The coronation of King Chip Kelly has begun in Philadelphia.
After one game of an uptempo high-powered offense that made for an excellent football viewing experience, has most analyst and fans in awe. Honestly, for a team to run 53 plays in one half is impressive and helped the Eagles to a 26-7 score at the half. Then the second half happened; Robert Griffin III regained his composure and helped rack up 20 points for the struggling Redskins. Now, it was pretty obvious that the Skins defense was hanging on for dear life due to Philly’s tempo, but you can see the Skins defense slowly finding holes in Kelly’s offense — multiple times LBs had runs at Vick without being touched, at all. The result of that was Vick misreading plays which led to incomplete passes and the offense being somewhat stagnant in their aerial attack. Low and behold, Magna Carta Shady McCoy comes through with a monster rushing game — 184 yds, 1 TD, on 31 carries — which really should not be surprise given how King Chip’s offense is ran, but I’ll get back to this in few.
Chip Kelly isn’t blind to obvious; he sees the evolution of the game along with its players. While most of the coaches want to keep things very republican like; Kelly comes through like the second coming of Christ. The NFL coaches have been battling to keep traditional pocket passers affluent, but with the rise of the dual-threat
black quarterback (and Money Manziel), it seems that things are a bit muddled now. The Michael Vick project changed everything we knew when to came to the quarterback position and to this very day it remains true, but most fans are seeing the light; except the coaches.
Here is where Chip Kelly comes into play.
While at Oregon (for 5 years), Kelly racked up a ’09 Pac-10 championship, led the conference in scoring offense, total offense, and rushing offense for four straight seasons, a national championship berth, and a bevy of ridiculously high-scoring games. How he did this you may ask. What Kelly did was maximize the talent he had, meaning he didn’t keep freakishly good athletes boxed into some ancient way of playing football that would only limit their god-given abilities. While coaches are looking for the prototypical QB, Kelly looks for an athlete that can throw well, and grooms them into better passers, but still maintaining the capability to haul ass once a play has gone to shit or if a read-option is called.
If you look at Oregon’s past QBs under Kelly: Dennis Dixon — Pac-10 Player of the Year, Darron Thomas — Led them to BCS Championship game, Marcus Mariota — Currently one of top QBs in the country as a sophomore; none of these players were your highly-touted nor traditional QBs, but under Kelly’s system they flourished. Yes, I’m aware of the stigma that comes with a QB transitioning from that type of offense to being a “pocket passer” is rough and most fail. The only problem was that coaches didn’t want to adjust to the player’s strengths. For example, look at Tim Tebow. Once John Fox switched up the offensive scheme the Broncos started winning and eventually made the playoffs, even won a playoff game.
Now that Kelly is at the helm in Philly, with the talent he has, it’s really like watching the Oregon Eagles. If Vick can make through Week 5, then the season should be smooth sailing, and that’s the only worry I have about the system. Vick is 33 with the body a 70 year-old and at any minute he can break a hip just by calling an audible.
With all of this said, I think Chip Kelly’s offense is this generation of athlete’s saving grace. They just go on the field and make plays; they get to showcase their agility and speed while giving it to opponents at high volume. Chip Kelly is the NFL traditionalist’s worst nightmare and new age player’s dream.
Now we just sit, watch, and wait.