I really thought the Eagles had a chance to win. Figured with the Broncos coming off a short week and the Eagles having three extra days to prepare that things would be more even. The Birds played well against the Redskins, put up a ton of yards and should’ve beaten the Chargers, and lost to the Chiefs playing their third game in 11 days. My estimate, was that the Charges game was probably most indicative of how the season would go– good offense, potentially worse defense… close to even in the end. And there’s no reason why a mediocre-ish team shouldn’t be able to compete having three extra days to regroup and prepare.
Not so much:
There’s nothing really to say. The Broncos are even better than we thought they were and the Eagles… ah, well, your team shouldn’t look unprepared after a 10 day break. I still love what Chip Kelly is doing and his philosophy, but, for the second game in a row (out of four, mind you), the Eagles looked like they weren’t entirely ready to play an NFL game. There were a lot of bad times with 4-0 Andy Reid, and it increasingly looked like the game had passed him by these past two years, but I never got the feeling that his teams weren’t prepared to play a game, whatever the quality of that preparation might have been.
Kelly told Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show today that roughly 60% of college games never have a chance to be close. That’s not the case in the NFL. The difference between the best team in the league and the worst team is roughly the same as the difference between the top five teams and teams 20-25 in the NCAA Top 25 polls. Every single facet of the game in the NFL – from the gameplan to deciding whether going for two down 14-12 – is important and magnified. And you get the sense that Kelly is learning that lesson on the fly.
No use in dropping birds this week. Let’s just clip feathers with some headlines.
This reads like one of the saddest haikus you will ever find:
Yeah, I was wrong.