The play calling in Philadelphia has been questionable for a long time. This is a team that has always thought pass before run and I’m not expecting that to change anytime soon. However, when your facing teams that have consistently struggled against the run, you have got to try and get something started on the ground. Oakland had one of the worst run defenses coming into Sunday’s game but the Eagles only gave their running backs 11 opportunities to run the ball. This is pathetic.
If you look around the league at any other teams, you’ll see their starting running back getting at least 15 carries a game. Neither one of our running backs got to carry the ball more than six times. This has got to be extremely frustrating for Brain Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. I know that neither one of them is expecting to get 25 carries a game but I’m sure they’d both like to get somewhere between 10-15 carries per game.
Some of this play calling may be based on Reid’s lack of confidence with the offensive line. There have been a lot of different players in and out of that line and the group hasn’t really gotten the opportunity to gel yet. However, I think if you can sustain a run game and consistently pick up first downs to move the ball down the field it can change a lot on the confidence level. This hasn’t been done so far this year because the play calling won’t allow for it.
Another thing that has frustrated me with the play calling lately is the fact that Donovan McNabb’s ribs were still not fully healed. When you consistently call pass plays you are forcing your quarterback to drop back every play and risk taking a big hit. With McNabb’s ribs not being 100% you didn’t want to have to see him in that position more than he had to be.
I’m sure Reid knows that the play calling on Sunday was not very good and I hope he’s been spending time to make adjustments. The Eagles need to come out with a totally different game plan offensively then what they brought out against the Raiders.