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Is Mike Groh the right man to be Eagles' offensive coordinator?

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Is Mike Groh the right man to be Eagles' offensive coordinator?

Here are three takeaways from offensive coordinator Mike Groh’s chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. 

Starting too slow 

Here’s a look at the Eagles’ scoring by quarter this season: 

Q1: 21 
Q2: 59
Q3: 58
Q4: 57

One of those things is not like the other. The Eagles’ slow starts this year have absolutely killed them. Sure, they were on a crazy run of winning coin flips and deferring early in the season, but they haven’t made the most of their first-quarter opportunities and it’s just killed the entire team — offense and defense. 

“Well, we've put a lot of energy and thought into it,” Groh said. “We know it's an area that we need to improve on. We've been able to do a lot better throughout the course of the game, and it's something that if it was one thing, it would be an easy fix. But it's a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Kind of everybody has taken a share of that. We're pointing those things out that need to be corrected. Trust me when I say this, we're spending a lot of time trying to get it fixed.”

After nine games, there’s not a lot of confidence that they’ll be able to figure this out. Doug Pederson accepted responsibility for the first 15 scripted plays not working. The first play from scrimmage on Sunday asked Zach Ertz to block Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence 1-on-1. 

Groh was asked if maybe the Eagles shouldn’t have a TE blocking “one of the best edge rushers” in the league. 

“Something to consider, for sure,” Groh quipped. 

Yeah. It is. 

A Golden opportunity 

The Eagles traded away a third-round pick for eight games of Golden Tate and then played him 18 snaps (29 percent) in his debut. Pederson said it was because the offense went with tempo and Tate’s plays were out of the huddle. That’s an explanation, but not a good one. It’s crazy Tate didn’t play more. 

“We brought him here to play him a lot,” said Groh, who added that they’ll continue to build on Tate’s package of plays. 

Groh wouldn’t say who will lose time because of Tate, but said it’ll probably depend on the play. The two most obvious candidates are Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. 

Either way, Howie Roseman traded for a guy who was supposed to help this year and then the coaching staff didn’t play him. Really, this is inexcusable. 

Are YOU the problem? 

The Eagles are scoring more 6.5 points fewer per game this season, so we’re all trying to figure out why. One reason floated more than a few time is the loss of offensive coordinator Frank Reich. 

I asked Groh on Tuesday if the transition from Reich to him has gone as smoothly as expected and if it has negatively affected the offense. 

“Well, sitting here with the record that we have, we're not pleased with where we stand, and we have aspirations to compete for the playoffs. I think that we're still in the playoff hunt, and we can do that. We've talked about some of the things that need to improve to give ourselves the best chance to do that.”

OK, so he clearly wanted no part of this question and I can’t say I blame him. It’s really hard to know how much swapping Reich for Groh has affected the offense. It’s really hard to gauge the value of an OC, especially when that role isn’t as a play- caller. But I think it’s a fair question. And I wonder how much it has hurt the Eagles this year.

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Roob Knows Podcast: Which Eagles' free agents will be here next season?

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Roob Knows Podcast: Which Eagles' free agents will be here next season?

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro discuss the Carson Wentz story from earlier in the week. What journalistic problems came from that story? How much of it is believable?

The guys discuss which free agents will return next season and answer questions from the audience.

1:00 -  Thoughts on the Carson Wentz story.
5:00 - Story was framed improperly.
10:00 - Factual errors took away from potentially relevant parts of the report.
14:00 - Confident that the locker room will be fine.
21:00 - Which free agents will be back next season?
32:00 - Guys answer twitter questions.
46:00 - How amazing is Tony Romo at calling games?

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Malcolm Jenkins says Wentz is ‘assertive’ and that’s what you want

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Malcolm Jenkins says Wentz is ‘assertive’ and that’s what you want

Malcolm Jenkins and Lane Johnson already responded on Twitter about the PhillyVoice story that characterized Carson Wentz as “selfish” and “egotistical” but now we have some more of their thoughts from the Pro Bowl in Florida. 

While Johnson said he saw it as nothing but “drama,” Jenkins got a little further into it and said some interesting stuff. 

He was asked if there was some truth to what was reported in the story. Here was his answer:

Well, I didn’t read the whole article. I only started responding when people tried to say I was the one making the quotes, which is crazy. I think any great player is going to be confident. Any great player is going to know what he likes, is going to be demanding. I’m the same way with the D coordinator, where I can go say ‘no, I don’t want to run this.’ So I think him being assertive or anything like that is what you want out of your starting quarterback. He’s a leader.

That’s kind of what I wrote when the story first came out as I tried to put some of the claims and anonymous quotes into context (see story). While a lot of the qualities that story described were framed as negative character attributes, there are plenty of people inside and outside of the NovaCare Complex who think they’re positives. 

“I think at any point in time when you don’t understand something, you start to speculate,” Jenkins said. “And I think it’s been hard for people to grasp how we’ve had two starting quarterbacks both contribute to success the last two years and not have any issues. But Carson’s a good teammate. I have nothing bad to say about him. … He’s a great player on the field, a great teammate off.”

Jenkins and Johnson were just a few of the many teammates who took to Twitter on Monday to defend Wentz (see story).

Here’s what Lane said Wednesday:   

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