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Chip Kelly’s biggest impediment could be officials

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly plans to bring his Oregon fast-everything style to the NFL.  Many have become smitten with tales of personalized smoothies and a mysterious sports-science coordinator, triggering a presumption that a man with no prior NFL experience of any kind and in any capacity will nevertheless instantly revolutionize the game by, among other things, running a staggering amount of offensive plays.

Maybe he will.  To get there, however, he’ll need to overcome a fairly significant external challenge.

“We have to make sure teams understand that they don’t control the tempo, our officials do,” NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino told Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal.  “We’re going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren’t going to rush [unless] it’s in the two minute drill.”

Blandino’s predecessor agreed; former V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira said that the men in black and white “aren’t going to change just to accommodate someone’s offense.”

Pereira explained that, while coaching at Oregon, Kelly lobbied for officials to be more mobile, so that Oregon could get plays off more quickly.

“In the NFL, I don’t see him having the juice to persuade crews to work faster,” Pereira said.  “In fact, I know he doesn’t.”

Kelly and the Eagles declined comment.  Maybe because there’s not really anything they can say.  The rules are the rules, and any revolution planned by any team must unfold within those confines.

Blandino has met with the Eagles as part of the routine pre-season sessions aimed at helping the teams understand rule changes and points of emphasis for the coming season.  He didn’t sense any resistance from Kelly and company.

“They had questions about what the parameters were going to be,” Blandino said regarding the Eagles. “It’s going to be different from college.”

As other teams try to speed up the game, Blandino said the league’s Competition Committee has “re-emphasized” that NFL rules differ significantly from college rules regarding a team’s ability to put the pedal to the proverbial metal.

The biggest potential roadblock comes from the placement of the umpire, who spots the ball.  Previously positioned just behind the defensive line (where he remains in college football), the umpire as of a few years ago spots the ball and retreats to a position with the referee, behind the offensive backfield.  The ball can’t be snapped until the umpire is in position.  (Late in each half, the umpire moves to his former position.)

Last year, the NFL saw more offensive snaps than ever.  This year, Kelly surely would like to push that number even higher. If it happens, it’ll have to happen in a manner consistent with the league’s desire for a slightly slower pace than what the only level of football Kelly ever has coached allows.

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  1. getyourownname says: Jul 30, 2013 8:31 AM

    The headline makes perfect sense.

    After all, it was the officials at the NCAA who were his biggest impediment in college.

  2. steelbydesign says: Jul 30, 2013 8:35 AM

    If you’re putting up 50 points a game like he did in college, then sure, you can run this blistering pace.

    But that’s just not going to happen in the NFL… and the Eagles defense is going to get bulldozed after 1 quarter of having to be on the field all game.

  3. dwats says: Jul 30, 2013 8:38 AM

    First of all, do they really think this has never crossed Chip’s mind? I’m sure he’s probably taken the NFL rules into consideration since he’s a coach and all. Also, the Patriots had no problem running a fast paced offense last year. Seemed to work fine for them. Either way the refs are gonna do whatever tf Lord Goodell tells them.

  4. bobbyhoying says: Jul 30, 2013 8:38 AM

    The impediment will be the Eagles’ defense who won’t be able to stop anybody. I’m counting on another very high first round draft pick in 2014 and a playoff caliber team in 2015.

  5. harrycanyon says: Jul 30, 2013 8:40 AM

    IF this high speed college style offense stays, the official will have no choice but to adapt themselves. But as all other fads in sports, the dumbing down of the offensive to the college level will pass. (If you want that style ball, go watch ncaa).

  6. jerseygirl57 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:43 AM

    Can’t wait to see this smug man fall flat on his face. His ‘up-tempo” practices have already resulted in loosing 2 players for the season. Chippers got to remember his roster is a lot smaller here than in college.

  7. ireadpftforthecomments says: Jul 30, 2013 8:43 AM

    Or torn ACL’s….

