Six days—that’s all that’s left until the Redskins square off against an Eagles team that’s best known for what’s unknown at the moment. For 14 years, Andy Reid led Philly out of the tunnel and while the first part of his tenure brought some of the greatest moments in the franchise’s history, his teams greatly underwhelmed in recent seasons, all while having Super Bowl expectations floating around. As a result, he was fired after the season and replaced by NCAA darling Chip Kelly.
Not only did Kelly win nearly 87 percent of his games at Oregon, he did it with a flair that forced every eyeball in restaurants and living rooms to redirect to the television set. Week after week, whether it was a I-AA cupcake or a geographical rival like Oregon State, Kelly’s offense would leave opponents gassed and confused. But if recent track records have any indication of how Kelly’s transition to the NFL will fare, he’s got a lot of impressing to do and a lot of fragile glass to reconstruct for others who want to make similar steps up to the professional rank. Of course when it comes to Kelly, no one is really sure what he’ll have up his sleeve.
Monday night on a national stage will be a matchup for the ages between the traditional versus extravagant. Over on NFL.com Brian Baldinger and Terrell Davis where asked to dissect the matchup, but the conversation turned to bizarre Eagles formations Baldinger saw during preseason. So what is the most interesting thing he’s seen out of Chip Kelly’s NFL offense so far?
“In preseason they had a formation [where] all four tight ends were on the field. Four tight ends—three on one side one on the other. We don’t see four tight ends in this league very often, but I’ve seen in Chip Kelly’s offense where the tackles line up outside the numbers. So you have the center and two guards in the middle of the field, the tackles go outside the numbers and the receivers go outside the tackles to the sidelines and then you get this little ball in the middle of the field with your quarterback. Little diamond formation.”
In case you want to do some abbreviated scouting instead of catching up from a long holiday weekend, here’s video of the Eagles very first drive during preseason:
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