Former offensive lineman Mark Schlereth has been very vocal in his criticism of Chip Kelly‘s Eagles this season, previously railing against the way Kelly uses his offensive line.
On Thursday, Schlereth joined Harry Mayes and Eytan Shander on 97.5 The Fanatic to talk Eagles again, and while he touched on the offensive line some more, his most interesting points came when he addressed the Eagles’ quarterback situation.
With Sam Bradfordout against Tampa Bay on Sunday with a concussion, Mark Sanchez will make his first start of the season for the Eagles.
Schlereth — who said that he never would have made the trade for Bradford this offseason — believes that the injury could be a blessing in disguise for Chip Kelly’s offense, which has been running below his lofty expectations for much of the year.
Murray’s level of production was trending upward before a setback against the Dolphins. Averaging 85 yards and 4.5 yards per carry over his last four games, those numbers dipped (61 yards, 2.8 avg.) versus Miami due in part to the effectiveness of Ndamukong Suh and company against the Eagles’ offensive front.
It could be tough sledding once again, as Tampa — led by standout defensive tackle Gerald McCoy — boasts the third-best run defense in the league in yards per attempt (3.6). That’s not great news for an Eagles running attack that will be without Ryan Mathews, who is sidelined with a concussion. Read more »
Through ten weeks, the Eagles are 4-5 and in third place in one of the worst divisions in the NFL. What’s being written about Chip Kelly‘s team after its latest defeat? We compiled opinions and viewpoints from around the internet to get an idea.
Even before DarrenSprolesvented his frustrations about his lack of playing time, ChipKelly was asked this week about the number of snaps the running back receives. Sproles hasn’t been a large part of the Eagles offense this season, and his production has reflected that.
For the first time since 2010, Sproles only has one offensive touchdown; in each of the past four seasons, he’s had at least four. Sproles’ snap count continued to be scant in the Eagles’ loss on Sunday as he was on the field for just 17 offensive plays, or 18 percent. Read more »
For the second straight day, Sam Bradford (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (concussion) were held out of practice at the NovaCare Complex.
According to Chip Kelly, Bradford and Mathews have yet to clear concussion protocol, which means they haven’t been able to practice or lift weights this week. While Bradford continues to take in practice from the sidelines, we have not seen Mathews to this point.
Kelly also said that Jason Peters (back) would be unavailable at practice Thursday, but the left tackle took part in individual drills, and Lane Johnson was lining up at right tackle.
Some stats and figures of note on your 4-5 Eagles:
40.4 — That’s the team’s current odds of making the playoffs according to Football Outsiders, down from 59.3 percent prior to the loss to Miami. In other words, that Dolphins setback cut into their postseason chances by nearly 20 percent.
The Football Outsiders’ playoff odds report simulates the season 25,000 times over. On average, the Eagles finished 8-8.
Fortunately for them they play in a poor division, and still have a 38 percent chance to win the NFC East, just behind the 5-5 Giants (38.6 percent). Read more »