB, signaling the likelihood of a more expansive role as Wentz’s struggles continue.”

The Eagles used a second-round selection on Hurts, but the rookie has received limited snaps as a change-of-pace player. If Philadelphia turns to Hurts, the inexperience would benefit Seattle, but the Seahawks have little NFL tape on the former Oklahoma quarterback making preparation for the potential change a bit difficult.

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Hurts Is Expected to See Increased Snaps at Quarterback vs. Seahawks

Hurts was a standout player at Alabama before becoming a graduate transfer for Oklahoma. Like Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, Hurts thrived in Lincoln Riley’s offense which greatly increased his stock heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Hurts will see increased snaps at quarterback without Wentz on the field, even if the team sticks with the veteran for the majority of the game. Hurts is likely to have an increased package of plays at quarterback against the Seahawks.

“Jalen Hurts is expected to receive increased playing time at quarterback, and unlike on previous snaps, Wentz won’t be on the field,” Rapoport detailed. “It will be the first time in 2020 that this dynamic will take place. It’s unlikely that Hurts, the second-round Heisman finalist from Oklahoma and Alabama, will get to take an entire series. More likely, it will be two or three plays at a time. But, based on the game plan and the week of practice, he should see his most significant snaps yet.”

DK Metcalf Backed an Eagles’ Quarterback Switch

Heading into Week 12, DK Metcalf responded to an ESPN poll on Instagram asking if the Eagles should make a change at quarterback. Metcalf co-signed a potential switch to Hurts noting: “I vote YES.”

All this talk about the Eagles changing quarterbacks could be a bit of gamesmanship by Philadelphia to encourage the Seahawks to prepare for both players under center. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson played coy when asked about Hurts’ role and denied he had received increased snaps leading up to Monday Night Football.

“Doug Pederson: Jalen Hurts has taken the same number of practice reps with the first team as he would any normal week,” Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane tweeted. “As for whether he’s more open to giving Hurts a series or two in games in place of Carson Wentz, Pederson said he won’t give out possible game plans.”

Regardless of who the Seahawks face at quarterback, Pete Carroll is hoping the team’s defense looks closer to the unit we have seen the last six quarters. The Seahawks are coming off their most complete defensive performance in Week 11 against the Cardinals after struggling for much of the first half of the season.

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