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.
“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.