We’re counting down the seconds until Chip Kelly unveils his offense for the entire NFL-watching world to see. Preseason offered only a glimpse into what the first-year head coach has in store for the Eagles; now it’s time see the real thing.
If Michael Vick is to be believed, we’re in for a real treat. Last week the Birds’ starting quarterback admitted to the assembled media that there is more to the offense than what we saw in exhibition games, not surprisingly. But in a recent interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters (as transcribed by Cindy Boren of the Washington Post), Vick continued to tout the speed at which the Eagles will attack defenses.
To paraphrase the 11-year veteran, the offense will be revolutionary.
Oh, it will be fast. That’s a given. But how fast? “A lot faster than I thought,” quarterback Michael Vick, who will be running the offense, told ESPN’s Lisa Salters.
“It’s going to be up-tempo,” Vick said. “It’s going to be something like you’ve never seen before as far as timing and getting to the line and getting plays called. A lot of time [will be] left on the play clock and a lot of plays ran in the game.”
“I could never imagine in the NFL situation, playing for an NFL team and getting the ball snapped that fast,” Vick said, “and getting plays signaled in and out consistently that fast to disrupt timing for the defense.”
That the Eagles will be operating a no-huddle offense is not news to fans, or anybody else for that matter. The fact that Vick and other players believe Chip Kelly will somehow break the mold is still interesting. How much faster than an offense go than what we’ve seen from, say, Peyton Manning for instance?
For what it’s worth, Brent Celek told reporters as far back as April that Chip’s methods for communicating the plays in from the sidelines would change the league – although he was unwilling to elaborate. I guess we’re about to find out exactly how fast this offense is going to move.
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What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.