Chip Kelly: You lose the turnover battle, you lose the game

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly blamed turnovers first and foremost for Thursday night’s 26-16 loss to the Chiefs.

“You can’t turn the ball over like that in this league and expect to win,” Kelly said at his post-game press conference.

Kelly said his offense, which gained 431 total yards and 21 first downs, has shown that it can be effective. It just needs to cut down on the mistakes, which on Thursday night included two interceptions and three lost fumbles.

“We can move the ball up and down the field. I think we’ve proven that,” Kelly said. “But if we’re going to put the ball on the ground, as we did a couple times in the first half, and throw interceptions, that’s not going to win football for us. We can’t lose the turnover battle. You lose the turnover battle and you’re going to lose the football game.”

The Eagles have now lost two games in the last five days. Kelly said his staff will be back to work early Friday morning, and turnovers are a problem they need to fix.

93 responses to “Chip Kelly: You lose the turnover battle, you lose the game

  1. I don’t know if this has been mentioned or not, but I believe that through the first three games, the Chiefs have yet to commit a turnover.

    Sometimes, its just fundamentals.

  2. Chip (I hate calling a grown man Chip…) is 100% correct about that.

    You give away the Magic Bean and you lose.

  3. The more plays you run ultimately increases the chance of turnovers. Chip Kelly’s offense is impressive but has to be ran perfectly to achieve success in it. How many National Championships did his offense win…

  4. This Chiefs team is a dangerous dangerous team right now… Who would have known that Andy Reid would turn Alex Jones into Tom Brady and a 2-16 team into a 12-4 AFC Power House? This Chiefs team is heading for the Playoffs folks and eventually the Super Bowl!

  5. I’d just like to point out that this Offense is a work in progress still and they only had 3 days to prepare. I think they’ve shown enough to believe this offense is going to be fun to watch and affective. It’s just that after running the offense and the defense all over the yard just 3 days ago and still learning the ins and outs I can understand them looking sluggish and out of sorts like they did in the beginning. No consolation to Eagles fans but it makes sense to me that they struggled last night.

    Oregon didn’t just have finely tuned athletes that played at that speed. It was developed.

  6. my2cents27, that’s delusional. It was a close game, even with the Eagles committing five turnovers. They also made mistakes everywhere. Despite all this, the Chiefs didn’t win by very much. In fact, the entire game came down to one third down in the fourth quarter. Had the exhausted Eagles defense been able to stop that, the game would’ve gone the other way. As an Eagles fan there is a lot to be concerned about. But you’re talking about going to a Super Bowl. LOL!

  7. KC looks good. If they had a QB this team could be dangerous. But Alex Smith is just too conservative of a QB. Almost unsure of himself. Ultimately this is going to impact this team because they are going to need him to step up and make a big play.

  8. How wierd is it that the Raiders and Chiefs best defensive players last name is Houston?

    The Chiefs looked good last night but slow down before you go ahead and crown yourself. Alex Smith has started seasons on fire before and cooled down…if Avery act’s like Avery and goes down they’re in SERIOUS trouble. It would be Bowe and….and….no TE or TE depth at all…

    At some point soon teams will start forcing Smith to beat them over the top. Then we’ll see what this offense has in it.

    They do have a cake schedule though….

  9. You also lose the game when you only score 16 points and lose the time of possession battle by a large margin.

    With how little time the offense is on the field you can’t expect the defense to hold the other team to 7 or 10 points.

  10. Congratulations Chiefs fans on the win. I was happy to see Andy smiling. It has been a hard stretch for him.

    Unfortunately, he will ultimately disappoint, as we learned over 14 years. He is too stubborn and ponderous. I am sure Chief’s fans will laugh these comments off, but please remember them when he blows a time out in a key game because he can’t think on the fly or he refuses to adjust when D.C.’s figure out how to stifle your vanilla offense.

  11. you gotta put vick in a better position than throwing the ball 65% of the time..

    we just had 14 years of that.. doesn’t work out so well.
    We should have run the ball down their throats with the three headed RB attack..

