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Kelly coy about running the option

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At a time when one of his quarterbacks wants to know who the starter will be, Eagles coach Chip Kelly continues to face questions about his offense.

Based on the transcript provided by the team, Kelly was coy about the topic.

‘There’s always been talk of the option and what works in the NFL,” Kelly is asked.  “Is that a fallacy?”

“Is it a fallacy that we run quite a bit of it?” Kelly says, meeting question with question.  “Yes.”

“No, that it can’t work in the NFL?”

“I don’t know,” Kelly responds.  “Ask the San Francisco 49ers if Jimmie [Harbaugh] thinks it’s a fallacy or [Seahawks head coach] Pete Carroll or [Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson.  It’s not like we’re doing something that someone hasn’t done in this league.  I don’t know.  I’ve seen [49ers quarterback Colin] Kaepernick run up and down the sidelines.  Maybe people think it’s a fallacy because the ball is in the other guy’s hands.”

And so just when it looked like Kelly is all in with the option play, he pulled back.

“If you watch us, we may run two of them in practice,” Kelly explained.  “We don’t come in here and say we’ve got this play that no one knows about, watch it, and we run it twice.  We have an offense that has a great size to it in terms of what we’re doing, that’s just one small part of it. It’s a weapon to be used.  It’s a tool in the toolbox.  If that situation comes up, you use that tool.  If that situation does not come up, we may not use that tool.  But we have it in our toolbox, and what we want to do in our offense is have enough tools in our toolbox that we can compete every Sunday.  And then take those tools out.”

Of course, the tools used depend largely on the craftsmen using them.  If Mike Vick is the quarterback, the option tool becomes more plausible.  If it’s Nick Foles or Matt Barkley, that tool likely stays in the box.

The comments come at a time when Vick has been venting his frustrations regarding the ongoing quarterback competition.  He wants Kelly to name a starter before camp.  Regardless of the timing, the decision will go a long way toward determining how often the Eagles will be running the option.

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16 Responses to “Kelly coy about running the option”
  1. jcmeyer10 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    This has to be fun for Kelly. He can finally tell guys to take it or leave it. He isn’t stuck with the NCAA’s rules on transferring and all that. He must be in heaven.

    To Vick: if the fact that he runs DJack with the third string doesn’t tell you it’s Chip’s team then what will? He isn’t going to name a starter until he wants to. Deal.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Don’t trust this guy. He sounds like an inveterate fallacator.

  3. bobonmycob says: Jun 7, 2013 11:05 AM

    So our offense will be something like this?

    QB: Nick Foles
    RB three headed machine: McCoy, Brown, and Jones
    FB option: Casey
    TE: Ertz, Celek, Casey
    WR: Jackson, Maclin, Johnson, Avant, and so on

    Oline: Johnson, Mathis, Kelce, Herremans, Peters, etc

    But I guess our offense will suck because everybody has already said it will LOL… This should be an interesting season. If you think that offense will suck you need to have your head examined.

  4. jam111632013 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    its refreshing to see a coach shake things up. move around, hurry up offense, no huddle, go for it on 4th. down. hes going to win alot in the nfl.

  5. ccjcsr says: Jun 7, 2013 11:50 AM

    Run the option with Vick so they have an excuse to get rid of him. Can’t wait to see this debacle fall apart. They all can’t duplicate Jimmy Johnson’s success in Dallas!

    Saban
    Petrino
    Kelly
    Harbaugh
    Carroll

    #hatersgonnahate

  6. gromgrimfist says: Jun 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    bobonmycob says:
    Jun 7, 2013 11:05 AM
    So our offense will be something like this?

    QB: Nick Foles
    RB three headed machine: McCoy, Brown, and Jones
    FB option: Casey
    TE: Ertz, Celek, Casey
    WR: Jackson, Maclin, Johnson, Avant, and so on

    Oline: Johnson, Mathis, Kelce, Herremans, Peters, etc

    But I guess our offense will suck because everybody has already said it will LOL… This should be an interesting season. If you think that offense will suck you need to have your head examined.

    Oline will be Peter, Mathis, Kelce, Herremans, Johnson

  7. fortphiladamsterdam says: Jun 7, 2013 12:10 PM

    That’s not a coy answer, it’s an answer. Maybe I’m just too used to Reid, but to me that’s a perfectly legitimate response. The option is one tool in a toolbox, it may be used or not depending on the situation. Isn’t that the case with every style of play? (Again, unless you’re Andy Reid, then there’s only throw deep on 1st down, throw mid on 2nd, and run on 3rd and long).

  8. dusty does ... says: Jun 7, 2013 12:12 PM

    Kelly (mc)coy about running the option

  9. cliverush says: Jun 7, 2013 12:16 PM

    If Vick is upset that competition is the method for establishing the starting position then it is time for him to give up football.

  10. snowman36 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:32 PM

    This rookie coachs first game is not going to be easy for eagles fans. Monday might, chip n co will get demolished to the point he won’t even come out of the tunnel after halftime.

    Redskins-59
    Eagles-2

  11. mazblast says: Jun 7, 2013 12:46 PM

    I’ll bet the local and national media hacks are all upset with Kelly for not totally revealing his plans months in advance.

    It’s sports. He’ll do what he wants to do, and the success or failure of it will show up on the win/loss record. There’s no “right to know”, either for the public or the so-called reporters.

  12. floratiotime says: Jun 7, 2013 3:43 PM

    It’s rare that a first year coach is such a media whoor. Maybe just Chip and Rex Ryan.

  13. dwats says: Jun 7, 2013 4:17 PM

    Can not wait to see the Skins get sodomized again on Monday night. Does 59-28 ring a bell. LOL

  14. datageek94 says: Jun 7, 2013 5:30 PM

    I have to believe the option is a fad that will pass. Defenses will get used to it, and will stop it. More importantly though, it’s the best way to put your quarterback on Injured Reserve or forced retirement. Best not to expose them that way. Especially for a smaller guy like Vick.

  15. seaeagle707 says: Jun 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Quite frankly, Vick’s insistence that Chip name the starter ASAP, makes me wonder if Vick is seeing good stuff in Foles’ and Barkley’s play, and is somewhat afraid for his job. Do you think that if Vick, were confident in his own play being superior that he would be exhibiting so much angst? Methinks he doth protest too much (for his own good).

  16. usg1 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:49 PM

    What I gathered from this article is that Chip Kelly just called Mike Vick a tool.

    I agree Seaeagle. I think Vick is starting to think he won’t be the starter so he is either nervous and wants a decision now or he is trying to cause a media frenzy with his responses in hopes of an early release.

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