I was delighted last night watching the Eagles game. It was a breath of fresh air to see an offense actually score the ball compared to what Birds fans were accustomed to over the past 2 years. It’s exciting for not just Eagles fans but the entire NFL. I think it’s fair to say this style isn’t exactly foolproof considering how flat they were for the 2nd half but the bottom line is that the offense worked better than anything I’ve ever seen with Andy Reid. They were almost Patriot effective. Every play seemingly went for yards and it looked unstoppable. Shady, DeSean, and Vick are going to be tough to stop and Chip Kelly is the madman behind this experiment.
On the other side of the coin, Big Red held the Jags to a deuce and methodically beat a piss poor team with quality defense and spurts of offense. I think Alex Smith will fit Andy’s coaching because the cautious, boring approach appeals to both of them. Alex Smith averaged 8 yards per pass and Jamaal only got 16 carries for the game. This is typical Andy only giving your best player 16 chances to run the ball. Shady had 31 in case you weren’t counting. Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs best wide out, was bored with 4 catches and 30 yards which is also typical Andy stats. Andy can win football games if you buy into his game plan and the Eagles stopped doing so the last two years. Will Andy be successful with the Chiefs? They already are only 1 win behind their total wins of last year so I’d say that’s a start.
Is it fair to compare Andy and Chip? No, it’s not. Chip has 1 game under his belt and even though it looked like something the league hasn’t seen, they will develop strategies to slow it down. The simple fake of the injury the Redskins were pulling was the best quick thought approach last night and it was effective in slowing down the game. You can be sure other teams will do better once they decide how they want to combat it. Chip’s style surprised the Skins and they were caught off guard the entire first half. Andy’s style proved successful due to all of those years with the Birds and he knows what it’s like to win football games. I think his method is tired (and tried) and true whereas Chips is explosive and volatile. Nevertheless, going from one to the next is like night and day. Should be a fun 2013 Eagles season and I’m sure the Chiefs will be better too.