The Eagles and Chip Kelly have been facing a lot of scrutiny during the beginning of this season for how their offense has performed compared to their preseason hype. Everyone expected them to at least be 2-2 by Week 5, but they are slightly underperforming with a record of 1-3.
Granted, the Eagles lost their No. 2 receiver in Jeremy Maclin to a torn ACL, but fans still expected more offensive production out of the infamous Chip Kelly. The Monday Night Football game during Week 1 in Washington also served as a tease for Eagles fans, starting the season firing on all cylinders and leading 26-7 at the half.
Aside from Week 1, the Eagles offensive unit has yet to get the job done. However, this does not mean that they haven’t been working at an astonishing rate.
Lesean McCoy has been a workhorse for the Birds. He is currently leading the entire NFL in rushing yards with 468 and also in rushing yards per game with 117. Not only can he rush effectively, but McCoy is leading the league in yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yardage with 608.
Right now, Shady is on pace to rush for 1872 yards. This would not only be a career best for him, but it will top Wilbert Montgomery’s franchise best of 1512 yards that he set in 1979.
Mike Vick has not been a slouch in the passing attack either.
Vick averages 16.6 yards per completion and 9.2 yards per passing attempt, which ranks first and second in the league respectively. He also leads the league in passes that are 20+ and 40+ yards with 24 and 4 respectively. On the ground, Vick stands atop the league rankings with 8.8 yards per rushing attempt.
With Vick and McCoy leading the Eagles offense, one would think they would win easily every week. Especially since the Eagles average the second most yards per game with 458.8 and most yards per play with 6.9.
The harsh reality of it is that the outcome of every game in the NFL includes more intangibles than these statistics show. Although the offense in Philly has put up fantastic numbers, the team is not fully clicking together as a squad. Football is a team sport and until the Eagles work as a cohesive unit while also limiting penalties, their record will not reflect the team’s offensive production.