Inside Eagles' rapid-fire offense

Read-option, receiver screens highlight Chip Kelly's impressive debut

Updated: September 10, 2013, 9:58 AM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Michael Vick, Chip KellyDrew Hallowell/Getty ImagesChip Kelly's offense took flight with Michael Vick Monday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles sprinted past the Washington Redskins in the regular-season debut of coach Chip Kelly, sustaining a dizzying offensive pace and running 83 plays in total (penalties included), just shy of the Week 1 high of 91 set by the Patriots.

The buzz was substantial leading up to the first NFL game of consequence for the Eagles' coach, but his offense lived up to it, producing 33 points and 443 yards of total offense, the fifth-most in Week 1.

Encapsulating all of what the Eagles displayed on Monday night in their 33-27 victory would require a space much larger than this, but components of Kelly's highly effective schemes can be broken down from Monday's 60 minutes of play.


As mentioned, the Eagles ran a total of 83 snaps on offense. Of those, just three (two of which were end-of-game kneel-downs) came with quarterback Michael Vick (who was very good) under center. So essentially, the Eagles ran 81 offensive plays, 80 from a shotgun set (coincidentally, the team's only non-kneel-down play with Vick under center resulted in a touchdown).

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.