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If Bill Belichick is taking the time to utilize a variation of the “blur” offense, then Chip Kelly must have been doing something right at Oregon. The question on most peoples' minds is whether NFL players will commit to the conditioning that is involved in implementing such a strategy.
In 2012, the Oregon Ducks ran an average of 82.8 offensive plays per game. In contrast, the average offensive plays per game in the NFL was 64.2.
Not surprisingly, the New England Patriots led the league with 74.4 offensive plays per game with a less than mobile Tom Brady at quarterback. Considering that there is a direct correlation between number of plays and points scored, Kelly has honed in on a clear advantage for his teams.
If the Eagles can add seven more offensive plays per game to their 67.4 from 2012, it could make all of the difference.
This up-tempo style of play wears down the defensive players by the end of the game and can cause substitution issues which lead to mismatches in personnel.
Chip Kelly will implement this facet of his Oregon offense with the Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the NFC should take notice sooner than later.