Bird Is The Word Week 1: @ Washington Redskins

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Eagles

Bird Is The Word.

The NFL got its first taste of Chip Kelly’s up-tempo spread option offense that he made famous while head coach of the University of Oregon. If you were to ask the Washington Redskins, they would probably tell you that it does not taste very good. The Eagles got off to a fast start on Monday night en route to a 33-27 victory and from the first snap everyone took notice.

Now, a win is a win and I am certainly happy with the Eagles currently being 1-0. That being said, there was quite a bit left to be desired.

Blink and You’ll Miss It…


There were many questions this off-season, but perhaps the biggest one was surrounding Chip Kelly’s up-tempo spread option offense. Needless to say it wasn’t just the players that were out of breath after the game. The Eagles ran an unprecedented 31 plays in the first quarter. Every time I went to check on my fantasy teams they were already lined up and ready to run their next play. It was unlike anything I had ever seen the Eagles do.

Despite a Redskins touchdown following what was ruled a backward pass and fumble, the opening drive went about as smooth as it could have gone. The Redskins then turned the ball over deep in their own zone, which led to a DeSean Jackson touchdown that got the scoring started for the birds. The Redskins defense was exhausted after the Eagles’ first series.

Having seen the offense work, many people are wondering if the Eagles can sustain this tempo. And if so, how long can they sustain it for? Honestly, I think they can make this offense work. It was not perfect on Monday night and there are things to improve on, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by the new look offense.

One thing that has to change before this Sunday is the pace of the offense. Yes, it is a very fast paced offense, but it is important to keep up that pace, even late in the game. When the Eagles slowed things down a little on offense, the Redskins seemingly caught up to them and got back into the game. What makes this offense work is the constant movement and quick pace. Head coach Chip Kelly was even unhappy with the pace of the offense.

Offense is Only Part of the Equation…


My biggest concern going into the game was the Eagles Defense. I said mentioned it in my preview and I was anxious to see how the Eagles D performed on Monday Night. Early on they were solid, creating turnovers and putting tremendous pressure on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. However, they seemed to tire themselves out a little as the game went on.

I was talking to my brother a few days ago and he was telling me about when he met Hall of Fame New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Namath was talking to him about Chip Kelly’s offense and it was interesting to hear why Namath thought the offense wouldn’t work. He said it wouldn’t work because of the defense, which makes sense.

For this offense to succeed, the defense has to keep up. The offense does not take a long time to run plays and the defense may not have a ton of time to rest as a result. If the defense can keep up with the offense, then it will be a good year in Philadelphia.

The Other Part of the Team…


I have one simple request for the Eagles special teams: GET TO THE 50 YARD LINE! Now, that is not asking for a whole lot. If they return the kick or punt for a touchdown that’s awesome (and believe me, I wouldn’t mind that), but all I am asking for is good field position. This offense will be so much more effective if they have a short field to work with.

Last year, a whole lot of everything went wrong for this team and special teams was no exception. Poor field position was no help for the struggling offense and it certainly will not help this new fast paced offense.

So special teams PLEASE do your job and give the offense good field position. Trust me, they will thank you.

A Win is A Win is A Win..

It wasn’t pretty and it was far from perfect, but at the end of the night the Eagles walked out of FedEx Field 1-0. There is a lot work to be done between now and Sunday’s home opener against the San Diego Chargers, but it sure is nice talking about an Eagles win for a change.

That being said, it is time to get ready for the San Diego Chargers, who the Eagles face in their home opener this Sunday at 1 pm. Until then…

E-A-G-L-E-S  EAGLES !!!!


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