Chip Kelly wanted complete control of the kitchen. He wanted to pick the ingredients and do the cooking himself.
Well, he did – but his dish has come out a little underdone.
“They are coming out a little underdone, a little overdone – it’s in shambles right now,” 14-year NFL vet and WIP host Hollis Thomas said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I’ve been getting tweets and mentions on Facebook talking about he’s got to go (or) is too early to fire Chip? It’s bad – B-A-D.”
The Eagles were utterly embarrassed at home against the Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas played without Dez Bryant and lost Tony Romo to a broken collarbone but still won 20-10 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Philadelphia was held scoreless through three quarters and didn’t score a touchdown until the 1:21 mark of the fourth quarter.
No one in Philadelphia saw this coming.
“Well, going into the preseason, everybody was trying to see exactly what (Kelly’s) vision was, and they got what they thought was a glimpse,” Thomas said of optimistic Eagles fans. “I kept saying you don’t put no merit in preseason because there’s teams that (have gone) undefeated in preseason and pretty much got their ass whipped in the regular season. So you don’t put that much in the preseason. Man, everybody was talking about Super Bowl. I was like, ‘Hey, wait until they play a full game.’”
They’ve played two – and they trailed 20-3 in both.
“Atlanta punched us square in the teeth and it’s been all bad ever since,” Thomas said. “Even I thought we was going to beat them by seven or 10 because they had just pieced together an offensive line within the last 10 days and (that was) all they had to protect Matt Ryan. And as they pieced together a defense, it was a new coach and whole new shebang – you think you can come out and whip them like cornbread batter. But it was vice versa. They stunned the crap out of us.”
The Eagles found their footing against the Falcons in the second half, scoring 21 points before stalling on their final two drives. Against Dallas, however, the Eagles were awful throughout, committing three turnovers, rushing for seven yards and going 2-of-11 on third down.
How bad was it? DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season, carried 13 times for two yards. He has 11 rushing yards on the season.
“Those plays that they’re running are cute,” Hollis said. “You have to run your bread-and-butter zone plays, and they haven’t been running those and I just don’t know why. I looked at the last two games, and all the plays seem like they’re pulling out the center or the center and a guard and trying to get on the edge. You have to run zone up the gut first for those plays to work. You’re getting nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is one of the ugliest things I’ve seen in quite some time.”