Eagles-Redskins Postgame: Washington "Skins" the Eagles
Oh where to begin?
I guess we should begin at the end. As in, this is the end of the Philadelphia Eagles season after dropping to 1-3 on the season with a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday.
Chip Kelly can't go back to college soon enough for me. He can take his gimmicky offense with him now that NFL defenses have figured it out. He can take his total disregard for time of possession that left the Eagles defense on the field for over 41 minutes and led directly to the Redskins' 15-play, 90 yard drive to win the game with 26 second left. He can most certainly take his general manager with him, as that moron has completely gutted the roster and replaced them with a collection of mercenaries and failed draft picks that don't fit together. (Did I mention that Chip is his own GM?) If only he could take owner Jeffrey Lurie with him or at least drop him back in Boston on his way out of town.
It's over Eagles fans. The great Chip Kelly experiment has failed and the franchise will be in ruins for years trying to recover from what Kelly has done to the team. It's not bad enough that he traded a winning QB in Nick Foles (14-4 under Kelly) and a 2nd round pick for Sam Bradford, but he also wasted money on free agent busts like DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell who will be anchors on the salary cap for years to come.
Even in a bad NFC East, the Eagles' season is done. If you think the Eagles can beat any team in the NFL, then you are just a fan who thinks the Eagles will win every game, every year. It's time for a reality check.
Once again Chip didn't have his team ready to play, as the Eagles offense put up another goose egg in the first half in Washington. Maybe somebody should explain to Chipper that NFL games are 60 minutes long, because he obviously didn't get that memo.
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The Eagles can't run the football at all, as Murray led the Eagles with 36 yards on 8 carries. Of course, the Eagles only ran the ball 18 times all game and one of them was on a called pass play where Bradford scrambled. Chip dialed up 34 pass plays with a QB in Bradford who would be riding the bench if the team didn't just trade for him. Bradford finished 15-for-28 for 270 yards and 3 TDs. He didn't turn the ball over which is good, but he just isn't good enough. Sure he finally completed a pass over 20 yards in the air when he found Riley Copper (no, really) on a 62-yard TD and Nelson Agholor for a 45-yard strike, but that's not enough. He simply isn't a winner. He lost to Redskins team with an injury-depleted secondary that any decent QB would have shredded all game. Hell, it looked like Washington CB Chris Culliver was using a walker out there he was hobbling so badly. Bradford and the Eagles should have scored double the amount of points they actually did.
Of course, it's hard to lead a team to a win when your offensive line is horrible. Again, the blame for that lays at the feet of Kelly the GM. He chose to not draft an offensive lineman the last two years. He chose to cut Todd Herremans and Pro Bowler Evan Mathis without having even a decent replacement on the roster. He's the one who brought in a workhorse back like Murray and then lines up in the shotgun repeatedly, which doesn't work to Murray's strengths.
And speaking of Murray, I think he just fired the first shot over the sinking bow of the SS Chipper. He said after the loss that he isn't getting the ball enough in this offense. (DeMarco should ask LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson how Chipper feels about players who question his "genius") It's hard to argue with the numbers. Murray led the NFL in rushing last season, with 1,845 yards on 392 carries in Dallas. Through his three healthy games in his first season in Philly, he has all of 47 yards on a whopping 29 carries. Yeah, makes sense to give a guy a huge long-term contract and then not give him the ball and totally ignore the talent-level and depth of your offensive line.
The Eagles defense almost gets a pass for this ugly loss. Almost.
The Eagles shut down the 2nd best rushing offense in the NFL for 3 1/2 quarters, but just ran out of gas in the last 6 minutes of the game. The Redskins game-winning scoring drive included 5 runs for 41 yards and QB Kurt Cousins completed 6 of 10 passes for 44 yards. Speaking of Cousins (31-46, 290-1 TD-0 INT), it's amazing that the Eagles made him look like a competent NFL QB, because he is not. The guy has thrown more INTS than TDs in his NFL career, yet he was able to engineer a 90-yard scoring drive to lead his team to the win. He threw the ball 46 times and was only sacked once. What happened to the team that got after the QB last season? Oh right, the Kelly offseason overhaul. Seems it infected both sides of the football.
The Redskins didn't even have their best receiving threat either, as ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson sat out with an injured hamstring. That just allowed Pierre Garcon to play the hero with 7 catches for 55 yards and that game-winning TD.
Is the Eagles Season Really Over?
This was a pathetic loss by a pathetic team. Before the season, everyone was rightfully mocking the Redskins. They are a dysfunctional franchise with a clown for an owner, a bad head coach, a bad QB who the franchise mortgaged the future to get only to bench him and they were expected to be among the worst teams in the entire NFL. And those magical smoothies and sports science seem to be complete mumbo-jumbo, with all the Eagles' injuries.
Now, the Eagles have become the Washington Redskins.
Kelly won a power struggle with former GM Howie Roseman and then proceeded to use his newfound status as the king of the franchise to completely overhaul the roster. So far, none of his big moves have worked. Even his smaller moves have seemed to backfire. The QB who the team traded for should probably be benched, because he's playing so poorly. And the owner is a clown who will never win anything as an NFL owner. Hell, at least Daniel Snyder earned a dollar or two. Jeffrey Lurie was just born into wealth. That doesn't make him smart. Not by a long shot.
So the Eagles lost yet another game against yet another bad opponent. Of course, at this point, the Eagles ARE the bad opponent that other teams look forward to playing.
The Eagles can't play 60 minutes. They can't seem to sustain anything on offense and even when the defense is playing well, they get worn out from being on the field all game. Defensive coordinators have obviously figured out Kelly's gimmicky offense. Bradford looks terrible. And now one of those high-priced free agent busts Kelly brought in to recreate the "Dream Team" has publicly challenged King Chip.
It's over Eagles fans. All hope is lost for the foreseeable future and the only hope is that Lurie somehow has to sell the franchise and someone with a clue buys the Philadelphia Eagles.
Getting rid of Chip Kelly the college coach and Chip Kelly the completely-over-his-head GM will be a step in the right direction, but the future has never looked more bleak for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Somewhere even RGIII is laughing at the Eagles. Think about that.