Many NFL observers believed Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense would reinvent the league.
However, Kelly cannot figure out how to get Philadelphia back into the end zone.
Philadelphia’s offense has failed to score a touchdown during the past two games (both losses), and the Eagles are currently 3-5. Philadelphia has defeated Washington, the New York Giants (lost the second meeting) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. Those losing teams have a combined 4-18 record.
"I don't think people have figured out [our offense]," Kelly told Philly.com “You can turn the tape on and watch six games of whoever you play, I can tell you what they're going to do. I can tell you what Peyton Manning is going to do. You still have to stop them. They still have to execute.”
Eagles receiver Jason Avant blamed Philadelphia’s lack of scoring to defensive coordinators adjusting to his team’s offense, but Kelly believes it boils down to execution.
"It's still about executing," Kelly told Philly.com. "I think everybody kind of knows going into the game plan, you're not going to surprise people eight games into the season. We have to run the right depth on our routes. We have to catch the ball when it's thrown to us. We have to put the ball on people when people are open. We have to hit the hole when the hole is there. We have to create a hole if the hole is not there. That's just executing football."
Kelly was forced to play third-string quarterback Matt Barkley during a 15-7 loss against the New York Giants this past Sunday, and he noted the instability at that position this season. The coach also blamed receiver DeSean Jackson for stepping out of bounds instead of fighting for yards on one play. He also believes injuries to quarterback Michael Vick and Nick Foles have affected his team more than opposing defensive coordinators.
Until Kelly’s offense actually produces points again, it is fair to ponder his impact. Vick’s inability to stay healthy is a detriment to the Eagles, while Foles is still learning. The NFC East is arguably the league’s weakest division, but Philadelphia’s offense has been nonexistent recently.
Even if Kelly wants to blame the offensive blackout on a lack of execution, it is still his job to solve the problem.
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