The NFL got their first look at Chip Kelly’s offense with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. As suspected it was an up-tempo offense that resembled the one he ran at Oregon. The Eagles had 30 plays in the first quarter and 53 in the second half. Quarterback Michael Vick ran 9 times for 56 yards.
“I think Vick can run,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “You just have to honor that. In any case, these quarterbacks that are used a lot to gain, and if you will, run, are at risk. But other than that, I’d say, to me, it did look faster than I thought it would.”
Many think the NFL will catch up eventually like they did with the Wildcat formation. Jones isn’t quite as sure that is the case and doesn’t think this is a fad.
“It’s always been a challenge for our team, so some combination of that is pretty sound relative to getting plays off and keeping the defense a little disjointed,” Jones told the New School show Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “I think it’s also sound, too. I think it’s a good, crisp way to run a football team. I don’t know that that’s a fad. I think that stepped-up play is one that may have a place.
“You still go back to: Does it in any way create more hits for that quarterback? And I didn’t see that, really, as much as I might have thought that was coupled with the stepped-up play. They could be a real formidable team for us this year.”