By now, we have all seen the Monday night game. We have seen what the Eagles can do with the Chip Kelly offense. And, we have seen that, even when they make a mistake, this offense allows for quick repair of said mistakes. And, in watching all of that, I was in a bit of shock. I mean, the formations, the speed, the way it all seemed so easy to the offense………it was simply amazing.
Now, for my biggest complaint of the game. And no, it”s not going to be Jason Avant”s butter-finger move. It”s actually going to be with Coach Kelly. Yes, I know. My first paragraph stated my amazement at his offense. Now, another paragraph will be dedicated to questioning his second-half game plan.
In college, it is usually the accepted social protocol that, when you have a team down, you call a lot of run plays and such, to keep the clocl moving and to not run up the score, and embarras your opponent. And, it is this trait that Kelly displayed Monday night that almost cost them the game. I mean, going into the locker room, the team had 53 offensive plays. 53! And, in the second half, suddenly, the explosiveness was gone. Now, people can tell me all about how Redskins coach Mike Shanahan devised a second half plan with his DC Jim Haslett that shut the Eagles down completely. Nice try. Kelly simply took his foot off the gas pedal, and, in doing so, he also took it off the Redskins” collective throats. As a result, well, we all saw what happened. Robert Griffin got into a little rhythm, and began to do some work. Now, I casino online still don”t believe Griffin is 100 percent, and the Eagles did get some great shots on him Monday. But, Griffin was able to get some momentum going. The TD pass that Patrick Chung played so badly reminded me of Santana Moss last season, catching the TD pass while the Eagles secondary all stood around, blaming each other.
But, at the end of it all, it was a win. And yes, before buying too much into the whole thing, I remember last season. 2-0 to start the season, before it all went sideways. I get it. So, I”ve enjoyed the win, but, I”ve tempered my optimism. I want to see the defensive side play better, mainly, the secondary. Cary Williams can”t play the entire field. But, I also want to see Coach Kelly keep the throttles pushed forward for a full 60 minutes. I want to see this offense absolutely run the Chargers right out of the Linc this Sunday, tongues wagging, IV bags, oxygen tanks, and Gatorade bottles.
Keep the pressure going. This looks as if it could be an interesting season.