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Why is our Chip Kelly not working?

Patience

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I may be wrong, but I feel like most of Chip's strategies are based on creating equal opportunities. For example, trying to run at least as many plays as the opposing team, and neutralizing certain players to create one-on-one blocking situations. Yet, for these to work, our blockers need to have talent comparable to that of their opponents, and they need to be consistent (because if one player messes up, his teammate has to compensate and in doing so sacrifices his one-on-one opportunity). Their advantage comes because they know that the play is either run or pass, and if they only have to block one guy, their job is very simple and they can get a head start. On the contrary, our skill players react to what their "man" is doing. However, for players handling the football, this strategy becomes advantageous. You all know how reads work: Give the football to the guy who is least covered. For this to work, our skill players have to be smart enough to make the right reads, and be talented enough warrant coverage and get into the open field. It's easier to make a play when the defense has to account for every skill player on the offense. All of this is not very farfetched. Our players don't have to be freak talents on offense, they just have to be competitive talents and play consistently. However, we seem to be lacking in both areas right now, although the consistency part will come with time. Currently, we are not consistently executing even the simple plays right now. For those of you wondering what happened to Chip's playbook, my question is how can run all of these complicated plays if they can hardly run the basic stuff? And we can't expect them to run a lighting fast offense if they are already making mistakes running a regular paced offense. The whole point of an uptempo offense is to catch the defense off-guard (to create the matchups we want) and to wear them down. For this to work, everyone has to know exactly what they are doing because there is little time to think. Like I alluded to when referencing our blockers, if one person makes a mistake, it can have a butterfly-like-effect. Be patient.

"We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."

-Helen Keller

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