Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is falling flat on his face.
After coming off a much-needed bye week, media and fans alike were wondering if a rejuvenated and new-look Philadelphia Eagles team would show up for the second half of the season. Well, it’s safe to say following a ten-point loss to the, now, 3-7 New York Giants, Doug Pederson‘s team is anything but a good football team.
Philadelphia wasn’t prepared to play a football game on November 15th, and it shouldn’t come to us as a surprise. Pederson’s Eagles are now 1-4 coming off regular-season bye weeks, a head-scratching statistic considering Pederson is the understudy of Andy Reid who is 18-3 all-time following regular-season byes.
Philly still sits atop the abysmal NFC East, but Pederson should absolutely be on the hot seat.
A fully healthy Doug Pederson led team is still not a good football team.
Pederson was working with the healthiest offense the Eagles have fielded in quite some time, however, the offense was still stymied by the Giants.
It’s almost as if the Eagles offensive game plan was to avoid turning the ball over. Yes, an expected goal for a turnover-plagued team, but the O was operating with seemingly no inspiration.
The inconsistency from Pederson is baffling. Versus Dallas, Pederson implemented tons of pre-snap motion. Versus New York in Week 10, he used it sparingly. Every able person outside of the NovaCare Complex seems to know that Carson Wentz is at his best when he’s outside of the pocket, but Pederson and company still refuse to scheme him into the open field.
It’s not entirely Coach’s fault, but his usage of second-round pick Jalen Hurts is also uninspiring and as bland as things can get from a playcalling standpoint.
Would firing Doug Pederson be a knee jerk reaction?
Right now, Pederson doesn’t seem to be coaching, acting, or speaking like a coach in danger of losing his job. The same goes for Wentz, but that’s another discussion. Now that Philly’s record has fallen to a disappointing 3-5-1, a discussion needs to begin about the future of the Pederson and Eagles marriage.
Honestly, right now, everyone needs to at minimum be thinking about divorce proceedings. The honeymoon is over. Pederson shouldn’t be allowed to retain his job based solely on what happened in 2017. Despite what’s being seen on the field, Pederson is coaching one of the most talented teams in the NFC, certainly the NFC East, and he’s falling flat on his face week after week.
Firing Pederson after nine games might be a knee-jerk reaction, but anything other than an NFC East crown should result in Pederson’s relegation from Philly, and that’s true even though a division crown with an asterisk is not as impressive a feat. Pederson’s seat is scorching, at least it should be, and if his team doesn’t respond next Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, serious questions about his future need to be asked.