Chiefs tight ends coach Tom Melvin and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)
The Eagles’ offense, for all of its bells and whistles, was an unabashed mess in 2015. The run game fell apart, the passing game was spotty, and the offensive line suffered in a big way.
Hundreds of miles away, Doug Pederson and the Chiefs found a way to string together a monster winning streak with Alex Smith under center and their No. 1 running back sidelined for a good portion of the season.
While dumping an offensive genius in Chip Kelly andpicking up a throwback offensive mind in Pederson may mean expecting a more productive unit initially feels a little backward, there might be something to a new perspective and a successful mind trying his hand at the Eagles’ cluttered offense.
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After another monumental loss, Chip Kelly and the Eagles are reeling at 4-7. There are plenty of opinions to be had on the Birds’ beleaguered head coach, and where the season went wrong. We’ve rounded up the highlights for you.
But first, a transaction note: the Eagles placed Nolan Carroll (broken ankle) on IR and signed Jaylen Watkins off the Bills practice squad. A fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2014, Watkins was released during final cut-downs this summer. The Florida product appeared in three games for the Eagles last year and posted three tackles and a pass defensed.
For the second consecutive week, MarkSanchez will start at quarterback for the Eagles. Sam Bradford, Jonathan Krause, Ryan Mathews, Denzel Rice, Tanner Hawkinson, Zach Ertz and Brandon Bair are inactive. Read more »
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 »
Straight answers were a little hard to come by in respect to the quarterback situation Tuesday.
Pat Shurmur said that he really didn’t know who would start against the Lions — stating that it came down to health — and that he was sure Chip Kelly would provide reporters with an update when available. That drew laughs from some members of the assembled media, who won’t meet with Kelly again this week and probably wouldn’t be given the answer even if they did.
Lane Johnson, a de facto team spokesman of sorts, offered a bit more. Read more »