(It should real easy to spot everyone who didn’t actually read this article.)
QB Nick Foles accounted for 2 of our 3 turnovers in the loss at Arizona. So it’s pretty clear that we should blame him for the loss, right? Sure, until you consider that he threw 62 passes and that 2 picks is just 3%. That number stacks up pretty well against most NFL QB’s. It doesn’t stack up to well against Top Ten QB’s like Peyton Manning, Steve Young and Tom Brady. Then again Nick Foles isn’t a Top 10 QB. He is most certainly NFL caliber, and given a weapon like say…DeSean Jackson, he’s capable of getting a team to the playoffs, but he is no Top 10 QB, and that level of play cannot be expected from him. The coach simply cannot put that sort of load on his shoulders.
And what about Chip Kelly? Isn’t it his job to know that Foles isn’t an elite QB? If he does know that, then why would he call 62 plays vs just 26 rushes!? The game should have never been in Foles hands to begin with, right? Sure, until you consider that all of our scoring came through the air, and with only 2 RB’s active you can lean only so hard on them. Especially against the NFL’s #2 run defense. With half an Offense, you need your Defense to keep you in the game.
So we’ll blame the Defense! They allowed not one, but TWO, long passes to happen with defenders in coverage, both times they were simply outrun after the catch by the receiver en route to a TD. So whether it was sloppy coverage, or not enough pass rush, it’s the Defense that let those scores happen, right? Sure it was. But wasn’t it the Offense’s turnovers that robbed us of points and gave extra possessions to the Cardinals, putting extra pressure on the Defense?
Wait. So now were back to blaming the Offense??
How about this? It was the EAGLES who lost the game. Kelly told Foles during the vagiants game that culture wins ballgames. Culture also loses them. We’ve been getting away with some less than fundamentally sound football since September 7th. This is the second time we faced a team above .500, and both times we ended up on the ground. That’s telling.
Our redzone percentage has been atrocious. We struggle to run the ball, in a run first offense. (O-line injuries you say? Okay. So our back-up O-linemen can’t run block? Then why are they on OUR roster?) Culture.
Our second round draft pick doesn’t even average 10 yards per catch. Our first round reach has been a healthy scratch for half of our games and despite playing in 4 straight games has yet to record a single stat. Any stat. Or the third round reach? Culture.
Our defensive philosophy sucks. We allow too many easy completions. The culture has become to say that it’s Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. But remember when it was Nnamdi Asomugha and DRC before that? And Asante Samuel before that? And Sheldon Brown right before he was traded? DO you realize how many talented CB’s have sucked in Philadelphia since 2008? We haven’t had one we liked. Despite the EAGLES calling in Defensive gurus who focused on improving the pass rush, when it failed we always buried the CB’s. Culture.
You want a scapegoat, THERE is your scapegoat.