What They’re Saying About the Eagles

kelly_400_102913Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. We posted some links on Monday too, in case you missed them.

ESPN.com’s Gregg Easterbrook on Chip Kelly:

But now it seems that like the Borg on “Star Trek,” the NFL has adapted. In Philadelphia’s last two outings, the Eagles’ offense has scored a mere three points, while punting 15 times and committing six turnovers. Quarterback injuries have been a problem — but Kelly’s offense exposes the quarterback to injures, which many NFL veterans warned the incoming Eagles coach about. During his first half of professional action, Kelly looked pretty self-satisfied — “It’s true, I’m a genius,” he seemed to be saying to himself. He’s looking stressed-out now.

Last January your columnist said Kelly “would seem ill-advised to leave his dreamlike situation at Oregon for the backstabbing environment of the NFL.” So soon after being the target of a bidding war, could Kelly end his first season fired, or quitting? NCAA sanctions prohibit him from coaching in college again until 2015.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says he’s not overreacting on Kelly:

Let’s allow him to bring his own players in and not go crazy when he doesn’t win with his No. 3 quarterback.

Mike Tanier of Sports On Earth grades all the rookie coaches:

Trending: Downward like a sack of batteries into the bottom of a reservoir (F). While the defense has made modest strides, the Eagles offense has collapsed completely. The Bills have proven that a quarterback catastrophe is no excuse for two touchdown-free weeks against second-tier opponents.


Midterm Grade: C-. And falling fast. Kelly's scheme showed early promise. Now he must prove his adaptability.

SI.com's Don Banks weighs in on the loss to the Giants:

Remember that fast-break football that the Eagles debuted in Week 1 at Washington? The one that ever-so-briefly took the NFL by storm, and was designed to dictate the pace of the game to the opposing defense, forcing it to endure a stress test in the matchup game on almost every snap? There's no sign of that attack in Philly these days, and nothing about the Eagles offense makes it stand out as October concludes, other than its ineptitude. Philadelphia's offense barely threatened the Giants, after beating New York 36-21 just three weeks ago in the Meadowlands.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 26th in its power rankings:

Eagles quarterbacks completed only four passes against the blitz and the Giants defense disrupted six of Philly's 12 dropbacks (interception, sack or pass defended) against at least five rushers.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com looks ahead to second-half storylines:

The Eagles' offense, with its warp-speed pace and all those options and amazing read-option looks -- was was going to change the way football is played in the pro game. Well, it still might do all of that. But not right now. Chip Kelly's rookie season in the NFL plateaued in Week 1, dismantling the Redskins, and has been more mundane than not. They ran only 58 plays against the lowly Giants, while New York ran 71. The week before they ran 75 plays -- as many as Dallas -- but once again fell apart around the red zone. They are averaging a pedestrian 22 points a game. How soon can they get it turned around? Can they get it turned around? How much of his personnel plays its way off the roster? If it keeps up like this, how long does Kelly stick around? Do his problems have a chilling effect on the expected demand for several top college coaches this offseason?

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 20th:

The quarterback situation is dragging down a season that started with so much hope. A shutout? For a Chip Kelly team?

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 26th:

Heading into Week 7, a Chip Kelly team had never scored fewer than eight points in a game. They have just 10 points combined in the last two.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles 24th:

If Chip Kelly still is going to revolutionize NFL offenses, it's going to have to happen with Matt Barkley at quarterback. And if Barkley is going to play anything like he did against the Cowboys in Week 7, there's going to be a revolution in Philadelphia. Sunday's defeat to the Giants was a bad home loss to a sub-mediocre opponent. And now Michael Vick is out for who knows how long with a hamstring that "popped." Ugh.

Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com offers his midseason thoughts:

Chip Kelly's offense hasn't revolutionized the game, and there's no indication that will happen over the next eight weeks, either. Still, the Eagles' have the league's best rushing attack, and Evan Mathis has dominated at guard, but it will probably be another season (or two) before Kelly can stock the roster with "his" players. For now, it's the revolving door of Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. Then there's that defense, a huge liability in 2012 and not much better now. Kendricks rates as one of the NFL's worst linebackers, and DeMeco Ryans isn't far behind. Still, the Eagles are just one game behind the Cowboys and in a division where up is down and black is white, we wouldn't be shocked if Philly came out the other end on top.

