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Eagles Coaching Staff Has Work To Do

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The Eagles Coaching Staff Has To Adjust After Packers Game

Philadelphia fans quickly learned on Thursday night that quarterback Matt McGloin does not have a chance at first string. It’s not only because of his dreadful performance but also because starting quarterback Carson Wentz only needed a single drive to put points on the scoreboard. The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field 24-9 as the Eagles could only produce a field goal after Wentz’s only offensive drive. The Eagles coaching staff saw things from certain players that should excite them and they also saw things that should trouble them.

The Wentz And Matthews Connection Is Alive And Well

Quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Jordan Matthews showcased their chemistry in the Eagles’ first offensive drive of the game. Wentz and Matthews connected for 3 out of Wentz’s 4 completions. Matthews finished with 3 catches for 18 receiving yards, while Wentz finished with 44 passing yards and one touchdown throw.

Hollins Smashes The Wide Receiver Competition Wide Open For The Eagles Coaching Staff

Hollins demonstrated his ability to elude defenders after the catch when he made two Green Bay defenders miss their tackles. Wentz had to evade linebacker Clay Matthews to keep the play alive. The rookie from North Carolina surely made a great impression and Eagles fan should want to see him again.

Remember Bryce Treggs? Yeah, He Had A Good Game

Surprisingly, wide receiver Bryce Treggs caught 7 receptions for 91 receiving yards and was the second best receiver for the Eagles against the Packers. Even though he’s a player whose name most Eagles fans didn’t expect to hear during the game, Treggs produced a respectable performance. The Eagles coaching staff truly have a dilemma when it comes to the wide receiver position.

Is It Too Early For The Derek Barnett-Reggie White Comparisons?

Meanwhile, on the defense side of the ball, rookie defensive end Derek Barnett showed why the Eagles spent their first round pick from this year’s NFL Draft on him. Barnett produced 2 sacks, 5 quarterback pressures and 3 quarterback hits in his first NFL preseason game. The defensive line is the preeminent part of this defense and big things are expected of them.

The Special Teams Need To Go Back To The Basics

On the other hand, the special teams had a night to forget. Packers’ wide receiver Trevor Davis returned a punt for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter and rookie running back Donnell Pumphrey muffed a punt. The special teams unit could have done better to prevent the touchdown without a doubt. They have to focus on having better awareness and finishing tackles as a unit. These are things that are worrisome for Eagles fans to witness because of how close the regular season is.

Pumphrey Might Want To Ask Agent J For His Neuralyzer

Rookie running back Pumphrey arguably had an atrocious first game, to say the least. Pumphrey fumbled the ball on a run and muffed a punt return all in his first game. His overall performance was disappointing and he will have to work hard to get back into the coaching staff’s good graces.

The Cornerback Situation For The Eagles Is Appalling

The cornerback position has the potential to become a liability for the defense. Cornerback CJ Smith bit on an inside move by Packers’ wide receiver Jeff Janis that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown pass. Cornerback Ron Brooks suffered a hamstring injury and wasn’t able to come back and finish the game. In general, the Eagles’ defensive backs did not have their best night.

Pick Up The Pieces And Move On

Overall, it may be said that the Eagles had a lackluster night as a team. The team needs to focus on the bright spots and on improving as a whole. They need to use the game film to study and improve on the things that they did wrong. The preseason is for the coaching staff to see who they can count on and who they cannot.

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