(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer Before Chip Kelly even calls his first play in the NFL, there's plenty of talk about slowing down his up-tempo offense.
Could defenses get help from referees?
''It isn't an issue with us whatsoever,'' Kelly said when asked if referees will allow his offense to play at a fast pace. ''We understand the rules, and we'll play by them. It's a real simple concept to me. If the speed limit is 65 (mph), even though I want to go 85, if there's a cop out there, I'm not going 85. It's a real simple concept. We're not going to change them. I like them. We're excited to play with them.''
Dean Blandino, the NFL vice president of officiating, told The Wall Street Journal that referees aren't going to rush the ball to the line of scrimmage unless it's the two-minute drill.
Kelly's teams at Oregon usually hurried to the line and tried to snap the ball quickly throughout the game. The Ducks ran more plays than normal and had plenty of su...