The NFL.com crew offers midseason thoughts on the Eagles:

The quarterback of the future isn't on the Eagles' roster. After becoming the fourth team in NFL history with five consecutive games of 430-plus yards, the Eagles have been held to 10 total points over the past two weeks with Nick Foles and Matt Barkley taking the majority of the snaps. Chip Kelly's offense works, but he's going to need to make adjustments with Michael Vick out of the lineup.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 21st:

Has everyone figured out Chip Kelly’s offense?  Matt Barkley hasn’t.

Matt Barkley rated 15th statistically, per Football Outsiders:

Third and fourth downs: 2-of-5 for 12 yards, no first downs, plus one sack. One of those completions was a 5-yard gain on fourth-and-20.

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  • Token

    Is that first guy right about not being able to coach college until 2015? Thought he could coach but wouldnt get as many scholarships or something….

    That is the nightmare scenario…. He wants to leave for college but sticks around here another year until he can go back.

    • Birds4life

      He has an 18 month “show clause sanction”, I think that’s what it’s called. If a college wanted to hire him, they would have to explain to the NCAA why they think they should be allowed to hire Kelly.

      • Basscase

        Yeah, and the NCAA’s ever-present “flexibility” probably won’t keep him away from the coaching ranks if they’re swayed (read: paid) enough, IMO.

  • Philonious

    Kelly never said, ‘I am going to revolutionize the NFL. he never said anything of the sort. These writers said it and now they are all, “I guess it’s not a revolution like you all thought.” We never thought that! Either did Kelly! You thought and said that!

  • Loke1988

    You reap what you sew Jeffrey and Howie! You wanted to put on a show, make a splash and keep selling those tickets as apposed to, god for bid….rebuilding the right way.

    Do your self a favor, look over at the Sixers. See that guy Hinkie they hired? That’s what you call doing it the right way. Don’t you have enough money to endure a few empty seats like the Sixers ownership Jeffrey?

    • knighn

      “apposed” should be “opposed”"

      “god for bid” should be “God forbid”

      “Do your self a favor, look over at the Sixers…”
      should be
      “Do yourself a favor and DON’T ever look at the Sixers – they will be horrible and irrelevant for years”

      Other than that, your posting is… still wrong. Do you honestly believe that building a legitimate competitor in the NFL involves the same process as trying to build a legitimate competitor in the NBA?

      • another thing

        And it’s “Reap what you sow”, not “Reap what you sew”, unless you are a seamstress.

      • Loke1988

        First off I don’t really care about perfect spelling and grammar. It’s not worth my time to do much proof reading as I’m not here to gain credibility. And doing a fine job of that I might add.

        Obviously you haven’t paid much attention to the Sixers. You see the game last night? And yes there are many similarities when it comes to basic fundamental decisions about how to build a Championship contender in both the NBA and the NFL. In the NBA you need a super star. In the NFL you need a Top QB. That’s just one example.

        • knighn

          Sorry, but when you make serious grammar and spelling mistakes here, people won’t take you seriously, even if you have a good point to make, which you don’t.

          In your previous post, you state that the Eagles should follow the Sixers example, which implied that they should tank (both the national and local opinion has been that the Sixers are tanking this season for a lottery pick). So now the Eagles should follow the Sixers example by winning instead of tanking? Nice follow through there.

