One thing Chip Kelly has done consistently, vigorously, ever since being named coach of the Eagles is resist being defined as a guy who runs a "read option" offense. Kelly feels his offense, which utilizes zone-read concepts, responds to what the defense presents, and usually, that means not all that much read option. The Eagles certainly don't use it the way the 49ers or the Redskins do.
So, setting the Thanksgiving table here: the Daily News' Paul Domowitch asked Arizona coach Bruce Arians on a Wednesday conference call about the read-option. Arians called it a "great college offense" and added that given the size and speed of NFL defenders, the quarterback is going to get "beat up and bruised up" in such an attack. "You don't won't your quarterback feeling bruised up when he's trying to throw and be accurate," Arians concluded.
Of course, when Kelly's Thanskgiving session with reporters arrived, this subject dominated. Kelly went through his whole "I don't think (read-option) is an offense, I think it's a play" bit, and christened his attack the "Sea Coast" offense, because "if we see something and we like it and we think it fits, we're going to run it."
Kelly also indicated that he did not find Arians' apparent criticism devastating to his belief system. Asked if he still finds resistence to plays that involve QB runs from coaches "who have been around a while," Kelly said: