Chip Kelly takes issue with talk that his offense has been figured out

AP

In the Eagles’ last two games, their offensive possessions have resulted in 15 punts, five interceptions, one fumble, one missed field goal and one made field goal — and that made field goal, Philadelphia’s only scoring drive of the last two weeks, came on a drive that started in field goal range. So does that mean opposing defenses have coach Chip Kelly’s offense figured out?

Not according to Kelly, who took issue with that notion when asked by a reporter today if that’s what has happened.

“I don’t think that people have it figured out,” Kelly said.

So why aren’t the Eagles putting points on the board? Kelly said it’s simply a matter of poor execution. Kelly said that if the plays were being executed properly, the Eagles’ offense would be effective even if everyone knew what was coming. Kelly said the NFL’s best offenses, like Denver and Green Bay, succeed with quarterbacks throwing perfect passes.

“I can tell you what Peyton Manning is going to do, but you still have to stop them and you still have to execute,” Kelly said. “I watched Aaron Rodgers last night, his first touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, where he whizzed it by the kid’s head before he had a chance to turn around, put it right on the money where Jordy, the only thing he could do is catch it. It’s still about executing and I think everybody kind of knows going into the game plan, you’re not going to surprise people eight games in.”

Kelly seems to believe the biggest problem is that starting quarterback Michael Vick and second-string quarterback Nick Foles are both hurt, and the Eagles are down to third-string quarterback Matt Barkley.

“The last two, if I look at the last two and just analyze what the situation is, in both games we got to our third quarterback,” Kelly said. “I think that’s a difficult proposition, you know, especially when you don’t have a lot of reps for those guys to go around at practice. We have to execute.”

So basically, all Kelly thinks has been figured out is that the Eagles struggle when playing their third-string quarterback. Just like most teams would.

88 responses to “Chip Kelly takes issue with talk that his offense has been figured out

  1. Whatever makes you sleep at night.

    I’m not one to bash but that team of his is pathetic.

  2. Keep telling yourself that Chip and the wins will just keep coming ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not !

  3. “I can tell you what Peyton Manning is going to do, but you still have to stop them and you still have to execute,” Kelly said.

    The difference is that your offense is a college offense and you’re in the big leagues now, Chip.

    Gimmicks don’t last long in the NFL, just ask your QB, Mike Vick.

  4. I think the NFL can figure out the offense of just about any team that is down to it’s 3rd string qb.

  5. Also just for the record I haven’t failed at shutting down Peyton Manning as a HC yet. But you have Chip. Speak for yourself and don’t tell me I would have done the same things you did, cause I wouldn’t have. I would have assembled a much better team than you to start with, and then naturally been pre-disposed to having better execution. Your team and your plan are just inferior and that’s why you are losing. Not that complicated to figure out.

  6. I like Chip Kelly, but I’m not a fan of coaches throwing their players under the bus like this. Even when it’s true, it’s better left unsaid.

  7. It’s ridiculous to write off Chip Kelly’s entire offensive philosophy when viewing the results administered by a broken Vick and a third string rookie the last two weeks.

    What if Russel Wilson and Tavaris Jackson both became unavailable to the Seahawks this week and BJ Daniels started and yielded similar results to the Eagles. No one would say Pete Carrol’s offense has been figured out… they would attribute it to unstable play by a 3rd string QB thrown into the fire.

  8. Last year everyone said “The league figured out Andy Reid”, but suddenly this year the league forgot how to play against Andy Reid.

    It’s not that the league figured Chip out, it’s the fact that he has zero talent at the QB position. Kinda like Andy Reid last year. Suddenly with Alex Smith, Andy Reid seems to be doing okay again.

  9. Chip Kelly was a great collewge coach because the founder of Nike paid for the most sensational weight room and work out facility in the history of the known world thereby letting him recruit the best high school players. The pros are a different story. Coaching smarts count. He is way over his head. I recall a few games ago he let the clock run out when he was on his own 25 yard line and behind. He could not figure out that in the pros with 2 and 3/4 minutes left you can punt and from that point all kinds of strange things can happen.

