Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is coming to a harsh reality. Pro football is a heck of a lot different than college football. What worked in college won’t necessarily work at the highest level.
Kelly is also used to building huge leads and never relinquishing them. Half time was essentially the end of the game. This will never happen in the NFL. Parity is the name of the game in this league. The majority of games are decided by 7-t0-10 points or less. This season alone through the first two weeks, a staggering 22-of-32 games were decided by a touchdown or less. Again, staggering!
Kelly is still learning the pro game. That much is clear. In a Week 2 loss, he could have bled the clock better, but he was so focused on scoring and fast that he didn’t realize how much time on the clock he left for the other team to score. He also didn’t call a timeout before the two-minute warning when his quarterback Michael Vick got hurt forcing Nick Foles to come in for a down in what was a wasted play.
These are all growing pains for the former college coach. What may have been a successful play or strategy in college could end up in failure in this league. Kelly is a smart man. The sooner he realizes this, the better.
You saw the Eagles go for two on a fake extra point. It didn’t work. This play called the “Swinging Gate” worked literally almost all the time for Kelly in college. It had about a 95 percent success rate. 0-for-1 so far in the pros. Kelly will have to learn a risk like that costing the team a crucial point in games that are always close at this level may not be worth it.
Kelly has had his ups and downs just like his team. His ability to learn the intricacies of the game will go a long way in him being a success or failure in the league. However, with his intelligence and savvy for football, I am betting on him now or in the near future being a huge success.