How badly do the Eagles still miss since-departed coaches?

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There has been so much speculation about what’s wrong with quarterback Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rightly, general manager Howie Roseman earns a major share of the blame. Since the Birds won Super Bowl LII in February 2018, they’ve made poor selections in the draft, passing over better players. And they’ve compounded that with bad investments in veterans (oft-injured DeSean Jackson, etc.).

People also ask what happened to the Doug Pederson who called for the “Philly Special” on fourth down near the goal line in the Super Bowl. This version of the head coach seems conservative by comparison. Where is the innovator from that magical 2017-18 season?

The Wentz problem

It’s typical for assistant coaches on championship-winning teams to get hired by other clubs as head coaches. That happened to the Eagles, who lost offensive coordinator Frank Reich to the Colts. They also saw quarterbacks coach John deFilippo sign on as offensive coordinator with the Vikings.

Reich helped Pederson with the play-calling. Plus, he and DeFilippo were instrumental in Wentz’s development that Super Bowl year as an MVP-caliber quarterback. Since those two left, the Birds tried Mike Groh as offensive coordinator. This season, Pederson doesn’t even have an OC; instead he hired Rich Scarangello as a “senior offensive assistant.” Which can be, I guess, whatever you want it to be.

Whatever arrangement they have, it’s not working for Wentz. He looks nothing like three years ago. Something just isn’t right, because we know he can play so much better. Wentz is an elite-level quarterback when he is sharp. And, as every Eagles fan knows, he’s far from that right now.

 

 

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