Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Did Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly run play from Tecmo Super Bowl video game?

Unless you’re a die hard, you probably don’t remember that the extremely popular 1989 video game ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’ featured a play entitled ‘Eagles’.

The play was a quarterback run, which according to Jimmy Kempski of, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly took and modified.

There are two small differences in Chip Kelly’s version:

1. Chip Kelly sends LeSean McCoy in motion toward the side of the formation with the trips receivers to draw a linebacker (in this case #52 Spencer Paysinger) away from the play design. This is a much better use of the RB than to have him just stand there and watch. Kudos to Kelly for that additional innovation.

2. Instead of pulling both guards, Kelly makes good use of center Jason Kelce‘s athleticism and has him pull along with the play side guard, in this case, Todd Herremans.

The play, which features the wide receivers all bunching up on one side of the field also has the running back join them, this after splitting out of the backfield. This (hopefully) gains the attention of an opposing linebacker and both the center and left guard pull to the right after the snap, likely clearing a lane for the running quarterback.

Kempski breaks down the play in further detail here.

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