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Chip Kelly sees a trickle-up effect as fast-paced football proliferates

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought a fast-paced offensive approach from Oregon to Philadelphia last year, and Kelly thinks that’s the direction that fast-paced football is flowing: From the lower levels to the highest level.

“I think it’s probably a trickle‑up effect,” Kelly said. “It’s kind of started at a lower level and moved up.”

Kelly said that when he was introducing some of his fast-paced concepts with the Eagles last year, he found that many players had experience with it in college or in high school, even if they hadn’t seen it in the NFL.

“So it’s not like when you start to introduce a concept to some people, they don’t understand it,” Kelly said. “There’s a lot of guys that are coming up through the college ranks that are now in the NFL that have done it at the college level. It’s just a matter of, how do you ‑‑ what are your mechanics to get it done. But I think that’s one of those things that’s kind of coming from the bottom up.”

Kelly is still keeping a close eye on college football, not just to evaluate potential future draft picks but also to keep an eye on how other coaches are running their teams.

“I watched Navy play Ohio State last week and Navy did some tempo and they just kept the same guys on the field all the time. But they have a great system in terms of what they do,” Kelly said. “I went as a scout. [Vice president of player personnel] Tommy Gamble was going down to the game and he was in in the morning and we were talking. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was going to Ohio State-Navy, and I told him I would jump in the car and go with him.”

Kelly never stops looking for an edge, and if he thinks he can find an edge at a college game, that’s where he’ll be.

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58 Responses to “Chip Kelly sees a trickle-up effect as fast-paced football proliferates”
  1. floratiotime says: Sep 4, 2014 2:12 PM

    Like he always says … he’s the greatest.

  2. fissels says: Sep 4, 2014 2:14 PM

    I like this guy Chip Kelly

  3. howiehandles says: Sep 4, 2014 2:14 PM

    Really wish the Bears would have rolled the dice on him. I know college coaches usually don’t work out, but the guy not only is bright, but he seems to have his ego a bit more in check than some of the other college star coaches did.

  4. thesmartest1 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:19 PM

    Copy cat league. Always was.

  5. slizzyslizz says: Sep 4, 2014 2:19 PM

    Chip Kelly. Innovator.

  6. officialgame says: Sep 4, 2014 2:20 PM

    Never married, no children just a guy who lives, eats, and breaths football.

  7. BigTimeOperator says: Sep 4, 2014 2:22 PM

    The Eagles are a team to watch this year. Will they get better? Will it all fall flat? If they fail will it be because of Foles? Lots of questions– glad the season is finally here.

  8. goodtimes0 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:25 PM

    Things you’ll never hear Chip Kelly say:

    #271 – Sorry Tommy, I’d love to go, but I have to help my wife pick out patio furniture this Saturday.

  9. i thumbs down your comment says: Sep 4, 2014 2:25 PM

    I like this coach.

  10. dcstinks says: Sep 4, 2014 2:27 PM

    #ICWT

    Philly has the greatest team in history with the best running backs, receivers, coaches and QB since Montana!

  11. pats3rings says: Sep 4, 2014 2:30 PM

    I am a huge Chip Kelly fan.

    I know it’s a pipe dream but would love to see Chip come home and take over the Patriots when Bill retires.

  12. mdd913 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:30 PM

    Sean Payton has been running a high-tempo, multi-package offense since 2007, but suddenly it’s this big new thing and Chip Kelly is “innovative”. Okay.

  13. floreskins says: Sep 4, 2014 2:31 PM

    Kelly and Gamble are two of the brightest in the business. Thrilled they’re both in this organization.

  14. rugbyisbetter says: Sep 4, 2014 2:32 PM

    I don’t know whether this guy is not married, or doesn’t have kids, but the guy seems to be going football 24/7. Its like it not his job at all, and that its his hobby too.

    Time will tell if Chip can make his hobby turn into every Philadelphia’s dream come true.

    I just love how football is back!

  15. jayovalentine says: Sep 4, 2014 2:41 PM

    He’ll be back in college in a few years after he trades away Shady. Just watch !!

  16. bassplucker says: Sep 4, 2014 2:45 PM

    Hate it. I was watching Baylor do this last weekend while they obliterated SMU and it looked like arena ball.

  17. birdfanatdabeach says: Sep 4, 2014 2:45 PM

    53 players following one man
    45 players every Sunday following one man
    70,000 people this Sunday admiring one man

    In February 2015

    31 teams following one coach
    2.5 million cold and drunk EAGLES FANS celebrating on BROAD STREET

    Thanks to ONE MAN

    ICWT………..ICWT…………ICWT

  18. electricboogalo says: Sep 4, 2014 2:49 PM

    Leave the failed economic policy references to the politicians.

  19. omnipresentfan says: Sep 4, 2014 2:53 PM

    And in Washington, we rank at the bottom of the division.

    Damn you RGIII!!

  20. mikea311 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:53 PM

    i’ve been doing this in Madden for over a decade.

  21. reesesteel23 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:54 PM

    That’s true about the Saints.

  22. mikea311 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    Kelly never stops looking for an edge, and if he thinks he can find an edge at a college game, that’s where he’ll be.

