Chip is a chump. At least for now. And while it’s only the first game of the season, all of Philly is NOT HAPPY.
In Atlanta, it was a disastrous start, followed by an energizing comeback in which the Philadelphia Eagles fought back to claim a brief lead but it turned out not to be enough on Monday Night Football. And I’m not going to blame this on Sam Bradford.
It’s all Chip’s fault.
In the end, their offense and special teams failed them after their defense played a near-flawless second half as the Atlanta Falcons came back to score a 26-24 victory in front of 70,516 fans at the Georgia Dome.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) lay on the field after bobbling the ball and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen (37) made a late interception during the final minutes of an almost thriller of a comeback. But almost, as we all know, is like kissing your sister.
Eagles place kicker Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 26 seconds remaining, a field goal that would have given the Eagles the lead. And then the Eagles were victimized by Sam Bradford’s second interception after getting the ball back with 1:49 to go, allowing the Falcons to kill the clock and seal the victory.
From the beginning, the Eagles looked like an anemic and apathetic, lethargic, lifeless dead duck. And that, my friends, is the product of corky coaching. The Falcons came out with more energy and precision than the Eagles from the start. They played like the better team, and looked like the better team, and ended up beating the better team. Because the Eagles are better than the Falcons on ANY day of the week. But they didn’t prove it. And that, my friends, is a symptom of callous coaching.
So what was the most egregious offence? The lack of offense! Chip’s catastrophic and cataclysmic play calling had DeMarco Murray, last year’s NFL rushing leader, on the sideline for most of the game. He had eight rushes for a grand total of nine — count ‘em — that’s NINE yards for the game. SERIOUSLY? Nine yards for the game?! The whole game?
I can’t discuss this anymore. I’ll see you at the Dallas game. If Philly fans don’t burn down the Link before then, that is. But then again, let’s not get carried away. Let’s all take a deep breath and calm down.
It’s only one game, right?