Losing to the Chiefs wasn't what was troubling about this game, but how they lost was. The Eagles looked unprepared, and uninspired. Many of the older players looked old, and some of the younger players looked confused. Some of the guys must have thought Reid was back on their sideline, because they reverted back to their turnover happy Reid ways. There were plenty of goats in this game. Lets look at a few of them.
Chip Kelly: I'm not surprised to see Kelly's team a little unprepared for a Thursday football game. This isn't something that he's used to doing, and realistically it's going to take some time for him to get used to knowing how to coach that transition. With that being the case his decision to go for to was bush league and a complete embarrassment to himself as a head coach. The decision to go for two was bad enough, but the decision to use special teams players to do it was inexcusable. His decision to go for two was a damaging to his team as Vick's pick six. Season one we can somewhat accept such stupidity from a rookie HC, but that crap won't fly season two.
Special Teams: Boy did they have a tough night. The Johnson fumble, the big returns by Demps (of all players), and the missed field goals made for such a terrible showing. Kelly should have known that his swinging gate play was doomed to fail after watching such a terrible start by his special teams.
Mike Vick: He reverted back to his normal ways again. He was very slop with his footwork, and threw some really bad balls into double coverage. He really should have had four or five interceptions in this game. For some reason he really wanted to show off the abilities of Riley Cooper last night by constantly forcing ball to him. Well he succeeded in proving what most of us already knew. rile Cooper has no skills.
Riley Cooper: Why is this bum still on the team, and whose dumb idea was it to try and run the offense through him? The interception thrown to Smith was basically his fault as he completely gave up on the play. He didn't even try to break it up. Dude is a bum, and is getting serious time while players who actually show flashes of talent like Curry and Graham get spot time. I don't know who Riley Cooper has pictures of (considering the fact not only is he racist he simply stinks) to still be a member of this team, but whoever that person is just needs to fess up so they can cut this waste of space.
Desean Jackson: I don't know it were scheming, if Vick didn't recognize, the one deep safety coverage, or if the line played so poorly for most of the game they didn't give him time, but for whatever the reason Jackson currently the NFL's leading receiver was an afterthought going up against a guy mostly in man coverage with a gimpy knee. How does Mike Vick think its a good idea to throw to Celek with double coverage and not attempt to hit Jackson deep in single coverage? For whatever the reason Vick and Jackson were not on the same page last night and it cost the team. Knowing that Jackson wasn't getting his touches and after Johnson's fumble tonight would have been a good time to get him out there on punt returns. Kelly dropped the ball on that one.
The Offensive Line: Peters and Herremans looked old and slow particularly on passing downs last night. The rookie took a little. It of a step back last nite and got a costly penalty again. Kelce hiked the ball off his bottom. Todd got bull rushed right into Vick's lap. Mathis was the most solid player on the line last night. The line gave up five sacks I believe, but it could have been more if Vick didn't decide to run or at least get out the pocket.
Billy Davis: for two weeks straight this defense has allowed teams to beat them on third and long situations. Most troubling in this game was how they basically kept getting beat on the same third and long play. How may times to Avery have to catch the ball over the middle on third and long before the coach thinks its a good idea to cover him? How do you still get pressure with a three man rush and still blow a third and long coverage?
Missed tackles: They were starting to creep back into the defenses play. One might excuse it due to the fact they were on the field so long, but despite the effort plays were there to be made, and guys missed opportunities taking bad angles and over pursuing. I don't care how much talent Kendricks has if he keeps over pursuing slower players than himself, and putting himself out of position to make the tackle he become a liability and not an asset. For most of the game the defense played well, but they were needed for all of the game and they folded when they were needed most.
Despite the bad and there was plenty of that to go around there were some guys who stood out.
Shady McCoy: Is the real deal. He played his heart out tonight and tried to inspire his teammates by returning after the injury. Had a big 40 yard run after that injury to try and get the team back into it as well.
Jason Avant: Where Cooper failed, Avant thrived. He caught nearly everything that was thrown his way and his circus catch prior to the McCoy scamper was the key play of the drive.
Vinnie Curry: Why isn't he starting over Thorton? Why didn't he dress the first two games? Why did they immediatly take him out after he made a play? How is this kid in two different coaches dog house? Curry was a highlight in most of the preseason games, and then became an inactive. His first game with a little time he shows up, and they reward him by sitting him down. this second round pick needs to play. It's that simple, because he has a natural gift for penetrating the offensive line.
Fletcher Cox: He showed up today and he was moved around the line a lot. He still has a tendacy to take too many plays off though.
All in all this was a very poor showing by the Eagles, and with the Manning brothers coming up soon it could be a while before we see another victory. On a side note this is the reason why it would have made more sense to play Foles over Vick. If they are going to lose ball games anyway it's better to know if Foles can get the job done rather than to play Mike. After watching the swinging gate play I have to wonder if Chip Kelly is truly trying to win this season or is he just experimenting. Also when was the last time the Eagles won a game at the Linc? So before you Reid apologist get into the we made a mistake for dropping him mode remember the state he left this franchise in.