The beauty of what Chip Kelly does on offense is that he combines simple and complex concepts. The goal is to get the ball to the skill players in favorable situations. One of the ways Kelly does this is to run the option.
You can see that Kelly takes something simple like a dive play and makes it effective by adding in some window dressing. The defense has to look at multiple players on a given play and figure out what is happening / what could happen. If defenders sell out for the RB, Nick Foles can keep the ball. If defenders take him out, Foles can pitch it to another player (often DeSean Jackson last year).
Defenses will adjust to this, but Kelly will have counter-measures of his own. He is a proactive coach. Kelly isn’t going to wait for you to shut him down before figuring out what he can do to counter what you did to his offense.
It should be a lot of fun to see what Kelly does this season as defenses try to counter what they saw last year.
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The great Bo Wulf of PE.com put up a piece on the Snow Bowl (you remember the win over the Lions, right?). Lots of great quotes from players.
Kendricks: I kept telling guys, ‘Look, after every play you need to click your cleats.’ I don’t think people understand how quickly snow, the molecules, how they stick together so fast. That can become cake underneath your shoe and essentially you’re snow on snow. Basically, you have skates on. So I kind of overemphasized the fact that we have to keep clicking our cleats. We might have gotten on their nerves a little bit with that.
Molecules, man, molecules.
Cornerback Cary Williams: I couldn’t see (Lions quarterback Matthew) Stafford. You couldn’t see him at all. You just kind of hope that you’re close to the receivers when he throws the ball … I missed a tackle because I wasn’t able to see the guy. The snow was in my face and I just naturally kind of panicked because there’s water rushing in your nose.
One of the best excuses for missing a tackle that I’ve ever heard.
What a wild day that was. Slow start, but once the Eagles started to click, it was a thing of beauty.