A statistic flashed across the screen before halftime that told the story of the day. Chip Kelly had never, in his career as a head coach, ended a half without scoring a single point. This is a man coming into the league billed as the new offensive genius and innovator. His offense fell flat Sunday in a performance where nothing worked.
Part of the blame falls on Nick Foles who, in a chance to show the league he deserves a starting spot, crumbled against a defense who was open to damage in past weeks. Foles missed open receivers, made poor choices, and held the ball too long. He looked like a rookie making his first start which, ironically, happened after he was knocked out in the fourth quarter. Matt Barkley entered the game and threw three interceptions even though he actually moved the offense more than they had the entire afternoon.
Foles got no help from an offensive line that decided to vanish, a star running back in LeSean McCoy who couldn’t find a way to get yards, and a rookie coach making more dumb decisions like kicking a 60-yard field goal before the end of the half. This was as close as you get to total and complete failure for a team.
The most killing fact is that this is the ninth straight loss at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t won a home game in over a year. Next week the lowly New York Giants come to the Linc, and this should be their chance to finally break the drought. Of course, if Michael Vick and Foles are hurt, it may have to happen on the shoulders of Barkley and that truly is a scary thought.