The Philadelphia Eagles finally have some time to reflect on their very pedestrian 3-3 start to the season. A bye week is crucial for any NFL team to evaluate their personnel and decide what may be helping and hurting their success.
Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid wasted no time in determining his staff’s weak link, as he fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on Tuesday.
The banishment came after an embarrassing fourth quarter defensive collapse in the Eagles’ Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions.
While Castillo’s firing was very understandable, why is Eagles’ offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg still holding onto a clipboard?
The canning of Castillo seemed more like a knee-jerk reaction in response to one disgraceful quarter, while Mornhinweg has struggled mightily to get the ball in the end-zone all season. But rest assured, Castillo’s termination was more than warranted after the massive underachievement of his Eagles’ defense.
At the same time, I think that Mornhinweg deserved the ax just as much as Castillo, considering the lack of offensive production and his highly questionable play-calling.
The Eagles are ranked 30th in the league in points scored this season, with 17.2 points per game.
Yes that’s right, 30th out of 32 NFL teams. Just awful.
And they were ranked 31st up until just last night when the Seattle Seahawks put a whopping 6 points on the scoreboard in Week 7’s first contest.
A strange phenomenon is that while ranked 30th in the NFL in points scored, the Eagles are 10th in total offense with 379 yards per game. This variation is due in large part to the Eagles’ turnover woes this year.
While QB Michael Vick and his offense are racking up plenty of yardage, they can’t hold onto the ball long enough to put up any points.
A real problem with the Eagles’ offense in recent weeks is the lack of production in the running game, specifically in the case of stud RB LeSean McCoy.
In the first four games of the season McCoy was up to his usual dominance, rushing for an average of 96 yards per game. Since then he has only ran for a puny 37.5 yards per game during the Eagles’ consecutive losses in Week 5 and Week 6.
But the blame shifts directly to Mornhinweg when McCoy’s rushing attempts are studied.
While McCoy received 20.25 carries per game over the Eagles’ first four contests, he has carried the ball just 30 times in the past two games (16 and 14 respectively).
Mornhinweg must realize that when you have an all-star talent in McCoy and your quarterback is struggling to hang onto the ball, you must utilize your running game.
The way I see it, Mornhinweg is very lucky to still have a job considering Reid’s quick trigger in getting rid of Castillo.
Mornhinweg must put together a specific game plan for Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons that takes pressure off of Vick, and gives McCoy a lot more touches.
If he fails to do so, his future with the Eagles will be in great jeopardy.
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