In the Eagles’ last two games, their offensive possessions have resulted in 15 punts, five interceptions, one fumble, one missed field goal and one made field goal — and that made field goal, Philadelphia’s only scoring drive of the last two weeks, came on a drive that started in field goal range. So does that mean opposing defenses have coach Chip Kelly’s offense figured out?
Not according to Kelly, who took issue with that notion when asked by a reporter today if that’s what has happened.
“I don’t think that people have it figured out,” Kelly said.
So why aren’t the Eagles putting points on the board? Kelly said it’s simply a matter of poor execution. Kelly said that if the plays were being executed properly, the Eagles’ offense would be effective even if everyone knew what was coming. Kelly said the NFL’s best offenses, like Denver and Green Bay, succeed with quarterbacks throwing perfect passes.
“I can tell you what Peyton Manning is going to do, but you still have to stop them and you still have to execute,” Kelly said. “I watched Aaron Rodgers last night, his first touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, where he whizzed it by the kid’s head before he had a chance to turn around, put it right on the money where Jordy, the only thing he could do is catch it. It’s still about executing and I think everybody kind of knows going into the game plan, you’re not going to surprise people eight games in.”
Kelly seems to believe the biggest problem is that starting quarterback Michael Vick and second-string quarterback Nick Foles are both hurt, and the Eagles are down to third-string quarterback Matt Barkley.
“The last two, if I look at the last two and just analyze what the situation is, in both games we got to our third quarterback,” Kelly said. “I think that’s a difficult proposition, you know, especially when you don’t have a lot of reps for those guys to go around at practice. We have to execute.”
So basically, all Kelly thinks has been figured out is that the Eagles struggle when playing their third-string quarterback. Just like most teams would.