The Chip Kelly era could not have got off to a much better start than it did, at least for the first 32 minutes. Since jumping out to a 33-7 lead on Washington in Week 1 though, the Philadelphia Eagles have been outscored 79-46. The honeymoon is officially over.
It’s not necessarily the fault of the head coach that his personnel has failed to execute. Turnovers and missed assignments come down to players doing their jobs, and there hasn’t been enough of that going around for the Birds thus far, particularly in recent back-to-back losses.
Having said that, just about the only thing Kelly can do at this stage is replace one man on the depth chart for another.
We’re three weeks into the 2013 season going on four, which means this is right about time for certain players on the roster to either put up or shut up. At some point the coaching staff needs to make changes where it’s becoming clear the current arrangements aren’t cutting it—especially with a trip to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the 3-0 Denver Broncos looming on Sunday.
That time might be coming sooner at some spots than at others, but there are plenty of areas where the Eagles may want to review how they’re using certain people, or who they’re using at all for that matter. These are the situations Chip can and must consider making those types of changes.