In 2011 and 2012, the Eagles had the worst turnover differential in the NFL. Under Chip Kelly, and specifically with Nick Foles at quarterback, things are drastically improving in that department.
With Foles at QB this season, Philadelphia is a plus-13 in turnover margin, which counts fumbles and interceptions on both sides of the ball. For the season, they are a plus-7, which is tied for sixth-best in the NFC.
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“It’s one of the real big factors that you can look at in the NFL, or in college, that the turnover differential is usually when you’re on the plus side, you’re winning games,” Kelly said Wednesday. “That’s a big, big thing for us.”
Foles has received plenty of pub recently for not throwing any picks this season. But the defense has more than done its part in giving the Eagles a rising number in this all-important statistical category. Philly’s “D” has recorded 15 interceptions and has taken away seven fumbles on the year.
“We always want to try to take the ball away from the opposing team,” Kelly said. “We stress takeaways on defense and ball security on the offensive side of the ball. We’re always trying to go after it in practice.”
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