Kelly: We Run the ‘See-Coast Offense’

kelly_400_111113Not surprisingly, Chip Kelly was peppered with questions today regarding comments Bruce Arians made about the read option on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it’s an offense,” Kelly said. “I think it’s a play. And we don’t run read option if you want to get really technical. We run a zone-read play every once in awhile. It’s just like saying our offense is a power offense because we run the power play. Or the old Green Bay Packers, their offense was the Green Bay sweep offense. It isn’t. Everybody’s got a bunch of plays they run offensively. Everybody’s got quick game, everybody’s got screens, everybody’s got dropback, everybody’s got out of pocket, everybody’s got power, counter, inside zone, outside zone. I never looked at it as an offense.

“I find we use it depending on what the defense is deploying and how they’re doing it. I know Nick [Foles] picked up a couple critical third downs in the Green Bay game for us, picked up a couple critical third downs in the Redskins game for us. But we don’t use it as much as people think we use it.”

Asked to clarify the difference between the read option and the zone read, Kelly said: “Zone read’s just one guy. You’re reading the defensive end or whomever and keeping it. If you’re running read option, you’re pulling it off of him and then you’ve got a pitch-back with you and then you’re pitching the ball.”

Arians’ main issue with the read option was that it too often puts the quarterback in harm’s way. Kelly was asked if it’s unfair for people to assume QBs running the read option are more at risk to take big hits than QBs in the pocket.

“I think basically to answer everybody’s questions, I don’t care what other people think,” Kelly said. “It doesn’t bother me. To spend time to think about what someone else thinks is counter to anything I’ve ever believed in my life. If I believe what other people think, then that means I value their opinion more than I value my own. That’s not the case. Quarterbacks have gotten hurt in practice. Quarterbacks get hurt running out of bounds. Quarterbacks get hurt when the blitz hits them and they don’t recognize it. I don’t look at it that way. Never have looked at it that way.”

Kelly has been uncomfortable with labels – both offensively and defensively – since his first day in Philadelphia. He’s always said he’s an equal-opportunity scorer and drove that point home today.

“Here’s our offense: We run the ‘see-coast offense,’ ” Kelly said. “If we see something, and we like it and we think it fits, we’re gonna run it. So the Philadelphia Eagles run the see-coast offense. Let’s run with that today and we’ll go from there.”

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  • ridusofreid

    Not sure who will win on Sunday but I like our coachs’ answer.

  • Richard Colton

    “I think basically to answer everybody’s questions, I don’t care what other people think,”

    If it wasn’t for the New England accent, you’d swear this guy was from 12th and Oregon

    • G_WallyHunter

      Is 12th and Oregon a Philly corner? I wish I understood these references

      • TNA

        South Philly. Think of the scenes in the Rocky films where he’s running in the streets. Also showcased in Invincible and a ton of other movies

        • G_WallyHunter

          good old marky mark, Invincible was pretty awesome even though it was Disney.
          Thanks for the visual, got it

          • nicksaenz1

            Wasn’t Papale from Chester, anyway? They did some embellishing.

  • Andy124

    see-coast offense

    Think it’ll catch on?

    • G_WallyHunter

      Walsh is to Westcoast offense what Chip is to see-coast offense?
      I can see it

    • Johnny Domino

      It’s at least as good as see-read.

    • TNA

      I respect Les Bowen, but in his article, he apparently thinks CK said “Sea Coast” offense. Clearly didn’t get the joke.

  • TNA

    This will hopefully be a good game. The defense has to clog the passing lanes and take advantage of INT opps when they’re there. In the past few games, Palmer looks an awful lot like Rivers when the Eagles were playing against the Chargers by mixing up quick hits, deep bombs and out patterns – but he’s definitely gotten away with several INT opps that have either been dropped or averted by a last-second timeout. The offense has to keep on grinding away. But my wild ass guess is that this game comes down to special teams. The AZ kickoff coverage team is vulnerable and I can see Smith giving the Eagles offense good field position in response to AZ scores. AZ’s punt return team also looks a bit like the Redskins punt return team with a shaky decision-maker in the their return guy Peterson. On the flip side, AZ’s place kicker is better than Henery; so any advantage the Eagles have in field position might be negated by Henery’s lack of distance. It’s definitely an intriguing matchup.

