Philadelphia Eagles Postmortem on 2013 Season

By Matt Shaner
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

This summer, the Philadelphia Eagles‘ fans had visions of Chip Kelly dancing in their heads, of the prosperity coming on defense, innovation and advancement in scheme and execution. We knew it wouldn’t be perfect; no, we are smart enough to know that all college coaches have growing pains.  This horrible loss, the second in two weeks, officially put the nail in the coffin for the 2013 season.

This was a winnable game.  If Michael Vick was not a selfish player he would have sat out and let the team prepare with Matt Barkley, but that didn’t happen.  Vick wasted time and effort in the first quarter, and when Barkley took over, it was a noticeable improvement. Then he fumbled.

Chip Kelly made more than one dumb call and poor decisions. He continues to baffle with play-calling and game management. Going for it on 4th-and-9 and punting repeatedly on lesser yards later in the game? Not running the ball on first-and-goal from the two-yard line? Kelly looked like a college coach out of his league today.  The ghost of Steve Spurrier is starting to haunt Lincoln Financial Field. Now the team is facing the barrel of ten straight home losses. This team is lost, this season is lost, they have no heart, and if this continues Kelly is in danger of losing this locker room.

The offense is broken, and the wheels have officially fallen off. LeSean McCoy is not the same player. DeSean Jackson made more than one stupid move today with the fumbled punt and losing a crucial first down by not running forward for the yard he needed.  This team has no discipline, is poorly coached, and it will only get worse before it gets better.

I’m sick of the spin. No more looking at the bright side. There is no bright side.  The season could easily end 3-13 or 4-12, and if that happens you can’t see it as anything less than a failure. The quarterback debate is over because the starter is obviously not on this roster. Bring on the draft and 2014. Time for a change.

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