Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles took the league by storm Monday night. The former Oregon Ducks coach put up 33 points and a league-high 263 yards rushing in his NFL debut as the Eagles knocked off the Washington Redskins 33-27.
The biggest difference between Kelly’s offense and a normal NFL offense isn’t the play calling, but the tempo. The Eagles ran 77 plays in the game.
Things looked great for the Eagles in Kelly’s debut, but many players around the NFL are questioning if the Eagles can keep it up. Despite the success, the Eagles scored just one touchdown in the second half.
“You have great dreams and you have nightmares,” said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, describing the first half. “That was a great dream.”
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t think the Eagles could keep the pace up.
“Just watching the game from the outside, you could already see (Michael Vick) struggling getting off the field every once in a while,” Nelson told John Keim of ESPN. “The guys are a little older in the league, so they could start breaking down.
Several other players, including Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown and Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby but thought the offense would work, but Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner disagreed, calling it “crazy.”