New Grantland: Same Old Chip: A Look Inside the New Philadelphia Eagles Offense Under Chip Kelly

It’s now up over at Grantland:

Before the second play of his first NFL game, Philadelphia’s new head coach Chip Kelly, a man who made his reputation as the architect of college’s football most prolific offense — the Oregon Ducks’ fast-break, spread-it-out attack — did the unthinkable: He had his team huddle. He followed this with another knee-weakening moment: His quarterback, Michael Vick, lined up under center, an alignment from which the Eagles ran a basic run to the left. For 31 other NFL teams, this would be as ho-hum as it gets. But this is Chip Kelly, he of the fast practices, fast plays, and fast talking. By starting out this way, Kelly, who repeatedly has said he doesn’t do anything without a sound reason behind it, was no doubt sending some kind of message to fans, pundits, and opposing coaches waiting anxiously to see what a Chip Kelly offense would look like at the professional level. It was a message that was unmistakable: See, I can adapt to the NFL.

At least that’s what I thought at first. But after studying Philadelphia’s game against New England, I came away with almost the exact opposite conclusion: While there were clear differences from what Kelly’s system looked like at Oregon, his Eagles offense looked a lot more like the Ducks offense than I ever anticipated.


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  • Mr.Murder

    The Gibbs clinic has Pats vs. Falcons footage that showed similar approach from NE. Slow play the ball to fuzzy up reads for true option, or for the back’s cut on his read of the front’s fit after a handoff. One play had a defensive tackle making a tackle nine or more upfield. He was so soft he sank back two field lines back as he tracked the ball. The Eagles anticipated the slow read man being their name guy and got results, as much out of shock that he would be unblocked?

  • IrishBarrister

    For me, the most interesting aspect of Chip Kelly’s Eagles is the personnel groupings. For example, I was not terribly surprised when I saw the Eagles go 4-wide and run an Inside Zone – Double Bubble option (the most common “packaged” play). What really baked my noodle was seeing that all four wide were tight ends.