Last night’s ugly loss to KC dropped the Eagles to 1-2. For some reason, this has Eagles Nation on edge.
2013 is the can’t lose year. If the Eagles go 10-6 and win the division, that would be a really fun season. If the Eagles go 6-10 and end up with a Top 10 pick, that will be a huge help to getting the Eagles where we need to be long term. Heck, go 1-15 and you’ve got your choice of DL Jadeveon Clowney and QB Teddy Bridgewater, a couple of possible franchise players.
I don’t want the Eagles to lose any more than you do, but we must be honest. This is a flawed football team. They aren’t going to win the Super Bowl this year. They might come together, play well and make the postseason, but there are too many issues to win it all. Knowing that, you should relax and just enjoy the ride.
The whole point of this is to win the Super Bowl. If you can’t accomplish that this year, what can you do to help do that in the future? You can lose and add high draft picks. You can win some games and let the players learn the systems inside-out. Sneak into the playoffs and let the players get a taste of the postseason so they’re better prepared for the future. You also can use 2013 to figure out who can help you win the SB and who can’t.
Chip Kelly is trying to build a great team. We don’t even know if the 2013 Eagles will be a good team. Still, plenty can be accomplished that will help the long term goals.
Some fans are now saying that the upcoming schedule (road games at DEN, NYG, TB) could leave the Eagles at 1-5. Maybe. Could also be 3-3. The Eagles just played 3 games in 11 days with a whole new offense and a rebuilt defense. Calling that tough is a massive understatement.
Some people are pointing out that KC played 3 games in 12 days. Sounds so similar, but it isn’t. KC had a normal week of preparation for the opener and the second game. Last night was their only short week. That’s a huge difference. And the Chiefs have most of their defense intact from last year. That group is carrying the team. They kept a 3-4 system and have 8 starters back. 4 of those starters were Pro Bowl players.
Chip Kelly and his staff have 10 days until the next game. They can use the extra time to figure some things out and solve some problems. If you have smart coaches and coachable players, which I think the Eagles mostly do, extra time can be a huge help. Not all the problems are going to get solved, but if they can make progress in a few areas that could be a big help for the upcoming games.
Last night was an ugly game and there’s no two ways about that. I’m still not down on this team.
The Chip Kelly offense works. Last night was a sloppy performance against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Eagles had 431 yards and 16 points. Last year the Eagles played on Thursday night against the Bengals. The Eagles had 219 yards and scored 13 points. And 6 of those points came on drives that started in scoring territory. This offense is worlds different. Dallas gained only 318 yards against the Chiefs last week, despite having all sorts of weapons. The Eagles played poorly and still gained 431 yards. Think about that.
The defense had an awful game vs the Chargers. They played much better last night. This group needs 2 things…more experience together and simply more talent. There continue to be coverage breakdowns. Those should go away as the players get used to each other and the system. The lack of talent can’t really be addressed until the offseason. Young players may get mixed more into the lineup, but it isn’t wise to expect too much from them. Thinking that some guy off the practice squad is going to come in and solve your problems is more fool’s gold than reality.
I still totally believe in Chip Kelly. That hasn’t changed one iota.
I still like the young talent on this team. Mychal Kendricks and Lane Johnson had rough nights, but those are two very talented players. They will get better over time. Shady McCoy is having a phenomenal season. Fletcher Cox played well last night. Vinny Curry had his best game as an Eagle. Brandon Boykin is playing very well this year. Earl Wolff is coming along nicely. He’ll be in the starting lineup before too much longer.
We don’t know what to expect with the rest of this year. Andy Reid started 0-4, then the team went 5-7 the rest of the season. Ray Rhodes started 1-3, then went 9-3. Kelly is off to a 1-2 start. I’ll be disappointed if the team doesn’t win 7 to 9 games this year, but as I pointed out earlier, the more losses, the better the draft pick. That could land you a stud QB or impact defensive player. The Eagles need both.
Even if the Eagles do lose a lot, this is a can’t lose season.