It’s the Same Offense

With 5:07 left in the third quarter, the Eagles faced 3rd and 17 from the Cowboys’ 19. With a TD, it would be a 13 point game with 20 minutes left to go, far from an insurmountable lead. This is the play the Eagles drew up (play starts at 7:08 in video):

3×1 with a RB in the backfield. The single receiver (Jeffery) runs a simple post route while the three receivers on the other side occupy as many defenders as possible. Wentz leans back and fires a ball too high and wide for Jeffery to catch. The Eagles settle for a field goal.

Does this play look familiar? It should.

In a 10-10 game in 2017, the Eagles faced 2nd and 10 from the Panthers’ 17. This is the play the Eagles drew up (play starts at 4:58 in video):

3×1 with a RB in the backfield. The single receiver (Ertz) runs a simple post route while the three receivers on the other side occupy as many defenders as possible. Wentz drives the ball high but catchable, and Ertz brings it down for a TD.

There have been a lot of calls to fire Mike Groh, the offensive coordinator. This is the exact same offense. Watch the full 2017 highlight reel to remember just how amazing Carson Wentz was. Wentz was never a perfectly precise QB, but he made up for it with almost supernatural escapability, fantastic running ability, and insane zip on all throws. Carson Wentz in 2019 no longer has any of those. He may not be half the player Carson Wentz in 2017 was. It’s depressing. Injuries suck.

But the problem is not the scheme. The scheme works. We know it works. The QB simply isn’t executing it. Plays like the one above are the simple proof of that.