By Art Beitchman
Two days after being unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs, Chip Kelly was in no mood to take marching orders from the lame questioners, who wanted to know why changes weren’t in order for the season’s last game.
He let the assembled media know that he was finished playing games with their inane take on the Eagles’ 9-6 situation.
“Let’s get this straight,” he bit off and spit back at the pack. “We’re going up to play the New York Giants to win a football game.”
Confidence in the Birds has no doubt eroded in the last three games, but the continued turnovers, a league-leading 35 — was just too much to overcome.
They racked up 495 yards of total offense at Washington, but ultimately lost 27-24 in a game they absolutely needed to have.
Committing 13 penalties for 102 yards was bad enough. But two roughing the passer calls in the Redskin red zone extended drives that resulted in four more Redskin points, and another six that Cody Parkey failed to get with missed field goals adds up to 10 points the Eagles left on the field.
Adding insult to playoff ousted injury, former Eagle DeSean Jackson had a big day burning the new “toast man” Bradley Fletcher for 126 yards on only 4 receptions, leaving Chip Kelly open to renewed criticism on Jackson’s release earlier in the year.
The Eagles play the New York Giants December 28th, @ 1pm/on Fox-29.
With a win, they could be in rare air having won 10 games and not qualifying for the playoffs.