The Eagles have parted ways with several players that played prominent roles when Chip Kelly was the coach of the team and their hiring of Doug Pederson as the new head coach pointed the team in a different direction offensively.
Pederson comes from years working with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose offenses have never been mistaken for the up-tempo scheme that Kelly implemented in Philadelphia over the last three years. While Pederson will be using a different overall philosophy on offense, he said he’s been “intrigued by the tempo” and plans to keep some aspects of Kelly’s system in place.
“The one thing this group has learned the last couple of years is how to play fast — tempo of the game,” Pederson said, via ESPN.com. “I want to use some of that. They’re comfortable (with) the no-huddle system and giving the quarterback more freedom to do more things in, say, a two-minute type mode, that hurry-up tempo.”
We’ll see how it all works out on the field, but it’s hard to argue with a coaching approach that seeks to incorporate things that the personnel does well. Every coach is going to have their own preferences for how to run an offense, but being too rigid about what does or doesn’t fit makes little sense when faced with the realities of plugging your players into the lineup.