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Eagles’ offense will look like Oregon, unless Foles is the starter


When Chip Kelly became the coach of the Eagles, he kept longtime assistant Ted Williams, who has been on the staff since 1995, as the tight ends coach. And Williams says he has been learning a whole lot about Oregon’s offense under Kelly in the last few years, because that’s the offense we’re going to see in Philadelphia this season.

It’ll be very, very similar to what you saw at Oregon,” Williams told “He needs to be comfortable with what he’s saying to the offense and how he’s communicating it. So you don’t just out of the box decide that you’re going to do something a certain way and you don’t feel comfortable with it. So it’s going to look like Oregon.”

If Michael Vick is the starting quarterback, that makes a lot of sense. Vick’s skills are perfectly suited to the kind of offense that Kelly has run at Oregon, where last year starting quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 2,677 yards and ran for 752 yards. (In Vick’s 10 NFL seasons he has averaged 2,027 yards passing and 555 yards rushing.) But what if Nick Foles is the starter?

In that case, Kelly says, he’s going to have to make some adjustments.

“If I called 20 read option plays with Nick Foles in the game, I should be fired,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of

So the Eagles’ offense won’t look much like Oregon’s if Foles is starting.

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41 Responses to “Eagles’ offense will look like Oregon, unless Foles is the starter”
  1. cletusvandam says: Jul 27, 2013 10:51 AM

    If he calls “20 read option plays” with Vick at QB Vick will be hurt and Kelly will still be fired.

  2. thetooloftools says: Jul 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    Why not make the headline “White Guys Can’t Run”?

  3. jaredo10 says: Jul 27, 2013 10:59 AM

    unless Vick gets hurt in training camp. he will be the starter for week one

  4. Iknoweverything says: Jul 27, 2013 11:00 AM

    Chips gimmick aint gonna work in the big boy league.
    Oregons offense was only successful against the weak Pac-10 conference.

    FILTHadelphia fans already had the best coach, but because of the drunkeness, immaturity, disgusting and obnoxious fanbase, that coach found a way to escape and go to a franchise with class.

    The Kansas City Chiefs offense will be more productive this season than Chip’s gimmick offense.
    Andy Reid will have more success in KC than Chip will in FILTHadelphia.

    Those two statements are not only predictions…..but also FACTS

  5. vette200 says: Jul 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    I am still questioning Kelly hiring ex-Browns HC Pat Shurmur as OC. He forced rookie QB Brandon Weeden to run a stodgy and antiquated dink-and-dunk West Coast offense for the Browns that failed to make use of his strong arm.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Kelly isn’t one of many successful college coaches who turns out to be a major bust coaching in the NFL.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    My prediction: Vick hurt before week 6, Foles fills in and plays alright, but inevitably Matt Barkley will be called upon late in the season and he becomes the lone bright spot for another lost Eagles season. (This is coming from an Eagles fan).

  7. gopblows says: Jul 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    Kelly should be ashamed of himself.

    He got all you anti Vick losers hopes up when he KNEW Vick was the starter from the moment he became head coach……..

    Kelly is laughing every time he reads articles that he is ACTUALLY holding a qb competition….ha ha

  8. jagwires says: Jul 27, 2013 11:09 AM

    This is going to be a fun disaster to watch.

  9. gopblows says: Jul 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    Does anyone HONESTLY believe Foles is better than Kolb? Philly got rid of Kolb. Arizona got rid of Kolb. Foles will lucky to be third string.

  10. paulz624 says: Jul 27, 2013 11:11 AM

    It makes sense that things would be different if Foles were in there, that’s the difference between Kelly and Andy Reid, Reid put QBs in a system they weren’t suited for, case in point,Vick a pocket passer, are you kidding me? And for those that think changing systems for the QB wont work, look at the Redskins last year, RG3 went down and Cousins came in, they changed a few things for him and the offense didn’t ship a beat.

  11. gopblows says: Jul 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    The big question will be:

    How many defenses are going to be gassed before the 2nd quarter?

    Every team that tries to keep up with Vick, Desean, Shady and Maclin will need oxygen on every series.

    Just out conditioning the opponent will be a huge advantage.

