Losing to San Diego was no fun, but it was hardly the end of the world.
The Giants are 0-2.
The Skins are 0-2.
Each of those teams has a blowout loss.
The Boys are 1-1, with an ugly win and an ugly loss.
We knew the Eagles would have some issues this year, with the new coaches, new schemes and changes in personnel. Have there been any major surprises?
The offense is clicking. The Eagles are 2nd in the NFC in scoring (not counting SF). Chip Kelly’s offense works. He’s got the star players looking like stars. There are some issues to clean up, but they don’t involve lack of talent. That means they should be fixable.
STs are still excellent. Dave Fipp has done a tremendous job.
The defense has some major issues. They were great for a half in WAS. They came up with a pair of Red Zone takeaways today. Other than that, things aren’t great. We knew this would happen. Some fans are calling the defense “garbage” and saying this is the worst they’ve ever seen.
The Eagles are playing hard. They are flying to the football. There is no lack of effort, intensity or physicality.
The results stink, but that’s due to a lack of talent and the fact that the coaches are adjusting to the players and the players are adjusting to the new schemes. This group isn’t underachieving. DRC and Nnamdi were paid big bucks to suck last year. Cary Williams had 3 PI calls today, but I can live with those because I know he’s busting his butt out there.
We know this defense needs talent. DRC and Nnamdi were supposed to be the answers that solved a problem area. Didn’t come close. No one said Williams and Bradley Fletcher were going to turn into Bobby and Troy.
The hype got out of hand after Monday’s game. Now the hype machine will settle down a bit and we can start evaluating the 2013 Eagles in an honest, accurate way. This is a talented, but flawed team. They still could go 10-6, 8-8 or 6-10.
The offense won’t always put up 30 points, but the defense also won’t give up 530 yards every week. The NFL is all about matchups. The Chargers matched up well, which none of us really saw. And Philip Rivers played great. When a talented, veteran QB is having a good day, you’re in trouble.
I’m frustrated, but not discouraged. This team is tough and competitive. They’re fun to watch. And when they get some more pieces on defense, the Eagles are going to be a pretty darn good team.