Chip Kelly’s offense is the great lost treasure of this NFL offseason. At this point, curiosity has drifted so wayward that the new Eagles head coach and former Oregon offensive whizz kid will presumably be the first to regularly use an eight wide receiver set on one play and just don’t even bother with an offensive line, and then put all three quarterbacks on the field for the next play.
The offense will also somehow incorporate Buzz Lightyear, and a monkey riding a goat. Records will be set, innovation will be stretched to its logical extreme, and no one will think any of this is weird.
Thankfully, we now have a report from the Kelly base camp. It comes to us from one of his many minions, and the fantasy footballing possibilities are both awesome, and interesting.
LeSean McCoy answered questions from a talking head of some kind on NFL Network this morning. Like the rest of us, that person whose name matters little was curious about Kelly’s new offense. Surely by now Kelly has introduced the cyborgs, yes?
Tell us, LeSean (from Bleeding Green Nation):
“We have tons of different sets with different backs. We run so much, there’s so many different fast movements from motioning out to running routes. It’s so open, trying to get guys in the open field, it’s a great offense.”
That sounds glorious, and it sounds like everything we’ve ever expected and wanted from McCoy in our lives. See, his ability to gain the edge on his own in Andy Reid’s passing offense was always evident, but McCoy would often have to make his own opportunities. Take, for example, McCoy’s 2011 season when he rushed for a career high 1,309 yards. He did that despite receiving 20 or more carries in a game just five times while playing a full season.
It remains to be seen whether or not McCoy’s usage increases significantly under Kelly (yeah, it probably will), but his talk of getting guys in the open field hints at what we’ve long expected: more liberal use in the passing game. Yards are yards, man, and they all lead to fantasy profits. McCoy has shown he can easily excel as a receiving option after his 78 catches for 592 yards in 2010.
But then there’s this too…
“When I said don’t be surprised when other guys get carries, because in this offense you need other guys to be productive because there’s so much running.”
Herein lies an opportunity for Bryce Brown. A healthy McCoy will still easily be the lead running back in Philadelphia, but in this dynamic offense with sets using multiple backs it’s possible that we could see weeks when Brown hovers somewhere around 10 touches between his carries and receptions. In deep leagues, he could provide the opportunity for bye week flex value then.
That’s all we get for now. Until next time, holy grail.