Referees will be expected to keep up with Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense

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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

According to NFL.com, the NFL's officials will be expected to be in good enough physical condition to keep up with the league's fast-paced offenses. Former Eagles defensive back and current NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent specifically mentioned the Eagles when speaking about the officials' need to be in better shape.

"As the game evolves," explained Vincent, "we also must make sure that (the officials) are evolving as well. You see the likes of coach Kelly and that high-tempo offense. They're running rapid plays. The ball needs to be spotted rapidly, and we want to make sure that our officials are now also evolving to that pace of our game."

The Eagles averaged an absurd 2:08 in time of possession on touchdown drives last season, which was by far the lowest in the NFL.

There are less than seven weeks until the start of the season, refs. Better start training.

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