Chip Kelly's success at Oregon eventually helped him land the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles in January.
While at Oregon, Kelly's high octane offense shredded numerous Pac 12 defenses, lit up countless scoreboards, and marveled Ducks fans for years. Now, Kelly looks to bring his innovative offensive attack to the National Football League.
However, some are skeptical that his up-tempo offense can succeed in the NFL. Namely, ESPN analyst and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski.
“It's going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL,” Jaworski said during an appearance on Philly's 97.5 The Fanatic (via PhillyMag.com). "I'm going to say no.
“I just don't see NFL passing concepts in this offense," Jaws continued. "It's a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run-action, off the read-action. A lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens. Very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts.”
Jaworski also cited the extra time NFL teams will have to prepare for Kelly's offense. This is unlike college, where teams are limited time-wise by the NCAA and campus life.
“It's easy to say, ‘Yeah, it worked in college,'” he said. “But then I looked at a game like Stanford. Stanford, a good defensive football team, shut them down. I hope it works. I like the innovation, but I think it's going to be very difficult.
“The NFL is a different league with fast players that have all week to prepare for you. At the collegiate level, you have 20 hours to prepare for that Oregon offense. Take out three hours of game time. You've got 17 hours in the course of a week to practice and prepare for that style of offense. It kills you in college. But in the NFL, these guys work 17 hours a day. A day, not a week – 17 hours a day getting ready, so there's no secrets.”
Okay, so there is no denying that professional football players spend more time on their trade than student athletes in college. But 17 hours, though? I think Jaworski is exaggerating a bit here.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how Kelly's style pans out in the pass-happy league. Some may remember "The Wildcat" style offense infiltrate into the NFL after teams saw how successful it could be in the college ranks. However, that trend has seemingly fizzled out, and in hindsight looks more like a fad than anything.
Will Kelly's offense be different?
Via Eye on Football