Or the pigskin. Whatever.
DGB, the large-ish receiver who plays like he’s 5’2 with a bum heel in worn loafers, spoke to CSN’s DAVE ZANAGARO and said that he thinks he should be getting the ball more. A compendium of his complaining:
“Yeah, I’m doing everything that I should be doing,” Green-Beckham said to CSNPhilly.com on Wednesday. “Coaches see that; we all see that. I just need more opportunities and more passes thrown my way in each game. I feel like there shouldn’t be a game where I have no passes, no targets.
“That should be a game where … I’m a big receiver. I should have catches and stuff like that. I’m not saying that just because I’m frustrated. I’m just saying in reality, you would know, like, ‘Why doesn’t he have any catches?’ That’s just something that we have to continue to do at practice. We just have to continue to work and stay on the same page as the quarterback.”
This week, as the team reconvened at the NovaCare Complex, the offense reviewed the tape against Atlanta and, according to Green-Beckham, “everybody agreed that the ball should have been here for easy completions.”
“The last two games, no catches,” he said. “But on film, we see where the ball should have went.”
What exactly did the tape show?
“That maybe the ball should have [gone] to me,” he said.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” Green-Beckham said. “You just gotta know: out on the field, I’m not a guy who’s going to be frustrated and on the sideline like, ‘Hey, throw the ball! Go through your reads!’ I’m not one of those type of guys. I’m patient. I’m just going to pull [Wentz] to the side and say, ‘Look, we see this, everybody is taking off, I’m coming under you.’ Little stuff like that.
“I’m not a guy who’s going to get on his head because I understand he’s a young quarterback. And I’ve been with a young quarterback last year with Marcus (Mariota). I understand the thought process. And there might be some brain farts every now and then. But you know, that’s something we can get past.”
This is the most balls DGB has shown all year. But I’ll play along. I should have catches and stuff like that. I see you, DGB. But why doesn’t Carson? Here, I made a moving image with sound showing some of your recent targets– some of these balls are overthrown, but a pattern emerges here of just giving up at the point of the catch:
Those, um, highlights are just from the last four games.
BUT WHAT ABOUT SUNDAY? Here are passing plays from the first half (I honestly got bored and stopped) in which I could clearly make out DGB. Four times he was completely covered, and three times he could’ve been a target (each time Wentz threw underneath), once being WIDE OPEN across the middle:
Wentz didn’t even so much as look to his side of the field. Of course, every time he did the previous week it resulted in either an interception or incompletion (again, not always DGB’s fault):
Here’s DGB over the last three games, in reverse order:
Spot a trend? This is what happens when you drop easy catches, give up on plays, and fail to create separation– your rookie quarterback loses confidence in you, a problem that, of course, isn’t unique to DGB. But it says a lot that Wentz actually has more confidence in these guys:
Burn it down.