The Dumbest Team In Football Is Back; Chip Kelly Still Learning
By: Michael Quinn
Cold Hard Football Facts Eagles Expert (@PJbleedsgreen)
We've seen some amazing things from Chip Kelly and his Philadelphia Eagles.
Unfortunately, we've seen just as many dumb and stupid things.
This past Sunday was no different. His team, which had averaged nearly 450 YPG heading into the game, only picked up 278 total yards and 3 points against the Cowboys defense.
Nick Foles had the worst game of his career. Despite not committing a turnover, Foles only threw for 80 yards on 29 attempts. His season average headed into Sunday's matchup of 6.9 YPC (yards per completion) seems like a joke at this point considering he only averaged 2.8 on Sunday.
LeSean McCoy struggled early and often against the Dallas defense and was rarely able to make it past the line of scrimmage. Cowboys stud defensive end DeMarcus Ware didn't play, but their defensive line still proved to be too much as they beat the offensive line for 3 sacks on Foles.
Things weren't very good on the other side of the ball either. The only decent thing the league-worst defense did, was not allow Tony Romo's offense to score more than 20 points. They did however allow Dez Bryant put up well over a hundred yards, and even let their "dead" run game have a pulse for the day.
The blame for the Eagles woes can be put on almost anyones shoulders, but of course, it will fall heaviest on Kelly's.
It seems like he completely changed the look of the offense. And in a postgame press conference, the rookie coach even said "we didn't run a whole lot of read-option today, we ran a lot of power and sweeps." Foles may not be the prototypical QB for a read-option offense, but it's what he's been practicing the last five months under Kelly.
The biggest thing to take away from the game, is that Kelly is still making mistakes. Whether it's wasting a timeout, not knowing when to challenge, or calling the wrong plays, Kelly has already had his fair share of screw ups.
Possibly his biggest screw up so far, is what happened on Sunday before halftime. Let me paint a picture for you:
His team was down by 10 points, and they had the ball with a timeout and under a minute to go. It was fourth and one, and they didn't seem to be in the range of kicker Alex Henery. His career long was only 48 yards, so going for a 60-yarder seemed to be out of the question (NFL record 63 yards). There's so many options for Kelly at this point. Run it with McCoy, and hope for a 5-10 yard gain? Or maybe let Foles spread the offense five-wide and attempt to pick the defense apart? That way, it could be a more manageable attempt for the young kicker.
Nope, with a timeout still remaining, Kelly sent out the field goal unit. Of course, the ball went wide left, and booing from the home crowd ensued.
What the hell was Chip Kelly thinking? Did he really think attempting a 60-yard field goal would be an acceptable thing at that point in the game?
We don't know. All we do know is that he's still making mistakes, and they don't look like they'll be going away anytime soon. The NFC East is heating up, and with the way the Redskins and Cowboys have been playing, the Eagles are in trouble.
Will Kelly turn it around this year? Or has his stupidity doomed him for the rest of the season? Only time will tell, but with the way his first year has gone so far, one thing's for sure: it won't be boring.
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