Golden Tate addresses his slow start for the Philadelphia Eagles
New Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate discusses his struggles during his first two games with the team on Wednesday.
So much for a home run trade from the Philadelphia Eagles front office. You know that sarcastic saying “Well, this aged well,” yeah, that’s precisely how this third-round pick for Golden Tate looks three weeks after it went down. Is this trade all Howie Roseman’s fault?
Not in the slightest. In an offensive league, Roseman made the best possible move available to upgrade the struggling offense. Unfortunately, the coaches are not on the same page with it.
On Tuesday afternoon, Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh fielded questions about the Eagles offensive effort against the New Orleans Saints. You would think after putting up only seven points in one game; the coaching staff would have some sort of answer to the struggles. Unfortunately, it seems like the offensive gameplan is being prepared by two guys who are more lost than we initially thought.
Groh’s response to Tate’s slow start was puzzling but straightforward. “It’s been challenging to integrate Tate into the offense.” That’s not exactly an ideal statement from the guy who helps coordinate the offense. Although Tate didn’t throw his offensive coach under the bus a day later, he did address his slow start with the media on Wednesday.
Tate Speaks Up
Tate kept his response short and sweet. As expected, Tate took the route of saying that he is not adequately prepared at this point, and doesn’t know the entire playbook that well. Also, the chemistry isn’t quite there yet. That’s understandable, and all, but why is Tate the only wide receiver that joined a new team at the trade deadline that is struggling?
Golden Tate has caught seven passes for 67 yards since being on the Eagles. Meanwhile, Dallas Cowboys’ Amari Cooper’s first two games with his new team, he caught 11 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Tate was supposed to be the extra spark on the Eagles offense that was supposed to make the team at least a playoff contender.
(Also, sidenote: In case you haven’t watched the video, Golden Tate prefers Sweet Potato Pie over Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. Thanks to Michael Bennett for the tough question.)