Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly to Blame For No Post Season


Dec 20, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly looks on against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles were sitting pretty three weeks ago. At the end of November they were leading the NFC East, they had just crushed their division rival Dallas Cowboys and were flying high. The upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks wasn’t a must-win game but it would have been nice to have another victory under their belt before they faced the Cowboys again.

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But the win wouldn’t come. And as of today’s writing they have yet to see a win since the Thanksgiving blowout against the Dallas Cowboys. And it’s possible they will not win against the New York Giants in Week 17 either. Unless they change their game play.

A lot’s been written about the Eagles and Redskins game. A lot will be written about not only that game but many aspects of their season. The dropped passes, the interceptions/turnovers, the missed opportunities in the Red Zone, the questionable play calls against the San Francisco 49ers. Had they scored a touchdown that would have been another win.

And the multiple injuries to the offensive line that caused Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to run for his life most of the first six games of his season. The secondary will be a big topic of discussion this offseason. They have a huge need at cornerback. Shocking news, right? But they also need a quarterback, a consistent, accurate one.

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But I think the most concerning thing about the Philadelphia Eagles this season goes back to head coach Chip Kelly. How does a head coach that monitors players’ sleep patterns, tells them what and when to eat let them play such undisciplined ball? So far this season they have committed 110 penalties for a total of 960 yards. That is 8th most in the NFL.

That in and of itself isn’t the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. There is an even more troubling stat. The Philadelphia Eagles have the most turnovers in the NFL with 35. The next highest number of turnovers is 31, held by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not exactly great company.

Those two things fall back on the coach. Why, because the turnovers are spread around. Six by the two quarterbacks and nine by a mix of players including Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (3) and running back Darren Sproles (2) and even tight end Brent Celek coughed one up.

It’s overall slopply play. And what did Kelly tell us almost every week? We made a lot of mistakes that we need to clean up. Yet it was never cleaned. So even though there is a lot of blame to go around, Kelly deserves the majority of it. And he has a lot of work to do in the offseason if he wants to contend next year.