          The fundamental decsions are very different. To build a contender in the NBA, you must have at least one Unquestionably Elite player out of the 5 starters. You don’t need a Unquestionably Elite QB to lead a rebuild…. or even win a Super Bowl. You just need one that is capable of good play under some pressure. Alex Smith is not a Elite QB and is effectively leading a rebuild. Eli Manning, when he won his first TWO Super Bowls, was not called a Elite QB. Hell, even Flacco wasn’t considered elite last year and most STILL wouldn’t consider him as elite this year. The leagues are fundamentally different in ways that go beyond the type of sport that each play. Lose the most games in the NFL and you get the top pick. Other good players can be had out of the top 5. Lose the most games in the NBA and you only get a shot at the top pick. Often the dropoff from the top pick to the rest of the draft is extreme.

    • Richard Colton

      “reap what you sew” – you had me picturing Howie at a sewing bee, which was worth a laugh. And ohh yeah, you’re an idiot.

      • knighn

        Damn it! I missed that one.
        Hey, at least it wasn’t “You rape what you sew”. What would that have you picturing?!

        • cliff henny

          based upon the bashing of Howie on the sopagoa trade article…think some would like nothing more than the shower scene in ‘history american X’ to be a daily occurance for howie

          • knighn

            OK. This was far more disturbing that where I was planning to go!

          • cliff henny

            great movie though

      • Loke1988

        Hey buddy Im right here in SJ where are you? Wanna meat up? I’d really like to!

        • Richard Colton

          meat up? now you’re just messing with us, aren’t you? you can’t possibly be this dumb in real life.

  • Will

    Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 21st:

    Has everyone figured out Chip Kelly’s offense? Matt Barkley hasn’t.

    “Quote of the Day”

  • nicksaenz1

    Easterbrook proves time and time again that he’s an idiot.

    • Basscase

      There was doubt?

      • nicksaenz1

        Never. But he has a case for the most consistent.

    • Corey Dawson

      Yeah, that’s pretty bad. Really going to blame the injuries on offensive scheme when they’re a) a pulled hammy on an old mobile QB at the end of a run where he was untouched and b) A QB being tackled by two defenders after holding onto the ball for way too long?

    • theycallmerob

      Gregg (rosenthal) > Gregg (easterbrook)

      • nicksaenz1

        Fact.

  • evanphilly

    I have to thank Rosenthal and Barnwell for being two of the level-headed journalists out there when it comes to the Eagles. They know it hasn’t been pretty, but they clearly see the bigger picture. Relax everyone, this stuff takes time. Year 2 is progress and Year 3 is magical

  • Basscase

    I’d like to see the #s that suggest Kendricks and Ryans are bad. I’m not doubting them (especially since it was Kendricks that gave up the fateful 3rd down pass in the 4th to some TE that should’ve had “Who?” on the back of his jersey), but I’d like to see the #s (unless they’re posted in the link, in which case you can ignore everything I just said expect for the “Who?” comment).

  • B-West

    Is it the constant need for content, maybe? I mean, if all these guys were reasonable, it would probably make their jobs tougher. Reasonable, thorough content would take longer to write in general, and then you would be behind in throwing up your drivel about the next team.

    Some of this stuff is just really off base. The constant storyline of the offense only being good the first half of week 1… Its just completely incorrect.

  • Dan

    I can’t believe all of this nonsense. Does the national media forget that this team was 8-8 two years ago (after winning their last 4 slop games) and 4-12 last season? Chip Kelly is not a magician. The talent is not good enough on this team. Plus when you are relying on a rookie 4th round pick with 0 experience to win a game or two for you, I don’t think any coach would succeed. Peter King called the Eagles the biggest disappontment. Not the 2-6 Giants. Or the 4-4 Cowboys, or the 2-5 Redskins? Not SuperBowl bound Atlanta or Houston? This is ridiculous. Maybe he isn’t a good coach, but after 8 weeks, installing a new system, and not having the right (or healthy players) to run the system, I’m not sure what the “experts” were expecting.

    • ACViking

      Dan:

      As someone who watches the team closely, you’re right.

      But the national media — in sports, politics, business, you pick the subject — watches from 30,000 feet.

      They look for clues that frame the “conventional wisdom” of the day.

