It felt like the aftermath of the Dallas game all over again. LavonteDavid, who had just intercepted MarkSanchez twice on Sunday, explained that his pick-six was a result of the Eagles predictability problem.
“It was just play recognition,” David told NJ Advance Media in the Buccaneers locker room. “I knew exactly what they wanted to do. It’s the same thing they were doing all game. I knew that on the drive before they were hitting us a lot with screen passes. So, knowing that, all I needed to do was read and react.
“When I saw the alignment coming out … [Darren] Sproles came out earlier and the alignment came out after. I was able to get a beat on the ball and was able to jump the route.” Read more »
The production is streamlined under the fast-thinking, fast-talking Chip Kelly. Practice, lifting, meetings, meals and of course the offense is about speed and (in theory) efficiency — getting in and cranking out and reloading for the next explosion of activity.
Not a minute of time is wasted. Kelly even conducts his interviews from a media tent on the edge of the practice field so he can sprint right onto the gridiron the moment his mandated time with the press is over. The players’ schedule is jam-packed but the conveyor belt keeps them moving from station to station so that before they know it, they’re hopping on their hoverboards and heading for the hills.
Kelly did not stumble upon this design haphazardly. He studied high-functioning operations from the military to Fortune 500 companies; carefully built a system that cuts out wasted movement with an emphasis on maximizing output and supporting his Sunday style.
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Chip Kelly didn’t provide reporters with health updates on his players, after getting Jason Peters‘ status wrong last week, so we were left to our own devices.
T-Mac brings us video of Sam Bradford warming up with his teammates, who was later seen throwing with the Eagles’ quarterbacks.
This means he has progressed through the concussion protocol at least to the point where he can wear a helmet in practice and throw a football, but does not inherently indicate that he is completely cleared for contact just yet.
Here’s what we saw in the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Bucs:
*First off, just a dismal, unacceptable job by this coaching staff. The Eagles did not look prepared to play, particularly on defense. No fight. Mindless penalties. The worst loss since Chip Kelly took over. Questions about the head coach are growing by the game. Read more »