Eagles not so fast offense

The Philadelphia Eagles ran about 13 more plays than the 2012 NFL average in Monday night’s 33-27 victory over the Redskins, but for new head coach Chip Kelly, that wasn’t enough.

Kelly, who made his NFL coaching debut on Monday, spent four years as the head coach at Oregon before making the switch to the Eagles in January of 2013.

During his college days, Kelly was most known for his high-tempo offense, which averaged 82.8 plays per game in 2012, but his new squad didn’t quite meet that number against the Redskins.

“I felt like it was slow,” Kelly told media on Tuesday. “I’m not joking. We need to do a better job.

The Eagles conducted 77 plays in Monday night’s matchup, running 53 plays in the first half, and averaged a play every 22.2 seconds. Such numbers are unheard of in the NFL, which saw an average of 64.2 plays in 2012, and it’s hard to believe that Kelly wouldn’t be pleased with these numbers.

But he wasn’t the only one.

“I know we can go faster,” Eagles’ center Jason Kelce said. “I think we went at a really good speed. There were times when we really put the foot on the pedal and were flying around out there, and there were times we eased it back a little bit. We definitely have plays we can still go faster with.”

Philadelphia saw a steep decline in their plays throughout the second half, only getting off 24—less than half of their first-half total. The Redskins out-ran the maestro in the second half, running 49 plays, and outgaining the Eagles 307-121.

This lends the question to whether the Eagles were not well conditioned to run this offense that is new to the NFL.

Kelly did not see that as the case, it was rather the type of play call that Philadelphia was trying to implement.

“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.

 

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3 thoughts on “Eagles not so fast offense

  1. bpatbend

    I think the quotes here add something nice to your piece. I laughed at Kelly’s comment on how his team’s pace was too slow. That seems funny considering how much his teams, historically, have just abused opponents using the hurry-up offense. Overall, I liked your piece, I was hooked from start to finish.

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  2. Anna Tarullo

    First off, props for using quotes. This is the first blog I’ve read on here that has them and they add so much credibility, making the story instantly more entertaining. One thing I did notice, which I’m sure you already have as well, is adding the second pair of quotation marks on the first quote. Besides that, great job!

    I really like too how you highlighted Chip Kelly’s style as a college coach and how he is transitioning to the NFL. I actually like the context that facet provides so much that I feel it would have been a much more attention grabbing lede.

    Other than that, great job! Very nice writing.

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  3. cpace2016

    I actually side with Kelly here. I wasn’t one of those that were overly impressed with the speed of the Eagles’ offense. Honestly, they had so many plays because of turnovers. I will say that they have a quick-score capability, which has been on display a few times this season and can run the plays up, but hindsight being 20-20, Kelly’s “innovative” offense was held to 57 plays against the Chargers last week. Ultimately, I think Kelly’s harping on playing so fast is hindering his defense. They just don’t get the same amount of rest that they’re used to and there’s no amount of conditioning that can prepare them for that. In both games this season, they deteriorated defensively in the second half. I think the defense keeps them from being a great team; not good, but great.

    The writing on this is very clean. My only real suggestion would be that the second and third graph probably could have been combined into one, but that really doesn’t hinder the story at all. I like the use of quotes, something most blogs lack.

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