FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Has the Eagles' offense lost a step?
According to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, it appears that way.
"Honestly, I think when you look at the offense, their up-tempo actually has slowed down more with [quarterback] Sam Bradford than it was with Nick Foles. It seems like it," Cromartie told reporters Wednesday. "When you're watching the game on TV, and then you watch the games from last year with Nick Foles and those guys, it seems like the tempo was a lot quicker."
"To me, it looks like it's slowed down a little more with Sam Bradford, because he's still trying to grasp the offense. I think Nick Foles understood the offense, so they were able to move at a faster pace."
Actually, Philadelphia's offense is slightly faster than it was last year.
For the second year in a row, the Eagles lead the NFL in real-time average between snaps. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Chip Kelly's offense is averaging 30.6 seconds between snaps this year, compared to 31.5 seconds in 2014.
Perhaps, it just seems like the Eagles (0-2) are moving slower because their offense is often going nowhere most of the time. They have the second-worst third-down conversion percentage behind the Kansas City Chiefs. Philly has converted just five of their 23 third-down attempts (21.7 percent), according to ESPN.
(The Jets are tied with the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks for 13th-best in the NFL with a 44 percent third-down conversion rate.)
Cromartie said he likes to watch TV broadcast footage of games rather than coaches' videos because it helps him gauge the speed of offenses.
"It just gives you a better look at when they're snapping the ball," said the veteran corner, who added that some up-tempo offenses might not snap the ball until there's "eight seconds on the [play] clock. But [the Eagles] are snapping the ball at 17, 16 seconds. But right now, they can't really get into up-tempo because they're not catching a rhythm yet and getting into everything.
" . . . I think if you look at their first two games, Atlanta did a great job and Dallas did a great job of getting off the field on third downs, so they couldn't go up-tempo," Cromartie added.
"I think that's what we have to try to do as a defense, to try to keep them out of the up-tempo mode."