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Chip Kelly's offense ran 53 plays in the first half on Monday. (USA Today Images)
What’s that you say, Chip Kelly? Your offense didn’t run fast enough Monday night against the Redskins?
“I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," the Eagles’ coach said Tuesday, a day after his offense churned out 443 total yards on 77 plays in a 33-27 win over the Redskins at FedEx Field (see Instant Replay).
"I’m not joking,” he added. “We got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a processing between plays [standpoint], and that’s something we need to work on.”
Kelly wasn’t disappointed in the speed of his offense, which ran 53 plays in the first half, or the time it took to have the ball snapped, which was about 24 seconds in the first half on average.
Just the stuff between snaps Kelly had some issues with, along with his offense’s second-half execution.
The Eagles had trouble sustaining drives in the second half when they slowed down tempo and tried to milk the clock. The Redskins, who trailed 33-7 in the third, scored 20 unanswered points and attempted an onside kick in the waning moments in their comeback bid.
“Our guys understood tempo. We do that pretty good, but we also have to learn how to practice playing it the other way, really from a mindset standpoint, ” Kelly said. “We do everything 90 miles an hour but now you’ve got to go back to driving through the city streets — you can’t go 90 miles per hour."
“We need to kind of slow it down to make sure you can still negotiate the time. That’s just a work in progress. We haven’t been together for a ton of time.”