    • JofreyRice

      Palmer’s a solid QB. Not what he was in Cinci, pre-ACL, but given a clean pocket, and some receivers, and he will win games in the NFL. Definitely a better passer than anyone they’ve faced in the past 4 or 5 weeks. A good litmus test for the D, IMO.

      Also, that kid Ellington, their running back has got some juice. Quick runner that’s tougher than you’d imagine.

      • Adam

        Why they waste snaps on Mendenhall anymore is beyond me. Ellington is clearly the better back.

        • GEAGLE

          I like Ellington much more as a pass catcher than runner

        • TNA

          They rotate Mendenhall and Ellington frequently and keep them fresh. Ellington is pretty slippery and is a threat to get outside and cause havoc on any given play. Mendenhall gives them the tough yards inside and is probably a better blocker for play-action. I dunno. It seems to work for them. Cole, Kendrick, Connor, and DeMeco are going to have their hands containing Ellington while also covering Housler. The safeties and CBs will obviously need to tackle really well because Fitzgerald and Floyd are big boys who are also strong in the air.

          Not that shocking, but when asked about stopping Foles, Arians said that he wasn’t worried about Foles. He’s only worried about stopping McCoy; and if they stop McCoy, he “likes their chances.”

          • anon

            Perfect, i hope they keep thinking that way for the rest of the season.

      • Justin

        “given a clean pocket, and some receivers, and he will win games in the NFL.”

        You don’t say.

        • Adam

          We should not give him those things!


    FOles was really solid at the podium today…the kid just keeps getting more and more comfortable as the face of a franchise…

    • PhilliePhanCT .

      I appreciate your positivity. Always looking on the bright side of life. Foles does tend to give the “team-first” answer and tow the line. Now…just imagine if it was 5 giving those responses….T.O. would be all over that.

      • GEAGLE

        No one in my real word would call me an optimistic…I used to get BASHED for being an optimist, then everything I was optimistic about PROVED TRUE, so whether you believe it or not, I’m a REALIST. And all the crazy ish I say will continue to prove true. Get used to it :)

        • nicksaenz1

          Except Nate Allen…

  • Max Lightfoot

    Kinda like the See-Food Diet: When I see food, I eats it.

    • G_WallyHunter

      see it, like it, eat it
      pretty simple
      Applies to football as well

      Gotta love CK for his mastery of logic. He has this massive base of knowledge, every question he doesn’t even think, just spits out the most logical answer. VERY REFRESHING

      • Max Lightfoot

        He still jerks the media around a bit, maybe too much for me, being a former print news guy. But as a journalist, if you’re not offending someone, you’re probably not doing your job. I have been spit upon, threatened, etc., but I took that as a badge of honor. Fans love it when coaches slap around sports reporters and columnists, though – and at times they really deserve it. Sometimes reporters ask seemingly stupid questions but that’s because they have to ask that stupid question. I’ve asked plenty of dumb questions myself – sometimes I’d preface it by saying “I know this is a stupid question, but …”

        Overall, I like Chip Kelly, his sense of humor and impish wit. He is very refreshing, especially after the grunting, sighing Andy Reid. Go Eags!

        • G_WallyHunter

          Great analysis, couldn’t agree more. As a fan, I love his logical answers that make the asker look stupid lol as they should for asking repetitive/stupid questions

  • Token

    Its a shame Oakland is so bad. They.should have had this game. Dallas stinks.

    • Adam

      Pretty crazy that Foles dropped 7 on that D but Romo couldn’t even put up 2

  • anon

    I’m going to be SUPER annoyed if the Dallas/NYG games are what keeps us out of the playoffs. Dallas is going to have a cake walk through DC next week. But i’m going to keep my head up — i think CK is going to crush AZ after those Arians comments — plus we have their old DC so we got that inside knowledge.

    • jon h

      doesn’t dallas play chicago next week?

    • nicksaenz1

      In fairness, he was there DC 3 years ago. There’s been some turnover in the players and coaching staff.

  • O’Neill

    Geez I really like Chip. He’s basically telling Arians to piss off.