CHIP TO ESKIN: BACK-UP QB'S AREN'T LIKE BASEBALL RELIEVERS

By Art Beitchman, DOCBLOG

The Eagles’ offense was non-existent Sunday against the Niners.

Compare that to the first three games, in which the Eagles averaged 33.7 points per game.

Inexplicably, that same offense generated exactly zero points in a 60-minute NFL game.

How on earth could that possibly happen?

QB Nick Foles was skittish in the pocket, missing his targets at an alarming rate.

Was it related to the offensive line, which started four back-ups on Sunday? LeSean McCoy once again didn’t come close to his NFL rushing champion form, and the Eagles need to get McCoy going sooner than later.

Two special teams TD’s, and a Pick 6 by Malcolm Jenkins kept the Birds in the game against a 49er team with its own issues, and one which desperately needed the W. Sure enough, they handed the Birds their first loss of the 2014 season, 26-21.

Coach Chip Kelly (photo above) revealed in Monday’s day-after press conference that he saw Lane Johnson and he looked good, anticipating the right tackle’s reinstatement by the NFL this week. He also insisted the running backs are fine, practically saying the upheaval along the O line is at fault, without of course throwing them under the bus.

Once again Kelly schooled Howard Eskin on football acumen, saying you can’t bring a relief QB in for a couple of series, as you would a baseball pitcher. “Not the same game,” Kelly told Eskin, with a smirk on his face.

Foles has to stop missing open receivers for this offense to start clicking again. And a semblance of a running game must return when the Eagles welcome the Rams to the Linc this Sunday October 5 at 1 p. m.

 

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