Ever since Chip Kelly decided to make his highly anticipated leap from the college ranks to the NFL this year after the Philadelphia Eagles chose him to replace 14-year head coach Andy Reid following an abysmal 2012 campaign, football fans knew that a fresh, new brand of football was about to be thrust upon the league.
Kelly became famous nation-wide for his incredibly fast-paced, high-octane, go-go-go style of offense at the University of Oregon over the past few years.
There has also been plenty of debate regarding whether this style of offense will translate successfully into the NFL due to its dependency on a mobile quarterback and a plethora of lightning fast running backs, wide receivers and all-around offensive weapons.
Well, Kelly made an interesting statement in last week’s 2013 NFL Draft when the Eagles decided to draft QB Matt Barkley out of the University of Southern California.
The reason why this selection was relatively surprising across the league is because Barkley is far from a mobile or elusive quarterback. Most fans and analysts expected the Eagles to go after a quarterback like Geno Smith or E.J. Manuel in the draft, who both have the skill-sets necessary to flourish in a dual-threat type of system, just like Kelly previously ran at Oregon.
This means that while current Eagles QB Michael Vick is more than capable of running a spread, read-option attack, Kelly may be going more-so in the direction of a short, quick-hitting passing attack instead of the typically run-heavy read-option system.
One thing is for sure; if Kelly and the Eagles are looking for Barkley to lead their offense for years to come, they are going to have to tailor their system directly to his strengths.
But with his coaching track record as a direct indicator, I don’t think that Kelly will have any trouble finding success on football’s biggest stage.
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