Author: Gauruv Arora
Here’s the one thing I find very concerning that many fans, and personalities in the media seem to forget, this offense in 2017 was not primarily an RPO styled offense. This offense used to be an offense driven by Carson Wentz making adjustments at the line of scrimmage both under center and in shotgun formation. So what changed?
Doug Pederson had to adjust his playcalling to accommodate the strengths of Nick Foles, and it did wonders with winning the organization’s first Super Bowl in franchise history, but why in the world didn’t they change back when Carson returned? Doug Pederson and Mike Groh were not coaching to Carson’s strengths as Wentz, in my opinion, is the type of Quarterback who typically favors going through his progressions, instead of making a quickly timed decision that you’d get with a run-pass option. With the RPO styled offense, you’re not allowing him enough time to make those progressions.
I am not saying Carson Wentz had performed brilliantly by any stretch of the imagination. He missed too many throws high, he held on to the ball for too long, he over targeted Ertz which created a lack of distribution amongst other receivers on the field, but it’s ridiculous not to hold Doug Pederson and Mike Groh most responsible for the lack of production when Wentz was on the field this season. If Nick Foles could get it to Alshon Jeffery so effortlessly, why in theory can’t Carson (who is more of a complete talent than Foles.) Without Nick Foles, the margin for error has become smaller for the Eagles to make careless mistakes with the handling of their franchise Quarterback. For this team to be a legitimate Super Bowl competitor, it’s the coaches that have to step up as much as the player himself.