Things are going terribly for the Philadelphia Eagles and Coach Chip Kelly, the man most Eagles fans blame for the team’s downward trend, did not mince words after the 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions.
“It ranks right at the top [as far as disappointments go],” he told reporters.
It was a dismal game.
There was a buzz all last week about whether players had quit on Kelly and it sure looked like it Sunday. Either that or Kelly has quit on his players. Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns, three to Calvin Johnson, in the Lions’ win.
“I feel bad because we’ve been able to do some good things here in the first two years, but to come where it is now, it’s a big drop-off,” tackle Lane Johnson told Philly.com’s Jeff McLane last week. “But we still believe in him, we still believe in our players. We just have to dig ourselves out of this hole.”
After the game, offensive lineman Jason Peters said (via McLane) of Kelly’s offensive scheme: “You just got to roll with it. It ain’t about if you like it or not.”
At least the 4-7 Eagles are in the NFC East. “We’ve got five games left to determine our season,” Kelly said.
But does Kelly, who increasingly is hearing his name mentioned in connection with collegiate job openings, have five games left in the NFL? Don’t ask Eagles fans.