  12. jssgriffi says: Jul 27, 2013 11:13 AM

    So in a round about way they are saying Vicks getting the first shot. Kinda like what Andy did last year

  13. gopblows says: Jul 27, 2013 11:15 AM

    Why do you guys think Kelly chose Philly when he had other options?


  14. bunjy96 says: Jul 27, 2013 11:15 AM


    Almost anyone is better than Barkley.

  15. officialgame says: Jul 27, 2013 11:16 AM

    I don’t know what his NFL offense will look like but with Kelly coaching it will be exciting and put up a lot of points.

  16. The Prophet says: Jul 27, 2013 11:19 AM

    Sounds like a hint from Kelly that he’s leaning towards Michael Vick getting the start.

  17. bleedeaglegreen says: Jul 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    Every coach thinks they can fix Mike Vick, he’s always had the tools but then they see first hand that he has ten cent software running it, it’s funny to watch. He may have a game here or there like the ‘skin game or the 2nd miracle at the Meadowlands but for the most part it’s inconsistent play & bad decisions that defines his career, especially at big spots.

    Chip is going to find out what Reeves, Mora & Reid now know. Mike Vick will never be a big game QB.

  18. scmems07 says: Jul 27, 2013 11:32 AM

    That’s right chip, go with the type of qb and offense that has never won a superbowl in the nfl era. Who cares about the pocket passers who know how to throw the ball and win games with their arms.

  19. therealtrenches says: Jul 27, 2013 11:37 AM

    Vick doesn’t have a quick enough release to throw effectively in Kelly’s offense. He’s also not accurate enough. Why can’t people see that?

  20. Iknoweverything says: Jul 27, 2013 11:37 AM

    Philly fans are the most delusional .

    Yes, teams cant stop the offense.
    Chips offense will gas the opposing defenses.
    Chips offense will put up a ton of points.


    In case you havent heard. The defenses of all other teams are getting in shape and doing conditioning also.

    And……. I’m pretty sure you can devise all kinds of trickery and design each to put up scores, but if you cant execute or dont have the talent, IT AINT GONNA WORK.
    Pus,, I think other teams arent gonna just watch the offense run by them,,, Ya think they just may be designing ways to stop them? Ya think they just may be prepared to hit them?

    Chip Kelly is the flavor of the month, next year FILTHY fans will be wishing they still had Andy

  21. sidepull says: Jul 27, 2013 11:56 AM

    Start anybody you want. This team is not going to win a superbowl this year again. Nice to see eagles hopes dashed year after year. I revel in their demise.

  22. eagles83 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:06 PM

    The only skill Vick has that fits Chips offense is that he can run. Everything else Chip values in a QB (and running in low on that list) Vick struggles with: accuracy, getting out the ball quickly, making good decisions, making pre snap reads, ect. But, ignore all of that, Vick can run fast!

  23. greymares says: Jul 27, 2013 12:06 PM

    Ha Ha Ha. they keep throwing out the bait and all the suckers are jumping at it. Kelly will not be running the Oregon offense, he is smart enough to know that as constructed it has no chance in the N.F.L. . I’m guessing he will attempt to run a lot of plays like he did there but that will be the end of it. I don’t look for Vick to be the Q.B. because the team won’t be significant for a few years, the starting Q.B. this year will need to be the guy that projects as the starter in 2015. It may be Foles or Barkley or might not be on the roster yet but it will not be Vick.

  24. arejaye57 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    Reading too much into the Vick thing.

  25. scmems07 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:16 PM

    No, shehawks fans are delusional.

  26. bobonmycob says: Jul 27, 2013 12:31 PM

    Iknoweverything says:
    Jul 27, 2013 11:37 AM

    ^^^ I finally understand why the know it all is so angry! Two ignorant posts in this thread… I get it! You are the fat guy dressed like Santa that got pegged by snowballs!

  27. imswayze says: Jul 27, 2013 12:32 PM

    @ Iknownothing

    Regardless of how this year goes, Andy Reid had been crapping the bed in Philly for a couple years before last year’s embarassing last gasp from the fat man.

