Everyone knows the Philadelphia Eagles' offense isn't playing up to its full potential right now. Though the passing game has come to life in recent weeks, turnovers and play-calling remain an issue. Meanwhile, the rushing attack hasn't been as impactful, which is a concerning development considering how important this facet was to the team's Super Bowl run last year.
On Wednesday, center Jason Kelce shared the blunt truth behind the running backs' struggles in Week 6.
Kelce was asked about the offense shying away from the ground attack in favor of more passing attempts. While the captain admitted he's told coaches he'd like to see more rushes, "It’s hard to ask for the run game when you’re averaging 1.6 yards per carry.”
This might appear like a shot at his RBs, but it was more Kelce just speaking matter-of-factly. He highlighted how Jalen Hurts and the receivers were enjoying plenty of success through the air, so there was no real reason to turn away from them. This was simply a day where the running backs couldn't get anything going, or the holes weren't there (or a combination of both).
Things aren't all bad, either. Philadelphia still ranks No. 2 in the league with 150.0 rushing yards per game, as Jalen Hurts (42.2 YPG) and D'Andre Swift (89.8 YPG in five starts) lead the way. And even when Swift didn't have things going as a rusher in Week 6, he still made significant contributions as a pass-catcher (8 receptions, 40 yards, 1 TD).
The run game taking a step back, at least early on this season, was to be expected. There's not only a new offensive coordinator in Brian Johnson, but a new RB1 in Swift. Philly also wants to protect Hurts for the long term, which likely means reducing designed rushing opportunities.
With the passing attack starting to stabilize, hopefully that means the run game will start to become more consistent in the coming weeks.
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