Kelly On Offense: We Were Our Own Worst Enemy

Chip KellyChip Kelly was not happy with the turnovers and penalties Saturday night against the Jaguars, but overall, he didn’t seem too concerned with the performance of the Eagles’ offense.

“We were again our own worst enemy on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said. “We turned it over three times. One was on a punt return by Damaris [Johnson] and the one [Bryce Brown fumble] that goes through the end zone. And besides that, the two big penalties where we had huge first downs where we get them called back because we got penalties, whether it was on the 4th-and-1 or on the third down early in the first half. So those are the things that kill drives – the penalties and the turnovers. We need to continue to work on that.”

Other than the fumbles by Johnson and Brown, Michael Vick threw a first-half interception. Kelly said Vick was trying to throw the ball away on the play.

“I thought he did a real good job of keeping plays alive at times, but some other times where you’ve got to cut your losses and get us back to the line of scrimmage and get the next snap,” Kelly said.

Asked if he felt Vick held on to the ball too long, Kelly said: “No, I thought Mike, a couple times, they did a good job in coverage, put a man underneath and ran with receivers. The one thing I don’t think he did, besides the one he tried to throw away, he didn’t force the football. And I think he did a good job of keeping them honest and picking up some real good yardage running after they kind of did a good job early in coverage. And if you do that, then the quarterback can hurt you with his feet. …That’s an encouraging thing that when you have a guy back there that when they do have good coverage on you that you can then beat them on our feet, and that’s what he did.”

Vick went 15-for-23 for 184 yards, a touchdown and an interception, playing into the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 53 yards.

The starting offensive line played together for the first time. Kelly said he thought Jason Peters was “a little bit rusty” but he felt the protection held up for the most part.

“We were OK,” Kelly said. “There were times where we picked it up well, and there were other times we didn’t, so that’s what this deal’s all about. We need to get back and make the corrections we need to do. A couple twists early got to us, and guys gotta be ready early, I think. That’s part of the deal.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles rotated Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff at safety with the first team. Kelly said that was Billy Davis’ plan going into the game.

Veteran Kenny Phillips has been dealing with a quad injury. He tried to give it a go during warm-ups, but wasn’t ready and didn’t play.

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  • Mustafa

    See’ya kenny. It’s been nice knowing’ ya

    • Damfino

      That’s all you take from the article? SMH

      • Jay

        It’s a lot more than what you appear to have taken. Calm down, bud..

  • Damfino

    I am just glad he said WE, was a pretty bad game for him too.

    • Adam


  • PhillyTrue

    Run defense still needs a bit of work and Babin got the best of Lane Johnson for the first few series (the whole O line was sort of shaky). But LJ seemed to clamp down later, which is a really good sign.

    Brown truly is a talented runner ( a poor man’s Adrian Peterson?) but I found myself cringing whenever he carried the ball late in the game, due to his penchant for fumbling. I hope he corrects this. If he does, the Eagles will have a legit, pick your poison, 4 headed monster rushing attack with Shady, Polk, Brown and Vick all tearing it up.

    Really nice last drive by Foles ( I know it was against a 2nd team defense) but he got it done when it counted most.

  • A Big Butt and a Smile

    People are being a little too hard on Brown for the fumble. That was a DAMN good hit. Damn good. This is his only fumble in the pre-season – albeit it was in the endzone on what would have been a scoring drive – but I’m not mad. Polk had one too that ended a drive as well.

  • Andy124

    He now has lost just as many fumbles this PS as Polk.

  • Richard Colton

    Brown still carries the ball away from his body in yr 2 = problem that may be fixed
    Vick still not sliding in yr 13 = why even ask?

  • Shark

    you’re “not too mad”. If this were regular season, you’d be pretty damn mad I can bet.

  • Gary

    He holds the ball hip-level, two feet from his body. You can see the fumbles coming from outer space. Has to change.

  • Birdbrain77

    If I recall correctly, he fumbled against the Pats in the first preseason game. I agree with everyone else; he is a tremendous talent. I love the size/speed combination. But the fumbles have got to be figured out. I know its just preseason, but having two fumbles in the two games you’ve played so far, after a rookie season in which you’ve shown a propensity to put the ball on the ground is not the way to start a sophomore season.

  • A Big Butt and a Smile

    lol. True. But it’s not. And pre-season is for hiccups. So I’m good.

  • Phil Aay

    Try this quote..maybe its because.. “encouraging thing that when you have a guy back there that when they do
    have good coverage on you that you can then beat them on our feet, and
    that’s what he did.” When #7 did run becuz of the tight coverage where no rcvr was open, he also slid or ran out of bounds as everybody criticized him about for Not doing.

  • Scott J610

    I like a QB that can run. I don’t like a 33 year old, injury prone QB that doesn’t slide and takes too many hits. If you watched the past couple of years of Vick running, he gets hit and injured.

  • hokieduck

    I guess we need to go to a no-Hubble offense then.