Chip Kelly's Offense
I don't watch a lot of college football, but I watched a lot of Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks. I was mesmerized by the fact that Chip's plan worked so beautifully, and that nobody was trying to copy it.
There's a lot of complicated philosophies in Chip Kelly's offense, but the basic premise is simple. He wants the defense to feel stressed by the pace, and his offense to feel comfortable in it. At the same time, he wants the defense to be tired, and his offense to be fresh. More often than not, this leads to his offense playing against backup defensive players, and he's alright with that too.
Similar to Paul Westhead's LMU offense (for college basketball fans) or the Lakers offense from the "Showtime" days, Kelly's offense takes a tremendous amount of practice to implement, but it's pretty much unstoppable when it's working.
I'm probably not going to talk about the offense a lot here, because the offense looked really good for the first half of last week's game. Bront Bird, however, looked terrible throughout the game. It would not surprise me at all if the Eagles' offensive gameplan consisted of "Do whatever is necessary to get Bront Bird on LeSean McCoy in man-coverage". That's a big play every time.
Bird can't stop the run, he's not a great tackler, and he is as bad as they come in man coverage. And the only way you can take him off the field is if you replace him with a nickel cornerback.....
I'm not even going to go into Derek Cox vs. DeSean Jackson. That matchup is enough to make a grown man cry. I will, however, point out that Richard Marshall spent his first game with the Chargers making fans long for Marcus Gilchrist to make a return to the position. Marcus Gilchrist was not a good nickel cornerback.
There are easy targets all over the defense, and the Eagles' goal is to make those easy targets so tired that their backups have to come in. Imagine how that's going to go.
Unless the Chargers can control the entire game with their offense, they stand a really good chance of being "boat raced" right out of Lincoln Financial Field.