Faster doesn't mean more for Eagles

By Associated Press 12:34am, September 26, 2013
The purpose of Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense is to run as many plays as possible in the shortest amount of time to maximize scoring potential.

It worked for two quarters.

Since cramming 53 plays into the first half of their season opener, the Philadelphia Eagles have run 145 plays in the last 10 quarters. Not coincidentally, they beat Washington 33-27 in Week 1 and lost the next two games.

Overall, opponents have run 227 plays to Philadelphia's 198. That's not the formula for success in this frenetic attack.

"We've got to move the ball and score points," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. "A lot has been made about how many plays (are run). We don't worry about how many plays we've got to run. We've got to score more points than the opponent.

"However we can get that done, we have to do that."


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