Each week Patrick and Dave discuss the week that was. It's Two Guys Internetting Football!
Dave: I'm not saying I'm glad the Eagles don't play this weekend, but I'm also not annoyed they are on their bye either. Usually we get to a bye and you get upset that there's no football. (Remember when there were TWO bye weeks? Ugh.)
That's the state the Eagles are in: we're only midway through the season and we're not really going to miss them. This offense is painful to watch. The players can't get out of their own way and the playcalling is dreadful. What the hell happened to Chip Kelly? He had a ridiculous big play offense when he started. Now it's maddening dink and dunk play calls. This isn't what we signed up for.
Patrick: If you'll indulge me, I want to play armchair fan psychologist for a second. The dinking and dunking has been maddening, as has the seemingly inevitable toss to the running back in the flat for a minimal gain. Our own John Barchard pointed out that they aren't as common as it may feel, but I think the frustration is more representative of what we're seeing from this offense. This offense used to run roughshod on teams. Now it's lucky to score 17 points. There's plenty of blame to go around, and I think it falls on the players as much as the scheme and coaching.
3. Writing about Cleveland's offense leads me to a game I play every week at NFL Films. I sit in my office in Mt Laurel, N.J., put the Browns' attack on my screen and call a friend who was a coach in the league, but is now in between successes. I tell my friend the personnel group, the formation, where the ball is located on the field and what hash mark and describe the motion -- if there is any -- and ask him to tell me the exact play that will be run. He is correct about 95 percent of the time. No lie. The Browns are so integrated into the West Coast system that their predictability is becoming legendary around the league.
I also hesitate to beat down Bradford too much. He's been inconsistent, but there is definitely plenty of room for improvement. If the issue is missing a play here or there, it certainly feels like the kind of thing that is still correctable. At a certain point in the season the talent level is what it is, but with this many new players, I wouldn't be shocked to see a different-looking offense against Dallas. Plus, you have to figure that the coaches have done some recharging and self-scouting of their own this week.
Is it too much to expect a dramatic improvement over the second half of the season? Probably. But I'm going to expect a certain level of improvement for sure.