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Chiefs’ Tamba Hali On Chip Kelly’s Offense


Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly has brought his fast-paced offense to the NFL and while the Eagles were able to jump out to an early lead over the Washington Redskins last week, there is some question in NFL circles as to whether or not the offense is sustainable over a full NFL season.

Arrowhead Addict staffer, Lyle Graversen recently wrote in his Armchair QB column on FanSided.com (you should check it out weekly) that he didn’t think Kelly would be able to continue running so many snaps without injuring or wearing out his star players.

ESPN recently asked a bunch of NFL players, coaches and owners if they thought Kelly’s offense would hold up all season. As can be expected, the reactions were mixed.

And one of the players they talked to was Kansas City Chiefs OLB, Tamba Hali.

“I don’t think you’re going to go through a season running twice as many plays as [the opponent] every week. That’s a lot of games stacking up. I don’t think they will do that. I think they’ll try to come out, outcondition the opponent, keep them off balance, try to get points now. Once the game gets under their control, they’ll get back to what they do at a normal pace. In college, it works. You play 12 games and you have a bunch of players on your team. You don’t have that many players [in the NFL] to wear them down. But the mindset of coming out and playing fast and getting [a lead] early, that goes a long way.’’

Hali is likely already looking at some film of the Eagles offense as the Chiefs play Philly on a short week next Thursday.

It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs handle the Eagles. KC is running a very aggressive scheme and the Philly offense is designed to get defenses off balance and cause them to over-pursue. The Chiefs will need to be patient and stick to their assignments or the Eagles could get an early lead.

Personally, I agree with Lyle. I don’t think Kelly’s offense will keep working. NFL defenses learn fast. Remember when the wildcat offense was all the rage?

The NFL is a big game of chess and it is a game of adjustments. Right now, Kelly has the upper-hand but will he be able to adjust when his competition catches up to him?

Here’s hoping the Chiefs can set the tone for the rest of the NFL by shutting down Philly next week.

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  • Patriot42

    In the third game of the season Kelly will still be running a super fast offense so Hali may be correct in the end of the season but it still might work against the Chiefs.

  • kcpauly

    They may wear themselves out by week three, as they play 3 games in a short span like us, so here’s hoping they will be slowing down a little by thurs.
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Natasha Sims

    You forgot to refer to Chip Kelly coaching a “high-powered offense.” That phrase was all the rage last year, so we’ll want to stick with tradition a bit longer, I think.

  • tomflex

    The Eagles offense will have a weak spot, most offenses do and it’s just a matter of time before someone finds it. Considering that Andy Reid knows the team and especially Vick as well as he does, you can bet he has a pretty good handle on a weakness or two….

  • Moby Dick

    You are comparing the simple wildcat to Chip Kelly’s complicated offense? Fail.

    Kelly is renowned for shutting people up so I won’t say much. You’ll shut up along with other naysayers as time passes. Advice: watch the Oregon tapes (and upcoming Eagles tapes) on Kelly’s philosophy on offense. If you have the IQ, you will begin to understand why his systems are not gimmicks or fads but actually scientifically-derived.

    • steve james

      Man I am glad you have dick in your user name. Way to verbally assault someone who you disagree with. Insecure much?

  • tomflex

    If you have the IQ you might some day realize that Oregon is not the NFL. Watching game tapes of Oregon playing other colleges supports your argument?….not at all. Watching film of games that haven’t been played yet?…..that’s a good one. Questioning the IQ of anyone writing for this honored and respected web site?…..priceless.

  • Jim bernard

    You need a young fast defense to stop them, exactly what the chiefs have, even though they get no mention of it in the national media, I live in eagles land so please kc kick some ass for me.