Its been an absolutely horrendous season.
Disappointing free agent signings and trades, to underwhelming draft picks, uninspiring play on the field, the “culture” that head coach Chip Kelly clumsily assembled in the off-season has been a complete disgrace and embarrassment throughout the season.
And tonight, Kelly’s vision was finally put out of its misery, with the Philadelphia Eagles suffering their fourth blowout loss in the last six games, falling to the Washington Redskins in another humiliating effort.
There are no excuses for the product that Kelly has put on the field.
With a division as miserably weak and incompetent as the NFC East (highlighted by Kirk Cousins’ bizarre decision to kneel down before the half, costing the Redskins at minimum an easy field goal), Kelly was afforded every conceivable opportunity to fix his pathetic product, and he failed at every turn.
Week after week, this Eagles team came out flat and unprepared for their opponent. His Majesty’s vaunted offense struggled just to generate 20 points a game. His players were undisciplined and poorly coached, committing all kinds of penalties and turnovers. They never played angry, or with any kind of sense of urgency.
This was a team constructed primarily through free agency, with holes and flaws throughout the roster. It was the reincarnation of the ill-fated Dream Team.
While the incompetent head coach/general manager tried to pass off this operation as “10-6 wasn’t good enough” and these are the moves that would take Philadelphia from “good to great”, in reality it was a poorly conceived and even more poorly executed scheme that have set the franchise back.
- The offense generated two more turnovers, including a botched exchange on a pitch from Sam Bradford to DeMarco Murray which was turned into a defensive score for the Washington Redskins.
- Pathetic showing from the team’s running game. DeMarco Murray led the team with 27 yards. Ryan Mathews had a grand total of five rushing yards. Darren Sproles had nine.
- Kenjon Barner’s focus is terrible. The guy drops way too many easy passes.
- Jordan Matthews racked up the garbage time stats for the second week in a row, though he didn’t celebrate this time when scoring his meaningless touchdown.
- The one positive from the offense this season continues to be Zach Ertz, who caught 13 balls for 122 yards.
- Jason Peters left the game with yet another injury. Unbelievable.
- Sam Bradford fumbled three times, losing one of them.
- Byron Maxwell wasn’t interested in suiting up and toughing it out to try and help his team win tonight.
- Kiko Alonso continues to look miserable and pathetic. The Eagles really need to just shut him down.
- How many long third downs has this defense given up this year? Billy Davis’ scheme is just abysmal.
- We haven’t talked enough about how disappointing Mychal Kendricks has been this year. The former second-round pick has quietly had a very underwhelming season, topped off by his asinine comments after the Arizona loss in which he stated that Washington “had something real coming to them this week”.
- Note to Fletcher Cox. Don’t guarantee wins ever again.
- Ed Reynolds is another guy that just shouldn’t be on the football field. He’s too small, can’t tackle, and has gotten exposed in coverage as of late.
- Caleb Sturgis connected on his only field goal attempt.
- Josh Huff hit on a 49-yard kick return to set up the Eagles with a short field.
Kelly has now gone three years in the NFL without a playoff win. He’s missed the playoffs two straight years. His team has also taken steps backwards in consecutive years.
And despite getting second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth chances to right the ship and win one of the worst divisions in football, the head coach couldn’t get it done.
This is a regime that is fatally flawed in many areas, and Kelly has this franchise on a road to nowhere.
Its time for Jeffrey Lurie to become proactive, and recognize that he made a mistake with Kelly. To avoid doing further damage to the franchise, Lurie must come to terms with the fact that he needs own up to his mistake, cut his losses with Kelly, and start fresh with a legitimately innovative NFL mind that has a clear vision and long-term plan that isn’t built around gimmicky philosophies and systems.
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