    3 games 3 rookie mistakes,, lets go Chip…

  12. @my2cents27 says:Sep 20, 2013 7:30 AM

    This Chiefs team is a dangerous dangerous team right now… Who would have known that Andy Reid would turn Alex Jones into Tom Brady and a 2-16 team into a 12-4 AFC Power House? This Chiefs team is heading for the Playoffs folks and eventually the Super Bowl!
    ==================================Alex who?

  13. What we learn is that the Eagles need a possession type receiver who can actually catch the ball in TRAFFIC,, Cooper is a bum , and outside of desean.. no one can really make any separation,,it look like the eagles screw up the 1st pick again by picking that O-lineman who keeps getting BLOW UP:: can we say another Danny Watkins,,How good would a Tavon Austin look as an eagle,,
    — — — — — —
    I feel bad for vick there is no room for error, other teams have a defense that can give the offense a break on a possession or so ,, not so with the eagles.They will have to score close to 30 and sometimes over every game to have a shot.

  14. There are a lot of comments directed towards Chip Kelly and his offense. Honestly, I dont get it. There’s nothing wrong with an offense that racks up over 400 yards per week. There is a heck of a lot wrong with a QB that can’t see the field.

  15. Love the Chiefs but Alex Smith is not good enough to get them to the dance….also, give the Eagles a little more time to get this offense down and it could be scary…not an Eagles fan but they will epitomize the saying, “on any given Sunday”.

  16. All I think whenever I hear of Chip and his offense is just a decade and some change ago was some guy named Spurrier and how his “new” offense was going to change the NFL. These college coaches come in and try to break the mold and don’t realize that every mold out there has been scrutinized and examined by the finest defensive minds in the NFL. Sure you will catch them by suprise to start with, then they start breaking down the tape and it is game over from there on out.

    College systems don’t work in the NFL Chip. And your system in its 3rd game is already breaking some of your players down in terms of injuries. The pace you are running is, in essence, going to equate to an 18 game season for your players. Enjoy having a roster full of practice squad players by the end of the season.

  17. As I said many times here, Just as we are seeing with ths career under achiever at QB instead of Dono, we are going to pine for the days of Andy & Donovan before this gets fixed.

    We have a college coach that proved against Auburn a couple of years ago that he is a terrible game adjustment maker. He brings a gimmick offense in here & is trying to run it with low brow, turnover machine of a QB.

    As also stated a couple of weeks ago, we should be playing Foles or Barkley so they get the exposure & experience not a guy that has proven over & over that all he does is fumble & intercept games away & NEVER improves!!

    The Chip Kelly rein will end with him jumping back to the college ranks, ala Bobby Petrino. Just watch fellow fans…

  18. Hey Chip – Let’s not forget your stupid “high school Harry” extra-point fiasco that blew-up in your face. It actually set the tone for the rest of the game. You’re not as smart as you think you are.

  19. “Who would have known that Andy Reid would turn Alex Jones into Tom Brady”

    Goota love fans who closely follow their team.

    Chip, it gets harder when you can’t buy a roster deeper and superior to your oponent, doesn’t it?
    And NFL defensive coaches are not the same as NCAA defensive coaches.

  20. rhsindians says: Sep 20, 2013 7:09 AM

    Dear Chip, It’s the NFL not the NCAA.
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    Chip never won anything in the NCAA either.

    He lost every bowl game that mattered except the RB vs Wisconsin.

    Gimmick offense which kills their defense.

  21. my2cents27 says: Sep 20, 2013 7:30 AM

    This Chiefs team is a dangerous dangerous team right now… Who would have known that Andy Reid would turn Alex Jones into Tom Brady and a 2-16 team into a 12-4 AFC Power House? This Chiefs team is heading for the Playoffs folks and eventually the Super Bowl!
    _________________________________

    I like the Chiefs but they’ve beaten the Jags, Cowboys and Eagles.

