Are Chip Kelly’s Questionable Decisions Hurting Philadelphia Eagles?

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Seven games in, there has certainly been a ton of good for Philadelphia Eagles head c0ach Chip Kelly. His fast-paced, frenetic offense has been extremely productive. The Eagles racked up 400 total yards in each of their first six games, something only done by four teams in NFL history. His innovative ideas look to be working at the pro level.

For all the good, there is some bad though. Kelly didn’t seen to be familiar with the rules in an early-season loss to the San Diego Chargers. He burned a timeout before the two-minute warning to take Michael Vick out for a series when he looked hurt. He ended up being fine. Kelly didn’t realize until after the game that he didn’t need to do tht. The Eagles didn’t end up scoring on the drive, instead settling for a field goal with Nick Foles in at quarterback.

This cost the Eagles points. In a close affair, it may have also cost them the game. The Eagles also did a poor job of milking clock, allowing the Chargers time to march down the field late in the game.

Last week, another tough decision came up. The Eagles had fourth-and-one and were down 3-0. They were at about the 40-yard line — certainly out of kicker Alex Henery‘s range. Conventional wisdom said to go for it. Instead, Kelly opted for Henery to kick a 60-yard field goal that didn’t have a prayer from the minute the ball left his foot.

It was another decision that very well could have cost the Eagles points … in a huge divisional battle for first place against the Dallas Cowboys, no less.

Kelly is still a young coach. Some of these mistakes can be chalked up to inexperience. You hope that the offensive mastermind learns from them and becomes a better coach for it. Close games usually come down to great coaching. Kelly is getting there. Hopefully for the Eagles, it is sooner rather than later.


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