Monday Morning Quarterback: I’m Back!

Thanks for excusing my blogging absence. When the world is going nuts, sometimes I do better hiding under the covers.

And, apparently that’s what I do when things are going well, too.

Confession: I slept through some of the game, yesterday.

Part of that comes from the unadulterated confidence in a team’s ability to pull out a win. Part of that comes from the world’s worst flu that won’t let go. Part of that comes from an active social life. But mostly it is that “confidence in my team” bit …

So when I read this morning’s reports to help fill in some of my memory gaps, I was … surprised? Entertained? Bemused? Annoyed … to read Nick Fierro‘s take on the game. His central thesis is blame the refs.

Seriously.

[The Eagles] still could have reversed the outcome with a little luck that went all Seattle’s way in the 24-14 verdict.

The idea that the Seahawks ever benefit from calls seems ridiculous.

The Seahawks have twice the penalties as their opponents this season. We average 4.25 more penalties than our opponents in every game. The record before us? 2.88, set by the Raiders thirteen years ago!

We know from penalties. And we also know that you have to suck it up and make the plays, regardless.

Last year, the Legion of Boom was the most penalized defense in the league, but also the best. So, yeah, I don’t feel too bad.

Yesterday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly aired his frustrations at Seahawks QB Russell Wilson not being penalized for throwing the ball out of bounds when the defense pressured him, and he couldn’t make a play.

Remember, Rookies, the time clock stops when the ball goes out of bounds.

Now, I feel bad having to explain a Rookie Rule to a coach as venerated as Chip Kelly, but that’s not penalty-worthy. Why not? Because Wilson was out of the pocket.

Being out of the pocket means the QB is no longer protected by the offensive line (the biggest guys in front of him). Without that protection, he can throw the ball out of bounds. So there.

Chip Kelly also wanted more penalties called on the Seahawks for pass interference. Apparently, he wants no one to ever touch his players in this full-contact sport.

Unless it goes the other way.

Kelly was livid over the pass interference call on his CB, Bradley Fletcher. Doug Baldwin and Fletcher had been vying for position as the ball came to the Wide Receiver (as they do in this sport!). But it was ultimately Fletcher who garnered the flag. Too bad, so sad. Maybe he should be like Richard Sherman, who practices how to foul without getting caught (allegedly).

The irony of feeling the need to whine due to “bad calls” is not lost on me. After all, it was another Pennsylvania-based team that benefitted from the worst ref-ing in Super Bowl history (see Super Bowl XL). But what did we learn? No one likes a whiner. Your plays have to make up for any calls that go against you.

The truth is, the Hawks dominated the Eagles. Never before had a Kelly team been held to under 200 yards (running and passing). The Hawks kept them to 137.

So hugs and loves, Chip Kelly and the Eagles … And #gohawks

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