    I think most Eags fans are happy for any change they could get at this point.

    Shows what you know. If you think Andy Reid is a great coach, you obviously have much to learn about football, or you weren’t watching the Eagles underachieve for the last 3 years.

  28. dobberdubinsky says: Jul 27, 2013 12:50 PM

    Chip will definitely have to modify his offense to have success in the NFL. If he doesn’t, Vick will be on the IR by week 3, Foles won’t be suited for the offense, the Eagles will have 3 wins and Kelly will be fired by season’s end.

  29. officialgame says: Jul 27, 2013 12:51 PM

    If “you knew everything ” you wouldn’t need to post. Truth be told you know nothing and are wrong about everything.

  30. Iknoweverything says: Jul 27, 2013 12:55 PM

    Coach of the year- Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid
    Best turnaround-Kansas City Chiefs
    More points scored- Chiefs > Eagles
    Higher ranked offense- Chiefs > Eagles
    Better record- Chiefs > Eagles

    Everyone in KC is laughing at FILTHadelphia and how Andy Reid found the way out of the classless organization and classless fans.

    Andy Reid will win a Super Bowl before Chip Gimmick.

  31. elmaxoh says: Jul 27, 2013 12:56 PM

    Yeah sure Kelly will be fired at the end of the season if he messed up … -_-

  32. bobonmycob says: Jul 27, 2013 12:58 PM


    Oh man that was a nice Saturday morning ball buster. I don’t think he will reply to that one. Probably busy searching google for your momma jokes and other well thought out comeback lines.

  33. realfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2013 1:02 PM

    Which is why Foles won’t be starting and I wish reporters would stop reporting on this sham “competition.” Foles won’t even be on this team.

  34. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 27, 2013 1:04 PM

    (In Vick’s 10 NFL seasons he has averaged 2,027 yards passing..)
    WOW is that crappy.

  35. murlikoushik says: Jul 27, 2013 1:06 PM

    Why is Chip Kelly so fat? That paunch of his is downright ugly.

    What kind of an example is he giving to his team and his followers in Philly?

  36. bigblu73 says: Jul 27, 2013 1:44 PM

    Anybody that says that running a no-huddle/fast tempo offense is not effective is only fooling themselves. Stopping a team from making key adjustments/player substitutions has been EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE in both college and the NFL. It makes all the sense in the world for Chip Kelly to run the same offense he was so successful with in Oregon with the Eagles. They most certainly have the personnel to pull it off (Vick, Shady, DJax, Maclin) plus it wouldn’t be wise to have a 1st year NFL head coach come in and not implement what he has been most successful doing!!!

  37. britishteeth says: Jul 27, 2013 1:48 PM

    @ iknoweverything
    “FILTHadelphia fans already ……”

    You are a genius scribe Mr. iknoweverything. I see what you did there, you cleverly changed the name of Philadelphia to FILTHadelphia. And to add that little extra punch, you used all caps for the word FILTH.
    Very smart indeed, for a 10 year-old.
    Maybe we can meet someday soon when you take my order at the Taco Bell drive-thru.

  38. tinbender2000 says: Jul 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    I’ve watched a lot of Oregon football and I can see some of it transferring over to the NFL. Some looks quite a bit like what SF ran last year. One things for sure, “Iknoweverything” doesn’t know Anything about Football.

  39. mannyicey says: Jul 27, 2013 2:01 PM

    This is the dumbest off-season quarterback controversy story I’ve ever seen! In other words, here’s the story:

    If Vick is the starting quarterback, Chip Kelly can run his offense exactly the way he wants to. If Foles is the starter, they will have to adjust it because Foles isn’t cut out to run the offense. Therefore, they would have to change the offense to something they don’t know yet.

    Oh, and we don’t know WHO will be the starter, so there’s a BIG Quarterback Controversy over in Philly! (smh)

  40. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 27, 2013 3:50 PM

    So in other words, Chip can go around saying he hasn’t named a starter yet all he wants to, but reality is has no choice but to start Vick to run his Oregon offense. Exactly what I have been saying.

  41. bobleblah says: Jul 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    The longer it takes before Foles is named as starter, the less likely it becomes.

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