Chip Kelly Admits He Made Mistakes Down The Stretch In Eagles LossBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Monday, September 16th, 2013
Eagles coach Chip Kelly admitted he may a number of mistakes in time management down the stretch in Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers. “That’s on me”, Kelly said to a group of local journalists the Eagles Nova Care Complex this morning.
The Birds were trailing 30-27 with about two minutes left on the game clock.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had the wind knocked out of him on a first down throwing attempt to tight end Brent Celek. Vick was on the ground writhing in pain after the play, so the referee told Kelly and the Birds that Vick needed to be taken out of the game for at least a play.
Kelly didn’t know that he could have used a time out at this point to give Vick more time to get his breath and it also would have allowed to play that the left-handed quarterback on the second down play. Who knows what would have happened if Vick had been on the field for that second down throw.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles replaced Vick for that throw and threw a fade route to Jackson, which he caught out of bounds.
On the next play, Vick came back into the game but was unable to connect with wide receiver Jason Avant over the middle. Avant made a mistake on the play because he didn’t use his arms to reach out and catch the with hands, instead he was trying to catch the ball against his body. The defender reached around him and knocked the ball down to force a field goal attempt.
Kelly also admitted that he and his coaching staff should have tried to take more time off the clock on that drive. They could have let the clock run down to two minutes, but they snapped just before the two-minute mark. It would have forced the Chargers to burn some of their timeouts, if the Eagles had taken their time and run the ball a time or two.
“When you look at it in hindsight, we didn’t score (a touchdown), we kicked a field goal, so it was tied”, Kelly said earlier today. “We wanted to try to score a touchdown and go up four, then make them have to drive the entire field … obviously, if you look back at it, we probably should have run the clock down”.
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