A careless and sloppy showing against the Browns in a game where the starters were on the field for the entire first half has some fans bothered and jittery, especially after a lack of offensive consistency this preseason. As the season approaches quickly, should the Eagles be worried about the lack of completion on the offensive side of the ball? Not yet, but possibly soon.
The Eagles’ first-team offense has not scored a point in three games and will likely end that way as game four will be used to evaluate the reserves. While a few players like Dallas Goedert and Shelton Gibson have flashed, preseason play calling is very bland thus causing the games to lack excitement. There should be little to no concern from what the Eagles displayed other than the number of turnovers. However, the underswell of panic could begin to mount in the first quarter of the season.
The starting lineup on the offensive side of the ball has missed a significant amount of time across the board. While all eyes were on Carson Wentz’s progression in training camp, every single one of the starting skill positioned players were held out of a game or multiple practices. This could cause Philadelphia to stumble out of the gates.
Since being cleared for 11-on-11, the coaching staff has made a concerted effort to give Wentz and Nick Foles split reps in practice so they can build chemistry with the top unit for whoever may end up playing against Atlanta. The problem is that most of the top unit has not been available until this past week.
As ESPN reported earlier today, WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least the first two games as he continues to work his way back from off-season shoulder surgery. Even though he is just one piece of the offense, with a Quarterback decision for week one waiting to be made this Friday, the offense continues to be incomplete.
The Eagles may struggle through the first few games of the season to sustain drives and the frustration that will follow may linger on longer than desired. Defending a championship is much easier when a team starts off the season on the right path but Philadelphia could slip up on what should be a winnable game in the first few weeks due to the delay of chemistry before the start of the season.
The offensive struggles should not last all year because of the offensive mind and talent the team has. However, the defensive side of the ball and special teams units may need to assist in the scoring early on as they look miles ahead of the offense thus far.