Peter King: Eagles ‘the disappointment of the season’

Peter King: Eagles ‘the disappointment of the season’

Expectations were low for the Eagles heading into the season, although I’m not sure anybody thought a Chip Kelly offense would go one game without scoring a touchdown, let alone two in a row. Still, Philadelphia wasn’t exactly thinking Super Bowl this year, and most didn’t have them this team in the playoffs, so a 3-5 record at the midway point probably wouldn’t seem so bad—in a vacuum.

The hype surrounding Chip’s first season blew up in a hurry though after an incredible half against Washington in Week 1, and it hadn’t relented much until the Birds came crashing down to earth these past two weeks. Now all of sudden Philly’s offense is one of the worst five units in the NFL, and according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the Eagles are 2013’s biggest disappointment. From Monday’s edition of The MMQB:

This just in: The Eagles aren’t. Remember the good ol’ days? Way back in the first half of the first game of the season, when the Chip Kelly offense was all the rage? The high-octane Eagles offense is averaging 67.7 plays per game. Andy Reid’s offense last year averaged 67.4. The problem in Philadelphia, which is lucky to be 3-5, is Kelly can’t hang his hat on anything in his offense.

I think the Eagles have to be the disappointment of the season. The offense in particular. They do nothing well. In the last two weeks they’ve had 25 drives in two home games, against the Cowboys and Giants … and scored one field goal and no offensive touchdowns. A Chip Kelly team first and foremost has to have consistency and efficiency at quarterback, and Philadelphia hasn’t had that all season. Which is why I think Michael Vick isn’t back next year, and why I think Kelly probably drafts a quarterback high. The Eagles, by the way, have lost 10 straight at home, by an average of 9.9 points per game.

Maybe Phil Simms was on to something? (Still, no.)

“They do nothing well” is probably the most striking line. Earlier this season, you could’ve said the Eagles run the ball well at least, averaging 178.5 yards on the ground per game through the first six weeks. That number dipped to 66.0 in home losses to the Cowboys and Giants, while LeSean McCoy has been kept in check for even longer—just one 100-yard game in the last five.

Still, to call a team that finished 4-12 last season the NFL’s most disappointing when they’ve won almost as many games seems a stretch. I doubt many fans are taking solace in the fact that the Birds are as mediocre as everybody expected, but I’d rather be rebuilding in a rebuilding year than rebuilding during a Super Bowl-or-bust season like the Houston Texans or Atlanta Falcons seem to be.

Many more games like the last two though, and we’ll be way beyond disappointment with the Eagles under Chip Kelly. We might be over him completely.

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.