  10. I wonder if Chip has considered that maybe his offense is part of the reason the Eagles are down to their third string quarterback. Many questioned whether Vick could hold up through the season, and he couldn’t.

  11. I also think that the Eagles offensive line isn’t all that special.

    Again, it has nothing to do with figuring out schemes – it’s that the cupboard was bare when Chip Kelly came in.

  12. Anyone still think I’m crazy that the Eagles let him walk in January and he becomes the next SC coach?

  13. I take issue with his 3-4 defense, his predictable play calling, his throwing Nick Foles under the bus for one bad game, and for clogging up the back end of the roster with players of marginal talent who happen to have Oregon pedigrees-Matthews, Maehl, and what the heck….Chung.

  14. A) At Oregon he had more talent than the majority of the teams he played. Hell, he had more talent than most teams, period.

    B) I never thought Chip wanted to leave Oregon. He turned down a few offers, but when word that sanctions would be coming he bolted. I’m in the crowd that believes he took the guaranteed money and is just holding down a job until a major college job comes along.

  15. I remember when Eagles fans ridiculed the Redskins for hiring Steve Spurrier and his college offense.

  16. Despite all the offensive weapons Philly has, Kelley has tried to run his gimmicky college system with 3 different type QB’s and they’ve all been blown up. end of subject.

  17. logicalvoiceseys says: Oct 28, 2013 6:28 PM

    He should cut his losses and take the USC job.
    *****************
    Washington should cut their loses and work on a top 5 pick next year.

  18. Definition of stubborn. He’d rather fail using his system than use the tried and true huddle that’s lasted since footballs were made oblong.

  19. It’s Chip’s first season with the team. He needs time to draft and assemble a team. Belichick was 5-11 in his 1st season. Bill Walsh 2-14 in his 1st season. Tom Landry 0-11-1 in his 1st season. Etc etc. Chip and the Eagles will be just fine.

  20. He’s right, his offense hasn’t been figured out. By his opponents, his fellow coaches or his own team.

    His all speed, no technique scheme may work against Arizona State, or Utah, or Cal, but even the weakest of NFL defenses can handle this garbage.

  21. “What if Russel Wilson and Tavaris Jackson both became unavailable to the Seahawks this week and BJ Daniels started and yielded similar results to the Eagles.”

    Apples to Oranges.

    The Seahawks scheme is basically old school run football with a little bit of the new athletic QB stuff thrown in and a heavy dose of Defense-saves-our-bacon.

    Take out Wilson and T-Jack and you’ll find that not much changes about our offense other than you will have even more runs by Lynch, Turbin, & Michael (and no running by the QB).

    Chip Kelly basically just said that if he had Manning or Rodgers then his offense would work. Pete Carroll’s offense moved even when Clipboard Jesus Whitehurst was throwing the ball… Because we had Lynch running it to get the first downs.

  22. joetoronto says:
    Oct 28, 2013 6:24 PM
    “I can tell you what Peyton Manning is going to do, but you still have to stop them and you still have to execute,” Kelly said.

    The difference is that your offense is a college offense and you’re in the big leagues now, Chip.

    Gimmicks don’t last long in the NFL, just ask your QB, Mike Vick.

    i don’t care for vick, but he’s been in the league close to a dozen years (and missed two more). not too many people last that long.

  23. He’s making me miss Reid.

    Well maybe not that bad.

    Reid will lose in the Wild Card round this year, and never get that close again.

    Chip Kelly is going back to college.

    Promote Billy Davis to Head Coach, then find a 60-something year old Pro-Set Offensive Coordinator who will develop Barkley.

    Three years of playing with the number ones is all Barkley needs to be a playoff QB.