      Regarding the Eagles, Roseman and Kelly brought back Vick — after 2 bad seasons. That told outsiders the Eagles were trying to win now, and by keeping their 2nd-year and rookie QBs on the bench, Kelly reinforced that argument. The summer “competition” means nothing because there’s no evidence the national media even knew about it.

      Likewise, Roseman publicly towed the line that the Eagles are just “retooling,” not “rebuilding.”

      Finally, even local media can be heard saying the Eagles have — in theory at least — talent on offense.

      Add those up for the national football literati and you get opinions that fit a conventional wisdom formed miles and miles from Philadelphia.

      In the end, I agree with what you wrote. I also think it’s a waste of time for us to read what the national media-types say.

      • miked718

        Well said and glad to see you over here as well as on iggles blitz. I share Dan’s frustration with the national media picture. But I don’t think it’s going to sway Jeff Lurie into cutting and running. He’s rich so he understands long term investments and the big picture. We follow the team so closely but we rely on these same writers to give us an idea of what’s going on with the other 31 teams (which is probably not pinpoint accurate either). I do think they could paint a more fair picture like Bill Barnwell does, but a lot these guys are living and dying on page clicks and America loves seeing someone fall. Except Peter King, I expect more from him than just recycled storylines.

        • GEAGLE

          I despise that we give these national idiots a platform…I don’t even like hearing them talk good about us. Good or bad it’s usually worthless drivel

    • Bob A

      Absolutely right. I think when some of these national guys pop in here on a Friday to do a Sunday game, or worse, don’t come here at all and get all their info from watching the game on TV, they think that makes them experts. They don’t bother with the facts that don’t support their argument like how the Eagles scored 36 and 31 points in the games that immediately proceeded the last 2 . Did the Giants forget what they were supposed to do when the Eagles blasted them in the first meeting and suddenly figured it out this week? Did Schiano not get the memo from the other genius d coordinators? There is no way a team that went 4-12 last year , and is in the top third of most offensive categories , and is steadily improving on defense can be the most disappointing team. You named plenty that are more disappointing. I honestly think that they have to come up with this stupid narrative just to have something to write. I think Chip’s rebuild is right on schedule, and I expect them to be better in the second half of the season.

  • knighn

    Yes, the rest of the NFL has figured out how to defend against:
    - a 3rd string, 4th round, rookie QB
    - a 2nd string, 3rd-round-pick QB with fewer than 10 starts to his name who pulled a “Tony Romo” and self-destructed in a high-pressure game

    As long as these young guys never show any kind of improvement, the rest of the NFL and these stupid writers will appear to have a clue. Unfortunately for the rest of the NFL and these stupid writers, both Foles and Barkley have room for improvement. So does Chip Kelly, especially if Chip ever gets a hold of his franchise QB. Until then, enjoy your brief moments of false confidence… IDIOTS!

  • smallestsmurf

    I love how all of these national writers don’t actually look at the pace of play–Eagles are top 5 along with the Patriots, Packers, Bills, and the Broncos.

  • Richard Colton

    One reference to “Star Trek” and something called “the Borg” and another to “warp speed.” You’d think for guys who never had sex in high school, they wouldn’t be this lazy when it comes to football analysis.

    • knighn

      I’ll tell you one thing, in both Football Analysis and defeating the Borg: Data is a great ally.

      • Andy124

        Wow. That was excellent. You’ve just won the internet. What are you going to do with it?

        • knighn

          Ah, I’ll probably keep doing what I’m doing:
          - Reading about the Eagles
          - Occasionally posting a gem on these blogs (while still posting mostly worthless drivel)
          - Looking at pictures of Sexy Women
          - Occasionally use it to get some work done

  • BlindChow

    Here’s a terrific counter to those insisting the problems with our run game is Chip Kelly’s gameplan:

    http://chipwagon.typepad.com/eagles/2013/10/whats-wrong-with-the-run-game-spoiler-alert-it-aint-the-scheme.html

    And it’s the same for the pundits who say Dallas “shut the Eagles down,” despite receivers being open all day. Amazing what actually looking at the tape can tell you.