  8. eaglesfanbybirth says: Jul 30, 2013 8:48 AM

    If the NFL really wants to make the at-game experience better (and to continue to improve interest in general) they will adjust to up-tempo if up-tempo = $$$$. There is nothing more boring than watching old, fat zebras wander around in a haze on ball placements or camp out under the replay machine….. zzzzzzzzz

  9. tombradyswig says: Jul 30, 2013 8:48 AM

    The Patriots went with a faster offsense last year, loosely based on Chips, it seemed to work for them….

    oh yeah, it’s the patriots, and bob kraft owns roger GODdel!!

  10. wryly1 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:51 AM

    Reminds me of how Rich Rodriquez thought he was going to revolutionize Big Ten football during his short-lived belly-flop at Michigan..

  11. alildusty says: Jul 30, 2013 8:53 AM

    It’ll be all about the versatility of the players Chip has on the field. If he needs to make substitutions or huddle up the defense will be able to take their time to do those things as well.

    The patriots showed how this the last two years with versatile TE’s. They were able to run power plays, crossing, down the seam, deep and the defenses were just never versatile enough to handle it all on one drive. They wore down and made mistakes.

    I don’t see the eagles offense being that good esp. with maclin down and out.

  12. bdawk20 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:55 AM

    I get what they are trying to say, but saying that your officials control the tempo of the game is kind of scary. And then saying they only rush in the 2 minute drill is even scarier. So, the rules change when there is less time on the clock for officials to hustle??

  13. heyguru1969 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:56 AM

    Personally, I think this smacks of the game (and its officials) feeling they’re above the players and teams. NOTE TO OFFICIALS: If it weren’t for players and teams there would be no game nor a job for you. How about adapting to something that could bring new energy to the sport? All within reason of course, but don’t sabotage anyone on principle. And I don’t even like the Eagles, but love Kelly’s style.

  14. walk929501 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:57 AM

    “We have to make sure teams understand that they don’t control the tempo, our officials do,”

    Does anyone else have a problem with this? When officials do their job properly, you don’t know they are there. This statement turns that upside down.

  15. gibbskins9 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:01 AM

    A few more torn ACL ‘s and Chippy finally figures out he is trying to run Mike B offensive against NFL defenses should snap him into reality.

  16. rex1979 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:03 AM

    Chip Kelly will figure out how to adjust his style of offense in the NFL to be successful. He just needs his QB in place to do it though.

    In the meantime we get to watch either a 33 yr old inaccurate turnover machine or a 24 yr old 6’6′” oaf who scares nobody with his threat to run attempt to execute this fast paced offense. Good luck.

  17. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    I think chipper biggest problem is stop running your team into the ground. At that pace their will be more injuries but who cares the team and coach have no clue. Crash egirls Crash.

  18. gb4mn0 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    I’m guessing this photo was taken right after Phillips went down with the 2nd torn ACL suffered by the Egirls. Kelly appears to be pointing to the sky with his right hand and giving God the finger with his left.

  19. britishteeth says: Jul 30, 2013 9:12 AM

    He’s back in college in two years. #fatterversionofspurrier

  20. thelegendofteabaggervance says: Jul 30, 2013 9:12 AM

    Hmm….

    Maybe Chip should just ditch his current plan and run the fun & gun instead.

  21. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jul 30, 2013 9:13 AM

    Should not expect the officials to be conditioned to keep up that kind of tempo except for in the 2 minute drills. After all, this is only a part-time job for them.

  22. hanifmiller says: Jul 30, 2013 9:14 AM

    Translation: Dont ask us referees to pick up the pace and step our games up. We’re not great but we’re better than replacement refs and we will strike again if we are asked to actually run or get calls right.

  23. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:15 AM

    Am I the only person that remembers how ineffective that offense was against the SEC? Although Gus Malzhan and Cam Newton ran SEC teams in the dirt with their fast tempo offense.

  24. darrkkomens says: Jul 30, 2013 9:16 AM

    I don’t like the sound of that either. not just that the Officials have control of the tempo but that they have the Gall to puff out their chest and say that. even though it’s unlikely you can’t help but wonder what else they control.

    Now I know some of their time management is for TV Time outs $$$$ and to keep it within 3hrs

    But they do need younger, faster ball placing Officials for teams they want to do an up tempo, hurry up offense style of play. It makes it more fun and exciting. Then some old men, taking their time so they can catch their breath in between plays.

