Perhaps no coach’s debut is more widely and eagerly anticipated than that of new Philadelphia Eagles head honcho Chip Kelly. The offensive guru out of Oregon is expected to bring wild changes and inspiration on how an offense’s design and tempo can be run at the NFL level, extending the unorthodox wrinkles — by pro standards at least — that Jim Harbaugh and Kyle Shanahan were inflicting on opposing defenses last year.
Any piece of news is #NEWS out of Philly camp this offseason, and since it may be a while before Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon or, hey, G.J. Kinne truly threatens Michael Vick as starter, the brief mentions to the press about how this offense could possibly appear will do for now.
“It was very difficult for us as a team at first because we just felt like we had to do everything so fast,” Vick said on WTXF-TV this week, as transcribed by PhillyMag.com. “And it took for Chip to call us into the auditorium in a team meeting to say, ‘Listen, everybody relax and slow down.’ You have to slow it down if you aren’t doing it right. You can’t be doing it at a fast pace and doing it wrong. Then it’s time to slow down and teach.”
I’m not sure whether to even slightly consider this as Vick struggling to grasp the offense or chalk this up is regular offseason kinks, but Vick’s ability to avoid turnovers while playing more within the offense than in 2012 will be critical to Kelly’s scheme really shining.