It didn’t take long for NFL defenses to figure out how to stop Chip Kelly. Actually, Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Vick did it for them. Vick threw two interceptions, including one returned for a TD by Kansas City Chiefs DB Eric Berry. Vick was also sacked five times as Kansas City’s defense disrupted Kelly’s read-option offense. And Vick fumbled the ball away after being sacked on the game’s final play.
After dominating Washington’s defense for a half, and looking unstoppable for the first 30 minutes of the season, Kelly and the Eagles are looking very beatable. If you do NFL betting at TopBet.eu Sportsbook you’ll see that Philly will not be favored in as many upcoming games as you might have thought after week one. Four days after admitting he mismanaged the clock properly in a loss to the lowly San Diego Chargers, Chip Kelly’s scheme looks much easier to game plan for.
Chip Kelly was very aggressive in terms of going for it on fourth down and on two-point conversions when he coached at Oregon. Could be as successful in the NFL? Or does he have to be conservative because you need to be conservative in the NFL? Well, Chip Kelly went for two tonight with the Eagles down 10-0 in the first. The play failed; therefore the call failed.
It didn’t matter that much; as the Eagles ended up losing by ten. Because of Chip Kelly, being the Oregon Ducks Placekicker was the easiest job in the world. You didn’t really have to do much. Will that idea translate to the Eagles? When Kelly goes for it and they convert the two point conversion, he’ll look like a genius. When it fails he’ll look wrong.
I knew the offensive explosion versus Washington wouldn’t last. I knew NFL Coordinators would figure out Chip Kelly.
I just didn’t think it would be so soon.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and FacebookPowered by Sidelines Follow paulmbanks