The Eagles’ offense has topped 20 points just four times in their first nine games, an extremely alarming stat for a team that was built to win on the offensive side of the ball.
Figuring out the issue could very well decide the outcome to this season. Even in a weak NFC East, where it might only take five wins to capture the division title, the 3-5-1 Eagles’ offense is going to have to improve if they hope to win even one more game.
After the team’s latest loss to the New York Giants this past Sunday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he was upset with himself and the job he had done.
Asked Monday if part of the reason for his frustration was the play calling, Pederson said that was not the issue.
“I feel good about the plays that have been called. I even looked at the game (on Sunday) and felt I was in rhythm. I've always looked at the game through the eyes of the quarterback and how he views it and how he sees it. I think it's important that quarterback and play caller are on the same page that way and Carson (Wentz) and I had those conversations during the week and day before the game and go through a lot of different scenarios and we're prepared that way,” Pederson said. “And look, not every game is going to be perfect. There's going to be mistakes made and there's going to be things that we're going to have to overcome and that's part of our jobs. Nobody's perfect. By no means am I perfect. I'm going to make a decision error, I'm going to make a play calling error, but at the same time, hopefully I can do my job to put the offense in position to be successful.”
So if Pederson was happy with his play calling, what was he mad at himself about?
“Well, I think back, I've got to look at not just the game, but I have to look at the body of work from the bye week on, right. We've had a lot of time to really kind of sit back and reflect and focus and there's been a lot of questions asked, why was the team flat, why was there this, why was there that? So those are things I look at,” Pederson said. “There’s things that go on that as a head coach, you have to deal with, and a lot of them could be practice-related or off-the-field issues and different things, and even in my own preparation, and I look back, I get frustrated when -- because I want every play to work, right? I want every drive to end in a kick, whether it be a field goal or an extra point. And so, when it doesn't happen, obviously that's where I get a little frustrated and a little upset and what can I do better during the week. How can I coach a little bit better? How can I coach my coaches better? Those are all things that I look at and I can definitely do a better job there.”
There is no question that, overall, Pederson can do a better job. A head coach is only as good as his record. Not only are Pederson’s Eagles 3-5-1 this season, but they are 17-18-1 since the start of the 2018 season with Carson Wentz at quarterback. That isn’t going to cut it for a duo that was once viewed as one of the top head coach/quarterback duos in the league.
If the head coach doesn’t figure out what the issue is, and how to fix it, it is fair to wonder just how much longer the two will be a duo at all — and if Pederson will be the first one to go.
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