When the Eagles scored only seven points on Sunday via a special-teams snap from the Giants that even Trey Junkin would say was bad, my first thought was that it was the first time that Chip Kelly’s high-speed offense ever had been shut out.
Pro Football Talk on NBCSN research specialist Aaron Feldstein advises that Kelly’s offense was kept scoreless in November 2007, when Kelly was in his first season as offensive coordinator at Oregon.
It happened a week after quarterback Dennis Dixon surrendered to a torn ACL suffered one game earlier. Following Dixon’s exit against Arizona, the Ducks traveled to UCLA, where the Bruins injured quarterback Brady Leaf (yeah, Ryan’s brother) in the first quarter, held the Ducks to 148 total yards, and forced four turnovers.
Oregon never got closer than the UCLA 42, and Oregon scored no points.
Given the way the rest of Kelly’s Oregon career worked out, maybe it’s not so bad that his offense was once again shut out in his first season with the Eagles.
OK, it’s bad. We’re just trying to keep our friends in Philly from checking out on a season that still has them only one game out of first place in the NFC East.