2018 Philadelphia Eagles: From dreams to nightmares
By Alex DeMarzo
‘You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone’
As each week goes by, it becomes more and more evident that the Eagles sorely miss former offensive coordinator Frank Reich and former quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
After the Eagles won the Super Bowl, Reich departed to take his first head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts and DeFilippo became the new offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.
Currently, the Eagles are averaging only 20.5 points per game and only six teams are scoring less than that. Last season, Philadelphia was ranked third averaging nearly 29 PPG.
While other factors may be in place, you can’t help but look at what Reich has done has the head coach of the Colts. Under Reich, the Colts are averaging 36 points over their last five games. The Eagles have only managed to score more than 30 points once all season.
Theoretically, you can say Reich is doing more with less talent in Indy.
In games such as last week, you can tell DeFilippo’s presence is greatly missed. Quarterback Carson Wentz endured his worst game so far at the professional level.
Wentz completed 19 passes on 33 attempts for a total of 156 yards and three interceptions. A couple of the interceptions came on ill-advised throws where Wentz was looking just to heave the ball down the field.
On Sunday, The Eagles are slated to match up with the 3-7 New York Giants for the final time this season. Philly’s best game this year came against the ‘G-Men’ in Week 6 where they scored a season-high 34 points.
This may well be their final chance to turn things around and capture a wide-open NFC East. If not, ‘The Birds’ will be tied for last in the division with the Giants and the nightmare season will continue.