  24. You haters need to relax. He’s 8 games in. If you know anything about Lurie then you know the goal is to have Kelly here for a long time. He has a very long leash. The former coach and front office have destroyed this team during the past 5 years and it declined even further when they added Vick. Because of the false hope that Vick gives, the eagles have passed up on multiple franchise QBs the past 2 years. Even the skill players are overrated. This team will look entirely different in 24 months.

  25. You guys are idiots there is no talent on that team he needs a few years to bring in the right players in 2 yrs you idiots will be singing a different tune

  26. I don’t understand all the ignorance from the comments here. He’s right in what he said. Teams without elite qb’s rarely succeed in this league. He’s down to his 3rd stringer, who plays like a 3rd stringer. And even if his scheme was flawless, unless the players execute, it’s not going to work. And anybody who has seen Barkley play knows that he’s struggling to execute.

  27. And the rest of the football world takes offense at his refusal to the facts. Of course having Matt Barkley run that offense isn’t helping matters. And not but 2 years ago hard to believe Barkley could’ve been a top-5 draft pick…..and eventual bust we now know.

  28. Guys who are saying he will bolt to go back to college after the season, do not forget he has an 18 month show cause penalty. This will expire in January 2015 or so-in other words, sorry Eagles fans but you are stuck with him.

  29. Anyone on here who had watched the eagles would’ve seen there are a lot of times the receivers are open and Barkley is just way off I knew the future qb of this team wasn’t on the roster and happy ill never have to see Vick play for this team again.

  30. Anyone remember the last coach to come out of the NCAA ranks to be successfull? JJohnson was the last. Don’t give me PCarroll. He got his a$$ kicked in the NFL, went back to college FB, with his tail between his legs, escaped before USC sanctions and now is successful in the NFL. Even though he has a lot of guys suspended(both his and former NCAA players).

    Hire the best coordinator, that’s the way to go in the NFL

  31. Like I told you all. The NFL has to hell pay to for all that trash you’ve been talking about Raider Nation, and this is the year the Raiders are about to start collecting debts. Philly Eagles bring your check books Sunday. It’s your turn to pay the piper.

  32. Remember when everybody thought Barkley would be the #1 pick? He didn’t go quite that high, but he’s no slouch despite being third on the Eagles depth chart.

  33. He’d rather fail than use a huddle so his 4th rd rookie QB can gather his wits before next play.

    If you’re offense can’t drive a Volkswagen, you sure don’t put them in a Ferrari.

  34. This team won’t get straightened out until they dump Vick and settle on a quarterback who’s going to be there. Every game.

  35. Anyone remember the last coach to come out of the NCAA ranks to be successfull? JJohnson was the last. Don’t give me PCarroll. He got his a$$ kicked in the NFL, went back to college FB, with his tail between his legs, escaped before USC sanctions and now is successful in the NFL. Even though he has a lot of guys suspended(both his and former NCAA players).

    Jim Harbaugh seems to be doing well and like it or not Pete basically turned over the entire Seahawks roster. They seem to be doing ok. NFL coordinators fail too. Trust me, I’ve watched Scott Linehan and Steve Spagnola “coach.”

  36. When you look back on the Chip Kelly/eagles era, do you think it will include a super bowl title? It’s off to a pretty lousy start but still early.

  37. Although I think Oakland will win the game this week with an East Coast team traveling to West, Foles will return and continue to move Kelly’s offense. Eagles score 27 plus and everyone forgets the last two games.

    Kelly has the knowledge but does’nt have the horses.

    Watching the leagues leading rusher refuse to run north/south the last two weeks and the QBs not being able to hit the side of a barn makes any offensive plan go South.

    Kelly has not helped with some real minor league moves.

    Like a few people commented some great coaches started first years looking like losers. Also some were losers. Time will tell not eight games.

  38. I would venture to say that 98% of the people commenting on this post couldn’t tell you the difference between this offense and the single wing. Kelly is right about one thing football plays are all about execution, every play of every offense is a T.D. if executed properly.

