Posted September 10, 2013

Chip Kelly: Eagles’ offense was too slow

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Chip Kelly thinks his offense needs to move even faster. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Chip Kelly thinks his offense needs to move even faster. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Chip Kelly’s offense looked sharp in the first half, and his team beat the defending NFC East champions in his NFL debut.

But the new Eagles coach said Tuesday that he thinks the team needs to move quicker.

“I felt like it was slow,” Kelly said. “…I’m not joking. We need to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process in between plays. That’s something we need to work on.”

Philadelphia’s start against Washington on Monday didn’t leave many observers thinking a lack of speed would concern Kelly. The team had 322 yards of offense and 21 first downs on 53 plays in the first half. Going into the season, there was interest in seeing how well Kelly’s fast-paced offense would translate from Oregon to the NFL. The early returns were positive.

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But in the second half, Philadelphia slowed. Kelly has said his goal is to run 100 plays in a game. The first half pace was right on, but the Eagles ran only 24 plays after halftime. Washington outgained Philadelphia by 186 yards in the second half and nearly overcame a 33-7 deficit. Kelly said Tuesday that it was a learning experience for the Eagles.

“It’s not as much taking your foot off the gas from a standpoint of the tempo that you play,” Kelly said. “It’s maybe play selection and some of those other things. You’re conscious of working the clock.

“It’s a fine line. As I get a better feel for our guys and they continue to get a better feel for us, it’s something you continually work on.”


14 comments
Robert142
Robert142

I watched this system up close at Oregon.  The key factor is that all of Kelly's players have to get in better shape than they've ever been, because this hurry up system is tiring.  This is especially true for the defense, which will spend more time on the field than ever.  Kelly works them hard in pre-season conditioning, so they ARE in better shape than their competition.  This will force other teams to change their training habits.  I believe that it's as revolutionary as Bill Walsh and the West Coast offense.

mc501
mc501

It will be interesting to see how "better teams" adapt to the offense now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag (everyone's seen it).  The offense isn't a gimmick per se, but now at least teams have something to study before they face it.  I think it's foolish to think their offensive performance was somehow a fluke.  The tempo is going to reek havoc on defenses.  But I think the better teams will adjust.

I'm a Vick fan.  I think he's still a decent quarterback (and definitely exciting).  To paraphrase Trent Dilfer from a couple of years back (regarding a then aging Farvre), there are 32 teams in the NFL and maybe only 20 men capable of competently playing quarterback in the NFL.  I believe Vick is still one of those men.  But at this point I concede he's a bit of a glass cannon.  He wont last eight (8) weeks in this offense unless HE toughens up.  It's a read-option happy system, and unless he can take more punishment, his days behind center are numbered.  But it's not about him "not taking hits".  No.  He needs to be a threat to run and get right back up afterwards.  It's the NFL not Disney on Ice.  He's soft but plays in a fashion that he somehow believes he's not.  To take the Farve comparison a step further, when Warren Sap would lay Brett out, Brett would get up smiling and give Sapp a pat on the backside while grinning.  When Vick gets hit, he lowers his head and limps back to the line.  Vick needs to toughen up IMO.

The Eagles defense is suspect ... still.  I see teams like Denver putting up huge numbers.  The defense (while admittedly playing conservative with a large lead) spent the bulk of the second half imitating Swiss Cheese.  The turnovers were great, but you can't count on turnovers as part of your defensive scheme.

Success or failure for the Eagles will be in whether or not their offense can score more points than their defense is going to allow.

pvraymo
pvraymo

More like Kelly's mouth is too fat.   When they are 3-6, fighting through Vick and a number of others out with injuries of, let's see how much he's talking about putting the foot on the gas.   Just ask Kobe, Vick....mother time is b.....WOOF!

tfaw
tfaw

Vick looked old out there.  Tough game and the tempo will be a killer for him...

JDubberz
JDubberz

Its a compliment to Chip for taking over a 4-12 team and making all the chumps on here scared to death of his offense.  

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

That is will end up working against Kelly.. If his offense scores quickly or punts after 5 or 6 plays then his average to crap defense is on the field for most of the game,  especially if your opponent is slowing things down to rest their defense... Nothing beats up a defense more than a slow methodical drive down the field with the final "coup de gras" punching it in for 6. 

These are pros players across the board unlike college where you can run up the field all day every day. Kelly needs to slow things down, he proved he can move the ball at will doing so will keep the eagles defense fresh and for a genius offensive coach running to the line and snapping the ball before your opponent is ready is nothing new, just low grade...  if you can beat a team toe to toe why rush let your plays speak for themselves

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

To run that offense a whole game you need a lot more PEDs.

johnplantagenet
johnplantagenet

I'm glad he spoke the truth. I wasn't getting all the nonsense about how great the offense was. Didn't look special at all in my opinion.

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

Yeah well relax. The skins turned over the ball 4 times in half and the skins defense was tired for having limited rest. Eagles should win their next two games since Chargers and Chiefs suck, but don't except for it to be easy against the broncos. 

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

Yeah yeah, you have recreated the wheel and are surely going to set every offensive record this year. We will see how this offense and his team hold up, personally I don't see them winning seven games.

mc501
mc501

Reply to my own post... OF COURSE success or failure for EVERY TEAM is whether or not they can score more point.  


My point was, that I believe their offense is going to score a lot.  Trouble is, their defense is going to permit a lot of points too.

dunno
dunno

@pvraymo Wow either you're a Redskins fan, a Beavers fan, or just a hater.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@l.czolgosz66 After last year, I'd be happy with them winning 6 games.  That would be a 50% improvement.  Hater.