Those waiting to see that new fast-paced offense by new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly can keep on waiting.
Kelly is well known for his blur-fast, no-huddle offense at Oregon that often took only 15 seconds between snaps. There has been a lot of conjecture on how much of that attack Kelly will use in Philadelphia. But in his NFL coaching debut Friday night against the New England Patriots, Kelly was not in a hurry to show more than he had to in a preseason game.
The Patriots got the ball first and scored a touchdown, setting the stage for Kelly's NFL debut on offense.
On the Eagles' first possession, quarterback Michael Vick had the offense huddle up between plays, and the time between the end of the first play and the snap of the second was a pedestrian 25 seconds. Hardly a blur.
However, the Eagles were impressive on the drive, going 77 yards in five plays and scoring on a 47-yard touchdown from Vick to DeSean Jackson.
After Nick Foles replaced Vick, the Eagles at least did go to a no-huddle on a possession that began with 14:05 left in the second quarter. Coaches on the sideline made baseball-type signals to call the plays. While this did prevent New England from substituting on defense, the Eagles' pace -- averaging about 21 seconds between snaps -- was hardly reminiscent of the breath-taking shows Kelly put on at Oregon.
Still, the offense was effective. The Eagles drove 66 yards in 10 plays with running back Bryce Brown scoring on an eight-yard run up the middle. With 10:37 left in the second quarter, Kelly had at least unveiled the no-huddle part of his attack, albeit at a normal NFL pace, and, the score was tied, 14-14.