    The officials have been bringing in younger more mobile officials and they need to keep going in that direction. but for them to feel the need to let everyone know is bothersome and make you think of the out of control, want to be in the spot light baseball officials.

  25. wingz101 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:24 AM

    I dunno … Kelly doesn’t have a goofy self created nick name like “the old ball coach” Steve Spurrier did but it just seems we are reading the same old tales of changing football by bringing “his game” to the NFL and doing things “his way” and that “way” is something special … blah, blah, blah …

    It’s football. Other teams will go up tempo on him. Others will mash his team and not let him race around like in college ball. He won’t have the depth to go full tilt all the time and mostly I don’t think they have the QB’s to make it all work.

    Should be interesting though.

  26. usher716 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:25 AM

    If I were Kelly I would just have the team keep that tempo up regardless of the refs cooperation. Could you imagine a team set up at the line of scrimmage waiting for the refs to bring the ball over and move the chains – over and over again. It would get real embarrassing for the refs and the league.

  27. tomahoochi says: Jul 30, 2013 9:32 AM

    If the offense is lined up, ready to go, and waiting for the official to sashay over to spot the ball, don’t worry, the Philly crowd will let them know they are not working fast enough.

  28. urbusted2 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:33 AM

    Another impediment could be the lack of a QB. The only way Vick gets to a Super Bowl is to buy a ticket.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:34 AM

    Be hard to be more uptempo than the Pats have been the last several years. This smacks of putting the college coach in his place.

  30. nypd1056 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:34 AM

    The ref’s don’t control the speed of the game, WATCH THE GUY ALONG THE SIDE LINES WITH THE ORANGE LONG SLEEVE MITTENS ON. He works for the TV networks and signals the ref’s when to start the clock.

  31. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 30, 2013 9:37 AM

    Every coach’s biggest concern should be how to deal with the Steelers.

  32. wtfpft says: Jul 30, 2013 9:37 AM

    “Mike Pereira said that the men in black and white “aren’t going to change just to accommodate someone’s offense.”

    Unless you’re the Patriots.

  33. pocketcow says: Jul 30, 2013 9:38 AM

    Why the hell should the refs have any say over the tempo of the game? This is about the players playing the game. The refs are there to make sure rules are followed.

    If they can’t keep up, then fire them and get refs that can. They should have absolutely 0 say when it comes to tempo. That is on the players.

  34. twilson962 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    Steve Spurrier = Chip Kelly

    There are too many parallels with these two coaches. Offensive ‘genius’ bringing a ‘new styles’ to the NFL, with ZERO NFL coaching experience.

    Philly fans don’t get your hopes up. Seriously. This is a disaster in the making.

  35. We'reFineThere says: Jul 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    No name angers me more than Mike Pereira

  36. richndc says: Jul 30, 2013 9:48 AM

    Hours spent on selecting the practice music? Special smoothies? Revolutionize the NFL? And he still does not know who is QB is? As a Cowboys fan, this is getting better by the day. Not that the Eagles were going to compete in the East this year anyhow, but I am starting to smell a 3-4 win season. At least this time Mike Vick might have legitimate excuses for his failures.

  37. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 30, 2013 9:50 AM

    I think his biggest impediment will be, his players, himself, his owner and the city he lives in, other than that he should be a great coach.

  38. dwats says: Jul 30, 2013 9:53 AM

    I cant help but laugh at all these Skins fans calling Chip Kelly the next Steve Spurrier. What’s wrong are you worried we might take the spotlight from your precious little RG3 love fest? You guys are a never ending cesspool of trolls.

  39. tombradyswig says: Jul 30, 2013 9:56 AM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 30, 2013 9:37 AM

    Every coach’s biggest concern should be how to deal with the Steelers.

    YEAH, EVERYONE’S REALLLLYY scared of a 8-8, over the hill team, coached by a william and mary wussy boy in Tomlin!

