But I find myself most looking forward to the circus that I hope will be the Chip Kelly practice and training.
I've read articles about the Oregon practices, and the breakneck pace. I've heard about music blaring at all times. I was captivated when I'd read that Chip ran his offense against 25 man defenses to practice timing and precision. I see so much of the type of repetition and execution that seem, on paper, to be just what the eagles need.
To fully assess the impact and promise of this offense running on 5 second plays, I first tried to imagine what the defense of the eagles would face in playing against an offense that goes so quickly.
The eagles have been challenged to get the plays to the qb in time. Delay of game, time outs were fairly routine. Our offense did not chug out plays very quickly.
Now we face the excitement of an offense that is 2 or 3 plays ahead. It has to be, so that upon the spot of the ball the eagles are ready to go with the next play.
Am I alone in this? If all things are the same, I have to think the eagles put up more points just from tiring out the defense so quickly.
If we have a solid offensive line this year, and we implement merely the fast and furious offense (whether standard or read option or pistol), I think we have a huge upside.
But lets see who we have to work with before getting overly optimistic.