The Philadelphia Eagles believe Chip Kelly's offense is going to be a success in the NFL, but Ron Jaworski doesn't feel the same. The former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst told 97.5 The Fanatic (via Phillymag.com) that he doesn't think Kelly's offense is going to fare well in the pros.
"It’s going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL," Jaws said during an interview with Harry Mayes and Nick Kayal. "I’m going to say no."
"I just don’t see NFL passing concepts in this offense. It’s a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run-action, off the read-action. A lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens. Very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts."
Jaworski made these comments after watching a handful of Oregon's games from last season. The question is whether Kelly's Eagles offense will mirror his offense at Oregon. He hasn't let slip exactly what his Philadelphia offense will look like yet.
But the key concern for Jaworski is the lack of practice time limits in the NFL, where teams can practice all day, study tape and prepare for Kelly's offense.
"It’s easy to say, ‘Yeah, it worked in college,’ " he said. "But then I looked at a game like Stanford. Stanford, a good defensive football team, shut them down. I hope it works. I like the innovation, but I think it’s going to be very difficult.
"The NFL is a different league with fast players that have all week to prepare for you. At the collegiate level, you have 20 hours to prepare for that Oregon offense. Take out three hours of game time. You’ve got 17 hours in the course of a week to practice and prepare for that style of offense. It kills you in college. But in the NFL, these guys work 17 hours a day. A day, not a week – 17 hours a day getting ready, so there’s no secrets."