Philadelphia Eagles: 4 Ideas to improve their red zone offense

Doug Pederson (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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It’s no secret this Philadelphia Eagles offense struggles in the red zone.

How many missed opportunities is this team going to have? For the most part, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has shown a lack of creativity with the play calling in 2020. There also seems to be a lack of awareness at times.

Despite the Baltimore Ravens putting multiple defenders up at the line of scrimmage all day long, Pederson still decided to call longer developing routes and keep Carson Wentz in the pocket most of the time. Wentz improvised and made something out of nothing to keep the Eagles in the game.

If it wasn’t for the zone read and read-option plays that were called on the two-point conversion attempts, Philly might’ve been able to win or at least get the game into overtime. This is just one example of Pederson’s struggles. He’s also run the ball to the right side in critical situations where the ball has been placed on the right hash, meaning there’s less room to run the play. Not only that, the right side of the offensive line has been banged up all year. The vanilla run schemes have been frustrating.

All hope isn’t lost, but with Jake Elliott’s recent struggles, Philly has to figure things out sooner rather than later. Let’s take a look at a couple of different ideas that might help to solve their red-zone problem, but first, let’s talk about playcalling and throw out a few stats.