Friday, July 31, 2015

Even after Eagles go fast, Chip Kelly thinks it's too slow

That fast-paced style the Eagles used on Monday night in the 33-27 victory over the Redskins? The one Michael Vick said couldn't get much faster?

Even after Eagles go fast, Chip Kelly thinks it's too slow

0 comments
Head coach Chip Kelly of the<br />Philadelphia Eagles looks on before taking on the Washington Redskins<br />at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by<br />Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on before taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

That fast-paced style the Eagles used on Monday night in the 33-27 victory over the Redskins? The one Michael Vick said couldn't get much faster?

Well, it was wasn't fast enough for Chip Kelly.

“I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said. "I’m not joking. We got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a processing between plays, and that’s something we need to work on.”

This is an interesting admission from Kelly, and it's telling. It'll be difficult for the Eagles to get set and snapped much quicker, but the between plays procedure -- from the time the play finishes to the time the ball is spotted.

More coverage
 
POLL: Which new Eagle are you excited to see in camp?
 
VOTE: What's the biggest story of Eagles training camp?
 
Game-by-game breakdown of Eagles' schedule
 
DOWNLOAD: Philly Pro Football app
 
FORUMS: Who will make the 53-man roster?
 
Latest NFL odds
 
Buy Eagles jerseys and other gear
What grade does the Eagles defense get for the opener?
A.
 
  512 (12.1%)
B.
 
  2575 (60.7%)
C.
 
  1051 (24.8%)
D.
 
  70 (1.7%)
F.
 
  32 (0.8%)
Total votes = 4240

The Eagles did not play as fast in the fourth quarter, and that's something Kelly said the team work on. Part of it is managing the game, which Kelly said he can do. The other part of it learning how to play at different speeds, which is an adjustment for this. Kelly compared it to driving 90 m.p.h., then going on city streets. Fatigue was a contributing issue, but it wasn't the reason for the relative ineffectiveness.

"You always sense fatigue in the fourth quarter, no matter what team you're on," Kelly said. "In the fourth quarter, you're not going to be as fresh as you are in the first quarter. The biggest thing is to be not as fatigued as the team you play against."

**

Some other notes...

- Cornerback Bradley Fletcher sustained a concussion late in the game and is being evaluated. The Eagles must adhere to league protocol, although Fletcher did not seem to think there was an issue in the locker room after the game.

It's not yet known how the Eagles will manage the lineup without Fletcher.

- Kelly said Michael Vick should not be used as a lead blocker on runs, but that Vick is not going to abandon the head-first slides.

"I think that's the way Mike likes to do that. I think that's the way he's going to do it," said Kelly, who later added, "I don't think at 33 we're going to get him to hook slide."

- Kelly will not contact the league about perceived fake injuries from the other team.

"I have no issues with any of that stuff," Kelly said.

Inquirer Staff Writer
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Birds' Eye View is the Inquirer's blog covering all things Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter