The Philadelphia Eagles had one of the most interesting preseasons of any NFL team heading into the 2015 season.
With DeMarco Murray, Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso and more all moving to Philly, the Eagles season opener against the Atlanta Falcons was a chance for Chip Kelly to show that all the changes he made were worth it.
They lost. It was close, with the Falcons winning by 26-24, but the Eagles had a chance to take the lead late on and they missed it. Kicker Cody Parkey stepped up afterwards to take the blame.
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Had Parkey made the 44-yard field goal, the Eagles would have been up by one and forced the Falcons to drive down the field again. They didn't have to, thanks to Parkey slicing his kick.
Parkey was in a somber mood after the game, didn't use the groin strain that has limited him in preseason as an excuse after the game, taking the blame for the miss and loss.
"There's no rhyme or reason to missing," Parkey said. "I'm human and I missed. Don't know what to tell you."
Chip Kelly seems like the NFL head coach most likely to go for it on fourth-and-1, but the Eagles coach revealed that Ryan Mathews getting nothing on the third-and-1 that preceded it led to him sending out Parkey.
“On 3rd-and-1, we didn’t get a lot of movement up front. And it was a 43-yarder,” Kelly said, via CSNPhilly.com. “We have great confidence in Cody. It’s tough. He’s hit those before.”
Maybe, Kelly will think twice about sending Parkey out now.