Chip Kelly, the Eagles’ head coach since 2013, didn’t mince words when asked about the latest defeat suffered by his team, a 38-24 loss at home to the Washington Redskins on Saturday night. In the game, the Eagles were bested in total yards, turnover differential and first downs. In basically every phase of the game, Washington had the edge, and as a result the Redskins were able to clinch the NFC East title and a home game in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
“I wish I had (the answer). If I did, we’d go fix it. Obviously we’re not doing a good enough job coaching them.”
The loss assures Philadelphia its first losing record during Kelly’s three years at the helm of the team. The former Oregon head coach, whose only NFL experience has come as head coach of the Eagles, took full responsibility for the team’s struggles this season.
“One hundred percent it’s all on my shoulders,” Kelly said. "It’s the same thing I said a year ago, it’s unacceptable ... If it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough. But I’m going to continue to work as hard as I can and show up early in the morning, and leave late at night, and continue to work.”
Although the disappointment of missing the playoffs for the second straight season is a feeling that is overwhelming amongst Kelly, his coaching staff and his players, there still remains one game in the season, and the Eagles will prepare for it the same as always.