The Eagles need to get Dallas Goedert more involved
There’s no denying the fact that this Eagles offense is underperforming. You can pin it on a lot of different reasons and individuals. But as a whole, they are simply not getting it done.
There’s something to be said about a rookie head coach and a quarterback with only ten starts under his belt. There will absolutely be some growing pains, as we’ve seen over the last month. I don’t want to get into that anymore than I need to. It’s time to discuss what can be done to get this train rolling again. The offense hasn’t looked the same since its Week 1 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jalen Hurts is being asked to do way too much. It seems it is always an RPO that turns into a contested throw down the sidelines. Sure, Hurts is missing some plays he needs to make. But, Sirianni and co. are not doing him any favors.
Ever heard the famous saying, “The tight end is the quarterback’s best friend”? If you watch the Eagles’ offense, that statement doesn’t apply. Going into this season, with both Ertz and Goedert on the roster, the Eagles had one of the best tight-end tandems in the league. Both players seemed to be an afterthought in the offense.
Through six weeks, Goedert is 7th on the team in pass targets. Keep in mind he missed one game due to Covid protocol. He’s only averaging 3.8 targets per game, which would be the lowest since his rookie year. That can’t happen, especially with a young and inexperienced wide receiver room. Dallas should be the first or second option on the team. He brings a level of physicality and toughness to the middle of the field that the Eagles desperately need.
Maybe this is a plot by Eagles GM Howie Roseman. Perhaps he doesn’t want Goedert to put up good enough numbers to demand a top contract. I wouldn’t be surprised. I mean, after all, he did try to trade him.
Miles Sanders is still, without a doubt, the most underutilized player on the Eagles. But, if this offense wants to get back on track, Goedert needs to be a much larger part of the game plan. And you know what? Maybe that happens now that Ertz isn’t here. The two tight ends were basically splitting snaps. Let’s all hope that the Eagles planned to work Goedert in much more over this long break they’ve had.
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