  40. dallassux says: Jul 30, 2013 10:03 AM

    larrydavid7000 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 9:10 AM
    I think chipper biggest problem is stop running your team into the ground. At that pace their will be more injuries but who cares the team and coach have no clue. Crash egirls Crash.

    ———————————————————————————-

    I guess it’s better they get injured now OR get hurt in the biggest game of the year like you’re boy RGknee.

  41. deertay says: Jul 30, 2013 10:11 AM

    Oregon ran three speeds of offense under Kelly. It’s not like he hasn’t hired an experienced staff to help work dropback passing into his offense.

  42. ziplock10 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:13 AM

    Can’t wait to see that fast paced offense with a terrrrrbull defence!!!

    At least the Redskins masked their deficiencies with a Pistol/Ball control offense…

    Not saying it won’t work..

    Just needs the pass catchers/rushers for it..

    And, oh yeah, a below 40 referee crew!!! LOL!!!

  43. mungman69 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:14 AM

    Yes, that Eagle defense concerns me big time. Kelly stated that he doesn’t have the players to play his brand of defense.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Jul 30, 2013 10:14 AM

    Considering the number of times the Eagles offense will go 3 and out, I don’t see the speed of the officials placing the ball as a big factor.

  45. tjacks7 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:16 AM

    That’s the problem with refs, they want the spotlight and the rest of us just want then to get out of the way and quit blowing calls.

  46. floratiotime says: Jul 30, 2013 10:16 AM

    Yay, my daily Chip Kelly article. What a media diva this guy is. Marcus Bachmann look-alike.

  47. therealtrenches says: Jul 30, 2013 10:17 AM

    Please stop w/ the idea that Chip’s uptempo practices caused two ACL years. How do you explain other teams where there have been multiple injuries? Please.

    As for the refs slowing things down, if Goodell decides he wants more scoring, and more teams than the Eagles and the Pats adapt uptempo offenses, Goodell will make the refs adapt to Kelly, not the other way around.

  48. sameer1138 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:29 AM

    The fact is, it’s a shocker that Oregon didn’t get called for a false-start on EVERY SINGLE offensive play during Kelly’s tenure there. The main reason: The refs were also caught off-guard, or were out of breath, etc. It’s not like the Oregon players are super disciplined or anything.

    But to be fair, Tom Brady’s Patriots teams have done the up-tempo thing, as has Peyton Manning (who’s notorious for getting a snap off quickly just to force the opposing team into a penalty); and of course Jim Kelly.

  49. dadsource says: Jul 30, 2013 10:36 AM

    The OFFICIALS control the tempo of the game? I don’t care WHAT team you’re talking about here, if a group of highly-trained millionaires are lined up ready to play and they’ve got to wait for a fat, bald, old lumbering rich part-time worker to sashay up to the line, that will get old REAL quick. Remember, if they are ‘controlling’ the speed of the game, then the clock should stop while they are dragging their sorry behinds to get ready. Why should ANY team wait and burn clock just because some over-paid, fat, old bald guy can’t get his newly replaced hip to the line in time?

  50. thefiesty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:36 AM

    Don’t cheat and then you have no problem with the officials. This is just another example of why his “style” will not work at this level.

  51. pmp300300 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:49 AM

    Refs need to be on HGH like the rest of the league.

  52. atthemurph says: Jul 30, 2013 10:53 AM

    I have visions of Aaron Rodgers complaining to the Umpire to get the damn ball placed so he could run his play and Mike McCarthy angrily yelling at anyone who would listen that the refs were slowing down the tempo.

    Kelly is going to learn that it’s a different game and the NFL controls the clock.

  53. rugbyisbetter says: Jul 30, 2013 10:56 AM

    Fact1 : We don’t know which QB Chip will select..
    Fact2: We don’t know what style his offense undertake (see Fact1)
    Fact3: We dont know how his defense will be
    Fact4: We dont know anything about this team…

    So I think its premature to anoint this team NFC East Champs or even the bottom dwellers…

    He could be Spurrier 2.0 or… Jimmy Johnson 2.o (who came out of college to coach one of the best cowboy teams ever)…

    interesting how the NFC East teams go after these guys…

  54. lolo376 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:57 AM

    First he needs to worry about completing plays, than worry about hurrying up the tempo

  55. cobrala2 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:02 AM

    Why is it I hate EVERYTHING Mike Pereira says?

