Will Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly's Offense Translate to the NFL?

By Ryan Wenzell
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has been an innovative offensive mind ever since his days at New Hampshire. His practice sessions are truly a sight to behold with the music blaring, each player young and old sprinting from session to session, and even five quarterbacks firing the ball to five different receivers at the same time.

There is a certain frenetic pace and on-your-feet thinking that Kelly wants to see in all his players, whether it be a rookie or a veteran.

Unlike the Andy Reid era where a player’s mistake on the field was corrected over and over again, Kelly is of the thinking that there is no time for corrections, that all the physical and mental mistakes made in practice can be corrected in the classroom, and that these situations are preparation for a real-time game where mistakes inevitably happen.

As a player, you have to move on to the next play — and fast.

Kelly wants to run about 80 plays in any given game with a huddle rarely being utilized in his up-tempo, breakneck offense. A play being run every four seconds would be ideal for the offensive guru, and he is going demand that his players reach this tempo during a 60-minute game as to catch the defense off-guard before it is set. Misdirection, read option, and option routes for wide receivers will also be a big part of Kelly’s vision for an offensive juggernaut.

Coach Kelly seems to have a vision and goal in mind in what his offense can become in the NFL. The real question is will it work? What happens when NFL teams adjust to his system? Will Chip respond and adjust accordingly, and will he be able to exploit NFL defenses the way he did in the college game?

All burning questions that will start to be answered this fall when the Eagles open up against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Get your popcorn ready.

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