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What they're saying: 'What's wrong with the Eagles?' edition

Here's a look around the web, locally and nationally, at what they're saying about the Eagles after their 1-3 start. Mistakes costing Eagles in the red zone - Zach Berman, Inquirer

What they're saying: 'What's wrong with the Eagles?' edition

Eagles coach Chip Kelly departs Monday´s press conference. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Staff Photographer)
Eagles coach Chip Kelly departs Monday's press conference. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Staff Photographer)

Here's a look around the web, locally and nationally, at what they're saying about the Eagles after their 1-3 start.

Mistakes costing Eagles in the red zone - Zach Berman, Inquirer

"So when we get in the red zone, we talk about no sacks, no turnovers, no penalties, and no drops, and those are the things that are hurting us," Kelly said. "Right now, it's been the penalties and it's been the drops."

Detailed game review: Offense vs Denver - Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

FOLES – Played in the 4th Qtr. 3-4-49. 2 passes went to RBs, 2 to Maehl. Big completion to Maehl came vs blitz. Good read, good throw. Hit him for a gain of 37. TD pass to Maehl was quick screen. Accurate throw, but nothing special. It was good to see Nick play and have some success, but don’t overrate what he did. One good drive doesn’t mean he should be starting.

Game review: Eagles offense vs Broncos D - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7

Not a good game for Brent Celek. I know we’ve mentioned it multiple times, but his drop on third down in the red zone was enormous. A catch would have either scored or given the Eagles a first-and-goal inside the 5. Instead, they had to settle for a field goal. Celek had three catches for 57 yards, including a 24-yarder in the first. He had a linebacker trailing on a crossing route in the third, but couldn’t create any space, and Vick’s pass was broken up. Without Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles could benefit from some more athleticism from the tight end or slot receiver spots.

Eagle eye in the sky: Giant struggles: Fran Duffy, Eagles Mothership

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Domo's day-after dissection: Eagles-Broncos - Paul Domowitch, Daily News

Last year, the Saints gave up more yards – 7,042 – than any team in NFL history. But guess who’s on pace to shatter that mark?

Yep, that’s right. The Eagles.

Through the first four games, they’ve given up a league-worst 1,787 yards. At that pace, they will finish with 7,148 yards, or 106 more than the ’12 Saints.

And there are lots of other records out there with their name on them if they continue to show quarterbacks the kind of generosity they showed Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Jack Del Rio among top candidates to replace Lane Kiffin at USC - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Gil lists his top 5 candidates for that job, and look at who makes the list:

3. Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles head coach: It would not shock me to see Kelly, 49, leave Philadelphia after one season, especially if the Eagles have a down year. Kelly knows better than most the kind of job this is and can be. He has never been in pro football before this season, and to tell you the truth, I'm not sure he's made for it. He reminds me of Steve Spurrier and Bob Stoops; they were destined to be college coaches. Kelly is similar. Being around him a little, I know he's a rah-rah, enthusiastic guy. Guys like that don't cut it for very long in the NFL. What he did at Oregon, transforming an OK program when he got there to what it is today, is nothing short of remarkable. This one could potentially get messy because of the sanctions leveled against Oregon. Kelly received an 18-month show-cause penalty, which would make his re-entry into college football problematic, but not impossible.

Jimmy note: Gil Brandt was "around Kelly a little," which evidently qualifies him to suggest that Kelly is going to just quit and run back to college at the first hint of adversity.

Evolution of the NFL Offense: An analysis of the last 80 years - Andrew Powell-Morse

Bar graph looks at how the NFL evolved from a running league to a passing league.

Wolff vows to fix mistakes from first NFL start - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly

Wolff’s playing time has increased gradually the first month of the season, from eight snaps in the opener to 49 and 44 in the losses to the Chargers and Chiefs to a team-high 64 Sunday.
 
It was a virtually impossible situation for the 23-year-old from North Carolina State, and not surprisingly, Manning went after Wolff in a few key spots, mainly in the second half.
 
“I made some mistakes that I know I can get better at, mistakes I can correct,” Wolff said.
 
“As a whole team, we have to be able to do better. For me and my work ethic, I refuse to make those same mistakes over and over again, so if I have to come in early and fix them, I will. If I have to stay late after practice, I will. They’re mistakes that can be fixed and will be fixed.”

Wolf’s biggest gaffe Sunday was being out of position on a deep ball from Manning to Eric Decker that turned into a 52-yard pass play.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wolf was targetted on five passes, and Manning completed all five for 95 yards and a touchdown.

What are you doing, Chip? - Keith Goldner, Advanced NFL Statistics

It's four weeks into the season, and too many times I've asked my TV, "What are you doing, Chip?" Today against the Broncos, there were a couple of questionable decisions. Down 14-3, the Eagles were moving the ball very well to start the game. Vick and company strung together a 15-play drive that ended up with a 4th-and-4 from the Broncos 7-yard line. Using our Markov model, we can look at the progression of the drive:

Jimmy note: You'll need to be good at math.

Eagles vs Broncos: Post-game notes - Brent Cohen, BGN

The biggest takeaway was the apparent revelation that Chip Kelly has been castrated. Knowing you’ll need a lot of points and then kicking a FG from 4th and 4 inside the red zone is an absolutely ridiculous, suboptimal, indefensible, (insert own adjective here) decision. It’s a decision that "Chip Kelly" is not supposed to get wrong, and I’m at a complete loss as to why he did.

Something to watch going forward. If Chip isn’t aggressive, then he isn’t really "Chip", he’s just some guy.

In case you missed it at the Red Zone...

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Random note: The Eagles' next 5 opponents have a record of 3-17:

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