Philadelphia Eagles, halfway through the season, do not seem to be in the best state, when we consider the points table. They stand at 16th when it comes to points scored during a game, 32nd considering the Total QBR, 26th when looking at yards per play and sit at the 29th position in third-down conversion rate. Philly’s defensive strategy has not been performing up to the mark this season, and has played a key role in the standings.
However, every time the Eagles fail to impress us, fans and analysts alike, people come up with the same old reference, that its college system is the reason behind their failure. While Eagles struggle to keep their performances up, the main reason behind their failures is not the system and any other strategy; it is true with all the teams and has its pros and cons. Every manager considers their players to be their first priority and take their strategies second. While a strategy may backfire on the team, the players generally do not.
First off, Eagles’ quarterback, Sam Bradford, has been unable to perform up to the standards of Foles. Bradford plays a risk free game, and because of that does not seem like a threat to the opposing team. As a quarterback he is supposed to challenge the opposition and assist passes down the field. Bradford is currently ranked 21st in completion percentage, and 24th when it comes to air yards in a single attempt. While it ensures safe play, this less attacking approach also leads to a slower performance and gives the opposition chances.
After going through two serious knee injuries, this guy offers almost no threat to any opposition, and has even been described as ‘gun-shy’ by the Eagles’ own defensive coach. It is no wonder that he is the prime target of most teams, as he offers no competition to them.
On the other hand, are Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and DeMarco Murray; these players do not complement each other too well and have been a disappointment for Eagles’ as of yet.
Kelly alone cannot be held accountable for the Eagles’ poor performance so far this season. It comes down to the combination of the players lack the co-ordination and teamwork, which actually sees teams through the end.
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