    • EaglePete

      ya we all know this per watching this team and reading about them. To be fair, when these guys rank any teams near the bottom they arent going to say anything positive, it will be negative so this is what you get. Isnt it obvious at least that you have to give Kelly time to get his guys. As well, Im not worried he’d leave after one season inheriting this roster. Part of the hiring process would be understanding a certain time frame for rebuilding. Im not saying its out of the realm that he would go back to college, but I doubt Kelly would give it less than 2 seasons esp per the sanctions. Those college jobs will be there every off season.

      • BlindChow

        I’m hoping Kelly is someone who has enough pride in himself and his work to see the NFL as a challenge to be conquered. I never got the impression football to him was “just a job.”

        Negative press is a new thing for him, though, so it’s entirely possible it gets to him after awhile. But I hope not.

      • Dutch

        Any reasonable individual would accept what Kelly is facing as growing pains and give him time to pick his team before making snap judgements.

        I also think it’s going to require someone much more experienced in selecting personal than Roseman.

    • southy

      good read. thanks for linking that.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      Good read. Highlights some of the complaints with Sunshine having space to run and him not taking it. Also a point I and others have made elsewhere that it’s lack of respect for the passing game with Foles and Barkley in that’s hampering the offense moreso than the lack of a running threat at QB – if either of them could stretch the field consistently, teams wouldn’t be so inclined to keep an extra safety in the box.

      • theycallmerob

        chicken and egg…hard to stretch a field with receivers not getting open. I know we’ve discussed this alot, but it’s hard to pin the blame solely on those two.
        Here’s hoping the increase in reps with the 1′s improves some of the “relationship” between QB/WR. Without that rapport/understanding, any notion of option routes goes out the window and drastically simplifies the playbook.

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Yes the receivers not getting open has been a problem this year, but it was NOT a big problem in the Dallas game. And I’m not sure it was the problem in this past Giants game either. But neither Foles or Barkley has show they can get it down the field consistently, and opposing defense are pretty much saying “Prove it On Me” when they are under center.

          • Dutch

            Well, I told ya it would work out this way………. Oakland is going to have a feast this weekend. You got receivers who can’t clear the line of scrimmage, and an offensive line that isn’t physical. This makes for a glorified practice for Oakland and there’s nobody outside of Boykins capable of keeping pace with the Oakland receiving contingent.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Yeah. I’m afraid it might be a blood bath and we could very well be on the bad end of that. We’ll see. If our defense plays well there is hope, assuming Foles shows more Tampa than Dallas.

  • Weapon Y

    The problem with the Eagles offense isn’t scheme. Guys are getting WIDE open downfield consistently, but the quarterbacks are so inept that they can’t get the ball to wide open targets. Maybe you blame Kelly for his individual coaching of the quarterbacks, whether direct or delegated. Maybe you blame Kelly for not signing Alex Smith as a free agent, or not drafting E.J. Manuel when he had the chance. Those are all legit criticisms (although I like the 2014 rookie class and Jameis Winston better than both of those guys). The scheme has nothing, I repeat NOTHING to do with why the Eagles offense isn’t working. It’s all execution, but the talking heads will never get it.

  • Bob A

    I guess it’ll be up to the fans to restore some sanity to the proceedings here because the media has lost it’s mind. First of all, the Eagles have 3 wins , which means the next W will tie the amount of wins the Birds had all of last year. It’s going to be early November, not New Year’s Eve when they pick up that 4th win. The Eagles have 176 points , if they “only” accomplish that in the second half of the season they’ll have 352 points , or 72 more than last year. The Eagles primary halfback leads the NFL in rushing.. by almost 100 yards.The Eagles are 1st in plays of 20+ yards, 1st in passing plays of 20+ ,2nd in rushing yards per game,2nd in rushing yards per attempt, 2nd in TD of 20+ yards,3rd in 3 and outs( only 14%) 4th in rushing plays of 20+ yards, 5th in total offense,6th in first down yards per play, 7th in yards per play, 8th in first downs per game , and the list goes on and on. Defensively , they went from being a team that routinely gave up 30 + points every week, to giving up 21, 20, 17 and 15 over it’s last 4 games. That’s 18.2/game. I’ll take my chances on the Eagles offense bouncing back and winning all kinds of games if the defense continues improving at that rate. Kelly is doing exactly what he set out to do, even with 31 holdovers from the 2012 team. He never said he would revolutionize the game, or that he’s a genius. The media wrote that nonsense, The narrative that he’;s doing a bad job is also nonsense . The same idiots that wrote in January that this would be a long rebuild that may take several years are now saying that Chip should be fired for having his team 1 game out of first place. In October. If anything, I’m more excited about the job Chip is doing than I was when he got the job. If Foles shows anything at all between now and the end of the season , they should win 7- 8 games. If Chip does that with this team they should build a statue for the guy

