Some of you brought up a very relevant criticism. Losing isn’t the end of the world. But all the sloppy play is incredibly frustrating. After all, isn’t that why Andy Reid was fired? Wasn’t Chip Kelly going to change that?
I totally get this and agree to a certain extent. There is a difference.
The players in 2012 were part of an offense that had been in place for years. The defense was just in Year 2 of that particular scheme, but the overall 4-3 had been there for decades. Players had a level of comfort with what they were doing and still made simple, bonehead mistakes.
Those players were hand-picked by Reid. He saw them as ideal fits for his schemes.
Chip Kelly inherited many of his players. Others are here as band-aids. A bad game by Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher is different than a bad game by Nnamdi and DRC. This year’s CBs are here to get us through 2013. They weren’t looked at as long term solutions. Nnamdi and DRC were supposed to be the next Bobby and Troy.
Also consider that this season players are totally out of their comfort zone. They are learning new schemes and sometimes new roles. That isn’t an excuse for making mistakes. It is important in understanding why this is different than 2012. Many similar issues. But the mistakes should go away as the coaches and players work on them. If the mistakes don’t go away, there will be changes.
I do agree that seeing the team play badly today was highly frustrating. We all expected better than what we got. The honest answer is that we need time to put this in context.
Ray Rhodes lost to Oakland 48-17 on the road to fall to 1-3. He benched Randall Cunningham and made some other small lineup changes. The team played the 0-4 Saints the next week. The Eagles won, got hot and went to the playoffs.
Jimmy Johnson went 1-15 in his first year in Dallas.
Joe Gibbs started 0-5 in Washington.
There have also been plenty of coaches who started slow and never got better.
Every week people want to come to conclusions on Kelly. He’s been exposed. His offense has been exposed. And so on. I believe in Kelly. But whether you like or dislike him, we need time before we can come to any conclusions.
In his postgame PC, Kelly didn’t sound like a coach who was going to make changes for the sake of sending messages and shaking things up. He’ll adjust the lineup if he’s not happy with players, but don’t waste time waiting for”heads will roll” kind of stuff. Kelly is still in the process of figuring out which players he likes and which players fit his ideas. I know you hate this answer, but Kelly needs time.
As for getting angry at some of these games…I’m trying to give you advice based on my past. Back in 1995 I stewed in anger after the opening 3 losses. I was especially devastated by the loss to Tampa, 21-6. 1999 was even worse. The Eagles lost 19-5 to Tampa in Week 2. That drove me nuts. The next week, Reid’s Eagles lost 26-0 to Buffalo. I remember laying in my bed that afternoon and staring at the ceiling. The offense was horrible in 1998. The Eagles hired Reid to fix the offense and he produced one FG in 2 games? More of the same. Pure torture. What was the point of hiring Reid if he couldn’t fix the offense?
I wasted a lot of anger and rage in 1999. It took time for Reid to get those players coached up. It took him a while to get his guys in place. I was so desperate for the Eagles to get back to winning that dealing with bad losses was just overwhelming. Wasted rage. Be that way if you want this year, but I’m telling you from personal experience that it makes your life miserable.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t care. We all do. I’m just telling you not to live and die with results this year. At least not until next week when we get to 2-3 and we’re tied for the division lead.