Robert Griffin III looks like a guy who hasn’t played football in eight months. Chip Kelly looks like a coach who’s ready to take the NFL by storm.
That’s the quick takeaway from the first half of tonight’s game in Washington, where Kelly’s Eagles are running exactly the kind of fast-paced offense that made Kelly such a successful college coach at Oregon. This Eagles offense takes an exciting, fast-paced approach to the game that NFL fans haven’t seen before.
Griffin, meanwhile, is seeing his first action since blowing out his knee in January, and he looks like he needs some work. He hasn’t flashed the speed he showed off last season, and he hasn’t shown the passing accuracy we came to expect from him last season, either. It’s taking Griffin some time to get himself ready again, and late in the first half he took a hard hit and was slow to get up. (To add insult to injury, Griffin was flagged for intentional grounding on that play.)
At halftime, it’s 26-7, Eagles.