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3 Point Stance: Eagles' offense is nothing new

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 4:28 p.m. CST
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 15 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

1 The perception that Chip Kelly has brought some complicated highfalutin new offense to the NFL is incorrect. Study the tape and you’ll see the Eagles offense is just another spin on the West Coast Offense that so may teams around the league are playing. It is the pace at which they run the offense and the way they use it to keep defenses from making substitutions that gives them the upper hand in personnel matchups and keeps constant pressure on defenses.

2 The way Philadelphia uses LeSean McCoy is a perfect example. While McCoy is the league’s No. 1 rusher, it is in the passing game where he is the most dangerous. McCoy is the team’s second-leading receiver with 45 catches for 507 yards with a long of 70. That’s 11.3 yards a catch. McCoy averages a first down every time he catches the ball.

3 The Eagles are extremely vulnerable in the secondary but they feature several difference-makers elsewhere. Their 3-4 linebackers Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Connor Barwin are all big-play defenders. Jay Cutler has to extremely careful attacking the middle of their defense.

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