  56. davereckon says: Jul 30, 2013 11:15 AM

    richndc says: Jul 30, 2013 9:48 AM

    Hours spent on selecting the practice music? Special smoothies? Revolutionize the NFL? And he still does not know who is QB is? As a Cowboys fan, this is getting better by the day. Not that the Eagles were going to compete in the East this year anyhow, but I am starting to smell a 3-4 win season. At least this time Mike Vick might have legitimate excuses for his failures.
    __________________________________

    At least we know who will be calling the plays.

  57. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2013 11:21 AM

    Chip wants to snap the ball before defenses can even line up. Obviously that can be an advantage but the NFL officials, who think they are rock stars anyway, aren’t going to hurry for anyone.

    Not to mention the veteran NFL players who aren’t going to hurry for chip’s college offense either. They are capable of faking injuries to slow that mess down.

    Chip you aren’t in Oregon any longer.

  58. sully215 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:26 AM

    Hours spent on selecting the practice music? Special smoothies? Revolutionize the NFL? And he still does not know who is QB is? As a Cowboys fan, this is getting better by the day. Not that the Eagles were going to compete in the East this year anyhow, but I am starting to smell a 3-4 win season. At least this time Mike Vick might have legitimate excuses for his failures.

    ————————————————–

    If that’s the case, 2 of those 3-4 wins are against the Cowboys.

  59. eatitfanboy says: Jul 30, 2013 11:44 AM

    Pure marketing genius.

    Slow down there, young fella! Our fat, old geezers will not be rushed! Where ya goin’ in such a hurry anyway?!?

    In MY day, we huddled up like real men! And walked up to the line like real men! And snapped the ball on three! LIKE REAL MEN!

    You young whipper snappers with your progress and whatnot. Get off my lawn!!

  60. somekat says: Jul 30, 2013 11:50 AM

    This makes perfect sense to me. Every practice I’ve ever been to in any sport, coaches are always saying “We don’t let the opponent control the tempo of the game, we control the tempo…..to the point that the referees are willing to let us”

    Wait, nobody says that second part?

  61. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2013 11:54 AM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says:Jul 30, 2013 11:21 AM

    Chip wants to snap the ball before defenses can even line up. Obviously that can be an advantage but the NFL officials, who think they are rock stars anyway, aren’t going to hurry for anyone.

    Not to mention the veteran NFL players who aren’t going to hurry for chip’s college offense either. They are capable of faking injuries to slow that mess down.

    Chip you aren’t in Oregon any longer.

    ———————

    You can still run a play before the defense lines up. This is just talking about not being able to push the pace faster than the officials are willing to go. Nothing has changed. As long as the offense is set and the officials are ready the play will happen. No one cares if the defense is ready.

  62. officialgame says: Jul 30, 2013 12:28 PM

    It won’t matter and is secondary to Chip’s philosophy. A defense can only substitute when the offense substitutes. The idea is for the offense to not make substitutions while moving play to play at a non stop pace. If you have versatile offensive player, which the Eagles do, that can line up at different positions you create miss matches by exposing what the defense has on the field. The ref not being in position isn’t much of a factor in slowing you down because you can still line up, call your play, get set and hike when the ref says go. An example would be if the defense has a nickle package in and Kelly’s offense has in three tight ends you run the ball down their throat. Hence the “big people beat up on little people comment”.

  63. pillowporkers says: Jul 30, 2013 12:30 PM

    Man this team would be lights out if they could get Clowney. He’s exactly what they need. Unfortunately, they are too talented to get that number 1 pick. As long as you have Lesean Mccoy, you won’t be going 3-13 or worse. The Eagles are stuck in no man’s land, primed for a 6-10 season.

  64. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 30, 2013 12:31 PM

    Why should Chip Kelly’s offense get any special treatment? I’m sure every other coach would like this or that done differently but they know how to to operate within the given parameters. We need less “change the game so I can win” and more “I’ll beat you by being the best at the game”.

