PHILADELPHIA – It has become a tradition unlike any other in Philadelphia football.
Since the 2017 Super Bowl season, Doug Pederson has always responded to offensive adversity in the same way.
The Eagles coach tends to cut things down and simplify his offense. Sometimes it’s a change of quarterback due to injury (think 2017 and 2018) or in response to significant attrition among skill players (December 2019).
This time around, that’s about it, according to the head coach.
The beleaguered and much-maligned quarterback, the young talent’s inability in an offensive position to catch up as quickly as expected, and an offensive line that is likely the first breathless with a game of musical chairs due to the constant shuffling.
“The short answer to that is yes,” said Pederson when asked to cut back again. “And then here’s the but, we’re also simplifying because of some of the mistakes we make in skill positions with some of the young guys as well.
“So that goes along with, yeah, we want to simplify overall, maybe for the quarterback position, but we’re also simplifying for the rest of the offense so the guys can – especially this time of the day. ‘year when fatigue and bodies are sore and minds are somehow tired we keep it simple for them too. “
The whirlwind around Carson Wentz could be a part of that too, especially if the baton is to be handed over to Jalen Hurts, a rookie First Class member with no offseason or preseason.
For what it’s worth, Wentz threw the former into the short open media practice period on Wednesday, but there was also a little sense of urgency accompanying the moves of rookie Jalen Hurts.
When it comes to reducing the attack, Wentz has admitted it is happening but won’t be quite noticeable to the casual fan.
“I think for the everyday fan it will look like this,” he says. “I think some of them are just internally with plans and maybe not as many new things at the table, formations, changes, moves. I don’t think it was drastic of a one way or another. “
The goal is to make all the pieces in difficulty play faster.
“I think that sometimes allows us to play fast and when you have moving parts and a lot of young guys it can sometimes help us turn it around,” said Wentz. “I don’t think it’s going to be something dramatic that people will really notice, but internally, in the diagrams and everything, there will be some subtleties that will help us play faster.”
Veteran center Jason Kelce, who expects to play Monday despite an elbow injury in Cleveland, also spoke about how stupid things could help.
“It’s a good way to play fast and play confident,” said Kelce. “It’s something that you did, and you know the ins and outs and the tweaks, and how to make these games work, and make quick and quick decisions.
“As a result, you play more confident and more aggressive.”
However, there is also a negative aspect.
“The downside of keeping it simple is that the defense will definitely be able to get advice and understand what’s going on as well,” Kelce said. “It’s always a fine line that we fight.
“As coaches, as players, you’re always trying to fight that line and get into a really good game that’s wide open on tape, but at the same time don’t try to make it. too much to lose your identity or your ability to play fast and aggressively. ”
Pederson, meanwhile, is baring all the rocks to turn a dismal 10-game first-place effort into a more palatable effort by Week 17.
“We have to change, you have to make improvements and you have to improve,” the coach assumed. “We help the offense. We help the offensive line. We help the receivers. We help everyone to get better and we are using everything we can to make those adjustments.”
John McMullen contributes to the Eagles coverage for SI.com’s EagleMaven and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. You can listen to John every Tuesday and Thursday on “The Middle” with Eytan Shander, Harry Mayes and Barrett Brooks on SportsMap Radio and PhillyVoice.com. He is also the host of Extending the Play on AM1490 in South Jersey. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @JFMcMullen
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