The fast-paced offense that Philadelphia Eagles head Chip Kelly runs is certainly no friend to the team’s defense. This is especially true when it comes to the defensive line, whose job is to fight uphill against the offensive line of the opposing team.
But Kelly thinks his pass rush will be improved next season as his players continue to get acclimated to the scheme.
“I think our pass rush got better as our players got better, just like I think our defense got better at the end of the year than it was at the beginning of the year,” Kelly said. “So I think our players will continue to improve. We’re excited about where we are as a defense going into year two, in terms of those guys having a wealth of knowledge and understanding what we’re doing. But can we improve our pass rush? Yeah.”
This improved pass rush just may not come through the draft, since Kelly also said that drafting a pass rusher is increasingly difficult since most players play one position in college and are then asked to transition to another in the pros.