Yeah, there were issues. Yeah, the Redskins played poorly. Yeah, it was only one half. But it was fun, exciting, and promising. So, as a lifelong Eagles fan, I'm sold. (Who am I kidding? I'm in regardless, but this is at least something I can be happy about)
Ben: What a way to kick off the season sort of. With the exception of how that first drive ended the Chip Kelly era got off to an incredibly fast start. After the last few years with Big Red it it wasn't fun it was boring, predictable and at times downright frustrating. I understand now what 7 was saying when he said football was fun again.
For 3 quarters the defense looked like they were having just as much fun as the offense was picking RG3 off twice getting a safety, chasing plays down from the backside. For all the talk about how bad they were going to be for at least 45 minutes they had to put some doubt in people’s heads doubted them.
Ryan: Is this a one-trick pony? The whole summer I have wondered if Chip Kelly would be one of the few that make the transition to the pro game. And I'm still wondering. Given time to prepare and game-plan, will the Eagles offense be more gimmick than revolution? I'm inclined to say that it will be somewhere in-between, but I'm a bit more optimistic about the promise of the future. Hopefully they can stay ahead of the curve (and the in-game adjustments by the defense). Of course, if Shady McCoy can break off runs that made him look more like Barry Sanders, then I think the offense will work regardless.
Ben: Play until you hear the whistle!!! I thought it was a forward pass too. Tough to tell on TV I saw different angles that clearly l made it seem like both a lateral and a forward pass. However if you play until you hear the whistle you don't have to worry about it and maybe they still get some points on that first drive and I don't have to watch D'Angelo Hall sashay into the end zone. Admittedly I'm nit picking the Mona Lisa but still.
Ryan: I don't think there are any Eagles fans out there that didn't start to wonder if the whole thing was going to fall apart in the second half. The offense seemed more out of sync. (or out of breath) And the defense seemed vulnerable. I know it's tough to keep that momentum up when you have such a big lead (after such a dominating first half), but I had to wonder if we'll see more of the second half of the game this season than the first half. Obviously, I'm voting for the first half.
Ben: The 4th quarter defense or defense Patrick Chung on one TD looked sooooo lost on a play where you shouldn't let anybody behind you Hankerson is 5 yards behind him in the back of the end zone. The Eagles Safety situation since Dawk left has been about as stable as the Flyers goaile situation which is to say a revolving door. If only they could have gotten someone like Earl Thomas in the draft.... Oh wait they could have, oh well. I think they may give up a lot of points but on what I saw yesterday I think they'll score a lot of points. They certainly won't be boring.
Also the Jaguars uniforms those were really, really ugly. Almost as bad as the Monday Night Football Countdown “game picks”.