Any skepticism about how Chip Kelly's high-powered college offense would translate into the NFL changed 30 minutes into Monday night's game. The Eagles marched the ball up and down the field on the Redskins, and led 33-7 at one point before Washington made a late rally.
Philly ran 53 plays in the first half for 322 yards, and had as many first downs (21) as Washington had offensive snaps. The Eagles also averaged a play every 22 seconds. So how did Kelly feel about the effort?
"I felt like it was slow," he said Tuesday, via ESPN.com. "I'm not joking. We need 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 process in between plays. That's something we need to work on."
The Redskins' defense, which looked exhausted at points, would probably disagree. Going forward, this is bad news for the Chargers, who face the Eagles this week.
"I know we can go faster," center Jason Kelce said. "I think we went at a really good speed. There were times when we really put the foot on the pedal and were flying around out there, and there were times we eased it back a little bit. We definitely have plays we can still go faster with."
Whether the Eagles can sustain this pace will be a season-long question. Our concerns aren't so much that this offense can't work in the NFL, but if Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy can stay healthy for the next four months. Vick was limping in the second half after taking several hits, and McCoy carried the ball 31 times for 184 yards.
Kelly seemed unconcerned.
"When you play that many snaps, you have to make sure you don't run your own team into the ground," the coach said. "You always sense fatigue in the fourth quarter, no matter what team you're on or what you did. The big thing is not to be as fatigued as the team you're playing against."