    The Oregon offense won’t work in the NFL anyway; it’s predicated on having superior conditioning. You’re not going to find that in the NFL, not to the extent you can find it in college. He doesn’t have the roster size to rotate in fresh players all the time, and the players lining up on the other side are just as big and strong as his guys.

  65. officialgame says: Jul 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    dowhatifeellike says:
    Jul 30, 2013 12:31 PM
    “He doesn’t have the roster size to rotate in fresh players all the time, and the players lining up on the other side are just as big and strong as his guys”.

    What you posted shows how little you know about Kelly! The idea is to NOT ROTATE IN FRESH GUYS! It is based on miss matches and having versatile players that DON’T NEED TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR. The roster size only effects practice when teams get down to the 53 man limit. Kelly is smart enough to know he isn’t in college when dealing with that issue.

  66. redskinfansince82 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    I guess Macklin didn’t drink any smoothies during training camp? No offense Chip Kelly is Pudgy so is he practicing what he preaches? Just saying!

  67. gooseusaf1 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:13 PM

    I thought Chip’s whole offense was a 2 minute drill.

  68. phelbin says: Jul 30, 2013 1:16 PM

    twilson962 says:

    Steve Spurrier = Chip Kelly

    There are too many parallels with these two coaches. Offensive ‘genius’ bringing a ‘new styles’ to the NFL, with ZERO NFL coaching experience.

    - – - – - – - – - –

    Do you include Jim Harbaugh in there too just cause he was an offensive-minded college coach with zero NFL coaching experience? Cause he seems to be doing pretty well.

    Steve Spurrier failed because he treats his job like a 9-5 and likes to take days off to play golf. Coaching in the NFL requires 18-hour days and sleeping on the couch in your office. Chip Kelly is that guy.

  69. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    More likely than the officials are, his gimmick offense, Pat Shurmer, and getting players to buy into it.

  70. mvp43 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    The one thing officials hate are college coaches that come into the league acting like they’re going to revolutionize the game of football. Nothing will happen until that official spots that ball and they’re not going to speed up the process for Chip if they didn’t for Peyton Manning a few years back.

  71. therealtrenches says: Jul 30, 2013 2:54 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Jul 30, 2013 10:16 AM
    Yay, my daily Chip Kelly article. What a media diva this guy is. Marcus Bachmann look-alike.

    ———————————

    What part of this story says Kelly created it to draw attention to himself?

  72. richardmswartz says: Jul 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    If the Eagles are lined up and ready to go, the refs will get in position. Same with any other team. The refs will not purposefully slow any team down. If they are continually slowing any team down at all from hiking the ball they will become the focus of play, they will draw negative attention and adapt as opposed to ridicule and being denied bonuses by not being selected for playoff games (regardless of what teams make the playoffs).

  73. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    @bullcharger

    I think you misunderstood my comment. I’m not saying Chip can’t run a play if the defense is not ready, I’m saying he would like to run it before the defense is set but it won’t be as easy in the NFL.

    The NFL has different rules than college and the officials aren’t going to hurry up just because Chip wants to catch a defense with their pants down.

  74. jrcoop says: Jul 30, 2013 4:57 PM

    ”We’re going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren’t going to rush [unless] it’s in the two minute drill.”…. or you’re the Patriots.

  75. gooseusaf1 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:38 PM

    phelbin says: Jul 30, 2013 1:16 PM

    twilson962 says:

    Steve Spurrier = Chip Kelly

    There are too many parallels with these two coaches. Offensive ‘genius’ bringing a ‘new styles’ to the NFL, with ZERO NFL coaching experience.

    - – – – – – – – – –

    Do you include Jim Harbaugh in there too just cause he was an offensive-minded college coach with zero NFL coaching experience? Cause he seems to be doing pretty well.

    Steve Spurrier failed because he treats his job like a 9-5 and likes to take days off to play golf. Coaching in the NFL requires 18-hour days and sleeping on the couch in your office. Chip Kelly is that guy.
    ————————

    Harbaugh was at least a QB coach for the Raiders in 2002 & 2003

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