    Before you pop a tent in your sweats, beat Denver, NE and maybe Houston.

  22. my2cents27 says: Sep 20, 2013 7:30 AM

    This Chiefs team is a dangerous dangerous team right now… Who would have known that Andy Reid would turn Alex Jones into Tom Brady and a 2-16 team into a 12-4 AFC Power House?
    ——————————————-

    Woah woah woah, hold on a sec. Im the biggest Chiefs homer but I will admit that Alex Smith is looking more Trent Dilfer-like than Tom Brady-like.

  23. “You can’t turn the ball over like that in this league and expect to win,” Kelly said..

    They didn’t include the remainder of the quote.

    He went on to say “what’s for dinner?”

  24. No one, including Kelly, thought the transition to the NFL would be smooth. Philly’s staring at 1-4 having to play @ Denver next week, but he needs to have lineman that can match up 1-on-1 and the Defense will be a work in progress for a while. I’m not even a Philly fan, but I’m a fan of innovative minds and hope Kelly succeeds. Faster, more plays, more excitement, fantasy dream….haters gonna hate, but I love it.

  25. I think Chip didn’t finish his thought…’You lose the turnover battle, and your team sucks, you lose the game’. You’re welcome, Coach.

  26. As a lifelong Eagles fan who thought the firing of Andy Reid was unwarranted and knew the hiring of Chip Kelly was overhyped nonsense, I have to admit this is the least painful losd for thr Eagles in my lifetime.
    Some classless fans needed a lesson in humility and Big Red and his team delivered it.
    Now the excuses flow “We didn’t lose to the Chiefs we gave the game to them.”
    As Chipper and his turnover machine QB progress through the season expectthat excuse nearly every game just change the team name that beat the Eagles like a drum.
    Time’s yours….

  27. When the Chiefs will play a team that takes care of the ball, they’ll lose.

    You can’t win on a consistent basis with no offense.

  28. So when the Redskins turn the ball over repeatedly opening night, the reason the Eagles won is because of their superior offense and defense.

    But when the Eagles turn the ball over repeatedly last night, they “gave the game away.”

    It never ceases to amaze me how coaches and homers can keep such a skewed view of reality.

    Maybe Chip should have been more humble after that first game instead of smugly saying, “Actually, I don’t think we ran the offense fast enough.”

    Chip, is it going fast enough now?

  29. Chip Kelly may or may not be a good HC in the NFL. Anyone who says they know now is full of it. However, Andy Reid is a good coach in the NFL, he proved it for 14 years.

  30. Not always so, but 5-0 absolutely.

    I hate thursday football. Under-prepared under-rested teams and players playing meaningful games. You either lose and there’s good reason, or you get lucky an pull one out. They seem to all be very sloppy. KC and Philly were both sloppy, N.E. and NY were both sloppy. Denver and Baltimore had since april to prepare so, N/A on that.

  31. Such ignorance…

    1) The Chiefs played an 18 game schedule last year?

    2) Who is Alex Jones?

    3) I don’t believe they are 12-4 just yet.

    4) Alex Smith (the Chiefs QB) looks nothing like Tom Brady, either in his play or physically.

    At least you spelled Chiefs right.

    Great googly moogly.

  32. They might turn the ball over less if they were not always trying to get plays off with 20 seconds left on the clock. It leads to confusion and wears out his own team. This is not Orgeon. He does not have better players and athletes than the competition at every position.

  33. Isn’t amazing what a good safety can do for a defense. If the Chiefs and Birds switched safeties the outcome may have gone to the Eagles.

  34. To everyone that thinks the giants have goodell in their back pocket…the chiefs will be the second team in four weeks that they play coming off a 10 day layoff. That’s pretty fair.

  35. It’s beginning to look alot like Spurrier.

    Except for the fact it took longer for the league to figure a way to stop Spurrier.

  36. Well, it’s clearly not the coaching since the Eagles turnover ratio was -24 last year. Maybe it’s time for new players who can hold on to the ball.

