The Kansas City Chiefs' defense fared well against the Eagles holding them to a season-low 16 points in Thursday night's 26-16 loss. One thing that the Chiefs appeared to do that the Redskins and Chargers appeared to do as well was fake injuries to slow down the Eagles offense. Let's face it, aside from burning a timeout, it is the only way to catch their breath. There isn't enough time for a substitution so what else are they supposed to do?
Philadelphia Magazine's Tim McManus asked head coach Chip Kelly about the opponent's appearing to fake injuries to slow down the offense and Kelly was frank. The first-year Eagles coach said he was "never, ever going to get into that" regarding opponents faking injuries. Kelly cited the team's execution and turnovers as two reasons the Eagles lost, not the other team pulling out all stops to try and catch a breather.
The problem with this is: there's no way to prove it. Pain isn't something that can be measured on the sideline nor is it possible to quantify a player's pain tolerance to see if they are faking. There's no way to tell so it is difficult to enforce. Let's just say that, coincidentally, the "injuries" are occurring when the Eagles are using the no-huddle and really pushing the pace of the game.
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