2013: The NFL Is Freaking Out Over Chip Kelly, The Eagles Coach Who Could Change Pro Football Forever
Geege Schuman stashed this in Football
I did notice last night that the Eagles do not have a fancy play book.
They have very meat and potatoes running, passing, and defending.
If you watched the first half of Chip Kelly's first game as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles — a 33-27 win on the road against the Washington Redskins — you got a glimpse of what football will look like in the future.
The Eagles ran as many plays as possible, refusing to huddle-up and snapping the ball as fast as they could. They also used some zone read — which, for the uninitiated, is a type of play where the quarterback decides to either hand the ball off or run it himself based on what the defense is doing.
We've seen NFL teams (with Kelly's help) experiment with the no-huddle and zone read in recent years, largely as a "change of pace" supplement to their big, slow, normal offensive systems.
But Kelly's Eagles are the first pro team to use an entire offense that's built on those two experimental elements.
It's very exciting to watch. Reminds me of the no-huddle of the Patriots.
Kelly gained the reputation as one of the sport's foremost innovators when he was a coordinator at New Hampshire and then Oregon in the 2000s.
Oregon finished top 10 in the country in points scored in each of Kelly's four years as head coach, and transformed into one of college football's biggest powerhouse programs in the process. Oregon opened a preposterous $68-million football facility this year, and the unprecedented success that Kelly brought the school is a huge reason why.
He has a huge rivalry with Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers that dates back to when Harbaugh was coaching Stanford. Can't wait for them to meet in an Eagles-Niners matchup someday.
And both of them have an arch-nemesis in the former USC coach Pete Carroll, who now coaches the Seattle Seahawks. All three teams are in the NFC and will probably be great for years.