The Philadelphia Eagles’ offense was as advertised Monday night – fast.
But it wasn’t fast enough according to head coach Chip Kelly.
All offseason we heard about how uptempo and quick the Eagles’ offense was going to be and we were informed by pundits how that wouldn’t work in the NFL. That remains to be seen, of course, though for a night it looked pretty impressive.
Nice or not, Kelly, who brought his Oregon offense to Philadelphia says it still wasn’t fast enough for his liking:
“No I feel like it was slow to be honest with you. I’m not joking,” said Kelly. “We need to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much, we didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process in between plays, and that’s something that we need to continue to work on.”
“We’ve got to practice it a little more. We do lot of things at such a rapid tempo,” said Kelly. “I think our guys understand tempo and do that pretty good but we also have to learn how to practice playing it the other way. Really from a mindset standpoint, we do everything 90 miles an hour, then you’ve got to go back driving through the city streets, you can’t drive 90 miles an hour anymore, you’ve got to kind of slow it down and make sure you can still negotiate the turn.”
For perspective, the Eagles ran 53 offensive plays during the first half of the game, before calming down in the second to drain the clock. The NFL record for an entire game is 95.