It appears that the hullabaloo about NFL officials stymieing the fast-paced offense the Philadelphia Eagles plan on running under new coach Chip Kelly may have been a whole bunch of ado about nothing. According to Scott Green, an NFL official who has been at Philadelphia’s training camp this week, there isn’t anything being done by Kelly that will cause problems.
Here are Green’s comments and observations, via Philly.com:
What I’ve seen over the last two days, we didn’t have any problem. It didn’t seem out of the ordinary, as far as the pace.
There was nothing last year that came out about the Patriots or any other team about how we were spotting the ball. So if you want to say the Patriots [as a point of comparison], I guess you could say that. You could probably say 31 other teams, as well.
While Kelly certainly won’t be incorporating all (or even most) of the facets of the offense he ran at the University of Oregon, anyone who watched Duck football these past few years knows how important pace is to coach Kelly. Anyone want to take bets about who the first opposing coach to complain about the pace will be?