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At least Eagles realize they need to get Dallas Goedert involved

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At least Eagles realize they need to get Dallas Goedert involved

I was ready to write a column saying the Eagles would be crazy if they don’t find a way to get Dallas Goedert more involved in the offense. 

I was ready to write that my head might explode if I see Josh Perkins continue to get more run with the Eagles’ offense than the guy the Eagles used their first pick on in this last draft. 

I was ready to write that it would be malpractice if Doug Pederson and the Eagles’ offensive coaches refused to switch things up and get out of 11 personnel to get him involved more. 

But it turns out they agree with me. 

Here was offensive coordinator Mike Groh on Tuesday: 

We have a talented player in Dallas, and we need to find more ways, as you stated, to get him involved. We need to get him involved more. We had some extenuating circumstances the other day, for a variety of reasons. He just wasn't in there in the spots where we were getting the ball to. We're going to continue to try to monitor that and make sure that he is going to help us win games here.

It was probably pretty infuriating for fans Sunday to watch Perkins get more snaps than Goedert. After the game, I asked Pederson why that was and he gave me a pretty long and confusing answer (see story).

Basically, the gist of the reasoning was that Perkins is a converted wide receiver, so when Mike Wallace went down, the Eagles felt more comfortable letting him run those routes in that version of 12 personnel. That makes some sense, but I’d argue that you gotta get your best players on the field and if an injury happens, you’d be better off adjusting. 

Whatever, though. Week 2 is gone. Nothing we can do about that anymore. 

But in Week 3, no matter who the Eagles bring in at wideout, it makes sense to get Goedert more involved. Through two weeks, the talented rookie has one catch on just three targets. That’s not enough. 

The good news is that it would stand to reason that, as the Eagles game plan this week without Wallace, Goedert will be more involved offensively. 

“I think there’s a good chance that all three of us play quite a bit this week,” Goedert said. “But like I said before, it’s ultimately coach’s decision. I just have to do what I can when I’m on the field.”

For what it’s worth, Goedert said he feels pretty comfortable about his ability in the NFL; he didn’t think the game is moving too fast or anything. And he also thinks he’s on the same page with Carson Wentz, who will make his 2018 debut Sunday. 

The Eagles could help Wentz out by getting their best players on the field. That should include Goedert.

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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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