The Eagles coaching roster must answer questions for us as well.
If there are any of you who are reading this that haven't paid attention to the Philadelphia Eagles for very long, we'd like to tell you a story about former special teams coordinator Dave Fipp. Chip Kelly didn't do much right, but he hit home runs by hiring Jeff Stoutland and Fipp. The latter is in Detroit, but let's not forget about how good he was.
Hired in 2013 by Chip to replace Bobby April, Fipp turned the special teams unit into a weapon. During a six-year stretch from 2013 until 2018, Birds fans were spoiled. His unit accounted for a league-leading 12 touchdowns during that time.
They were first in blocked punts for touchdowns (four) and total return TDs (eight). They were first in total punts or kicks blocked (four) while committing the fewest special teams penalties. Fast forward to the present day, and aside from Jake Elliott, Philly's special teams unit has delivered more nightmares than comfortable feelings.
Britain Covey looks like a crash test dummy on game days. Fingers are crossed that an undrafted free agent, Ty Zentner, wins the job from Arryn Siposs. Everything outside of placekicking was horrible. Ultimately, the blame for that falls on Michael Clay.
Now, Clay doesn't have to be Fipp, but his unit can't be a liability. The worst part is some believe there is a lack of desire shown by the guys he's fielding. That can't happen.
Special teams are called the game's third phase for a reason, and Clay and his unit must improve. We can't keep witnessing catastrophic plays that cost the Eagles during the postseason.