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Okay is generally coach-speak for: He didn’t play well, but it’s unfair to place all the blame on one guy.
And that’s true. The offensive line had too many issues. Wide receivers struggled to get open consistently. The defense couldn’t get off the field during an 8-minute, 15-second stretch in the fourth quarter. And special teams suffered a variety of miscues.
But one week after throwing for 423 yards and completing nearly 64 percent of his passes against the Chargers, Vick was just 13-for-30 with three turnovers against the Chiefs.
What were some of his issues? Let’s take a look, starting with his first-quarter interception.
“If you weren’t in the room with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne, then you stole it from somebody,” Kelly says. “We didn’t invent this.”
It’s Kelly’s way of denying that he’s some kind of innovator or revolutionary, labels that make him uncomfortable.
Also, there’s truth behind what he’s saying. In Week 1 against the Redskins, Jon Gruden suggested that the Eagles scored a touchdown to DeSean Jackson on a play Kelly stole from the New Orleans Saints (although it was really one that several NFL teams run).
And the guess here is that Kelly will be installing one specific play he saw from Andy Reid and the Chiefs Thursday night.
Alex Smith failed to get the ball downfield all game long, completing just one pass that traveled more than 10 yards from the line of scrimmage, per Pro Football Focus. But the Chiefs were able to use a wrinkle to convert a couple third-and-longs with yards after the catch.
First, let’s start with the failed two-point conversion in the first quarter.
Chip Kelly’s explanation on Friday: “If you get an opportunity to get an extra point, and in this game, every game’s close. If you get a chance to steal a point here or there, in the long run, it can really benefit you.”
The two-time Pro Bowler didn’t understand why Chip Kelly sometimes had him running with the threes during practice or why he had to learn the responsibilities of positions he had never played in the past.
Jackson and Kelly had a little sit-down, and the wide receiver seemed satisfied. He’s been a prized pupil ever since, and here we are two weeks into the season with Jackson leading the NFL with 297 receiving yards.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Birds sent five rushers or more at Robert Griffin 22 times. On those plays, he went 9-for-20 for 78 yards, an interception and was sacked twice. Keep in mind, as a rookie, Griffin completed 69 percent of his attempts against the blitz, throwing nine touchdowns and no interceptions, per Stats, Inc.
Last year, according to Football Outsiders, the Eagles rushed four 77.8 percent of the time, tops in the league. But that number is going to take a dip in 2013.
“The scheme is built to where any member of the defense can be blitzing at any given time,” Davis said. “We have blitzes for every position – corners, safeties, nickels, dimes, mike backers. Anybody can be a blitzer. Either through an active call or a check.”
When the ball was snapped, he took off down the seam before turning his head around, finding the ball, making the catch and somersaulting to the ground for an 11-yard gain.
Ertz got up, found the official, tossed him the ball, looked towards the sideline for the next play and set up at the exact same spot in-line next to Peters.
Not a lot to think about for the rookie after his first career catch. The Eagles were about to run the same play twice in a row.
LeSean McCoy had just picked up 12 yards on 3rd-and-2, and the offense was three plays in to their up-tempo, no-huddle drive. As the players retreated to the line of scrimmage, two members of the offensive line set up in unusual places.