I want to put a picture here, but this guy annoys me so much.
I do not care if this team is 1-3, or 2-2, after today, Chip Kelly, general manager and head coach, is to blame for this team’s poor start. First, who is the f*** do you think you are. They deserve the record they get. It is not that Chip Kelly is not talented but he is arrogant and stubborn in how he utilizes his team. You cannot fit a DeMarco Murray in a LeSean McCoy skin. I had to say that.
It is not that talent, youth, and so many other aspects related to team unity highlight the issues with the team. The team seems to be operating in a way where they run the plays and simply perform but are already out of sync, cannot perform certain plays just yet, or are unprepared mentally to perform for a whole game. Even more so, the offensive plays being called do not help the offensive talent on the field. The defensive plays, especially, in the secondary, have these corners and safeties, play very far off of the other team’s receivers and tight ends. The team’s defensive line puts pressure on other teams but does not finish off quarterbacks. If a quarterback sees there is pressure but enough of a window to pass that still permits an opposing quarterback to get into a rhythm.
In one half of a game, on offense, the team seems to be on their heals, on all sides, and another half of the game they catch up and play like they should have for a whole game. The defense plays well but lapses as a defense should if they play most of the game. So what do you do? In the most positive way, the Philadelphia Eagles are only 1-3, or 2-2, and can still beat the other teams in their division from here on. They could even sweep the New York Giants. The reality is there are four major issues at least.
1. The concern is out of four games there seems to be both an arrogance and stubbornness in both the general manager, head coach, and coaching staff to only do what is run. Eagles’ players that should be in on certain plays are in on plays that do not suit them. It seems like DeMarco Murray participates in running plays meant for him to cut and speed around the edge of the offensive line. He is a larger player and a power runner. He needs a hole and simply needs to power up the field directly in front of him creatively. In most of those sweeping plays, it could be better to use Ryan Mathews or Darren Sproles, in order to throw off defenses. On defense, there is pressure on the quarterback but there is no one to finish. It seems like while this is a good defensive line, none of the players know how to finish their plays with a sack, knockdown, or turnover. This is what makes me miss Trent Cole. The scheme itself, on both sides, takes too much precedence.
2. It seems like the players that should be on the field on offense, and sometimes on defense, are not prepared in general to be on the field. The Eagles have played a number teams that have run plays where receivers catch the ball on crossing routes. The Atlanta Falcons did it. I think the Dallas Cowboys did it and they used slant routes. How come the Philadelphia Eagles were not prepared for these plays against the Washington Redskins? The offensive line has its problems, but the team also seems to be calling plays where either the talent on the field is either unable, or unprepared for what the opposing teams’ offense will call, at times.
3. The team has no balance as a whole. I almost believe, though the Eagles running game is missing, that there should be a running game by committee every game. It just seems like a waste of talent to not model the passing game around a creative running game every game. I think the Philadelphia Eagles receivers have talent, but they need a hand to get started. I think the offense overall needs the most basic setup to start for the sake of continuity. The shotgun while good does not set the team up for an easy way to get rushing yards. If anything, it tires out the offensive line. Use more plays from under center, with the shotgun, in order to establish a rhythm in the running game and simplify the blocking scheme. Use all three backs in a balance, every game, and the team can find the play action pass.
4. While talent may be lacking, it does not excuse the team’s performance. In all of these games, up to this point in the season, many analysts and people believe the Philadelphia Eagles are not a good team. This might be true but the team has to play a few whole games. It just seems like there has to be more content to look at. The team can run more basic plays in order to get to the fancier plays. There was a great catch by Nelson Agholor in today’s Washington game. Immediately after that, Chip Kelly ran a double reverse, with the same player. Why not use the running backs you have, get the wide receiver rest, and have your team attack the opposition differently?
I saw this game as a win for an Eagles’ team with a heavy running game and, from the run, play action passing to simplify this game and not allow a close game. The Eagles actually stuttered on offense to start. The Washington Redskins offense actually played a little up tempo. The Eagles defense was unprepared and already exhausted. This offense showed signs of life but Washington was already up 13 to 0 and their defense was confident by the end of the second half of the game. These Eagles finally played the second half. I actually stopped watching the game at that point. I jogged. The Eagles found signs of life from what I had heard on the radio. However, it was the same problem. The Eagles offense has no continuity or identity. It is like they’re trying on different clothes and trying to find what fits but should already have their outfits. The defense seemed like they had to come to the field with the idea that they were going to play the whole game. The team allowed certain plays because they were exhausted and could lapse. It just seems like with the talent on the team, the positive and negative aspects of that talent evaluated, the different schemes, and a real game plan, this team should be better.
It is clear that Chip Kelly does not know his talent. Chip Kelly relies too much on scheme over use of talent. Bill Davis does not seem to always use his talent in the right way at important places in the game. I look at the Eagles defense not as great but they can be really solid. They invest so much in technique and scheme though.
While it may be a bad thing to consider, Kelly did get a number of offensive lineman in the NFL Draft. Someone has to be more prepared to run this scheme that is not already to hurt. The team needs discipline. The team needs to get older more quickly. This s*** needs to get in sync. There are open receivers and the quarterback does not throw it or is under pressure too many times. The defense is almost good enough. It just seems like the Eagles are not ready to play these games and are learning as they go along in the game. There is so much wrong within glimmers of hope. I picked them to be 12-4 but they could be 8-8. Chip Kelly use your talent as it’s presented and not how it could be. Get off your high horse you arrogant mother.