In terms of quality, there isn’t much separation between the offenses for the Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger—that’s the NFL according to Phil Simms.
The former New York Giants quarterback and CBS analyst was listing the top and bottom five units in the league on Showtime’s Inside the NFL this week, and coming in at No. 60 is Philadelphia’s offense. Never mind the Eagles are third in yards per game (425.3), tied for 13th in points per game (24.1). As offenses go, only the Jags and the Arizona Cardinals are worse says Simms.
To be fair, the Eagles managed to scrape together just three points against the Cowboys in Week 7, and we’ve seen the offense struggle to find the end zone before against Kansas City and Denver. Maybe Simms is on to something?
Nah. NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan transcribed the segment, and Simms is full of it to say the least.
"I put the Philadelphia Eagles' offense as one of my bottom five. Why did I do it? Not that they are one of the worst five units in the NFL. It's because, 'It's going to be one of the fastest units we've ever seen. What are you going to do to stop? The NFL is … it's going to be unbelievable.'
How is that working out? Is it just the most unbelievable thing you've ever seen?"
That was Simms' full explanation on 'Inside the NFL.' The panel then skipped to the next topic.
Anybody able to make sense of that? No? Me either.
Look, the Eagles’ offense has maybe got more attention than it deserves due in large part to Chip Kelly, but either they’re one of the worst five units in the NFL or they’re not. And they’re not—you mean to tell me Simms would rather play in the Rams offense? The Vikings? The Jets? The Buccaneers? Please.
That’s not even looking at defenses. What a dumb thing to say.
Raanan has more on Simms’ rantings, including some reactions from Eagles players.