Should Doug Pederson be criticized for not getting his best offensive option more involved?

The best coaches in the NFL play to their players’ strengths and hide their players’ weaknesses. A coach doesn’t mold his team in his vision, but he molds his vision to his team.

A coach like Bill Belichick sees what his players do well, puts them in a position that plays to their strengths, and limits their exposure to hide their deficiencies.

It’s an indomitable fact. This is what successful coaches do and how good teams win. So, why is Doug Pederson refusing to showcase the best offensive option the Eagles have and limiting their explosive scoring potential?

Yes, the Eagles won, but it’s more of a concern that Pederson can’t see the forest for the trees.

It makes no sense. Is he being stubborn? Does he not see what he has in front of him? Either way, it’s a huge concern moving forward in the season.

Should Pederson be showcasing Jake Elliott more each Sunday as the season goes on and finding ways to involve the rookie in the weekly game plan?

Elliott did something no other player in Eagles franchise history has ever done this past Sunday. Look it up in the record books, people. Longest Eagles field goal ever? Elliott. 61 yards. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2016.

He’s a proven, historically great player, so why is he only playing between 5 to 10 snaps each Sunday? He’s only on the field for less than 5% of the total snaps, yet he single-handedly beat the Giants at the last second to vault the Eagles to 2-1 on the year.

Why is he not be using more? I blame the coach.

He’s the talk of the city, so why is Pederson continuing to downplay Elliott’s usage. Good coaches find ways to involve their best players, so why is Elliott’s usage staying the same?

These are questions that should leave Eagles fans scratching their heads. Do you think Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden would be doing the same thing? Nope. They’re winner, they know a winner when they see one, and they’d be pushing Elliott out to the forefront each Sunday.

Maybe Pederson doesn’t want the spotlight taken off Carson Wentz? Maybe he just doesn’t recognize what he has?

Either way, it just proves what we already know. Pederson must go, he’s not a long term solution for this franchise and he’s ruining a once-in-a-lifetime generational player in Elliott.

Shame on you, Doug.

 

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