Save the last drive of the game, the Eagles defense did well today, but the offense has struggled to reach their potential yet again. They haven't put up more than 24 points in a game this season, and are currently 31st in total yards, with only the St Louis Rams behind them. Demarco Murray is frustrated with his lack of touches, which is reasonable for a guy who led the league in carries last season.
We've blamed the offensive line, the running backs, and even Chip's play calling. But one of the major themes that shows up every game is the time of possession. In fact, the Eagles are dead last in the NFL in time of possession. They average just a tad over 24 minutes per game on offense, a full minute behind the 31st ranked St Louis Rams (at least we know the QB trade hasn't mattered too much so far). In today's game, they were on offense for 18 minutes and 52 seconds, in which they ran 51 plays.
It seems like it's the system in general that isn't working. Chip Kelly's high speed offense works when you have veteran weapons like Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Lesean McCoy, etc. But when the parts are constantly changing and more inexperienced players are pushed into major roles at once, an adjustment period follows suit.
Don't get me wrong, the system works and Kelly has proven that in the past two seasons. But it's a unique and complicated offense, which leaves that adjustment period with an ever-changing roster. The Eagles have made a ton of changes on offense since Chip was hired. I truly believe that this offense will look way better next season, if everyone sticks around.
Unfortunately, Chip isn't a patient man, and we aren't exactly a patient fan base either. Things need to turn around on offense, and quick, before this opportunity to take over a weak division leaves.
By: Dan Goggin
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