Chip Kelly: Reaction to Eagles' offensive changes 'overblown'
As the Bucs prepare to go to Philadelphia to face an Eagles team with a matching 4-5 record, coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday that the perception that his offense has undergone significant changes from last season is "overblown."
The Eagles made major changes at quarterback -- Nick Foles was traded to the Rams for Sam Bradford -- and at running back, with LeSean McCoy gone to the Bills and last year's NFL rushing leader, DeMarco Murray, taking over with the Eagles. Philadelphia let top receiver Jeremy Maclin (1,318 yards last year) go to the Chiefs in free agency, drafted Tampa's Nelson Agholor and released Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis among other moves, but Kelly tried to downplay those changes as having a large role in the team's inconsistent first half of the season.
"We actually only made four changes on offense. I think that gets a little bit overblown in terms of wholesale changes," he said on a conference call with Tampa media. "We made the same amount of changes I think on defense as we did on offense. There's a lot of self-inflicted wounds. Our production in the red zone. We've certainly moved the football. We're top-10 in yardage, but you don't get points for yardage. It's about points scored. ... We think those are by-products of what we do, and if we clean those up, we'll be OK."