While much remains unknown about the offense Chip Kelly wants to run — or who he wants to run it — it’s clear that he wants to run a lot of it.
The Panthers defensive players looked gassed after last night’s no-huddle first half, and at least one of them admitted it.
“I got tired, but that’s all part of the game. Just got to fight through it, get to the next play and keep sound fundamentals,” rookie defensive tackle Star Lotulelei said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Get off the ball is what we teach in our defensive line room. So that’s what I have to do.”
Getting off the field would have helped, if the goal was just catching a breath. The Eagles gained 257 yards in the first half with the starters on the field, converting all four of their third down attempts against the Panthers’ first defense.
For the night, the Eagles ran 69 plays. That’s well off last week’s 86 in their fast-break game against the Patriots, but it’s still a pace not many are accustomed to.