While the recent switch in defensive coordinators dominated headlines, it was the Philadelphia Eagles offensive woes that stole the spotlight on Monday night.
The Eagles were out-of-sync on offense all night long, something that’s become a reoccurring theme of late.
Former NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky criticized the team for its predictability on offense, highlighting a reliance on the same 3 to 4 plays.
“The Eagles offense has to stop running the same 3-4 plays over and over and over again,” Orlovsky tweeted on X.
They been running a simple offense the last two years. Can Hurts handle a complex offense where he’s required to go through reads and dissect?
— JT (@GuitaristJT) December 19, 2023
Facing the #26-ranked defense in the NFL, the Eagles managed to score just 17 points after gaining 321 yards, marking the first time in the Nick Sirianni Era that they failed to score at least 20 points in three consecutive games.
49ers star pass rusher Nick Bosa previously said that San Francisco showed the blueprint on how to shut down Hurts and the Eagles offense … He may have been onto something.
CRAZY: Since Nick Bosa's "Blueprint" video, the #Eagles have a 0-3 record.
Since then, Hurts' stats are as follows:
•1 passing touchdown
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) December 20, 2023
After the game, Hurts sung a familiar tune, saying that Philly was outplayed and didn’t play up to their “standard.”
However, he was a little more critical than usual and seemed to call out the lack of commitment and buy-in that has infected the team.
“I’ve been talking about execution all year. Being on the same page, everyone being on the same page. We didn’t execute. I don’t think we were committed enough, you know. Just gotta turn it around,” Hurts expressed.
It’s a challenge we have to embrace. (We) just gotta continue and see it through.”
When pressed to elaborate on his comments about commitment, Hurts said: “Commitment. I don’t know, I don’t have a dictionary on me now. It’s a matter of being on the same page. It takes everyone being all in in all aspects. It starts with me.”
#Eagles QB Jalen Hurts mentions he doesn't think the team is 'committed enough' right now.
When asked what he means: "Commitment. I don't have a dictionary on me now."
An eye-popping answer…pic.twitter.com/iscJpkukcm
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 19, 2023
Despite the Eagles 10-1 start, they have now lost three straight games, falling to 10-4. This marks the first time a 10-1 team has lost three consecutive games since the 1986 New York Jets.
Philadelphia has slipped from the #1 seed in the NFC to the #5 seed and are clearly heading in the wrong direction.
“Jeffrey Lurie does not respect the fan base enough to be honest with them. The only time he ever pokes his head out of the hole is when they won four in a row. You won’t hear from him right now, I’ll tell you that.”
— Angelo Cataldi pic.twitter.com/0V7FE4GYJi
— JAKIB Sports (@JAKIBSports) December 19, 2023
It’s not all doom and gloom in Philly. The Eagles are still in the thick of the NFC playoff picture and we know how dangerous they can be when they’re clicking on all cylinders.
The question is will they be able to find their old groove and swagger in time for the playoffs?
Did we not give the two coordinators (Shane Steichen and Jonathan Gannon) enough credit for Philly’s success last year???
They certainly seem to be a different team without them…