There is no doubt that NFL nation was chomping at the bit to get their first glimpse of Chip Kelly’s completely original, never-before-seen, mile-a-minute Philadelphia Eagles’ spread offense on Monday night against their division rival Washington Redskins.
And Kelly sure didn’t disappoint.
The Birds came out like gang-busters, running a monstrous 30 plays in the first quarter, their most in any first quarter since year 2000. Kelly and his men continued the pace in the second quarter, tallying 23 plays, for a total of 53 in the first half. No NFL team had run that many plays in a first half since 1998, when the Minnesota Vikings broke off 56.
So, how did ol’ Chip feel about the speed of his high-octane, absolutely lethal attack?
“I felt like it was slow,” proclaimed Kelly.
“I’m not joking,” Kelly continued. “We need to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process in between plays.”
While it sounds absolutely insane that Kelly would want to speed up his already frantic offense any more, he actually has a point.
Following their first-half offensive frenzy, the Eagles only totaled 24 plays in the entire second half, as ‘Skins QB Robert Griffin III darn-near lead a ferocious comeback. Some are suggesting that this lackluster second half could be concerning for the Birds, as it could be chalked up to fatigue due to the incredible fast pace of Kelly’s system.
But do yourself a favor, and don’t buy into this silliness. Kelly is a perfectionist; and he will not be satisfied, and should not be satisfied, until he brings home a championship title to the City of Brotherly Love.