It’s Week 3, year three of the Chip Kelly experiment in Philadelphia and the results are not good. Actually “not good” might be putting it lightly. The Eagles rushed for a total of seven yards against the Cowboys this past week. That is the number seven, as in can count to it on two hands seven. On 17 carries that is an average of 0.4 yards per carry. More than mildly underwhelming.
Compare that to the 109 the Cowboys put up. Or how about compared to the 89 yards that LeSean McCoy put up. To put this into some more perspective the Eagles are averaging 35 yards a game rushing as a team. There are no fewer than 37 individual players who are averaging more yards per game than that, including quarterbacks Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, and Tyrod Taylor.
I won’t even get into how many players are doing better than DeMarco Murray for the year in terms of rushing. Okay, maybe I will, it’s 91. You know what, I definitely will. 91 players who have more rushing yards than an $8 million dollar a year running back. Compound this with a 1:2 touchdown to interception ratio for Sam Bradford and it’s no wonder this team is 0–2.
Normally there won’t be quite a focus put on a team that missed the playoffs last year starting 0–2, but Chip Kelly made more personnel moves than a solitary teen playing Madden. The initial reports were that Kelly’s moves were genius. Now we’re seeing a totally different reality of things.
Sam Bradford might ride the pine, but the Eagles will stick it out with Kelly, at least according to some schools of thought. I’m not so sure about that. The team has just a few more weeks to show some improvement. Otherwise I imagine that sweeping changes are coming to an organization that already had a lot of turnover.