Is it time for the Philadelphia Eagles to end this Mike Groh experiment as quickly as possible?
Where, oh where has the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles offense gone? Are all of those high-powered plays seriously out in Indianapolis with Frank Reich and the Colts? At this point, we figure they probably aren’t with John DeFilippo and the Minnesota Vikings because he’s now out of the picture over there. So, where is that offense at? Because aside from losing Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Torrey Smith this team looks pretty much the same on paper from last season.
First, let’s start by saying this – Guys are not executing as well as they were last season. Carson Wentz is hesitant to run/throw, Alshon Jeffery is dropping passes he would usually catch, and the offensive line is struggling more than ever. So we can’t necessarily blame it all on the coaches. However, the lack of adjustments is apparent. And the plan to utilize the best players on the team right now is nonexistent.
Coaching is a problem for the offense. And whether it has something to do with Doug Pederson’s play call, or Mike Groh’s inability to help Pederson put together a solid gameplan, it needs to be figured out now. If the Eagles plan to move on from Mike Groh because he has struggled to find a good work relationship with Pederson and the rest of the offensive coaching staff, then they should do it sooner than later so they can try and find a quick solution.
Are the offensive problems all on Coach Groh?
Are the offensive problems all of Groh’s fault? The short answer is no. But if we are honest here, Groh hasn’t done much to help the Eagles at all this season. In fact, he wasn’t much of a help when he was the passing game coordinator out with the Los Angeles Rams either, which makes the Eagles decision to hire Groh as the OC in the first place much more confusing.
Mike Groh is a good wide receivers coach, but clearly, he struggles to take on a larger role. Since Groh has been the coordinator, the Eagles offense has looked lousy. Training camp, preseason, regular season, it’s all been bad. It’s become quite clear that Doug Pederson needs an aggressive number two in his ear while calling the plays. Frank Reich handled that role well. Groh, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have a clue about what he’s sometimes doing.
What has gone wrong for the Eagles on offense?
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How has Golden Tate been in Philly for six weeks now and the Eagles still don’t seem to know how to use him. Six weeks! Groh stated at his press conference on Tuesday morning that Tate’s lack of playing time (he had 20 snaps out of 52) had something to do with the personnel that he could be used in, but they chose not to. Again, why did the Eagles give up a third-round pick just to have him play less than 50-percent of the snaps?
Another thing, where was Josh Adams on Sunday? You know, the running back, who has been given an opportunity to be a bell-cow back and issued over 20 carries in each of the last two games and has impressed everybody but the Eagles coaching staff? Yeah, where was he on Sunday? Well, Mike Groh puts it just, the Eagles didn’t have many opportunities.
That’s right because they were busy going three-and-out from passing on almost every single down. Listen, this might not be all Groh’s fault, as Pederson and Duce Staley need to be held accountable as well. But in these specific types of situations, somebody has to be the scapegoat. The Eagles went from a Super Bowl-winning season to having a losing record with three games left on the schedule. Somebody needs to be fired, and after this long season, it’s become quite clear that Mike Groh is not the guy for the job.