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Philadelphia Eagles reportedly dealing with locker room drama, significant ‘finger-pointing’ among players

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The Philadelphia Eagles came out of their bye week riding a wave of momentum, coming off an 8-1 record with recent victories over the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys. In recent weeks, however, confidence in the Eagles’ locker room has turned into finger-pointing.

Despite having one of the best records in the NFL at 10-3, Philadelphia hasn’t often looked like a Super Bowl contender. It lost 20-14 to the New York Jets on Oct. 15, needed overtime to beat the Washington Commanders and is tied with the Minnesota Vikings in point differential (+21).

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Mounting frustration within the Eagles’ organization already prompted one change. Philadelphia moved defensive coordinator Sean Desai away from play-calling duties, allowing Matt Patricia to be the defensive play-caller moving forward. However, problems remain.

According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, there’s been a feeling of “unease” in the Eagles’ locker room even while they sit near the top of the NFL standings. Inside the building, one team source said there’s far “too much finger-pointing” among Eagles’ players directed at one another.

For the majority of the season, the Eagles’ defense has been its biggest problem. Philadelphia now has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL and the run defense has progressively worsened. It’s reasonable to believe Eagles’ offensive players were most often the ones pointing fingers at defenders.

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However, Philadelphia’s offense is far from blameless. Across the last five games, the Eagles are averaging just 201 passing yards and 112 rushing yards per game. If things don’t improve on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks, the situation in the Eagles’ locker room will likely only get worse.

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