    ——————-

    because no other NFL coaches do this…ever, lol

  23. baltimoresnativeson says: Sep 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    Lets see the guy get at least 1 ring at the NFL level before we go anointing his as anything.

    Football fans have become so fickle.

  24. Ridley Me This says: Sep 4, 2014 3:01 PM

    Didn’t Peyton in Indianapolis do it before chip in Oregon?

  25. deshackle says: Sep 4, 2014 3:03 PM

    Chip Kelly is a legend in his own mind. New flash Skip, ain’t nothing new under the sun.

  26. silverhornet says: Sep 4, 2014 3:04 PM

    ah yes… the old trickle up effect… just like tackling or lack thereof.

  27. bassplucker says: Sep 4, 2014 3:10 PM

    Really wish the Bears would have rolled the dice on him. I know college coaches usually don’t work out, but the guy not only is bright, but he seems to have his ego a bit more in check than some of the other college star coaches did.

    ————-

    Bears fan here, and yes in the battle of first-year HCs last year Kelly clearly bested Trestman. Kelly won more games, and with less talent — especially on the offensive side of the ball. I am hoping that equalizes somewhat this season.

  28. bigblue00 says: Sep 4, 2014 3:20 PM

    Control the football, control the clock, control the game.
    Man I miss real football.

  29. steelerben says: Sep 4, 2014 3:23 PM

    Am I the only one that remembers the Bengals of the Boomer Esiason and Sam Wyche running the no huddle with simplified play calls to keep the tempo up? Some of the concepts like one word play calls are newer, but the idea of running as many plays as you can, as fast as you can, isn’t a new one.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 4, 2014 3:45 PM

    The Pats have been running a version of this offense since 2007, though I believe Belichick actually met with Kelly to pick his brain about it.

  31. restorativejusticeprogram says: Sep 4, 2014 3:47 PM

    Easy to dominate when you have the best Offensive Line in football (Bears dominated on offense with a putrid one).

  32. edavidberg says: Sep 4, 2014 3:51 PM

    The only issue with Trestman is his choice of defensive coordinator. His offense last year performed better than Kelly’s in many ways.

  33. maurysline says: Sep 4, 2014 3:54 PM

    Has Kelly actually won anything besides barely taking the division title in the weakest division in the NFL ? Maybe he is a quality coach……or maybe not…..no way to tell because he actually hasn’t accomplished much yet. Give it a rest please with making him the next Vince Lombard.

  34. iamdinguskhan says: Sep 4, 2014 3:56 PM

    Maybe he should start studying some defensive concepts or ” how to draft in the NFL” concepts…he’s still 0 and 1 in the playoffs and has a lot to prove.

  35. skinsfaninphilly says: Sep 4, 2014 4:27 PM

    Real serious question..how is Chip the innovator of the uptempo offense when 1) the uptempo style was in the league and college longer than he has been and 2) his offense wasn’t the fastest in the league last year..nor was it 2nd..but I guess I’m hating tho?

  36. thepftpaperchase says: Sep 4, 2014 4:27 PM

    Rex Ryan and the New York Jets were heavily criticized last year, mostly by the local NY media, when the head coach attended his son’s game (Clemson at Georgia), because it was the same day as the cut down date. Even PFT commented (more than once) on the situation. So Chip Kelly attends the Navy-Ohio State game on this season’s cut down date, and there is no criticism at all. Am I missing something?

  37. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 4, 2014 4:33 PM

    Kelly will be back coaching college football one day.

  38. wiztopher says: Sep 4, 2014 4:35 PM

    As a life long Philly fan, all I can say is just watch. Chip doesn’t welcome the hype, n fact he has a distain for it; he can’t help it if writers are fascinated. That being said, one can’t deny the impact Chip has had in just one season as head coach.

  39. JSpicoli says: Sep 4, 2014 4:38 PM

    Just beat JAX. I have you in my suicide pool.

  40. Grinds My Gear says: Sep 4, 2014 4:51 PM

    I always hated when people would say Chip Kelly’s offense wouldn’t work in the NFL. He doesn’t run a gimmick offense, Chip has always been about logistics. The key component is efficiency and pace the offense operates.

    True he ran primarily spread in college, but that’s not his gimmick. Chip’s offense is no different from the one Pats ran the year before Chip went to Philly.

    Chip’s a great coach because he plays money ball, his offense sort of gets the best value out of each player. Which is why I think Foles probably wouldn’t be a great QB anywhere else. Chip’s offense often values a guy who can do one thing really well, and anything else is a bonus (i.e. McCoy) and players will an expanded skillset would really benefit, whereas a guy who I believe is more of a game manage will look good in the system, but run into an issue where you sit back and say “well, maybe he’s not good enough” (Foles)

  41. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 4, 2014 4:54 PM

    Yes, everyone wants to have a fast paced offense virtually guaranteeing a bad defense and a beat down against good teams.

    Wonder why Chip thinks everyone wants to be him; what did his approach ever win?

