Neal Brown, Chip Kelly and up-tempo triumphs


Come on now, that first half was a lot of fun. If you watched the Eagles’ 33-27 win over the Redskins last night in the first game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader, you know what I mean.

There was new Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly looking for all the world like he was back in Oregon, calling plays at a fast and furious pace, Philadelphia cutting through Washington like the Ducks used to speed past the rest of the Pac-12.

It was an up-tempo weekend. Neal Brown got his fast-paced “Air Raid” on track Saturday, running up 675 yards — third-highest in school history — on track Saturday as Kentucky crushed Miami 41-7 at CWS. Brown’s rapid-fire play-calling, with multiple sets and plays in every direction, is a version of what Kelly made famous at Oregon and is now testing in the NFL.

Will Kelly’s version work in the long run against the best defensive football players in the world? Will it still work when NFL defensive coordinators have a chance to study it on film and prepare their game plans to stop the attack?

Who knows.

In the meantime, it’s going to be fun to watch.

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