It’s Time to Move on from Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman
The Philadelphia Eagles took another embarrassing loss against the Seahawks. It has come to the point where someone, or multiple people, need to be fired very soon. Last night the offense failed to capitalize on a strong defensive effort last night and there are two people to blame: Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman.
This season has been an eye-opener to all Eagles fans that Doug just might not be as good of a coach as we once thought. There were some bright spots from Carson Wentz, but week in and week out, Carson hardly has any time to throw the ball. Offensive play calling, in the hands of Doug Pederson, has done absolutely nothing to help their struggling franchise quarterback.
Carson Wentz has obviously been a huge talking point this year per usual and there’s no question his performance has been concerning. Wentz has thrown 15 interceptions and has fumbled the ball 10 times this season.
Even with these concerns, one of the main reasons for this horrific season is Doug Pederson. Pederson has failed to adapt to his quarterback’s strengths and seemingly just hoping Wentz will adjust to what Doug wants to do. Wentz is great out of the pocket. He has literally told reporters earlier this season that he loves it to be mobile and making plays outside.
“I love when I’m out of the pocket and can kind of make plays, move, change the launch point and everything.”
Doug has failed to consistently create plays for him to do much of anything. This is completely unacceptable. A good coach puts his players in positions to succeed. A great coach will adapt their play calling and game strategy in order to help a struggling player. Pederson has done neither.
It was also another game where Doug Pederson failed to commit to the run. They only ran 14, yes 14 times against the Seahawks. Many Eagles fans including myself were hoping to see Miles Sanders have around 17-20 carries per game. Sanders only had six rushing attempts. This is completely absurd for a team with a struggling quarterback. It’s basic football knowledge, you run to set up the pass.
Pederson has failed to commit to his young players and has let old veterans come back from injury and play like absolute garbage. Jordan Mailata looked to have found his groove at left tackle when Jason Peters went down, but his job was gone once Peters came back. Doug Pederson decided to let him stroll back into the left tackle spot at 38 years old because he’s very well respected. Peters has been so bad since returning that even he himself knew he couldn’t even play tackle anymore.
Travis Fulgham appeared out of nowhere against the 49ers and took the NFL by the storm. Over four weeks, the practice squad wide receiver led the league in receiving yards. Now he’s nowhere to be found. Fulgham was making catches that showed he wasn’t just a fluke. Even if teams found ways to defend him, it’s on Doug Pederson to find ways to keep him involved.
To make matters worse, the return of Alshon Jeffery severely limited Fulgham’s snaps. Jeffery has yet to even make an impact and is showing no effort which begs the question: Does he even want to play football anymore?
The same thing goes for Jalen Reagor, who has shown flashes on the field of what he is capable of but once again Doug has not fully committed to using him. The main goal of this past offseason was to get Wentz weapons and they did just that with Jalen Reagor. It seems however, that they literally don’t know how to use him.
We have reached the point where surrendering play calling will not fix the Eagles’ problems. The Eagles need a new leader who will hold players accountable and will have their team ready to play on Sundays. Enough of the “I need to be better”, we are 12 weeks into the season and Pederson has yet to show any adjustments to this offense.
We can take a step up the organization ladder and lay blame on Howie Roseman too. Howie, Howie, Howie, where do I even start? You have completely set this team up for failure, and it all started before you even won the first Super Bowl in the organization’s history.
Signing Alshon Jeffery to a four year 52 MILLION DOLLAR contract extension at 27 years old was a very high-risk move. Alshon has been injury prone and was playing all 2017 on a torn rotator cuff. Ever since 2017 he’s been banged up and never lived up to that extension.
I already talked about Jason Peters but again, instead of going with the young guys, Howie Roseman decided to give him three million dollars. It has been a complete waste of money that could’ve gone to something else.
This one was a head-scratcher, and many people didn’t even know who Javon Hargrave was until he was signed. Three years, 39 MILLION on a nose tackle for a team that doesn’t need one? This was the very first move Howie made this free agency and it made no sense. In nine games, Hargrave has 1.5 sacks. This contract will definitely hurt the Eagles in the next few years because it will be very hard to trade him or even just cut him. Instead of spending most of your cap space on this guy, you could’ve given your franchise quarterback a veteran receiver in Robby Anderson, who is having an incredible season. Anderson signed a two year 20 million deal with the Panthers.
DK Metcalf vs JJ Arcega-Whiteside
We all know this one, especially after Monday night. The Eagles passed on DK Metcalf for a Standford wide receiver who has yet to even make an impact in his second year with the team. One of his only touchdowns comes from literally picking up a fumble in the end zone, you really can’t make this up. In his second year, Metcalf has emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL. The tape did lie Howie.
Let’s continue to take a look back at last years NFL Draft. The draft where they took a quarterback when they didn’t really need one. Thorson was so bad that they cut him before the regular season started. They passed on Darius Slayton, who is having a very good sophomore year for the New York Giants.
Maybe stop drafting quarterbacks and start helping out your own?
As for Jalen Hurts, who would’ve thought he would be an Eagle after the draft? Literally no one. There was absolutely no need for a QB as they are locked in the long term with Carson Wentz. All it does is cause a distraction for Carson Wentz and the rest of the team. The Eagles had plenty of great names on the board including safety Jeremy Chinn who had TWO touchdowns for the Panthers on back-to-back plays this past Sunday. Chinn would’ve been in the perfect spot to learn behind Rodney Mcleod. Here are some other notable rookies who Howie passed on for a backup quarterback:
A.J. Epenesa, Van Jefferson, Ezra Cleveland, Denzel Mims, Kristian Fulton, A.J. Dillon, Jeremy Chinn, Logan Wilson, Antonio Gibson
They also drafted two developmental linebackers when the team clearly needed one to make an impact right away. Sure the Eagles have had some great draft picks in Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat, but their draft history has been overwhelmingly bad. How many more years until someone else is in charge?
I don’t care anymore that Doug and Howie won us our first Super Bowl, it’s over with, it’s been 3 years now. It’s clear as day that Frank Reich played a major role in 2017, and Howie Roseman had the best offseason he will ever have. Carson Wentz needs to play better, but these two guys are completely failing him. If Eagles fans truly care about getting back to winning ways, they need to wake up and realize that this team needs multiple front office and coaching changes on top of a complete rebuild.
The Super Bowl may have been the worst thing to happen to Eagles fans.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer