I came across 3 stats yesterday that reflected clearly what all are thinking but I have to admit they made my head spin:
The Eagles are turning the ball over on 19.3% of their offensive possessions which is 32nd in the NFL
The Eagles also rank 32nd in the league in red zone efficiency
Nick Foles is completing only 46% of his passes with 5 TDs, 2 INTs and a QBR of 67.1 in the red zone
How again is this team 5-2? When it comes to the Eagles, I am generally an optimist by nature. I believe Nick Foles will get better and I think with some healthy pieces coming back especially along the offensive line this team will start finally getting it together and really hit their stride. But what if they don't? This team is built to move the football and score points. I am not sure we can continue to depend on timely defensive scores and impact STs play. In other words, the key to this 2014 team in my opinion is getting the offense back on track. With regards to the turnovers and Nick Foles, Chip Kelly has stated that his turnovers aren't the result of one or two things. If they were, perhaps they could be fixed, or at least we could determine if they are fixable in the longer term. In the end, there is very little to say about that, Nick simply has to be better. However, on the red zone front this is a discussion we can dive a bit deeper into and will be the subject of this post today. Most importantly, what is wrong with the red zone offense? Is it scheme, execution, or personnel? The reality as always is that it is a combination of all 3, but I wanted to take a deep dive and try and understand those issues a little more and identify whether there is hope for fixing it in 2014.