    • Andy124

      Devil’s Advocate Warning:

      First of all, the Eagles have 3 wins , which means the next W will tie the amount of wins the Birds had all of last year.
      Which is the same point we were at this time last year.

      With your offensive and defensive analysis, you’re doing a little cherry picking. You are using the overall stats on offense because they look better than the recent stats. You are using the recent stats on defense because they look better than the overall stats. Inconsistent treatment of the data is how people reach the conclusion that stats lie.

      If Foles shows anything at all between now and the end of the season , they should win 7- 8 games.
      The schedule is brutal the rest of the way. Foles could be fine and we could end up with just 2 more wins.

      • Bob A

        Last year they had 3 wins, and didn’t win again until December 9, and then went the rest of the season without winning. This season does not have that “everybody has quit” feel to it. ‘Brutal’ isn’t exactly the way I would characterize the rest of the schedule. The teams they will face are 3-4, 5-2, 2-5, 4-4, 5-3, 1-6, 4-3 and 4-4. That’s 28-32, or easier than the team that they are one game behind.The only sure loss is the Packers, the others are tossups, especially if they ever learn to win at home. Stats can be looked at a lot of ways. The Eagles had 2 straight weeks where they scored 36 points and 31 points just a couple of weeks ago, and the media used their poor performance against Dallas and the Giants to make the case that the league ‘figured them out’. They cherry picked as well. I expect them to be better in the 2nd half in both units because the team is improving overall. That includes the setbacks on offense which are at least partially QB driven.

        • Andy124

          They cherry picked as well.
          Most definitely.

          Oakland seems to be a pretty good team when playing in Oakland.
          GB is out of our league.
          Washington looks very winnable, but they’re far from a gimme.
          Arizona would be favored if we played them today.
          Detroit is significantly better than us right now.
          Minnesota should be a win
          Chicago and *gag*Dallas are both better than us right now.

          5-7 wins looks to be the desitnation, with 5 being more likely than 7.

          EDIT: Agree with you that “brutal” isn’t the best adjective for the rest of the schedule. The projection remains the same though.

    • John J. King

      Exactly.

  • John J. King

    Isn’t Esterbroke the dope that predicted a 45-0 redskins win in G.1? More important: the writers set up a straw man – Chip’s ‘O’ will revolutionize the NFL despite Kelly saying over and over that what he’s doing is nothing new. The #1 QB gets hurt, the #2, a raw talent with little experience, has a bad game, then gets hurt too and #3, just out of the shell, gets his deer-in-the-headlights moment(s) and these same reporters fall all over themselves to point out that the ‘O’ ain’t working with just an added smirk that they knew it all along. My prediction was 8-8 on the season with the 2nd half at 5-3.

    • Bob A

      Exactly. And the offense had nothing to do with Vick or Foles injuries, they just happened the way any other QB could get hurt. Chip’s doing just fine. Like I said below, I guess it’ll be our responsibility as fans to note that, since the media just wants to write nonsense.

  • Bird of Prey

    Greg Rosenthal and the NFL.com guys are the ONLY ones that have it right:
    “Let’s allow him to bring his own players in and not go crazy when he doesn’t win with his No. 3 quarterback.” No kidding. Next year will play out the way it will with the draft. I still think it was a MAJOR mistake when they didn’t make a play for Jason Campbell. He may be sticking w/the Browns now that he got in. But that’s hindsight.

