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You probably want to, but don’t write off Chip Kelly’s chance at being ‘revolutionary’ just yet

Oct 28, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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With yesterday’s 15-7 downer against the Giants giving the Eagles two straight losses and Chip Kelly’s go-go/high octane/whatever offense two straight games without a touchdown, now seems a convenient time to mock that thing about that time Kelly was supposed to “revolutionize” the NFL.

Count Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News among those who see a sinking Chip.

His lede:

“This was the offense that was supposed to revolutionize the NFL.

It may have taken one half for the rest of the league to catch up to it.”

He wasn’t the only one to dump on Chip following yesterday’s crapper. A sampling:

Fact: Bill Walsh, widely considered responsible for the NFL’s first great “revolution,” went a lofty… 2-14 in the first year of his first NFL gig. His 1979 49ers scored a perfectly league average 19.25 points a game.

Fact: Don Coryell, widely considered responsible for the precursor to Walsh’s “revolution,” erupted to… 4-9 in his first seat at the big boy table. His 1973 Cardinals ranked a marginal 11th of 26 in scoring offense.

Fact: Chuck Noll, the owner of the most Super Bowl rings in NFL history, won a whole… one game in his first season with the Steelers. Teams with one win typically don’t do much well. No exception here.

Fact: Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, owners of 5 of 12 Super Bowl rings since 2001, pieced together a remarkable, incredible, unbelievable… 10-22 combined mark in their first years of their first head coaching stints, and 11-21 — a WHOLE game better! — in their second, first years.

Fact: despite a cupboard bare enough for a 4-12 finish and the league’s fourth-worst scoring offense a season ago, Kelly’s scheme has already rewritten the record books, even if he hasn’t won much.

Sure, Jim and John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy and plenty others have won immediately in the NFL. But for every Vince Lombardi, there seems to be plenty more Tom Landrys.

Maybe Chip needs to be fired from his first NFL gig, as Coryell and Belichick were, before he can reach his full potential. Maybe he can enjoy landscape-changing success here in Philadelphia, as Walsh, Noll, Coughlin and, um, Andy Reid did with their first stops. We’ll see.

But to after only eight weeks write the guy off as an amateur, dismiss his coaching ability despite the fact that his high efficiency scheme doesn’t have a high efficiency quarterback to execute it, and that, in his first year, the absence of said quarterback isn’t on him, is simply lazy, baseless and, um, amateur itself.

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  1. thekrisheim - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    talking heads doing talking heads-type things. they’ll be back.

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  2. willh888 - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Joe Gibbs once called two consecutive time outs pushing his team out of field goal range with seconds to go, down by a point.

    Legend.

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    • Drudge - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Can you link to a source of that actually happening? I think what you meant to say was he attempted to call a 2nd consecutive timeout when freezing a kicker and the resulting penalty moved the other team 15 yards closer for their field goal attempt, which they made.

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      • willh888 - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Yeah I should have re-read my Skins history notes first. He iced the opposing kicker with consecutive time outs making a 51 yrd FG a chip shot from 36 yards. Just as legendary.

        http://voices.yahoo.com/icing-kicker-twice-joe-gibbs-689143.html

  3. jsmith135 - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Penn State looked better Saturday night on offense. The read option doesn’t work when there’s only 1 option..

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    • Matt Hammond - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      “read option” implies there’s a “read.” barkley/foles handing off to mccoy across their face, boot faking the other way as o-line zone blocks in front of them is not “read option.” it’s a zone run out of the shotgun.

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    • mike - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      The read option doesn’t work when your one quarterback can’t read, and the other one(s) can’t run.

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      • Matt Hammond - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        again, it’s not “read option.” it’s a zone run. there’s no “read” of defensive end, no “option” for (at least with barkley) barkley to pull and run. maybe they need to switch to the pistol, to get the ball in the ball carrier’s hands faster, deeper in the backfield and since, as you’ve all noted, there’s no point in running the read option with barkley/foles. but again, with barkley, kelly’s yet to actually run the “zone read option.”

    • BenE. - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Yeah Barkley and Foles haven’t been that effective at running the read option offense.

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  4. Marko - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Chip needs to get a quarterback.

    Matt Barkley looks swell but – as we all saw his last year at USC – needs time to become the guy for the Eagles. Wasn’t a zone read guy, either.

    Foles proved wasn’t the dude who could do it at ASU. Mike Vick is past whatever he once was. Neither is available, anyway.

    Hey! Erik Meyer’s season in Spokane is over. Walter Payton Award winner, AFL/CFL experience, franchise record QB for the Shock… This is a guy who could possibly be a 2013 Jeff Garcia (maybe even Kurt Warner)!

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    • eli - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      NICK FOLES IS ONLY IN HIS SECOND YEAR IN THE NFL GIVE THE KID A BREAK HE WILL BE THE FUTURE FOR THE IGGLES BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID YOU CANT PRAISE FOLES AND CALL HIM THE FUTURE WHEN HE WINS TO ONLY CALL HIM A BUM OR NOT AN OPTION FOR THE TEAM AT QB. THE BEST QB`S IN THE NFL STARTED OFF BADD OR AT BEST NOT SHARP ALL 16 GAMES. NICK FOLES IS THE FUTURE I BELIEVE HE GETS RID OF THE BALL FAST HES VERY DECISIVE AS WELL AS HIM BEING INCREDIBLY ACCURATE HES TALL CAN SEE OVER THE O LINE AND HAS A GOOD FOOTBALL IQ TO STUDY AND BECOME GREAT REMEMBER PAYTON MANNING ONLY HAS 1 RING AND THEY SAY HES THE BEST IN HISTORY LOL BUT HIS LITTLE BROTHER HAS MORE TITLES THAN HIM AND HES NOT CONSIDERED ELITE WHATS SPORTS COMING TO #EAGLENATION

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      • CAPS LOCK POLICE - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Hey, Shouty McShoutyPants. Take it down a notch, would you?

        CAPS LOCK MAKES EVERYTHING I SAY IMPORTANT.

  5. Feathered - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Wow! Because Chip said he was going to revolutionize the game? The only folks saying that were the same ones who now say he won’t. Huh?!

    Chip doesn’t have elements he needs to run AN offense. His. Theirs. Whomevers! One receiver. One back. And QB’s who aren’t right. Barkley is your best QB. By miles. He’s a really good QB. Understands football a lot better than the other two and can throw. But he’s a rookie switching offensive styles. Time.

    Chip killed every single idiot reporter out west when they acted like Chip has to see things their way. I think the reporters out east are doing some preemptive slamming so he can’t get the cred to do so.

    If you all wanna send him packing. Don’t. He does things differently and when you do that you piss off the folks who can’t see the big picture. Mainly scribes that have become used to writing about certain things and ways as if they are absolutes. They don’t know how to act.

    Btw. Almost everyone predicted 4,5,6 wins this season. The way they played the first 6 games or so is what raised the bar. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. They had a saying out here after a couple of years. In chip we trust. Try it.

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  6. thinkthink - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Fact: that on sides kick? Run him out of town.

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  7. LolEagles - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Revolutionary offense in Oregon because the talent disparity from a top college O line to ok Pac10 defenses.

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  8. Mike - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Agreed on all points

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  9. rioguy7@yahoo.com - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Chip did more with lesser talented QBs at Oregon because of the talent disparity in the PAC 12. That disparity is never going to exist in the NFL unless the Eagles hit a home run with every pick and that’s not going to happen.

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