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Peter King: Eagles ‘the disappointment of the season’

Oct 28, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

Chip Kelly

Expectations were low for the Eagles heading into the season, although I’m not sure anybody thought a Chip Kelly offense would go one game without scoring a touchdown, let alone two in a row. Still, Philadelphia wasn’t exactly thinking Super Bowl this year, and most didn’t have them this team in the playoffs, so a 3-5 record at the midway point probably wouldn’t seem so bad—in a vacuum.

The hype surrounding Chip’s first season blew up in a hurry though after an incredible half against Washington in Week 1, and it hadn’t relented much until the Birds came crashing down to earth these past two weeks. Now all of sudden Philly’s offense is one of the worst five units in the NFL, and according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Eagles are 2013’s biggest disappointment. From Monday’s edition of The MMQB:

This just in: The Eagles aren’t. Remember the good ol’ days? Way back in the first half of the first game of the season, when the Chip Kelly offense was all the rage? The high-octane Eagles offense is averaging 67.7 plays per game. Andy Reid’s offense last year averaged 67.4. The problem in Philadelphia, which is lucky to be 3-5, is Kelly can’t hang his hat on anything in his offense.

I think the Eagles have to be the disappointment of the season. The offense in particular. They do nothing well. In the last two weeks they’ve had 25 drives in two home games, against the Cowboys and Giants … and scored one field goal and no offensive touchdowns. A Chip Kelly team first and foremost has to have consistency and efficiency at quarterback, and Philadelphia hasn’t had that all season. Which is why I think Michael Vick isn’t back next year, and why I think Kelly probably drafts a quarterback high. The Eagles, by the way, have lost 10 straight at home, by an average of 9.9 points per game.

Maybe Phil Simms was on to something? (Still, no.)

“They do nothing well” is probably the most striking line. Earlier this season, you could’ve said the Eagles run the ball well at least, averaging 178.5 yards on the ground per game through the first six weeks. That number dipped to 66.0 in home losses to the Cowboys and Giants, while LeSean McCoy has been kept in check for even longer—just one 100-yard game in the last five.

Still, to call a team that finished 4-12 last season the NFL’s most disappointing when they’ve won almost as many games seems a stretch. I doubt many fans are taking solace in the fact that the Birds are as mediocre as everybody expected, but I’d rather be rebuilding in a rebuilding year than rebuilding during a Super Bowl-or-bust season like the Houston Texans or Atlanta Falcons seem to be.

Many more games like the last two though, and we’ll be way beyond disappointment with the Eagles under Chip Kelly. We might be over him completely.

>> The MMQB with Peter King

  1. thekrisheim - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    and last season

  2. Bob - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    All these pieces (from the national writers, not 700 level) seem pre-written ready to show people “I told you so”. Its ridiculous and some are probably from the same people who slobbered over Chip after 2 quarters in DC.

    Chip is a rookie too. People forget that.

    KC game was against a great D but the Eagles left a lot of plays out there. The Dallas game, I believe Foles was hurt and is better than that. Yesterday was just poor preparation all around.

    Also, the D coordinators get paychecks too. Things aren’t perfect

  3. charlie - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Is this King the asshole Congresscritter from Iowa or the asshole Congresscritter from New York?

  4. JSF - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    This team stunk in 2011 and 2012. They stink this year. How can they be a disappointment?

  5. Page's Brother - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Peter King is a clown.

  6. erzug - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    It’s a disappointment because the Eagles offense was supposed to be its strong point, regardless of the QB. It was supposed to be innovative. Haven’t seen anything but a faster pace thus far. No trickery or slick play calling from CK/PS. They’ve slowed down so much that opposing defenses don’t even have to fake an injury for a break in the action.

  7. doublesaint - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Everyone seems to forget that a contending team costs a lot of money…ask Mr. Kraft in New England. Lurie and company bought this team for a song and created a billion dollar enterprise. This is a team that has only once or twice since the millenium had a salary cap problem. They forced Reid to push a second class team into a Super Bowl contender. In order to get to the big dance they hired TO. He got them their and then froze him out when he asked for more money. Lurie and company haven’t figured it out yet, to get the best talent you have to pay the best money. Very few successful teams have done it on the cheap. Philadelphia is not in a pro sport backwater like Jacksonville, but is in a top 10 TV market with 3 other major sports teams.
    Chip Kelly is a smoke screen, this odd ball (as nice as I can say it) offense is great for college, but is hardly innovative. Pro defenses have no problem with this thing, because you can not pace the pro game as you can in college, the officials and rules will not allow it. Stop drinking the Kool-Aide.
    Philadelphia fans have been shortchanged. The Eagles ownership has offered at best a series of mediocre teams. If I am wrong why is Andy Reid doing so damned well in KC with the same offense he had in Philly? Alex Smith is not as talented as Donovan McNabb, but the team around Smith is, and the Hunt family will spend the money for a winner in a small market city.
    Philly fans are some of the best in sports, but wake up…start voting with your feet and stop opening your checkbooks. Lurie is from the motion picture business, need I say more? If I had been a season ticket holder for the last 10 years in Philly, I would be demanding a refund. Until the fans stop coming to a second rate stadium to see a second class team, nothing will change. Why should they? Lurie has been screwing them and they love it.

    • SadKumquat - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      So, how many people are eating crow about now?

    • drew - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      hey now…the linc is not second rate

  8. Jeff - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Where’s Peter King now??? Guy has always hated Philly

  9. roy baty - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Oh how times have changed, and not just for Peter King of SI


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