Who Is To Blame For Vaitai’s Play In Eagles Loss?
After the Eagles loss to the Redskins on Sunday, there is a lot of finger pointing going around as to who is to blame for the second consecutive loss for Philadelphia. One glaring issue was at Right Tackle as Head Coach Doug Pederson chose to start Rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai with Lane Johnson being suspended. As per Pro Football Focus, in his first NFL game Vaitai allowed two sacks, two hurries and one QB hit on 29 passing plays.
Nine year NFL Offensive Lineman Barret Brooks of CSN Philly joined The Sports Bash on Monday and explained who is to blame for Vaitai's rough performance in Sunday's loss to the Redskins:
“(Pederson) probably showed a rookie mistake as far as being a head coach; His decision to play Big V was definitely the wrong decision. At this point he has dug a hole, put himself in that hole, and has to stay in that hole and keep starting the kid. It is not (Vaitai's) fault, he was not ready to play, that’s why he was not active these past couple of weeks. He shouldn’t of been in there; everyone saying it is his fault, you have to fault the coach for making that decision. This guy was not even ready for pre-season, he had an OK pre-season and then he was playing against his peers, guys that were barely making the team. They left him alone on an island against (Ryan) Kerrigan who gives Lane Johnson fits....(Vaitai) was forced into that position, he was not ready."
Hear Brooks critique of the Eagles offensive line play from Sunday along with his analysis of Jason Kelce struggles, issues on the defense and how problematic Bennie Logan injury could be