Some Players Skeptical of Philadelphia Eagles’ Frenetic Offense

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Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post
Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post

Coach Chip Kelly’s fast paced Philadelphia Eagles’ offense is getting a little criticism from other NFL players.

Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson says he saw signs of wear and tear on the Eagles’ offensive players during their 33-27 win against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

“Just watching the game from the outside, you could already see [Michael] Vick struggling, getting off the field every once in a while,” Nelson said. “The guys are a little older in the league, so they could start breaking down.

“It’s going to be a trial and error, and it will be up to their organization and coaching staff to monitor that and see what they do all week in practice to counterbalance it all.”

Nelson noted that NFL teams have fewer players and a longer season than college, indicating that it could be hard to play at that pace.

Kelly popularized his quick-tempo offense while at the University of Oregon before coaching in the NFL.

The Eagles ran 50 plays in the first half, but only finished with 77 overall.

“I’d have to see them do it for a whole game first, but they did it for the half and it was impressive,” Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “I think they have the right pieces and parts for it.”

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said it is impossible to keep up that pace for the entire game.

“It’s crazy,” Wagner said. “They ran 50-something plays in the first half and only 20-something in the second half. It shows you, they can’t keep that type of pace.”

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