Carson Wentz is not one of the Philadelphia Eagles’ problems, but wide receivers coach Carson Walch most certainly is.
Listing the Philadelphia Eagles last four wide receiver coaches is enough to make one feel like pulling his or her own hair out. Greg Lewis, Mike Groh, Gunter Brewer, and now Carson Walch were all bad ideas, but here’s something that will make your stomach turn if it hasn’t already. Walch may be the worst of the four (and you wonder why the narrative all season has been underperforming wideouts and a struggling Carson Wentz all season).
As most of you know, Lewis was a former Eagles receiver who cut his teeth as a wide receivers coach at the Universities of San Diego (2012), San Jose State (2013), and Pittsburgh (2014) before becoming an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints (2015). He’d rejoin ‘The Birds’ a year later.
Brewer had no previous experience coaching at the professional level, spent one year in the position and went back to the NCAA. Groh received a promotion after Frank Reich‘s departure, and it isn’t certain whether the receivers excelled because he was around or if they were just decent. Then again, he must be given credit for Nelson Agholor‘s single season of brilliance.
Walch isn’t really good at anything. Greg Ward can’t get off the practice squad. Alshon Jeffery, Mack Hollins, and Agholor have all regressed. JJ Arcega-Whiteside can’t get on the field and produce. That last point may be the most frustrating. Arcega-Whiteside can play. You aren’t taken in the second round because you can’t. He could play at Stanford, which probably means that he can play now. A coach’s job is to prepare players. Walch hasn’t done that.
Ladies and gentlemen, Carson Wentz is not the eagles’ problem. Carson Walch is the problem.
How many times must a Shelton Gibson and a JJ Arcega-Whiteside and a Nelson Agholor fail before someone begins to place some of the blame where it belongs. When will these coaches be held accountable?
Brian Baldinger joined 94 WIP-FM’s Jon Marks and Ike Reese on Wednesday and echoed some of the same sentiment.
"I thought JJ Arcega-Whiteside showed up. He came back to the ball in a zone defense. They hit him for an explosive play. Work with what you have. I mean they drafted him in the second round for crying out loud. He was a great player at Stanford. Develop him! I mean he hasn’t been on the field. Put (the responsibility) on the wide receiver coach. What’s happening in that room? Why aren’t these receivers developing? Why are some of them going backwards? I mean you always have to start with the coaching first."
It makes total sense if you think about it. Maybe Shelton Gibson could play. Maybe Arcega-Whiteside can too. Maybe they’re victims of bad coaching. Aren’t you always complaining about players leaving Philly and excelling somewhere else? Did you ever think that there may be a reason for that?