In sports people hate new things, because it scares them. So often coaches and general managers want to keep doing the same thing over and over again, even if it continues to yield negative results. When a group of people come up with new ideas that challenge the construct of how things have been done for decades we get a “Old School” vs. “New School” debate where nobody wins.
In baseball, the sabermetrics community have revolted against batting average and RBIs and in the NBA, Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins lost his job because he wouldn’t conform to new executive John Hollinger’s new wave of statistics.
Enter Chip Kelly. Kelly’s Oregon offense has become legendary stuff in the college game, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick even visited Oregon last year to get pointers on how to run a hurry up offense in New England. The Patriots breakneck pace at times last year frustrated defenses with Tom Brady running the show. Kelly showed up in Philadelphia and the masses immediately assumed Michael Vick would become the perfect quarterback to run the Oregon high speed offense.
Thursday night’s putrid offensive display once again showed that Vick is nothing more than an average NFL quarterback at best, and anyone expecting more than that from him is just fooling themselves. Week 1’s Monday night victory over the Redskins was a perfect storm for Kelly. Robert Griffin III was still hobbled coming off offseason knee surgery and the Washington couldn’t get on track until it was too late. We now know the Washington defense leaves a lot to be desired. The Eagles scored 63 points in their first two weeks against two awful defenses in Washington and San Diego. When they finally ran into a legitimate defense we saw the result last night.