  42. mljohns says: Sep 4, 2014 5:01 PM

    June Jones 2.0. Wasn’t the Run n’ Shoot supposed to make defenses defend the whole field and spread ‘em out back in the late 80s/early 90s? Football is cyclical…although the new rules favoring the offense gives them more of a chance these days, pump the brakes and put the cap back on the anointing oil until there’s some sustained success.

  43. vusnu says: Sep 4, 2014 5:09 PM

    Am I the only one that remembers the Bengals of the Boomer Esiason and Sam Wyche running the no huddle with simplified play calls to keep the tempo up? Some of the concepts like one word play calls are newer, but the idea of running as many plays as you can, as fast as you can, isn’t a new one.

    ======================

    Kelly will be the first one to tell you he didn’t invent the hurry up offense for the NFL. I’ve heard him on numerous occasions remind everybody that Boomer in Cincy and Kelly in Buffalo ran a version of the hurry up several decades ago.

  44. notthetroll says: Sep 4, 2014 5:41 PM

    1 full year of NFL game film.

    We’ll see.

  45. nflrule says: Sep 4, 2014 5:42 PM

    If Chip Kelly is not careful hes going to get as fat as Andy Reid..Just sayin.

  46. TheWizard says: Sep 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    Am I the only one that remembers the Bengals of the Boomer Esiason and Sam Wyche running the no huddle

    You beat me to it. That was some great football to watch back then. Sam on the pa growling at the unruly fans was priceless.

  47. douchebigelow says: Sep 4, 2014 5:53 PM

    He also sees a trophy case void of Lombardi’s, everyday when he goes to work.

    #1960

  48. Why are the Steelers leaving the NFL after winning #7 this year, you ask? Football has become a sport of suits, pens, and bottom lines. It's our obligation to restore our creation. The question is: why aren't you leaving? says: Sep 4, 2014 6:06 PM

    Uh, this has been around for a long time..

  49. just2040 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:06 PM

    1988 Bengals no huddle up-tempo offense, went to Super Bowl. 1990-1993 Bills K-Gun, no huddle up-tempo offense, went to four Super Bowls. Peyton Manning, no huddle up-tempo offense, 3 Super Bowls, 1 win. Tom Brady, no huddle up-tempo offense, 5 Super Bowls, 3 wins. Drew Brees, no huddle up-tempo offense, 1 Super Bowl win. 2013, Chip Kelly, no huddle up-tempo offense, 1 division title, 0 playoff wins. He’s a genius innovator. His ideas are trickling up to the NFL.

  50. baddegg says: Sep 4, 2014 6:09 PM

    Chip Kelley is a genious. Just ask him.

  51. philyeagles5 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:00 PM

    our defense is the only thing that can bring us down this year. obviously Foles doesnt go 27-2 again, but i dont expect much different.

  52. shakespeare22 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:19 PM

    Who’s Chip Kelly?

  53. bigbluepa83 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:39 PM

    He hasnt won anything besides a division champ, eagles fans lmao.. ud think they had won something meaningful thwy way they hype their team up! “Its are year” eagles fans favorite phrase

  54. stercuilus65 says: Sep 5, 2014 4:45 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Sep 4, 2014 2:12 PM
    “Like he always says … he’s the greatest.”
    ————————————————-
    Instead of posting this drivel in every article that mentions Kelly (obsessed much?) why not try posting a link to whenever he said something remotely close to that? Go on I dare you, I triple dog dare you…

  55. stercuilus65 says: Sep 5, 2014 4:46 PM

    baddegg says:
    Sep 4, 2014 6:09 PM
    Chip Kelley is a genious. Just ask him.
    ———————————————-
    LOL Learn how to spell “genius”, genius!

  56. yetimonster says: Sep 6, 2014 3:40 PM

    running no huddle is not exactly the same and an up-tempo game. Any team can run no huddle a few drives.

  57. 24k24k007 says: Sep 10, 2014 3:57 AM

    Chip Kelly Andy Reid and the eagles are all doo doo! Why believe in a man that has done nothing with this organization? All I’ve seen from him is more of a hype-man and he has all you believing in him still!
    All this Super Bowl talk with him is a joke and it makes me throw up a little in my mouth as I’m typing this, he has a QB that is hyped up as much as he is too. If you look at nick foles the wrong way, he gets a concussion! and Kelly still has the nerve to even talk Super Bowl?
    The eagles are bad, they will not be good, and foles season last year was a major fluke! I say put matt Barkley under center and develop him, cause honestly he’s a lot better than foles is, at least he’s more durable anyways, and he had a better college career, and let’s face it, who does the NFL consist of? Everyone that came from college teams…maybe the best of the college players, but none the less they were still college players…right? Nick FLIPPIN foles. What a joke! I hate him, he looks like big bird and it doesn’t help that he plays for the eagles either! NICK FOLES IS OUR MAN! Why cause he did good half of last season? Wow, remember Doug Williams with the redskins? He friggin won a Super Bowl at least, and then went to SHIZ!

  58. 24k24k007 says: Sep 10, 2014 4:00 AM

    If anything tells you about Kelly it should be the fact that it took him losing two QB’s to even discover nick foles who was on his own damn team!

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