Midway through Chip Kelly’s post-game press conference following the team’s 38-24 loss to the Redskins (eliminating them from playoff contention) the lights went out.
“It’s a omen,” Kelly said.
Perhaps it was, as Washington shut the lights on Philly’s season just minutes earlier.
In three seasons, the Eagles have gone from the best in the NFC East to two straight postseasons sitting at home watching on TV.
All season long players have dropped passes, missed tackles and turned the ball over (the most times in the NFL at that). But the coaching staff has made a bevy of mistakes as well. Maybe more of them.
“100 percent, it’s all on my shoulders,” the coach said, deflecting the blame for a thoroughly disappointing season.”It’s the same thingi said year ago it’s unacceptable.
“Obviously we’re not doing a good enough job coaching.”
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Kelly knows his players can do better. Otherwise he wouldn’t have traded for them, drafted them and signed them. But almost across the board, the Eagles’ roster has underachieved.
“Our execution, we didn’t do a good enough job to put those guys in positions to make plays,” Kelly said.“I think we’re good enough we just have to put them in a position to make plays.”
Is Kelly worried about being fired? The Eagles haven’t won a playoff game since 2008. The Temple football team has more postseason wins since then (with just one).
“If it’s not good enoughit’s not good enough,” Kelly said. “I’m going to continue to work as hard as I can, show up early in the morning and stay here late at night. I don’t think anybody in my situation would tell you they’re worried about being fired. If they’re worried they should already have been fired.”
The Eagles still have a Week 17 game against the Giants on the docket, a game Kelly insists the team will try and win with its starters and veterans (even if it hurts their draft position).