Different year, same result. That’s the story of the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to the red zone. The Eagles have phenomenal talent on the offensive side of the ball, but for some reason the coaching staff does not know how to utilize their weapons when it matters most.
The Eagles had an opportunity to take control of the game in the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s game when they had a 1st and goal from the Giants two yard line. Surely the Eagles would score a touchdown here right? Think again – The Eagles would be stuffed on four consecutive (Giants offsides on one play) runs up the middle and settled for a measly field goal.
The play calling in the goal line series was just absolutely horrific. Why are you not putting the ball into the hands of your best player on Sunday, LeSean McCoy? If you want to give me the argument that Schmidt is a bigger back, than why not use Ronnie Brown? Why not run play action? Once again Andy Reid ends up outsmarting himself and cost his team a touchdown.
This is not the first time the team has struggled in the red zone and it certainly will not be the last. The Eagles are built on a big play offense which is fine and dandy, but in order to win in the NFL you need to be able to pick up tough yards in key situations.
Andy Reid is without a doubt the blame for this continuous problem. The players must execute but Andy Reid is the mastermind who constructed the offensive line. You cannot expect an undersized offensive line to drive the defense back at the goal line regardless of who is running the ball. Knowing that you have an undersized line you must utilize player makers like Vick or McCoy to make a play.
While I would love to believe that the red zone issues will be resolved, history tells me otherwise.