Philadelphia Eagles: Does Chip Kelly's Up-Tempo Offense Work In The NFL?

By Ryan Wenzell
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To say the Philadelphia Eagles offense has been atrocious the past few weeks would be an understatement. They have scored zero offensive touchdowns in eight quarters of football. I am sure offensive guru Chip Kelly is not used to a number like that.

He’s used to the zero being off the scoreboard after the first few drives. For some reason after exploding the first few weeks of the season the offense seems stuck in reverse. Are NFL teams just adjusting to it? Is Kelly’s offense not as innovative and creative as we all thought? Is Kelly just fit to be a college coach?

The answer is it is just too soon and too small a sample size to tell. It is possible team’s are adjusting and getting up to speed to Kelly’s attack. Tell me though, what offense would succeed with it’s third string quarterback?

Kelly has dealt with instability at the quarterback position for a majority of the season. One guys up, then another guy gets hurt, then someone else is in. It has been a quarterback carousel for the Eagles.

The worst part is with Michael Vick injured, neither Nick Foles nor Matt Barkley seem like an ideal fit for Kelly’s offense. Kelly likes everything fast. That includes his quarterback. You won’t mistake Foles or Barkley for track athletes. They are both pretty much lead footed, pocket quarterbacks.

If the offense continues to get stuck in neutral, it will be the organizations job and responsibility to go get Kelly his guy to properly fully run his offense. Kelly will of course have a major hand in this.

He is fairly familiar with a lot of the top quarterback prospects including Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota, one whom he recruited to come play with him at Eugene, the other who he coached for a few seasons.

This should be to the team’s advantage. Until then, we may be in for some more ugly offensive weeks. After all, if you don’t have a quarterback in this league, what do you have?

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