The More Things Change For the Eagles, the More They Stay the Same

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Dec 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Time of possession: it’s a thing.

Chip Kelly has said that time of possession “doesn’t matter” and clearly, he hasn’t changed his way of thinking. Philly average about 24 seconds between plays. You know why I know this? Because NBC had a timer running for each play. Just let every Philly fan tuning in know how fast the Eagles were at sucking.

On the other side, the Cardinals held onto the ball for nearly 13 minutes longer than the Eagles. Don’t think that is a long time? Have you watched a football game? Three minutes of football takes about 22 minutes to watch. So the Cards holding the ball for that much longer felt like they were the only team playing offense.

Time of possession does matter. For numerous reasons, but mostly because of this one…