If anyone thinks new Eagles coach Chip Kelly is going to revolutionize the game of football by implementing an offense the likes of which the NFL has seen before, Kelly has some disappointing words.
“We don’t run some magical offense or defense,” Kelly said, via Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “You’re talking about the best coaches in the world at this level. They see everything that we’ve done at the college level, and everything we’ll do, they’ve seen before.”
In fact, Kelly said that not only is the spread offense that he ran at Oregon — aspects of which caught on in places like Washington, San Francisco and Seattle last year — not new, but it’s actually as old as the game of football itself.
“I don’t think anybody’s inventing anything new,” Kelly said. “It’s a very cyclical game. A lot of things that are being done with the Wildcat formation was the single-wing formation run way back when. Dick Kazmaier won the Heisman Trophy at Princeton [in 1951] running the single-wing offense. He would have been a good zone-read quarterback.”
Kelly said he’s less married to his schemes than most people would think, and more like Broncos coach John Fox, who showed over the last two years that he could dramatically change his team’s offense depending on the personnel.
“If you’ve got a good coaching staff, that’s what you do,” he said. “The best example in the NFL is John Fox. A year ago, he had Tim Tebow and went to the playoffs. Now, he has Peyton Manning and runs an entirely different offense, and went to the playoffs. When you’re good, you adapt to who you have.”
And from what Kelly says, he’s ready to adapt to the NFL, rather than thinking NFL defenses will have to adapt to him.