The Philadelphia Eagles when they open the season on Monday night against the Washington Redskins are expected to put on display a high-tempo offensive attack that will put more pressure on opposing defenses.
The exact details of the scheme, which new coach Chip Kelly has brought with him from Oregon, remains a bit of a mystery. But Eagles players have said that their games will resemble a track meet when they have the ball.
Redskins players began preparing for a fast-paced attack back in training camp and believe that they will be well-prepared. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall actually said that he doesn’t think the tempo of the scheme will be that unlike some of the uptempo attacks that he and his teammates have already faced in the past. He believes that he and his teammates are conditioned well enough to be able to keep up with the Eagles.
“It’s really not that bad. I think a lot of people make more out of it than it is. But it’s really not that bad,” Hall said when asked about the tempo he expects to see from the Eagles. “Those guys – I feel like, we as a football team, we’re in great shape – so if they want to try to put their conditioning against ours, then I feel like we’ll win that battle every day of the week. We’ve got great strength coaches in Ray Wright and Chad [Englehart]. I don’t think from a tempo standpoint that it’s going to be a problem. I think it’s more of a scheme standpoint, what they’re going to try to do to exploit different matchups, that’s going to be tough to figure out and put a handle on. But that’s why we play, that’s why we practice. We feel like we have enough information on these guys, going back to Oregon, and we’ll put it all on the line Monday night.”
According to Hall, the tempo of Kelly’s offense in Oregon may have looked faster than what it was because of the Ducks’ competition. Meanwhile, the speed of the NFL is more even across the board, and as a result, he believes the Redskins will be able to keep up.
“I think Oregon, everybody on their team was a little faster than everyone else in the Pac-10,” Hall said. “When they played the SEC, that speed kind of leveled out and it was a different ball game. In the NFL, everybody’s fast. Everybody’s fast, and everybody’s the best of the best. I don’t think anything’s going to be overly complicated that we can’t see it. That’s why we get paid. I like our chances.”
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● Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III address reporters after today’s 1 p.m. practice.
● The NFL season kicks off with Baltimore in Denver on Thursday night.
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