What Chip Kelly’s Arrival Means For The Run Game And Michael Vick


The prevailing wisdom is that with the hire of former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly that the Eagles will now turn into a high-flying offense designed to light up the scoreboard via a potent passing attack. That wisdom also suggests that Kelly will look to replicate the offense he ran at the collegiate level here in Philadelphia. And that wisdom also would seem to suggest that quarterback Michael Vick may now be back in the picture to pilot said offense.

None of this prevailing wisdom, however, is necessarily true.

Kelly is on record explaining that any offense must be tailored to a team’s strengths. His offense also ran the ball nearly 65 percent of the time at Oregon. So to say that whatever adaptation he brings to NFL will be too pass happy, too dangerous, and too impractical wouldn’t really be fair.

Say what you will about Kelly, but he’s a smart coach. When he took inventory of this current roster he undoubtedly took note of its talent at running back. Given his propensity to run the football and that both Bryce Brown and LeSean McCoy possess dynamic skill sets as runners, one would think Kelly will lean on the run game more than the outgoing regime.

As for Vick, the New England Patriots have adopted various elements of Kelly’s offense and it is run by perhaps one of the slowest quarterbacks in professional football in Tom Brady, so it’s a misperception to assume that Kelly will need a fast-footed quarterback to run his offense in the NFL. Kelly may love Michael Vick. He may ask him to restructure a contract that is set to pay him $15 million next season and Vick may be willing to bite a financial bullet if he feels that Kelly’s offense will breathe new life into his career. But none of this should be assumed at this point as Kelly may consider Nick Foles or a player available in the 2013 NFL Draft to be a superior option.

It’s fun to speculate what this all means. And it’s fun to picture what Kelly’s innovative offensive mind will dream up come September, but it’s simply way too early to assume anything. If nothing else, the Eagles’ hiring of Kelly should have taught us that.

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