  37. Attention Chip…. you didn’t just lose the turnover battle… your Offense looked horrendous, out of sync, ill-prepared… and whatever other way we can say just plain BAD.

  38. Too bad when Reid was at Philly that he wasn’t able to nab Smith and dump Vick. If that had occurred then, the Eagles would be winning right now and the Chiefs would still be eating turf.

    Like Cam Newton, I think Vick’s over-rated and though physically talented as all get out, he just doesn’t have the TEAM mindset to play as steadily and well as Alex Smith.

    I think the Smith/Reid combination is going to be great for both of them for many seasons to come.

  39. Here you see the double-edged sword in action: Running lots of plays really fast only makes sense if you offense takes care of the ball and scores a lot, otherwise you’re just giving extra plays to the other team and tiring out your own defense. Philly’s D was totally gassed on the last drive where the Chiefs drove down for the FG that put the game out of reach.

  40. I find it hilarious at the people claiming Chip’s “gimmick” offense isn’t going to work. It’s working already! No team is going to win when you turn the ball over like that. We put up over 400 yards against a top 5 defense. We can score from anywhere on the field, at any time. Can move the ball down the field almost at will.

    As an Eagles fan, while I’m not happy with the 2 losses, I love the fact that we’re competing and not giving up. The opposing teams are going to need big leads to feel safe against us.

    And it’s not the offenses fault for the defense getting tired. People need to actually watch the games. It’s the defense, specifically the safeties fault that they’re getting gassed. If you let teams convert 3rd & longs all the time, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  41. We all know how fast the media can load up and break down a bandwagon these days, but the Chip Kelly Express has to be one of their fastest ever.

    2 weeks ago, Chip Kelly was going to revolutionize how offenses were going to play in the NFL. Now they’re 1-2, and the critics are starting to come out of the woodwork.

  42. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says:
    “And it’s not the offenses fault for the defense getting tired.”
    ____________________

    Dead wrong. If you extend the game by running plays extra fast, that automatically puts your defense on the field for more plays. And short drives by your O takes rest time away from the D. It’s a tradeoff and sometimes the Eagles will actually hurt themselves with this strategy.

  43. Since 1940, teams that gave the ball away at least 5 times in a game, regular and post-season, are a scintillating 423-2223-37, or 16.5 win percentage. Since 1993, the current “modern age” (post free agency/salary cap), teams are a robust 42-424-0 when giving the ball away 5 or more times, a 9.0 win percentage. Since 1993, teams that have had a turnover MARGIN of 5 or greater, have a 6-165-0 record, or an inspiring 3.5 win percentage.

    I hate to break it to Chip and everyone else, but the modern game comes down to turnovers and how the refs decide to call the litany of subjective rules that now burden the game. Perhaps the only other major factor is whether your team has an elite QB or not, but even turnover margin and unequal application of ref calls will wash out elite QB’s.

    For nearly seven decades, starting in the 1920’s, the team that was #1 or #2 in regular season scoring was the champion, even as times changed from when the best regular season record WAS the definition of champion to the post-1970 tournament style crowning of the champion. But that hasn’t been the case the last 15 years or so. The team, despite regular season performance, that makes the field of 12, that wins the playoff turn over margin is the champion. And there’s no strong correlation between regular season turnover margin performance and what results in the regular season. Strong regular season turnover margin teams give the ball away like it’s on fire and wash out, and teams (like the 2011 Giants) that are in the bottom end of the league in turnover margin in the regular season (and have mediocre yard and point differentials) sneak into the playoffs out of poor divisions, and magically win the playoff turnover margin and are champions.

