It’s safe to say things have not gone the way, the Philadelphia Eagles brass as well as the fans thought it would be going. Heading into a Sunday Night game, facing the San Francisco 49ers, the birds sit at a horrible 0-2-1 record. I guess things could be worse, they could be 0-3, yet it doesn’t feel that way. Throughout the first three weeks, QB Carson Wentz has been all over the place, and a shell of himself, as he has missed on some easy throws and struggled up until now. Although the thoughts around the building are things that will work itself out, and Wentz will get back on track, right now it is hard to see the light.
As things have developed in this early season, there hasn’t been a ton to smile about in the City of Brotherly Love. While the pas rush finally looked like a force, the defense has been an issue. Injuries have plagued the team again (See 2019), and the offense has yet to get going. But, and there is a but, there has been a real bright spot, and that is the second year running back Miles Sanders.
Over two weeks, the young stud has had nearly 250 yards of total offense, including 95 yards rushing in both games he has played (missed week 1 with injury). This leads me to my point, they need to feed Miles Sanders! They need to feed him on the ground and in the air. While Doug Pederson, has a large playbook, he needs to keep it simple and go back to running the ball.
Last season Sanders seems to have a slow start, but since he has gotten it going, he has not looked back. Spilling over into year-2, Sanders has been a monster to deal with. A legit match up the problem while in the passing game, he could be the skilled player, that the birds need, while all these injuries sit the WR’s. Built with strong hands, and clean route running, he could be a be used split out wide. Or force a linebacker to try and cover him, which would end up in a win 9 times out of 10.
The Eagles have had many issues this year, and they need help getting on track. Sanders is that player, that could be a difference-maker for the birds’ while Wentz, works on getting it together.
Whatever the decision is moving forward for Coach Doug Pederson, to get some life into this offense. It needs to revolve around Miles sanders. He shouldn’t leave a game without touching the ball 25 times, at the very least. This would soften defenses, while also helping the passing game, as defenses do not respect the passing game as is. With Sanders dominating on the ground, it would force defenses to move up and worry about the run. It would also help a struggling offensive line, as any lineman would tell you they would rather run block.
All in all, the need to feed Sanders stands out as one of the biggest needs on the team. Let the young man carry this team into the win column. What could they lose at this point?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, do you think Miles Sanders, needs to get fed more? What do you think the offense needs? @JonM_Salter