Despite being on top of a disastrous NFC East, the 2-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles have fell short of all expectations. A team with a shortened off-season and too many injuries to list, the Birds have been an embarrassment to expectations in Philly. Let’s attempt to dissect the team’s biggest issues and assign who holds the most responsibility for the team’s shortcomings.
Sure, salary cap wise, he’s one of the best in the business and brought a Super Bowl to Philadelphia in 2017. Overall, though, Howie can take sole responsibility in the team’s downfall since 2017.
Right before the Eagles’ week 13 matchup against the Seahawks in 2017, the team and Alshon Jeffery would agree to a four-year, $52 million dollar deal, averaging roughly $13 million per year. Despite being rumored to be responsible for talking critically about Carson Wentz anonymously, the WR has accumulated 490 yards and 4 TDs since 2019. The team is now stuck with roughly $27 million soaking up in cap space on the sidelines.
In 2019, Howie makes the same mistake with giving Kicker Jake Elliott a contract extension worth about $21.8 million, with $10.45 guaranteed. Elliott is only 19 for 26 on field goals since signing a contract extension in November 2019.
— A2D Radio (@a2dradio_com) October 23, 2020
The worst criticism surrounding Philly’s general manager is what’s believed to be his inability to scout and evaluate talent when it comes to the collegiate level. Without having to explain what should be understood, players such as Mack Hollins, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Donnell Pumphrey, Shelton Gibson and many more might help refresh some’s memory. We will also not forget to mention the draft pick of QB Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round.
Since joining the Eagles’ coaching staff in 2016, Schwartz’s defense has been wildly inconsistent based on their personnel. Since the Super Bowl, Schwartz’ defense has been in the bottom half of the league in terms of rankings on passing yards allowed. Jim Schwartz and the defense are maddeningly inconsistent.
The last time Eagles D had 3 games of 30 + points allowed was 2015.
The Eagles finished 7-9 that season and Eagles fans may remember this was the year Chip Kelly got fired.
— Kelly Green Hour (@KellyGreenHour) October 19, 2020
The Eagles currently rank 22nd in terms of pass defense, despite signing shutdown corner Darius Slay to a three-year, $50 million contract in the off-season. Regardless of the talent in the secondary and Slay holding down his side of the field, this secondary is the same bad dream that we can’t wake up from. Many continue to complain about talent but recently released corner Rasul Douglas has been ranked the 10th best cornerback in the league by PFF as a result – higher than any defensive back left in Philly.
Schwartz and his defensive scheme has been proven to be a disaster, regardless of the talent he is given.
The Eagles offense is completely out of sync and that makes it pretty tough to assign blame. Pederson has called the offensive plays in every game since becoming the Eagles’ head coach and he isn’t even thinking about giving up that responsibility sitting at 2-4-1 through seven games.
Doug Pederson admits hiring an OC was challenging because he wasn’t going to give up play-calling. #Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) February 25, 2020
Instead of an offense of mystery and explosiveness, we’re seeing one of predictability and stale play. Pederson is certainly the least of my concerns, however, this offense is way too far generic for this team to be considered a serious threat into the postseason.
I’m willing to hold my verdict on Pederson while we expect TE Dallas Goedert and WR Jalen Reagor to return within the coming weeks, along with OL Jason Peters.