Gone are the days of former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid allowing a struggling quarterback to be left in the game, deep into the second half. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Chip Kelly and what might be the fastest running offense in the NFL.
Although Kelly has been secretive as to whom he’d like leading the offense, he has been very open that this year’s starting quarterback role is up for grabs. Whether the starter is Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley or some combination of all three, know this — whoever tows the rope better play with something to prove, or Kelly won’t think twice about starting their replacement.
Kelly certainly brings a different style of coaching to the Eagles, but one thing that he perfected at Oregon is his attention to detail. His ability to figure out opposing defensive schemes and run a flawlessly executed offense helped turn Oregon from a struggling team that aired its games at Midnight on the East Coast, to a Pac-12 powerhouse.
At the center of these juggernaut-type offenses has always been a quarterback that Kelly feels he can teach. He is going to want someone who works as hard in the weight room as they do the film room. Kelly might run one of the fastest and most complex offenses the National Football League has ever seen and when faced with adversity, Kelly is not going to accept anything less than perfection.
This type of perfection only comes from countless hours of film study and preparation.
Kelly is going to expect results early and often out of his quarterback, and will not hesitate to pull the plug on a struggler. All three quarterbacks will, more than likely, get equal playing time as training camp goes along — but look for one or two clear cut starters emerge as the season begins.
Why one or two, and not just a single starter? Kelly has to have a backup plan for whoever takes the reins, because if they are not proving they want to command his offense, then second string better be ready.
We’re less than two months away from kickoff. According to Razorgator.com, the average ticket price for The Eagles home opener against the Chargers is $212.08 with a get-in price of $109.