Sal Pal Friday: ‘Chip Trying to Protect Two Biggest Offseason Acquisitions’
The Philadelphia Eagles will come off their bye week Sunday night when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
It was a bye week that seemingly a lot of players --- and coaches need to do some self evaluation and soul searching for the final 9 games of the season.
One person that was sure to do some soul searching was head coach Chip Kelly. After being name general manager in the offseason, Kelly has been under much scrutiny due to the massive overhaul of the roster, especially on offense.
Expensive additions in Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray haven't really worked out thus far and the media wants answers.
On a Sal Pal Friday, ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio echoes that sentiment and is not accepting of the way Kelly has responded to such scrutiny.
"Chip has been trying to protect his two biggest off season acquisitions: Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray," Sal Pal said.
Many analysts and experts agree that Bradford has seemingly been a downgrade from their quarterback(s) last season and Murray's understudy in Ryan Mathews should supplant him as starter.
There's no doubt that Bradford and Murray have not been helped by various other reasons, wide receivers have been dropping passes at an alarming rate, the offensive line has barely been intact all season long.
"I don't think Chip Kelly has been very honest with himself. He's trying to shift blame from his QB to his WRs. It's time to face facts," Sal Pal said.
All can be forgotten (for a week) if they take of business against a vulnerable Cowboys team, however.
Tony Romo remains out with a clavicle injury, while Dez Bryant may still be recovering from foot surgery. Defensive end Greg Hardy has also been in the news.
With a win, the Eagles can put the Cowboys one step closer in missing the playoffs and put themselves one step closer to first place at 4-4.
Catch the game on 97.3 ESPN FM.