  • Mr. Magee

    Wow, 40+ comments from readers and not a single one questioningKelly or his scheme. I sure hope you are all correct and not just drinking the kool-aid.

    • BleedGreenJames

      When someone invents a system that allows your offense to thrive with 3 QBs playing in 8 weeks then I’ll question Chip’s methods.

    • Macamadamia

      Schemes aren’t everything. Look at the Patriots offense with no viable wide receivers and a suspect/injury plagued running game. Does Brady suddenly suck? Is Belichick suddenly a terrible coach on the verge of being fired? The Eagles lost Maclin and Benn in training camp and are starting Riley freaking Cooper yet still having guys get open. The scheme is fine, it’s the personnel to execute it. Patriots: no running game and no WR’s = offensive difficulties. Eagles: QB injuries and WR injuries = offensive difficulties. Not rocket science.

      Also, prior to the season, seemingly everyone expected the Eagles to be between 6-10 or 8-8, they are on pace to finish with exactly that record, yet somehow they are disappointing? The media benefited from clickbait headlines about Chip revolutionizing the league when things were going well and now they’re trying to do the same on clickbait stories about his early demise.

      • theycallmerob

        Look at the Patriots offense with no viable wide receivers and a suspect/injury plagued running game. Does Brady suddenly suck?

        actually…he kinda does. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2330/tom-brady

        but you’re right. Not sure why Sheil still links to some of these knucklehead writers.

  • mrparabolic

    “Kelly’s offense exposes the quarterback to injures” -Gregg Paycheckcrook

    Except that Vick got injured running out of bounds on a play where no defender touched him and Foles got injured taking a sack he could have avoided on a play that was not particularly unique to Kelly’s offense. Gregg must be of low moral character to accept payment to spout such nonsense.

    • Dutch

      That was sensationalized journalism. Vick’s old legs and Foles fainting spell and subsequent headache were not a result of Kelly’s offense exposing the QBs to hits.

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Old man’s legs held up pretty well for a bit…but 300 yards in 5 games on 33 year old legs, something was bound to give..lol/smh.

        • mrparabolic

          If Vick can’t handle 60yds/gm then he shouldn’t be starting in the NFL. Amirite?

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            No. lol But not staying consistently healthy at this point is a reason why he shouldn’t start in the NFL.

          • mrparabolic

            Weird. I was under the impression that the whole reason we were overlooking Vick’s shortcomings in the passing game was because of what he brought as a running threat.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Completing 9 yards per attempt hardly counts as a deficiency. Or how do you think we’ve been moving the ball up and down the field so well. With Vick it’s always been a combination of the two.

          • mrparabolic

            Hmm, I wonder why you picked YPA. According to Football Outsiders, Vick has a -6.0% passing DVOA and a +55.6% rushing DVOA. He is a below average passer and a great rusher.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Um…’cause YPA is a better stat than looking at completion percentage alone. Also we can toss stats around all day, but the Eagles had little problem moving the football with Vick in. And that was do to his passing and rushing. Can’t say the same since he’s been out.

  • theycallmerob

    Seriously Sheil….of all the great “features” you have (the mailbag, Zone Read, All-22s, etc.), why are you still running this garbage? Leave the national roundup to Kempski :)

  • Addicted2Mula

    We have a weak ass defence (they did step it up) all 3 QBs had playing time. And CK is a rookie himself. I didnt expect us to be the best team in the NFL. If gets a hold of his QB then its curtains. Till then sit bacc and watch what he well try to do in the NFL.

  • Wilbert M.

    I have DeMeco’s back here. Not sure what Ryan Wilson is referring to, but DeMeco has played somewhere between ok and good. He had a crappy nose guard in front of him (dear departed Soap) and was still effective.

    Kendricks would be a good LB if he could tackle. Is that part of the job description?