No matter what kind of spin anyone in the Philadelphia Eagles organization wants to put on it, this team is spinning out of control.
A 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins might have been the first nail in the coffin for head coach Chip Kelly.
His offensive game plan worked wonders in the City of Brotherly Love last season but has received the cold shoulder in its execution this year.
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Gone are playmakers who could turn the switch on in a moment’s notice like LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Nick Foles. Their replacements have been pedestrian at best.
Could this mean a 'one-more and done' season for Kelly, who could be wooed back to the college game should a prime program look to make a change (Miami, Texas maybe Michigan if Jim Harbaugh goes to the Colts)?
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This is not how I or anyone else who covers football or is an Eagles fan (I was born in Bucks County, so I have some affinity here) envisioned things in the preseason when Kelly’s offense was running over anything that moved. Boy how times have changed in exactly one month.
And it seems like it could get worse.
Just like Jarrett Bell of USA Today sports said, “Do you realize how bad a team needs to be to claim last place in the NFC Least?"
Look in the mirror, Eagles.
On Sunday, the defense gave up a game-winning, 90-yard touchdown drive that was not engineered by, say, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers.
The Eagles were struck down by Kirk Cousins, who, until Sunday, had never produced a fourth-quarter comeback victory in the NFL.
Before that meltdown, the lowlights included the Zach Ertz touchdown taken off the board just before halftime because rookie receiver Nelson Agholor lined up to create an illegal formation.
Then they wound up with nothing, when new kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 33-yard field goal to end their latest scoreless first half.
In this case, a change will not do this team good, as it has done more damage than help. And now, internal griping by none other than DeMarco Murray could be the ungluing of a proud franchise.
Murray says he needs more carries and the team needs better play calling.
Really, you think so? Even someone on the outside looking in can see that – and I tote a laptop around for a living, not a pigskin for millions of dollars.
It’s all about to get pretty dicey up in Pennsylvania if someone doesn’t pump the breaks.
"Do I think I'm touching the ball [enough]?" Murray said.
"No, I'm not. I don't think I am. But it's the plays that are being called. I love this offense. I love playing with these guys. It's just how it is."
Murray carried the ball eight times for 36 yards. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Through three games, Murray has 29 carries for 47 yards.
However Kelly wants to fix this situation, he needs to do it now and in a hurry. This is a fan base that booed Santa Claus in the past and could revolt at a moment’s notice.
One of my friends told me that this is what happens when a team cuts Tim Tebow after he earned a place on the 53-man roster.
Heck, not even Tebow could help this team right now.
And to put everything into context, the only game the Eagles have won, they did so without Murray in the game.
This is a situation that needs to be fixed. The NFC East really is the NFC Least this season with any team still in the race to make the playoffs.
But if things continue the way they are going, Kelly and the roster he built will be home for the holidays in two months and the coach chosen to take this franchise to new heights and success might become the scapegoat of poor decisions and mediocrity.
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