When you look at the factors surrounding this game, a few things stand out. The Philadelphia Eagles are double-digit underdogs, and they are facing the hottest quarterback in the league. They are flying out to Denver and know they must play their most complete game this season if they want to come away with a victory. For the first three games of the season, you saw varying degrees of the Chip Kelly offense. Kelly ran his tempo and seemed to back away from it as opposing defenses changed their schemes. He showed that he is still learning the pro game and how to manage a game clock. So, I have good news for him this morning:
This is the game to open it up.
You are entering a game as a huge underdog. Every point and every play will count. There is no reason to play any kind of conservative football here. Go for it on fourth down, run your crazy two point conversion plays, take a page from Andy Reid and open the game with an onside kick. If you truly believe that time of possession is irrelevant and don’t care about keeping Peyton Manning off the field, then go nuts.
I want to see the playbook opened this week. Run LeSean McCoy against one of the best rush defenses in the league. When the leading rusher faces solid defense, something has to give. Let’s keep the pace up and get back to the offense that opened the first game of the season. Let’s show the league why Kelly deserves to be here. Finally, let’s dictate to the Denver Broncos and make them adjust. So far, Kelly has been a reactive coach. He needs to make a statement and this week is the game to do it.