Head coach Chip Kelly said in his day-after press conference on Monday that
Kelly will not make any decisions about who the quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Raiders will be until he has all the information available to him. However, Kelly can't pump the brakes and tell his coaching staff to not develop a game plan. Time is ticking away and before we know it the Eagles will be on their flight headed for California.
"You just hope if you're a little unstable at quarterback, we can kind of lean on something else that can help us get through those murky waters," Kelly said. "That's where, as a group, we’ve got to do a better job of let's take a little bit of pressure off. We don't have to throw it every down because we're running the ball so well."
Unfortunately, the Eagles did not run the ball well Sunday against the Giants.
The Eagles' explosive offense has been stifled in the past two contests. The only touchdown for the Eagles in the past two weeks was courtesy of linebacker
"It's not all on the quarterback. ... It's on all of us," Kelly said. "We have to do a better job as a total group. I have confidence in the group. It was the same group for six games that we were on track to set records. It's not like we're going to throw the baby out with the bath water and start over again and say we're going to do something new here."
The only certainty for the Eagles' quarterback situation at this point is that Barkley, the fourth-round pick out of USC, is healthy. Barkley was 17-of-26 for 158 yards with a fumble and an interception. The numbers weren't pretty, but Kelly has a foundation to build on.
"I think he's got a good understanding of what we're doing," Kelly said. "He puts the ball on people, gave the guys a chance to run after the catch. I think he's got a bright future."
The offense has not been able to get on track in the past two weeks, but the Eagles have still scored 30 or more points four times already this season after only doing that once all of last season. The key for Kelly is getting back to those methods which were successful in order to erase the malaise of the past two games.
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