Watching last Friday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears may have caused some concern. The first string offense seemingly struggled against the Bears’ first string defense. Pro Bowl quarterback Nick Foles struggled, throwing as many interceptions in one quarter as he did all of last season. Despite all this, we don’t need to worry about the Eagles’ offense.
First off, let’s get one thing straight, that wasn’t really an accurate depiction of the Eagles’ offense. When was the last time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy only ran the ball twice in a quarter? I don’t know, has that ever happened? Certainly not under head coach Chip Kelly. Chip Kelly’s offense is facilitated by the running game. Why wouldn’t it be when the Eagles have arguably the best running back in the league?
There also was not much variability in offense last week. Recently acquired running back Darren Sproles only ran the ball, which isn’t exactly what he’s known for. Sproles is one of the league’s most dangerous receivers coming out of the backfield. He and McCoy were never even on the field at the same time. Two running back sets will probably be a staple of the offense in the coming season. They will force defenses to cover the entirety of the field since they can both be used as both running backs and wide receivers.
Wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah lined up with the first string offense. While Momah has shown a lot of improvement since last offseason where he looked lost, he still might not make the team. So him running with the first string offense was probably just a ploy to not show what the offense is going to look like come the regular season.
Chip Kelly is an offensive mastermind. It’s really as simple as that. Many people think that he’s simply an overrated college coach who experienced success in his first year because of how different his offense was. The year before, many teams experienced a lot of success with the rebirth of the read option scheme. Is it likely that Kelly told Foles to intentionally throw some questionable throws? Probably not, but I will say that Foles, in his career so far, does not usually make questionable decisions.
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