You probably want to, but don't write off Chip Kelly's chance at being 'revolutionary' just yet

You probably want to, but don't write off Chip Kelly's chance at being 'revolutionary' just yet

With yesterday's 15-7 downer against the Giants giving the Eagles two straight losses and Chip Kelly's go-go/high octane/whatever offense two straight games without a touchdown, now seems a convenient time to mock that thing about that time Kelly was supposed to "revolutionize" the NFL.

Count Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News among those who see a sinking Chip.

His lede:

"This was the offense that was supposed to revolutionize the NFL.

It may have taken one half for the rest of the league to catch up to it."

He wasn't the only one to dump on Chip following yesterday's crapper. A sampling:

Fact: Bill Walsh, widely considered responsible for the NFL's first great "revolution," went a lofty... 2-14 in the first year of his first NFL gig. His 1979 49ers scored a perfectly league average 19.25 points a game.

Fact: Don Coryell, widely considered responsible for the precursor to Walsh's "revolution," erupted to... 4-9 in his first seat at the big boy table. His 1973 Cardinals ranked a marginal 11th of 26 in scoring offense.

Fact: Chuck Noll, the owner of the most Super Bowl rings in NFL history, won a whole... one game in his first season with the Steelers. Teams with one win typically don't do much well. No exception here.

Fact: Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, owners of 5 of 12 Super Bowl rings since 2001, pieced together a remarkable, incredible, unbelievable... 10-22 combined mark in their first years of their first head coaching stints, and 11-21 -- a WHOLE game better! -- in their second, first years.

Fact: despite a cupboard bare enough for a 4-12 finish and the league's fourth-worst scoring offense a season ago, Kelly's scheme has already rewritten the record books, even if he hasn't won much.

Sure, Jim and John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy and plenty others have won immediately in the NFL. But for every Vince Lombardi, there seems to be plenty more Tom Landrys.

Maybe Chip needs to be fired from his first NFL gig, as Coryell and Belichick were, before he can reach his full potential. Maybe he can enjoy landscape-changing success here in Philadelphia, as Walsh, Noll, Coughlin and, um, Andy Reid did with their first stops. We'll see.

But to after only eight weeks write the guy off as an amateur, dismiss his coaching ability despite the fact that his high efficiency scheme doesn't have a high efficiency quarterback to execute it, and that, in his first year, the absence of said quarterback isn't on him, is simply lazy, baseless and, um, amateur itself.

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Dale Weise suspended 3 games for illegal check to head of Ducks' Korbinian Holzer

Dale Weise suspended 3 games for illegal check to head of Ducks' Korbinian Holzer

Another Flyers player has been suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

This time, it's right winger Dale Weise, who on Friday was banned three games for an illegal check to the head of Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during the Flyers' 3-2 home-opening loss Thursday night.

As Holzer was attempting to chip the puck out of his own zone in the second period, Weise lowered his right shoulder and made a high hit to the blueliner.

The NHL department of player safety explained that Weise made the head the main point of contact on a hit where such head contact was avoidable and unnecessary.

With Weise's suspension, rookie Roman Lyubimov, the Flyers' lone remaining healthy scratch, will enter the lineup.

The Flyers have been suspended an NHL-most 12 games. Forward Brayden Schenn served a three-game suspension to start the season for a hit in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, while defenseman Radko Gudas is currrently serving a six-gamer for a check during the preseason.

Weise, who the Flyers signed in the offseason to a four-year, $9.4 million deal, has not registered a point in four games playing on the team's third line.

NFL Notes: LeSean McCoy questionable; Jordan Reed out

NFL Notes: LeSean McCoy questionable; Jordan Reed out

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is questionable and will be a game-time decision for Buffalo's upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins.

McCoy returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Thursday. He revealed he suffered the injury in Buffalo's Wednesday practice session at the start of individual drills.

"We're confident in the guys that we have behind him but not ruling Shady out at all," Bills head coach Rex Ryan said. "He looked pretty good. So we'll be smart with him, but he looked pretty good."

McCoy has been the driving force behind the Bills offense this year and has gotten off to a hot start. The Bills (4-2) lead the league in rushing and McCoy is second in the NFL with 587 yards, behind only Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

McCoy said the injury is to his left hamstring, the same hamstring he injured last season. McCoy injured his hamstring last year during training camp and was hampered throughout the first half of the season, missing two games.

McCoy stressed that his current injury is not nearly as bad as his hamstring injury from a year ago.

"It's not as bad, really it's not as bad at all, so that's a good thing," McCoy said.

If McCoy is unable to play, he likely will be replaced by backup Mike Gillislee. Gillislee had a 44-yard touchdown late in Buffalo's Week 6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Buffalo also has veteran Reggie Bush and rookie Jonathan Williams at running back.

The Dolphins (2-4) have the 31st-ranked run defense in the NFL.

Redskins: Doctson to IR; Reed out Sunday
ASHBURN, Va. — First-round draft pick Josh Doctson was put on injured reserve by the Washington Redskins on Friday with an injured left Achilles tendon.

Doctson has missed the past four games for Washington (4-2) after making just one catch in each of the team's first two games.

The wide receiver was the 22nd overall pick in this year's NFL draft but has been troubled by the Achilles tendon problem since rookie minicamp in May. Doctson did not play at all in the preseason.

"With all the work that we've put in, we thought it was best to immobilize him for a little bit of time and see if that can help," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Friday.

Gruden raised the possibility of bringing Doctson back from IR later on -- each team can do that with one player per season -- saying, "Hopefully we'll get him back for the last, maybe, two games of the year."

Said teammate DeSean Jackson: "Hopefully he'll get right and get the treatment he needs and be back out there for us as soon as possible."

Doctson had one catch for 9 yards in Week 1, and one catch for 57 yards in Week 2. The Redskins were hoping he could contribute this season and be ready to step into a bigger role next season if Jackson or Pierre Garcon leaves via free agency.

Gruden also said tight end Jordan Reed will miss Sunday's game at the Detroit Lions (3-3) with a concussion. Reed, who leads the team with 33 catches in 2016, also sat out last week's win over Philadelphia after hitting his head during a victory over Baltimore a week earlier.

He participated somewhat in practice Wednesday — wearing a yellow, noncontact jersey — before being held out entirely Thursday and Friday.

"I don't think he had a setback," Gruden said. "I just think they didn't really clear him. ... That's all I can say. I don't even try to argue or ask why. I just (ask) if he's cleared or not -- and the answer is `No.' So hopefully we'll get him back next week."