Listen, I’m not here to say that Doug is the guy that is going to bring us a Super Bowl and that he’s been perfect this year, in fact he’s been far from it, but there has to be some sort of fine line between him being inept and him being in a ridiculously tough spot.
Since Carson Wentz’s play has struggled of late, the ones, myself included, that had their chests puffed out the most about our rookie QB have noted his lack of weapons surrounding him to explain his “regression.” After all, how is Wentz supposed to play well when he’s throwing to receivers that can’t get any separation, and when they do get separation, drop the ball? But at the same time, how is Doug Pederson supposed to design schemes to get the ball down the field when he’s dealing with the exact same receivers?
Sure, it sounds like the cowards way out, but can we talk about the injuries on this team and the situation Doug and Carson are in right now? Their #1 receiver is banged up, their starting running back is banged up, their best option on offense has a cracked rib and the offensive line has been shuffled around. I still, to this day, believe the downfall of this Eagles team was the Lane Johnson suspension– he was playing SO well. But I digress.
The point is that we give Carson a break for all of these things but fail to do so with Doug, and it’s not even on just the offensive side of the ball. Doug has 0 say on the defensive side of the ball, from the personnel on it to the scheme, and the guy that they brought in to stabilize this defense has really been struggling recently. And yet, after back-to-back embarrassing losses by the defense, Doug’s the one up there answering questions on the side of the ball that he has absolutely no say on. Is it his fault that Schwartz isn’t able to get pressure on the QB? Is it Doug’s fault that their CB’s are inadequate? Is it Doug’s fault that they’re one of the most penalized defenses in the league? Nope, that falls on Howie and Jim Schwartz.
So, the question now becomes, has Doug done more good than bad this season? I would say it’s about 50/50, he didn’t force Ryan Mathews to fumble the ball in the Detroit, but the Dallas loss was also strictly on Doug’s shoulders. There also has to be something said for a young team being very competitive in road games at the beginning of the season. They were put in tough spots and had chances to win every single one of their road losses. Now, that’s tough to say at this point since the team looked so dejected on Sunday afternoon, so I guess it sort of goes both ways.
I think Carson and Doug can kind of be put in the same boat. Both have shown signs of greatness, but given their lack of weapons it’s been hard to design schemes that work consistently. Now, the one thing I have huge quip with is Doug abandoning the run all together. Some of that can be attributed to being down early, but still it’s something to monitor for the rest of the season.
Doug shouldn’t be fired. If this same of sort of stuff is going on next year or the year after, with adequate talent on the roster, than yes– fire him. But at this point, with a new team coming together firing him doesn’t really make sense.
This was a locker room that was built this offseason, sometimes it takes a little while to gel.
Patience, Eagles fans.