The Astounding Arrogance of Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur

Photos | Jeff Fusco

Pat Shurmur and Chip Kelly. Photos | Jeff Fusco

The hold Chip Kelly had on the sports fans of Philadelphia has become weaker than the grip of a grandmother.

Part of it is Chip’s arrogance in press conferences, which he apparently doesn’t understand projects mightily to his fan base. But most of it is the coaching. Kelly’s team going into Sunday’s home game with Tampa Bay is 4-5. With a win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, the Birds would actually be leading the NFC East (tied with the Giants but ahead on the tiebreaker protocol). But the fan base here has abandoned this coach like the GOP abandoned Bobby Jindal.

Face it, his coaching hasn’t been stellar, to say nothing of his personnel management. His press conference comments are insulting to any fan with half a brain. Riley Cooper has been open? Our outside receivers haven’t been a detriment and we have enough talent there to win? Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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.

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Injury Notes: Bradford Sidelined, Peters Mobile Thursday

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

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.

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Report: MRI Confirms Separated Shoulder For Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford

In addition to suffering a concussion, an MRI confirmed that Sam Bradford separated his left shoulder Sunday against the Dolphins, according to Ed Werder.

Although a previous report indicated Bradford may miss the Eagles’ next two games, Werder also noted that the quarterback wants to play this week and will “see how he feels late in [the] week.”

However, Bradford did sit out of practice today, in addition to Ryan Mathews (concussion) and Jason Peters (back). Peters did practice yesterday, leading a reporter to ask Chip Kelly today if Peters suffered a setback.

“I guess so,” Kelly said. “I just know he can’t go today.”

Kelly said Bradford and Mathews, both of whom suffered their concussions in the Eagles’ 20-19 loss to the Dolphins, had yet to be cleared through the league’s concussion protocol, which meant they were not allowed to practice with the team.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Outside Help Wanted

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Questioned about the lack of production from his outside receivers, Chip Kelly pointed away from his group of wideouts and towards the game plan.

“I don’t believe it’s an obstacle,” he said of their low output, “because I think there’s a lot of things that we’re doing in targeting our inside receivers and our tight ends just because of matchups. We knew going into this game that our tight ends and our inside receivers were going to be huge components in terms of what we’re trying to do. So we’re trying to get the ball to those guys.

“We don’t really care who we get the production from as long as we’re getting production from the entire offense.”

That explanation might hold up if this was a one-week deal. The Eagles did go directly after the middle of Miami’s defense (despite the Dolphins being depleted at cornerback) and it paid dividends, with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz combining for 11 grabs for 202 yards. Given that chosen route of attack, you can rationalize the zero-catch nights out of Riley Cooper and Miles Austin as more or less a product of circumstance if you are so inclined.

Only Sunday was not an isolated event. Read more »

Photos: Eagles vs. Dolphins

Report: Sam Bradford May Miss Next Two Games

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Sam Bradford exited the Eagles’ game yesterday with an injured left shoulder and concussion, and is expected to miss Philadelphia’s game against Tampa Bay on Sunday and possibly next Thursday’s matchup in Detroit.

With Bradford likely sidelined, Mark Sanchez is expected to start. The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport, who tweeted it as Chip Kelly’s press conference wrapped up this afternoon. Ryan Mathews also left the game yesterday with a concussion, although Kelly didn’t discuss his status. Read more »

Eagles-Dolphins, The Day After

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Expectations for the  2015 season were largely built on trust.

Trust that Chip Kelly knew what he was doing as a head coach and architect; that the offensive line would hold up despite a big subtraction and no notable additions; that the young receivers would help replace a key veteran; that Sam Bradford would take his game to the next level in this system and avoid injury; and that over time, the new pieces would coalesce to form a contender.

On Sunday, that trust absorbed its biggest hit yet. Read more »

Chip Kelly: ‘We Didn’t Play Smart’

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

“We didn’t play smart.”

Chip Kelly spoke for eight minutes and 23 seconds after the Eagles’ 20-19 loss to the Dolphins Sunday afternoon, but that was the gist. That was his biggest takeaway from his team’s fifth loss of the season, a press conference compressed into four brief words.

Kelly didn’t think his team played a smart enough game to win, and then they didn’t.

“We had too many penalties that I think negated big gains for us,” Kelly said, visibly frustrated by the abundance of flags. “A lot of them — I think there were only seven of them, when you look at the game sheet, but there were a lot of them that were offsetting. We obviously had more of them. We had way too many penalties on the offensive side of the ball.”
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