I was sitting in my home watching the Philadelphia Eagles practice on Friday afternoon.
My mind was blown.
It was so crazy to see what the team was capable of, how they were able to go 10-6 with a Super Bowl win and the league’s best record.
But I had no idea that a week later, they would not have a chance.
The Eagles lost the AFC title game to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, giving the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl title since 1983.
The game was one of the worst losses in franchise history, the franchise’s longest losing streak since 1994.
The team’s owner, Jeffrey Lurie, and general manager Howie Roseman have both left the team.
So what is it that led to this?
One thing that was clear to me is that we have to make this team better.
This isn’t about the Super Bowl, it’s about our franchise and our fans.
But we can’t do it alone.
I have to believe that if I could, I would go to work every day to make sure this team is great.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
I’m not going to go to bed thinking about the loss and saying, ‘I wish we could have won.’
We need all the support and help we can get.
This is my job and I have a responsibility to do it.
So this is what I’ll do.
The Eagles’ season was cut short on Jan. 25, when quarterback Nick Foles broke his leg against the Detroit Lions.
Foles has been out since, and Chip Kelly said he didn’t know what to expect from the young signal-caller until after the game.
“I had never played a game where we lost a game, so we were trying to figure out how to make the most of our opportunity,” Kelly said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I don’t know how we could win a game with a broken leg.
We didn’t have any backup quarterback.
I knew what was coming. “
So I know the expectations were higher.
I knew what was coming.
I know how it felt.
I don’t want to sound like I was angry with Nick, but I was just hoping that he would get better.
And I just didn’t think he would.
He has a chance to get back on the field, but he’s not ready.
And that’s the biggest thing.
It’s not just about the injury, he needs to be in the best shape of his life, and I know he’s doing a great job.”
The next week, Foles started for the first time against the Cleveland Browns.
Kelly said after the victory that he thought Foles had a good chance to play.
The following week, Kelly went to Chip’s office and told him Foles was feeling better, but that he needed to take a break.
It’s been six weeks since Foles missed time with a groin injury, and Kelly said there was still no timetable for his return.
But he also admitted that Foles needs to “keep working on his game.”
Chip Kelly’s first game back as the Eagles head coach was against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6.
The second half of the game was tied at 14 at halftime when Foles caught a pass in the end zone and ran untouched to the endzone for a touchdown.
The win moved the Eagles to a tie with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC East, but the Saints rallied and won 24-20.
Kelly also said Foles should have been able to handle the pressure that came with being a backup quarterback in a division rival.
Kelly’s team lost to the Green Bay Packers, who had been on the losing end of a season in which they went 2-10 and missed the playoffs.
With Foles out, the Eagles lost five of their last six games.
In fact, they were 0-9 when Fole was sidelined, and they lost five straight.
But Kelly said the team needed to do everything it could to keep Foles.
He said it would be “inappropriate” for him to leave Foles on the bench.
But after Foles returned from his injury, the team did not have an experienced quarterback to run the offense.
Kelly started Foles in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts, but it was Foles’ fifth start.
The next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kelly moved him to the bench in favor of rookie Ryan Nassib.
Fives then started the next three games, with Nassib serving as Foles backup.
FIVE STATS: Foles is the first Eagles quarterback to throw for over 200 yards in back-to-back games since the New York Giants in 2005 and 2006.
FIVES RECEIVED TWO FIRST-ROUND TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN A WEEK FIVE FIRST-TEAM