3 Adjustments that will create an elite Philadelphia Eagles offense in 2020
3. Reintroduce the play-action passing game and the run-pass option.
Although the running game is one of the more underappreciated aspects of any successful offense, there needs to be some attention paid to two strategies that helped the Eagles to some success in their 2017-2018 playoff run. Those are the run-pass option and play-action passing game.
The Eagles attempted 607 passes during the 2019 season. Only 143 of them were attempted out of the play-action passing game.
This is worth noting because opponents were often given the freedom to sit back in zone coverage and read the eyes of Carson Wentz. Their job became easier thanks to a battered, bruised and inconsistent receiving corps. The Eagles need to go back to the basics of football.
The run-pass option keeps teams off balance. The run sets up play action. The pass opens up the possibility of running draw plays. The screen game is used to combat the blitz. Taking a versatile approach will maximize the skill sets of the offense as a whole.
For the Eagles offense to join the ranks of the elite, Doug Pederson has to blow the dust off of the film from the 2017 season, watch it, and infuse some life into the offense.
Each of these strategies, when implemented, led to successful showings on offense and a ton of points in the past. Getting key players healthy, drafting a true number one target at wideout, and a return to a simpler approach may be just what the doctor ordered for an offensive resurgence in Philly and a fourth straight appearance in the playoffs at the end of the 2020 regular season.