    Long story short, we aren’t really watching great teams clash throughout the year, driving homefield advantage for the playoffs, and having titanic teams crash into each other crowning a deserving champion. We’re watching effectively a 20 game exhibition season that narrows down the field of teams eligible, and any mediocre team can get “hot at the right time” by winning the turnover margin in the playoffs. Twenty years ago, teams with a 9-7 record and a negative regular season point differential probably wouldn’t make the playoffs much less be the season champion. We’re watching a watered down, give as good as you get, vagaries of turnovers impacted, and bureaucratically determined game. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to change for the better anytime soon, and likely get even worse. By the time it turns fully into “basketball on grass” I’ll be doing something more interesting like watching paint dry.

    And if anyone thinks I’m a bitter fan of a bad team, my particular team as relatively recently won a Super Bowl and have roughly the second best record in the league the last 5 years. I just can’t get into this modern product. It’s too contrived and artificial.

  44. Chip’s system is also predicated on using players that are fast. His Oregon teams were typically faster, at key offensive positions, than most other teams they played. In the NFL, everyone is fast.

  45. Eagle fans are in denial. Michael Vick is the same player he was last year. It doesn’t matter what system he is in. You are talking about hanging tough with a team in the Chiefs that won TWO games last year! And you were at home!

    Sorry guys. Any attempt to claim some moral victory from this game is just pathetic.

  46. ballreaper says:
    Sep 20, 2013 8:10 AM
    What we learn is that the Eagles need a possession type receiver who can actually catch the ball in TRAFFIC,, Cooper is a bum , and outside of desean.. no one can really make any separation,,it look like the eagles screw up the 1st pick again by picking that O-lineman who keeps getting BLOW UP:: can we say another Danny Watkins,,How good would a Tavon Austin look as an eagle,,
    – — – — – —
    I feel bad for vick there is no room for error, other teams have a defense that can give the offense a break on a possession or so ,, not so with the eagles.They will have to score close to 30 and sometimes over every game to have a shot.

    Next time you start to feel bad for Vick just remember all the dogs he killed

  47. What people fail to realize is that most of those were empty yards, in that they weren’t much of a scoring threat.

    Big plays followed by getting smacked down equals losing. Oh, and most of those turnovers were forced.

    I’ll give you that our offense sucks, but our defense can overcome a lot of that. It’ll be fun watching them piss pound the faiders with such a poor offense. You don’t need much to beat terrible teams in this league.

  48. Congratulations Chiefs fans on the win. I was happy to see Andy smiling. It has been a hard stretch for him.

    Unfortunately, he will ultimately disappoint, as we learned over 14 years. He is too stubborn and ponderous. I am sure Chief’s fans will laugh these comments off, but please remember them when he blows a time out in a key game because he can’t think on the fly or he refuses to adjust when D.C.’s figure out how to stifle your vanilla offense.

    **********************************************
    For what it is worth birdsfan. We listened to you guys poke fun at the Chiefs all summer for making a HUGE mistake hiring Andy Reid because he was the reason you all sucked last year. Who are you blaming now? From where I sit, it looks like the same old Eagles and the same old problems. Andt Reid coached in Philadelphia for 14 seasons. To last that long, he did something right. It’s all good that you all continue to criticize Andy. The Chiefs have got a lot of room for improvement. But the Eagles……sure glad they aren’t my team. Good luck playing college style ball in the pros this year. Looking real good so far. Blame Andy!

  49. You supply weak talking points after a loss, then you lose again as a team spokesman. This is professional football Chip, go back until you earn your college degree because I don’t accept your transfer credits. This team needs a coach who is the real deal.

  50. beckzhere says: Sep 20, 2013 10:17 AM

    Chiefs aren’t as good as their 3-0 record indicates. Alex Smith is really boring to watch.
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    But they’ve beaten these two “really good” teams back to back!

  51. For this offense to work, you need a mobile/running QB that can QUICKLY read coverage, continuously make the right decisions & is able to accurately get the ball to the open man. We have one of the top 3 RB’s in the league to “help” the QB.

    Luck
    RGIII
    Wilson
    Kaepernick
    Even Romo & Smith could run this offense better than Vick with Shady in their backfield.

    The problem with this offense is the QB presently running it. This will be proven as fact before the season is over.

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