Chris Harris: Eagles run a college offense

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A popular recurring question among sports fans is whether the best team in college football in any given year could beat the worst team in the NFL.

We’re unlikely to ever see a game that definitively answers that question, but we did find out what happens when a pro team running a college offense runs into a bad NFL team on Sunday. That was Broncos cornerback Chris Harris‘ take on the Eagles after Philly demolished the Broncos 51-23 in one of the day’s early games.

Harris was asked what makes Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz so effective.

“They run this college offense,” Harris said, via James Palmer of NFL Media. “They run kind of what the Chiefs do. They got an option to run, an option to pass. They run the read option, the real option. He’s checking to a lot of things. It’s a college offense and he’s just executing it very good.”

If that’s a college offense, one wonders what one calls the Broncos unit?

Harris did call it the best offense they’ve seen, but the Eagles put up 419 yards with near balance in passing and rushing yards to move to 8-1 on the year.

The Chiefs, who beat the Broncos in Week Eight and used to employ Eagles coach Doug Pederson, entered the weekend as the only team with more points than the Eagles this season, which suggests a trip back to school might be in order for the league’s defenses if they’re going to stop two of the most impressive teams int he league this season.

32 responses to “Chris Harris: Eagles run a college offense

  1. Um, Josh?

    Contrary to the tone of your 5th and 6th paragraphs, Harris wasn’t *criticizing* the Eagles. He was simply pointing out that that type of offense is more *common* in college. He didn’t say “bush league” or anything like that.

  2. Won’t be long before there is conflict between offense and defense in the Broncos locker room.

  3. Oh, Elmer Brown, did mommy give you 30 minutes on the computer tonight? No Darren Sproles, no Jason Peters, no Zach Ertz, QB with all of 25 games under his belt and a RB acquired a couple of days ago……..and the Eagles put up 51 on the “best defense in football”. Von Miller, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Brandon Marshall and all of the Broncos were punked. That must be some high school!! I think you confused your high school reference though. That is what a certain team in New York, with blue uniforms, at home today looked like in giving up 51 to the Jared Goff led Rams. Read that again Elmer…….the health Giants defense gave up 51 points, at home, to the Los Angeles Rams. Calling that a high school defense is a disgrace to high school teams. Let’s call the G-Men a kindergarten defense. Big Blue? The taste of tears in New York!!

  4. People are trying to take it as a slight, but he’s just describing what they do. Some of us pointed out that this is what Andy Reid has been running for years with guys like Alex Smith and when he was in Philadelphia. It’s a lot of read option stuff with limited progressions and also is why his running games have been prolific.

  5. What’s incredible is the eagles could’ve kept the petal To the metal and put 60 up on em if they wanted to. I’ve never seen denvers defense get humiliated like that. Now they ain’t the Denver defense of the super bowl but they aren’t far from it. The Eagles are for real on both sides of the ball. Denver with a young Elway out there wouldn’t have stood a chance today.

  6. How about this Chris Harris quote, “”We played a great offense,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. ”They are probably the best offense we have seen and that is what happened.””

  7. grogansheroes says:
    November 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Won’t be long before there is conflict between offense and defense in the Broncos locker room.

    No kidding. Giving up 51 points? That’s crazy.

  8. I’m Eagles all the way but ElmerBrownElmerBrown has some funny trolling comments, gotta admit. Probably easier for me to laugh at them when my team is 8-1. Let’s see how I feel in 2 weeks.

  9. Harris also said it was the best offense they have seen all year. It was a description – its an offense not seen often in the NFL. It wasn’t a diss. Are Eagles fans always this sensitive?

  10. TBH, most of the real innovation nowadays is coming from the college level to the pros not the other way around.

  11. Donkey fans…you can take solace in the fact that you owned Time of Possession…barely. Now go ahead and tell us how you should’ve won.

  12. He’s crazy. Let a college try to learn all the stuff these guys are doing, in the time they have to practice. By the time they learned it all, it’d be time to graduate. That’s why college’s keep it simple. This is a great pro offense. Eagles have a great QB, so they have the best of both worlds. Same deal with Belichick and Brady. Eagles fans should be loving life. The next 10-15 years will be fun.

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