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Another game. Another embarrassing effort (or lack thereof). The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-7-1 and trending DOWN fast. As I sat and watched the game last night, I struggled to come up with one play where I was truly impressed with the designed play call and execution. Not. ONE. But as I am obliged to do, here are your weekly grades for the Philadelphia Eagles.
This grade is really aimed at Doug. Jim Schwartz's defense was decent last night. Hits on the Qb and shutting down Tyler Lockett (3 catches for 23 yards). Except DK Metcalf had a career night and it turns out was inspired by Jim Schwartz giving him bulletin board material.
After that lovely comment, DK Metcalf went 10 catches for 177 (BUT NO TDS). The no TDs is why Schwartz gets a reprieve here for the gaudy numbers.
Then we get to Doug. As usual, the play calling was unimaginative. The game management was atrocious. The COACHING of his players was bad. He decided to go for it down two scores when in field goal range? Sealed the game right there. Miles Sanders carried the ball 6 times (but averages 5 yards per carry usually?). Doesn't utilize his best weapons. ONE QB ROLLOUT for Carson Wentz!!!!
I also find it inexcusable the level of rhythm disruption Doug does weekly. When Jalen Hurts entered the game and completed a pass, what was his reward? Being pulled right away. Just for Carson to take a sack. AND THEN Doug finally goes to have a conversation with a QB on the sideline but its not his QB1...he goes to Jalen Hurts who only appeared on the field for one more play...the Hurts Option.
So why is he still here? Because his team only lost 23-17 and they are still in the hunt for the playoffs...
BLOW IT UP!! Doug needs to be canned before the season is over. This isn't an acceptable offense and that falls on him.
Carson holds the ball too long. He is inaccurate. He takes unnecessary hits and sacks. He makes bad choices with the football. He underthrows wide open tight ends and totally ignores wide open receivers. I could copy and paste what I just wrote each week.
But I don't blame him entirely for this. This offense is NOT designed for Carson's strengths. Look at the best drives he had last night. The team went up tempo and Carson used his feet to create opportunity. That isn't what is called for him. I am not ready to give up on Carson yet because he is in a bad situation with a coach and GM that aren't giving him the help he needs.
If I am Carson, I am furious that this is going on. He is being set up to fail every week.
Boston Scott and Miles Sanders barely got any opportunities. Miles had two really bad drops. This group combined for 9 carries-28 yards. Oh. And an additional 7 catches for 47 yards. This group did nothing to help the team even stay competitive but they got not chances either.
Combined: 9 catches - 46 yards. While Dk Metcalf was balling out on the other side of the field, that is the numbers for the entire WR corp.
This position group did everything they could honestly. 10 catches for 128 and 2 TDs. Just think if Rodgers and Goedert didn't' play...They did have drops though.
Kelce had a horrific snap and Carson got sacked 6 times. Was hit another 12. This group didn't open up running lanes and couldn't allow Carson to carve the number 32 ranked passing defense up. Peters was legitimately turned around on multiple plays and Mailata had a bad game at LT. This group is not safe for any QB at the moment.
Barnett played a great game. Cox had a sack. Hargrave finally got some pressure. This group played well last night.
Singleton is shaping up to be a good LB and TJ Edwards had a nice game. No Nate Gerry means this group isn't a liability. They held a pretty good RB duo under 100 yards combined so I give this group respect.
This group doesn't get a failing grade from me for one simple reason. Darius Slay took accountability for his bad game. Knows it wasn't a good game. Owned up to it. Maddox played ok but this group let Wilson throw for 230 and dominate the entire game ON AN OFF NIGHT. They still didn't allow the best WR in football to score a TD so that is something to write home about.
Special Teams: D
Jake Elliott missed an XP and it was a big one. Johnston is the best punter in football. Davion Taylor is a great special teams player