Well, if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you had to know that this was coming.
Perhaps, calling it an inside joke would be inaccurate. Jokes are funny, and this isn’t. Let’s just call it one of those Philadelphia Eagles things that no one else will understand. If you’re unaware, here’s what that means. There’s an idea in the Eagles fan base that has been floating around the fan base for a long time, one where players leave and magically get better when they land in other cities.
Throw out the 2017 season, and most of Nelson Agholor‘s career in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ was forgettable. Sure, he appeared in 76 games with 67 starts, hauled in 243 receptions for 2,720 yards, and reached the end zone 18 times in his five years in midnight green (those numbers include the playoffs), but he’s mostly remembered for his snafus and the way things ended.
He got a long Zach Ertz touchdown in 2016 at Seattle called back because he was flagged for lining up incorrectly. There were the drops and that time a local hero in Philly made the news but found the time to call him out on television. There was that burner account that he was accused of creating when Carson Wentz kept getting criticized by anonymous sources.
He denied that one, but the burner account somehow disappeared after he was asked about it. Most knew that Agholor’s run in Philly would end after 2019. He landed in Las Vegas as a member of the Raiders, and that’s where things get really interesting. At the close of business in Week 7 for Las Vegas, Agholor had four touchdowns on his resume. At the time of this story being published, only twelve NFL receivers had more. Oh, and by the way, no Eagles receiver has more than three.
Are these Philadelphia Eagles assistants ever going to coach up anybody?
Just in case you haven’t noticed, every year of the Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman era has seen a different wide receivers coach, and believe it or not, Mike Groh was actually the best of the bunch. He may not have been a great offensive coordinator, but he was a good positional coach. Hey, he definitely got the best out of Agholor, at least until now.
At some point, things have to change in Philly. What has normally happened has been this. Players are drafted. They don’t pan out, and the vice president/general manager, one Howie Roseman, has to go out and pay top dollar for high-priced free agents to mask roster issues. It’s been the majority of the system since the ‘Dream Team’ and Andy Reid was in town. It’s worked once, in 2017.
It’s easy to blame Howie for everything, and to some extent, he should be blamed. At some point, however, you have to put some of the blame on all of these assistant coaches.
What do Rich Scangarello and Marty Mornhinweg do? Why can’t these young guys like Davion Taylor get on the field and produce? Every player isn’t a ‘bust’. At some point, coaches have to get these guys ready and get them on the field. That isn’t happening often enough in Philly. Nelson Agholor’s success in Las Vegas and five wide receivers coaches in five years is evidence of that.