Don’t look now, but there may be a historic combination of speed and talent on display in Philadelphia.
In Chip Kelly‘s first game as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, his Lamborghini offense was unsheathed for the first time in Landover, Maryland and the results should terrify the rest of the league.
Specifically, the standout performances of DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy could put this team in rarefied air in terms of production.
McCoy, long established as the focal point of this offense was a yardage factory on Monday night, grasping the NFL rushing lead by halftime and finishing with 184 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Jackson reemerged as Michael Vick‘s favorite target by picking up 104 receiving yards and a touchdown.
“There isn’t a better WR out there as a deep threat with talent as DeSean Jackson,” McCoy stated afterwards. “That includes Mike Wallace.”
For this dynamic duo, though, it could just be the beginning.
Because of the sheer amount of plays – the Eagles ran 77 in the game, but blasted out of the gate with 53 in the first half alone- and the tempo in which Kelly is attempting to run defenses out of the stadium, Vick, McCoy and Jackson have potential to put together the kind of season that mirrors some of the all-time greats.
Is it possible that for the glimpse of 16 games a Jim Kelly–Thurman Thomas–Andre Reed type performance is within reach? If Vick stays healthy and focused for an entire season, maybe, just maybe could a Peyton Manning–Edgerrin James–Marvin Harrison type of year be in the cards?
It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Vick has a career season and completes 60 percent of his passes for say 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns which puts him in the company of Hall of Famer Kelly. Neither is it unattainable for McCoy to surpass Thomas’ career high 1487 rushing yards in 1992.
Just ask Jason Peters.
“I was expecting that,” the left tackle said. “He’s got the cutback. He’s got the front side. I say he’s going to get, I’d say by Week 10 he’ll be at 1,000 yards.”
Then there’s the case of Jackson who hasn’t eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards since 2010. But if he stays healthy he is the only true weapon on the outside, and if this offense continues to fire on all cylinders, he could break through the 1,100 yard plateau.
Behind an offensive line that was clicking on all cylinders with the talent to be among the league’s best this season, anything seems possible.
Granted, this is only one win, and it’s easy to get ahead of yourself in the euphoria of it all after watching this offense operate at full potential.
Everything, and I mean everything has to go right for the Eagles to reach that history making level. However, the learning curve could be vast for defenses to game-plan against a multi-pronged, high octane attack like the one Kelly is bringing to the table.
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