  39. tedmurph,

    You missed the part where Pete Carroll was an assistant under Bud Grant, became a head coach, assisted George Seifert, again an NFL head coach, THEN coached in college.

  40. I don’t think Chip has even figured out his own offense yet, it sure looks awful. You don’t bring a new system in and implement it with players not capable of doing it. Hot shot college coahces are always gonna change the way the NFL works, and they all scurry back to kiddie ball soon enough.

  41. Chip has 3 big problems:

    1. He needs a QB for his system. He doesn’t have one. He’s SCREWED without that guy, and those guys don’t grow on trees.

    2. His offense relies on speed and pace, which equates to work ethic. His players either don’t have the ethic, or haven’t bought in to it so are holding back, which equates to the same thing.

    2. Even if the first 2 things manage to work themselves out, there’s still no guarantee that his offense is a viable offense in the NFL.

  42. Yes Chip you need a qb, and the way you are going you will have a chance for a bumper crop this year. I was concerned when this guy surrounded him with too many college coaches. Put your guys in a place to execute and succeed.

    Pat Hayden is on line 1.

  43. In his defense Vick’s injury didn’t help not that Vick was dominating or anything, but Chip is learning the hardway that you need both sides of the ball to be a good team and you won’t dominate teams in the NFL with pure athleticism and his scheme simply just doesn’t work in the NFL or at least has yet to prove that it works. You impressed against a poor Redskins defense great job Chip. I won’t say this is a failure yet, I’ll let him get a couple drafts and see what free agents he adds (If he stays in the NFL that long)

  44. It’s not the scheme. Teams have historically defended better after the quarter of the season. Here are reasons why the Eagles are losing.

    1. Need a healthy mobile quarterback to run the system.
    2. Need a better O-Line for this offense
    3. Need a defense to stop the run
    4. Finally the NFL, if anyone hasn’t noticed are “letting” teams bump and run aggressively beyond 5 yards the last 3 weeks. Not allowing spacing…Perhaps because writers were complaining that it’s turning into the Arena Football League. I honestly think that’s the biggest reason these offense’s have slowed down. Denver being the acception to the rule because they have a quarterback who can adjust to the this type defense but even they aren’t putting up the same offensive numbers without turning the ball over.

  45. I agree that this level of ineptitude on offense is alarming, although certainly a lot of that has to do with Barkley just not being close to ready. But keep in mind that Andy Reid, who is now 8-0 with KC, won 1 of his last 12 games coaching the same team with more or less the same personnel that Chip is now struggling with. Chip has been somewhat disappointing so far, but we are a mere 8 games in to a 3-4 year rebuilding process.

  46. It’s not the scheme. Teams have historically defended better after the quarter of the season. Here are reasons why the Eagles are losing.

    1. Need a healthy mobile quarterback to run the system.
    2. Need a better O-Line for this offense
    3. Need a defense to stop the run
    4. Finally the NFL, if anyone hasn’t noticed are “letting” teams bump and run aggressively beyond 5 yards the last 3 weeks. Not allowing spacing…Perhaps because writers were complaining that it’s turning into the Arena Football League. I honestly think that’s the biggest reason these offense’s have slowed down. Denver being the acception to the rule because they have a quarterback who can adjust to the this type defense but even they aren’t putting up the same offensive numbers without turning the ball over.

    Your number 3 doesn’t hold much weight they have one of the best run d’s in the league and haven’t given up a 100 yard rusher this year. They need a pass rush desperately.

  47. Its not Chip Kelly’s fault. He has just been deal the deadly card of Howie Roseman. He really does suck!

  48. I love how one person bashes Chip, it gets a lot of thumbs up, and then everybody hops on that bandwagon. What is he supposed to say in response to that question? ‘Yep, the defenses have figured us out. We’re screwed.’ Of course he’s going to say what he said. If you watched his entire press conference instead of this little out of context part of it you would see that he definitely said he needs to call better plays as well.

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