Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 9/20/13
Former coach Andy Reid got a standing ovation from Philadelphia fans before the the game, but it might be a while before Chip Kelly gets one. Kelly and the new but not improved Eagles fell to 1-2 after an error-prone 26-16 loss to Reid and his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Birds suffered five turnovers and five sacks, trailing 10-0 quickly after Damaris Johnson fumbled a Chiefs punt at his own eight. The defense did hold the visitors to a field goal, but Michael Vick locked on to one receiver on the next possession and threw a pick six, an easy 38-yard touchdown for former Tennessee Volunteer Eric Berry. Dealing in hypotheticals: the questions won't get easier for Chip Kelly in the City of Brotherly skepticism. His 1-2 Eagles face Peyton Manning and Denver in their next game (phillysportlivephoto). Since an opening win at Washington not much has gone right for Chip Kelly in the NFL. His offense has racked up yards but the defense can't stop anybody and the entire team is prone to costly mistakes. During the 33-30 loss to  San Diego last week they drove close in the closing minutes for a potential go-ahead touchdown but the drive stalled when Vick had to leave the field for one play after being shaken up. Kelly admitted after the game that he didn't know his quarterback could have stayed in the game if he'd called a time out. The coach also drew criticism also for not adjusting the offensive tempo on the final drive. When they had to settle for the field goal to tie the game 30-30, they left 1:47 on the clock, giving Philip Rivers and the Chargers plenty of time to drive for a clinching chip shot. Vick was just 13-30 passing in Thursday nights game, with 2 interceptions and a fumble. He did have a 61-yard keeper in the first quarter. LeSean McCoy rambled for 158 yards on the ground; after three games he leads the league with 395 yards rushing. Already Vick is battered and hobbled. Late in the game he was limping around on a sore ankle. It doesn't look like the retooled Philadelphia offensive line will be able to keep the 33-year old healthy through a long NFL season. Things may get worse for Kelly: in their next game a week from Sunday his team travels to Denver to face  the 2-0 Broncos. The principal problem The Visor faces in bringing Oregon football to the NFL is that he inherited a 4-12 team with a weak defense and no depth. At the pro level he has just a 53-man roster to work with, and in the first season, his team isn't fully acclimated to the Oregon way or the Oregon pace. The situation might not improve until next April when he selects a younger, more durable quarterback with a more reliable passing arm, surrounding him with players who believe fully in what Kelly's trying to do.  
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