A metric that barely moves the needle as each year passes…but for all NFL fans gets re-hammered into our brains repeatedly as the leaves begin to turn color. So let me pull out the hammer from the tool belt…
Teams that start 0-2 make the playoffs 12% of the time.
Fox TV analyst Troy Aikman moments after the fourth quarter began of yesterday’s debacle:
“This is one of the most bizarre games I have ever watched.”
Aikman with just under ten minutes left:
“This has been a terrible game to watch.”
The phrase most often uttered in Philadelphia this morning is “dumpster fire.”
Dumpsters hold trash in place. Lincoln Financial Field is now officially in the Guinness Book Of World Records for being the largest one-day dumpster in history after the Eagles’ 20-10 loss to the arch-rival Cowboys.
They say even with the greatest football head coaches in place it really comes down to having players. After all head coaches aren’t giving up sacks, throwing balls over receiver’s heads, not blocking, covering or tackling, committing penalties, etc.
But head coaches who also demand responsibility for selecting the players on their roster as well as their subsequent placement on the field are indeed responsible for a great deal of the final product.
In a game where Dallas entered without Dez Bryant and left without Tony Romo…and did nothing particularly well except dominate the spirited committing of penalties competition…they also won.
I was tempted to just put an image of a hazmat label on this entry with no text at all but a couple of craptastic stats oozing from the Philadelphia offense (in some cases combined with the opener in Atlanta) are worth noting:
In the first half the Eagles offense gained twenty-one total yards. That is the lowest total in the first half by any NFL team since the St. Louis Rams in 2013. The quarterback? Sam Bradford.
For a running back with thirteen or more carries in a game DeMarco Murray tied for the fourth-worst performance of any NFL runner since 1960. Thirteen carries. Two yards.
The number of rushing yards Sam Bradford was credited with yesterday was nine. The number of rushing yards the three Eagles running backs was credited with yesterday was minus two.
Philadelphia has turned the ball over five times in their first two games now. A pace for forty. And that would be four more than last year when they led the NFL in giveaways.
On their first four possessions in their first two games this season the Eagles have gained 57 yards on 29 plays with three first downs. They converted only two of eleven third downs yesterday…five of twenty-three for the year.
The Eagles’ defense played hard. They were on the field for forty minutes.
The Eagles’ offense yesterday was as bad as any I recall…and that’s a half-a-century people.
This all lands at the desk of the alleged offensive guru Chip Kelly. Sam Bradford looks like every deer that has sadly ever faced a set of headlights. Once the ball is snapped for a run play the Eagles’ offensive line collectively looks like it has been run over by anything with headlights. The young receiving corps is playing…young. Maybe they are just in shock when Bradford gets the ball to them…but they are not only dropping passes but no one can make a clutch catch when needed.
You flipped the roster Chip. This team is in your image. And your image in this town will only survive this season because of the future prospectus of the NFC Least. The Giants refuse to accept victory at any cost. The Redskins are…the Redskins. And the Cowboys now have to find a way without both Bryant and Romo.
On the NBC TV pre-game show for Sunday Night Football both studio analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison were asked which 0-2 team do you still believe in?
They both said the Eagles.
Two guys lucky enough to not have seen this game.