Despite a bad debut, the Philadelphia Eagles are sticking with Caleb Sturgis as their kicker. Chip Kelly confirmed as much during his Monday afternoon press conference.
Chip says the #Eagles are staying with Sturgis. There won't be a change due to lack of options in FA.— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) October 5, 2015
Kelly's not wrong. There are a lot of teams around the NFL dealing with kicker issues right now. Josh Scobee cost the Steelers a win on national television on Thursday night by missing easy kicks and was cut over the weekend. The Texans cut their kicker last week.The Buccaneers cut their kicker today. And so on.
The Eagles signed Sturgis last week after the team placed Cody Parkey, who tore three groin muscles, on injured reserve. Sturgis was reportedly the most impressive player out of six kickers who tried out for Philadelphia's vacancy.
Sturgis was anything but impressive in his Eagles debut against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Sturgis missed a 33-yard field goal along with an extra point. Those four points could have been the difference between winning and losing the game considering the Eagles were defeated by a final score of 23-20.
Sturgis has really struggled at the NFL level, so there's little reason to believe he'll ever be good. The problem is that the Eagles don't really have any better options, so it's just a bad situation.