There was a point in early on in last night’s brutal loss to the Kansas City Chiefs when the road team had accumulated -7 yards and had scored 10 points. It was that kind of night for the Eagles, a team whose offense operated like it was stuck in neutral, and whose defense, despite showing marked improved from Sunday’s disaster against San Diego, again couldn’t get off the field on key third downs.
Donnie Freakin’ Avery? Come on, man.
The loss leaves the Eagles at 1-2 with a trip to Denver losing, where it’s quite possible the Broncos could hang 40+ points on Bill Davis’ unit. The optimism that surrounded the Eagles’ immediate future has all but vanished and instead the season will most likely be spent by Chip Kelly how most people thought it would, trying to refine his system for the NFL until he gets better talent.
This season was never about a Super Bowl, but it is somewhat troubling just how much Chip Kelly’s squad resembled the team that got its former coach run out of town after 14 seasons. Forget the blown coverages for a second. Mind numbing special teams play and inexcusable turnovers in key spots teamed to doom a team that, if nothing else, was supposed to have put such issues in the rearview mirror. So much for that.
While much of the focus will be on Donovan McNabb’s retirement ceremony and Andy Reid’s victorious return to Philadelphia, the real narrative to unfold over the next few weeks won’t be about such trivial issues, rather, it will be whether or not this team is making significant strides to ensure games such as last night’s stop occurring with such frequency.