Everyone’s favorite hot mess, the Philadelphia Eagles, enter Week 13 having lost three straight, showing progressively less fight in each subsequent defeat. We could be nearing a tipping point in Philadelphia with Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson’s jobs both hanging in the balance. Control over the Eagles’ struggling offense has been a frequent topic of discussion with many pleading for Pederson to cede play-calling duties.
While Pederson has, at least publicly, been reluctant to hand the clipboard to one of his subordinates, it seems that transition has begun with Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reporting the fifth-year coach has already yielded some play-calling duties to pass-game coordinator Press Taylor. Senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello has also seen increased involvement on that front, reportedly spearheading the Eagles’ two-minute offense. Per McLane, Taylor could see an elevated role in play-calling responsibilities as early as Sunday against the Packers.
The Eagles looked, at least on paper, to be the best of a lackluster bunch in the NFC East, with many favoring the Birds to claim their third division title in four years. And while that remains a distinct possibility, the team’s poor performance of late coupled with a nightmare December slate (Green Bay, New Orleans and Arizona are Philadelphia’s next three opponents) has the Eagles fighting for their playoff lives. Between Carson Wentz’s alarming regression (prompting many to wonder if Philly would be better off with rookie Jalen Hurts under center), the team’s injury-decimated offensive line and a paltry receiving corps of has-beens (Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz) and underachievers (GM Howie Roseman will never live down the embarrassment of drafting JJ Arcega-Whiteside over Seahawks monstrosity DK Metcalf), the Eagles are a team in peril.
Handing the playbook over to Taylor feels like a last-ditch effort to save Philadelphia’s crumbling season and a surprising admission of defeat on Pederson’s part, acknowledging that his own stale scheme is at least partially to blame for the team’s recent struggles. Giving Taylor and, to a lesser extent, Scangarello more play-calling input may be putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound at this point, though with the Eagles seemingly in freefall, it couldn’t hurt.