Former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly said on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles' offense was "too slow" in his head coaching debut, despite the Eagles reeling off 53 offensive plays in the first half of the team's 33-27 victory on Monday night.
"I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said. When reporters laughed for a moment after his remark, Kelly clarified and reiterated that he indeed believed his team did not go fast enough.
After a long-awaited debut as the team's head coach, the Eagles flew down the field early and often, reeling off 33 consecutive points en route to a 33-7 lead in the third quarter. However, the second half proved considerably more difficult than the Eagles' first half, and the team's inability to move the ball on offense - coupled with some shady defensive lapses - allowed the Washington Redskins to score 20 unanswered points.
Thanks to Washington's failure to recover an onside kick late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles held on for the win.
Afterwards, running back LeSean McCoy, who rushed for an impressive 184 yards and a touchdown, said that Kelly is a genius.
I got to tell you man, a lot of the credit goes to Chip. He’s a genius. He seems to call the right calls at the right time. I think it’s a guessing game. You get a play, it might be a 2nd and 5, 2nd and 4, and it’s to have that next call on deck, ready to go. It’s a difference, because like I said, before you really can prepare or get the calls in to kind of stop the pace or stop the offense. So it’s a matter of calling up the right plays at the right time, and honestly last night [Monday night] he made them calls.”
Despite running the second most plays in the first half (53) of an NFL game since 1991, Kelly wants his team to kick things into an even higher gear. He also recognized the need for Philadelphia to learn how to run a more traditional offense, especially when it holds a lead late in games.