Eagles’ early season struggles

Eagles on the field before a 23-26 loss to the Titans in Nashville – Matthew Schwartz ’21

     When the clock hit zero in overtime, still tied at 23-23, the Philadelphia Eagles, Superbowl champions just three years ago tied a football game at home with the worst team in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals went a measly 2-14 in 2019 and picked up unanimous #1 pick Joe Burrow, a QB from LSU. But when the Bengals rolled into town, many Eagles fans believed this would surely be a decisive victory over a sub-par team to give them some confidence heading into the tough schedule of the 49ers, Steelers, and Ravens. But that was not the case, the offense stalled and couldn’t find a way to score, Wentz went 29/47 on pass attempts and threw two interceptions.

     Miles Sanders, however, continued to be a really bright spot for the offense; with 95 yards on 18 rushing attempts. Linebacker Nathan Gerry was attacked all day long by the Bengals which will be a problem going into Week 4 against the offensive mastermind that is Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers head coach. But above all, Howie Roseman is the man to blame for the Eagles struggles, not Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson, or the injuries. Howie Roseman’s inability to surround Carson Wentz throughout his career is undeniable. 

     Going into Week 4, the Eagles have an undrafted QB turned WR in Greg Ward, who was undrafted last year, and rookie WR John Hightower as WR1 and WR2 going into a Sunday Night Football in San Francisco. Desean Jackson,  while loved by the fans of this franchise, is 33 years old and not getting any younger. Jalen Reagor is out for 4-6 weeks but has shown some great signs as a really great deep threat, but Wentz has really struggled, missing all of those throws. Howie Roseman showed a lack of trust in his franchise QB when he picked a QB in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. There were so many weak spots in the LB core, the WR position, and the OL, yet Howie made a pick out of left field that had no backing behind it. The only case to make is to make sure you have a backup for the injury-prone Wentz, but this was a horrible pick made by Howie. It has had severe consequences on the Eagle’s franchise as a whole.