Special teams struggle for second consecutive week

The Broncos' Trindon Holliday out runs the Eagles on his way to a kick return touchdown. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

DENVER -- Chip Kelly devotes significant attention in practice to special teams, but the third phase of the game failed Kelly for the second consecutive week.

The Eagles allowed two special teams touchdowns in a 52-20 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The first one was a 105-yard kickoff return by Broncos returner Trindon Holliday in the first half; the second one came on a blocked punt that was returned for a score in the fourth quarter.

 When asked why the issues arose, Kelly said he must analyze the game film to know exactly what happened.

“I know the guy [on the punt block] kept to the A-gap, but I don’t know what the call was up front, so we need to get that matched up and look at the film and make those corrections,” Kelly said. “Same thing on the kickoff return. I know where they were in and I know what hole they hit, but I don’t know what we were in at that point of time to say, ‘Hey, we got to make this adjust.’”

Kicker Alex Henery made two field goals, but he also missed a field for the third consecutive week. He missed wide right on a 46-yard field goal. He made field goals of 25 yards and 35 yards.

Henery is 2-for-5 this season on field goals between 40 and 49 yards. He was 15-for-16 during the past two seasons.


Kelly said he has no intention of making a quarterback change, and said Vick played well on Sunday. Vick finished 14-of-27 for 248 yards and rushed for 41 yards. He had neither a touchdown nor a turnover.

“I do know this, and we got to get it addressed: We got to protect him better,” Kelly said.

Vick said he “would like to have more time,” but also added that he’ll “keep fighting with those guys each and every day.”

Vick’s message after the game was avoiding a hangover from the loss. He said it took the Eagles two days to get over the Chiefs loss last season, and they need to move on quicker this week. Kelly spoke to Vick about this last week, and said players follow his lead.

“It should burn, it should hurt, because that’s what it’s supposed to do in this profession,” Vick said. “But we have to find a way to get our juice back and our enthusiasm back, and understand what’s ahead of us and we still control our own destiny.”


Safety Earl Wolff started his first game on Sunday in place of Patrick Chung, who missed the game with a shoulder injury. Wolff had seven tackles.

Rookie tight end Zach Ertz made his first start because the Eagles started the game in a two-tight end set. Ertz recorded one catch for 38 yards.

Cornerback Roc Carmichael, who was signed last week, made his Eagles debut. He was active in place of Shaun Prater.

Defensive end Vinny Curry was active for the second consecutive week. He had two tackles.

Offensive linemen Dennis Kelly and Matt Tobin, defensive end Damion Square, quarterback Matt Barkley, and tight end Emil Igwenagu all were inactive.


Both DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy left the game briefly to be evaluated, but both returned. …Running back Chris Polk scored a touchdown on his first career carry.

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