Eagles ran a play every 22.2 seconds, but not quick enough for coach.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly still believes that his team were “too slow” on offense despite a frenetic display against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
The Eagles got their season off to a winning start with a 33-27 victory in Washington, but the headlines were stolen by Kelly’s new speedy strategy for Michael Vick and the offensive line-up.
Having run 53 plays in the first half, amassing 322 total yards while also having as many first downs as Washington had offensive plays, Philadelphia went into the half-time break with a 26-7 lead.
Statistics showed after the game that they had run a play every 22.2 seconds, but Kelly was still not satisfied with how his strategy was implemented in the opening game of the season.
I felt like it was slow,” he said on Tuesday as reported by NFL.com. “I’m not joking. We need 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 process in between plays. That’s something we need to work on,” he added.
Kelly will particularly look at the second half as an area for improvement, as the Eagles ran only half of their total plays from the first two quarters, allowing the Redskins to almost catch them near the end.
Criticism was directed at the fact that while the strategy is difficult for opposing teams to handle, it is also risks running the Eagles players into the ground with fatigue.
Nevertheless, Kelly is still optimistic that the more time he spends working with his players that both parties will get accustomed to the requirements and limitations of one another, but experts have already been left fascinated by the fast-paced Eagles after their season debut.