Ryan Mathews in doghouse after 63-yard touchdown run

Eagles' Ryan Matthews celebrates scoring his first-quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseson game on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Philadelphia. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Philadelphia, PA – Chip Kelly benched Ryan Mathews last night during the Eagles 16-27 loss against the Carolina Panthers in favor of DeMarco Murray, who seemed a step slow all night and hesitant to hit holes opened by the Eagles meager offensive line.

The normally reserved Kelly did not shy away from media questions during his post-game press conference last night in Carolina.

“It was unacceptable. He blatantly defied orders to look confused and hesitant when he received a handoff, he didn’t fall down at the slightest bit of contact, and he didn’t meekly tip toe out of bounds five yards behind the line of scrimmage when faced with a linebacker,” Kelly said.

“It’s why he didn’t see the field for more than a few plays after that. It’s all about the system we run in Philadelphia, and he didn’t fit that tonight,” Kelly said.

Kelly pointed out DeMarco Murray, Sam Bradford, Miles Austin and Jordan Matthews as standout players from the loss.

“Sure we lost, but those four were great in my mind. The way Murray couldn’t hit a wide open hole all night was pure Chip Kelly smash mouth football. Austin and Matthews combined for some key drops at crucial points in the game, you just can’t teach that ineptness. And Sam Bradford, week in and week out, is just a steadying force for this team when it comes to horrible decision making. Did you see him shrink from each moment? I’ve never been more proud,” Kelly said.

At press time, Kelly was making Mathews run wind sprints while Sam Bradford got to eat donuts and watch from the sidelines.

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