I answered the first bunch of your questions on Saturday, but with plenty of hours to kill before Sunday Night Football, we have time to get to several more today.
As always, thanks for all the questions.
Here we go:
Do you think the Eagles are considering letting Ertz go and just keeping Goedert?— Reggie Dorsey (@wemissyadawk) October 2, 2020
Yesterday, I answered a question about the Eagles possibly being sellers at the deadline and listed Zach Ertz among the potential trade candidates. Based on how poorly negotiations between his camp and the Eagles have gone, I don’t think it’s that crazy.
And it’s really impossible to look at Ertz’s situation without including Goedert. Because they are both under contract through the 2021 season and it’s hard to imagine both will be here long term. I think the Eagles, generally speaking, would like to keep Ertz in Philly. But they are clearly far off on money and if they can’t get that contract figured out, Goedert isn’t a bad second option.
I really like Goedert but I think some people are too quick to dismiss Ertz’s incredible production over the last few seasons. He might not be as good as George Kittle or Travis Kelce but he’s still a great player and has been the Eagles’ best overall weapon for half a decade. Goedert has all the tools but there’s no guarantee he’ll ever be as productive.
So to finally answer your question, yes. I think based on these circumstances, the Eagles have to have some doubts about Ertz’s long-term future with the team. And if they can’t get him to sign a long-term deal, they can’t then also let Goedert walk after 2021.
How do you feel about the offensive line moving forward? I feel like they’ve been surprisingly okay— Charlie (@cjorddn) October 2, 2020
This question was submitted before Jason Peters ended up on IR, but I still wanted to address the play of the OL. Because I kind of agree that they’ve fairly played well, all things considered.
The Eagles are going into this game with their fourth different starting offensive line in four weeks. It’s hard to believe.
The one player who has been the most pleasant surprise is Nate Herbig. He might actually figure into the Eagles’ long-term plans. He has already played well at right guard and left guard and also has the ability to play center. With Jason Kelce taking his career on a year-to-year basis, Herbig’s possible emergence gives them some options. If Kelce were to walk away, they could either put Isaac Seumalo or Herbig at center.
Is having such a large amount of offensive minds influencing Doug and Carson in a more negative way?— Alex DiNunzio (@DiNunz4) October 2, 2020
Also, how much staff do they have compared to other teams around the league for comparison sake?
It’s a fair question that I have asked myself before. But, honestly, I don’t have an answer for you. Even if this is the case, that Wentz has too many voices talking to him, it still wouldn’t be the only problem.
Since the offense is performing poorly, it’s only natural to look at the structure of the coaching staff and wonder if it’s playing a role and how big of one. The one thing we know is that it’s clearly not working.
Ultimately, this is Doug Pederson’s offense. He has used the term “marriage” to describe his relationship with Wentz. So that part has been troubling to me. If there’s one person who should be able to help Wentz get out of a funk, it should be Pederson. That hasn’t happened yet.
Has Boston Scott been phased out of the run game?— Mark and Mark (@MarkandMarkTalk) October 2, 2020
So Scott is still the No. 2, but the No. 1 is really far ahead of him. And the production hasn’t been there beyond Sanders either. Sanders has averaged 5.0 yards per carry this season while Scott has averaged just 3.7 and Corey Clement just 3.0.
Scott will still be involved in the offense but as long as Sanders is healthy, he’s not going to play a major role. If Sanders can handle this workload it’s tough to justify giving his touches to Scott.