DISLIKED: WEEK FOUR

Posted September 30, 2013

THIS week there was SO MUCH not to like I had to put it in a separate post:

1) Our not so Special Teams. Kick return TD? Okay they happen. Blocked punt? Okay they happen. Missed field goal? Not uncommon. Bot all three in ONE GAME? Excuse me, one Mother#$%@! GAME!? I don't put ANY of that by the way, on Dave Fipp. That was all a matter of execution NOT happening.

2) I figured the Defense would have trouble covering underneath (and they did), but I thought if they allowed those shallow outside routes, it would mean that our OLB's would reach Manning. Even if a couple of the hits were late, they'd still do the job. Instead not only could we not cover, but we also couldn't get any pressure. Or tackle reliably on those short routes. Or stop the run. 

3) Is it me or does the NFL seem to figured out Chip Kelly already? Yeah I said this would happen and just about predicted how long it would take to do so. It was 5 weeks. (Yes, I counted the preseason.) At this point it's ALL about whether he can adapt to the NFL now. So far in all four games, he's tried to do the same thing in the first second half as he did in the first. Considering that the last three games were losses, that bodes ill for our future. Coaching at this level isn't about game plans or (generally) talent on your roster, it's about being able to make adjustments and learn on the fly. At a certain point yesterday, every time the camera ended up on Kelly his face was blank, he wasn't talking to staff or players. he was reduced to being a spectator. This should NEVER, EVER, EVER happen! There are no circumstances where the General should let the troops see him sitting dumbstruck. Two words: Lane Kiffin. 

4) I was disgusted at Kelly throwing in the towel. Almost an entire quarter where second and third stringers were waved like Human white flags. Our EAGLES starters made it a game for 2 quarters, and then lost their footing for a quarter. However instead of fighting back, and trying to own the 4th quarter like the Broncos owned the 3rd, OUR COACH sent the signal that we were tucking tail. As bad as yesterday was, that was the WORST part. We bailed. We cut and ran. Yeah, US! I can't speak for how much fight is in you, but being from HERE that's the part I'M having the hardest time stomaching. Losing a fight is one thing, but going fetal while the other guy pounds you, is quite another. It's an outright act of cowardice, and it made me want to punch Chip Kelly in the face until I blacked out from it! A loss I can understand; but a surrender? That, I just cannot take.

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