When watching the Philadelphia Eagles offense during the preseason, many were expecting a fast-paced offense. However, it seemed as if they were going at an average speed, increasing the tempo here and there. In the first game of the season against the Washington Redskins on Monday, we saw a completely different offense. A fast-paced offense. However, Chip Kelly thinks the offense was too slow.
it didn't seem slow to those watching from the stands or on television. The fact that the team ran 53 plays in the first half is impressive. The team ran 77 plays by the end of the game. Kelly wants to run around 100.
It was the first game of the season and the first time we saw what the offense is capable of. Kelly did say he was happy with the offense though. He just wasn't happy with the speed between plays. Kelly said the ball should get to the officials faster and they shouldn't leave it just laying on the ground at the end of a play.
You can see where Kelly is coming from. The faster the ball gets to the referees, the faster they can run a play. This would help the offense get to the 100 plays per game. The one thing that won't help them get there is if they let off the gas when they have a nice lead. After an impressive first half against the Redskins, the Eagles slowed things down and it almost cost them. The Eagles gave up 20 points to the Redskins and Jason Avant came up big when he recovered the onside kick attempt by the Redskins in the final minutes of the game.
The only reason to slow things down was to eat away at the clock. The best option for the Eagles is to never let off the gas completely. Slowing things down for a series or two and then running the up-tempo offense for a series or two would keep the defense wondering about what is coming next.
The Eagles have until Sunday to work on things before they take on the San Diego Chargers. That will be when we see if the Eagles will be faster than they were against the Redskins.
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