HANDED A SLIGHT SLIGHT OF HAND

Posted July 28, 2013

RECENTLY I watched a movie called 'Red Lights', wherein the character played by Cillian Murphy performed a few slight of hand tricks for a woman seated with him in a diner. She was awed and asked him how he did it. He answered with "You do most of the magic by looking in the wrong place." I think this is at the heart of what Chip Kelly is counting on.

The other day I wrote: While it's a fact that Andy Reid returned 8 of 11 of Ray Rhodes Offensive starters to the field, Reid also brought with him an innovative system AND he drafted a franchise QB to run that system. Kelly follows these numbers, but regardless of which QB he picks to run his system, none of them are franchise material. Then again Kelly's system is also not QB driven. A fact repeatedly lost on those focused on that one position.

Did you see it? Allow me to repeat that last part. "Kelly's system is also not QB driven. A fact repeatedly lost on those focused on that one position."

All offseason the debate/discussion has centered mostly around the QB, but even a quick look at Kelly's last decade or so will show that his system has produced a few star RB's, but NONE of his QB's get drafted above what, the 6th round? Most can't even hang on as NFL 3rd stringers. RB is where is system is powered. That's why even the Jeremy Maclin situation won't have them scrambling.

The QB issue is window dressing. It's a distraction to get people to shift focus away from what he's doing, onto something else. Problem is, the only people who take it seriously are non-NFL personnel.

Look, when Kelly didn't say what his offensive system would be, the NFL media (consisting of former players, some HOFers) chimed in and dismissively tagged him as running the Spread Option. Yesterday both Terrelle Davis and LaDanian Tomlinson all but dismissed the RELEVANCY of our QB competition, and concluded that Michael Vick would be the starter. Earlier Heath Evans and Charlie Casserly said the same thing http://www.nfl.com/videos/philadelphia-eagles/0ap2000000222055/Who-should-start-Vick-or-Foles

My point is nobody Kelly WANTS to fool is falling for it. At this level you have few if any secrets. It's the reason why execution is SO important. Teams have watched film of the players AND the coaches. They see what you do, and they know what you knew up until the 00:00 point of the last game you played. 

There is no more slick at this level. You're either good or you're not. 

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