Chip Kelly is taking a Belichickian stance on his team’s resounding victory.
Instead of expressing satisfaction over Monday night’s 45-21 drubbing of the Panthers, the Eagles coach bristled when asked if it was their most complete game of the season.
“No, no,” Kelly said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “We didn’t play well offensively at all.”
The Eagles scored touchdowns in all three phases — offense, defense, special teams — and easily throttled Carolina at home on national television. That was the good.
The bad, as Kelly alluded to, was Philadelphia’s offense, now led by the resurgent Mark Sanchez. The unit didn’t function up to its elite levels, totaling 365 total yards — 44 yards shy of their season average, 409. Perhaps most disappointing was the Eagles’ rushing “attack,” which mustered only 37 yards on 23 carries.
Sanchez and Co. were also just 5-for-15 on third downs. Spectacularly, Frank notes, they had nine drives that went for eight yards or fewer.
When you boil it down, that 45-burger in the box score is largely an illusion.
“I just didn’t think we were very consistent overall,” Kelly said. “I think we could have sustained some drives. We missed a couple key conversions on short yardage situations that we didn’t convert.
“I think that if you asked the guys on the offensive side of the ball, they felt like they didn’t play well. I believe we didn’t really play up to our potential on the offensive side of the ball.”
Kelly holds his offense — his pride and joy — to a high level, and it shows by the club’s division-leading 7-2 record. With a road trip to Green Bay upcoming in Week 11, though, they’ll have to perform near flawlessly in what could (will?) become a shootout.
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