Chip Kelly Flipped the Script and Used the Pass to Set up the Run on Sunday

Run-to-pass is a very basic strategy, but it works, which is why teams keep using it. Despite his reputation for offensive trickery, Chip Kelly likes smashmouth, run-first football — if his team can pull it off. But his offensive line this year can’t (so far).

So against the Saints, Kelly’s game plan went the less common “pass-to-run” route. DeMarco Murray finally had a decent game, but he didn’t get his first good run until the the second drive after the Eagles had already completed six passes for 55 yards. (Three other throws were broken up but only by excellent coverage.)

Here are the Eagles’ first 12 plays– nine passes, three runs:

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[Chip called two runs for Murray on the first drive, but they gained only three yards combined because Matt Tobin missed a block each time– failing to pick up Dannell Ellerbe on a run blitz the first play, and unable to sustain his block on Cameron Jordan on the second.]

The Saints have a big secondary — CB Brandon Browner is 6’4″, 221 — so Chip went to his bigger, more physical receivers (Celek, Ertz, Riley Cooper, Josh Huff, and Murray himself) for those first six receptions. The second drive opened with the two TEs left, Celek split wide and Ertz in the slot, both running short “in” routes. (Ertz gained six.)

On the next play, Celek and Huff ran a mesh (or “rub”) pattern crossing each other three yards down field (on second-and-four). Bradford threw a bullet to Celek, who was covered tightly, for a first down. It was a great throw, the kind Nick Foles never makes, and one of the reasons the Eagles traded for Bradford.

But Josh Huff was wide open going the other way. Given his explosiveness after the catch, that could have been a very big gain if Bradford had thrown to him instead.

What could have been....
What could have been….

So back to that first good run by the Murray– the nine-yard gain on the second drive: Huff was the only receiver on the left, and the defense followed the other receivers to the right side after giving up all that yardage early on. Just before the snap, Huff motioned in tight to the line and blocked his defender, who had followed him. Murray bounced outside left and gained nine yards.

The Eagles ended up with 186 yards rushing, and Murray averaged 4.2 yards a carry for total of 83. It was easily his best game as an Eagle. But it was all set up by passing on nine of the first 12 plays.

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29 Responses

      1. Kyle, I like and respect you as a sports figure in Philly. But I am upset. First, why did you take down all the good Ron Schwartz comments? Second, Harvard or no Harvard… this Saltveit guy is a bum. Lets leave the film breakdown to the professionals here, it makes you look weak when you try. This guy makes Jim look good. Please respond.
        P.S. What is your favorite Bob comment?

        1. Stumbled upon the “Meet our Staff” tab of Colonial Site….let us discuss the rat tail Steve Wayne is rockin.

          1. Haha, just checked that out, the dude’s face is terrifying enough and then add in that rat tail, no wonder he is the internet sales person. If i saw him in person i’d run screaming for the hills.

          2. Check out the service manager “Marc Kay”, his mug looks like a well worn baseball mit, probably from decades of smoking and alcohol abuse.

    1. He owns several car dealerships in the Philadelphia area. His famous tag line is “if you cant make a deal with me, you cant make a deal with anybody”. Some commenters were allegedly using Mr. Schwartz’s likeness to describe highly offensive activities of a strong se xual nature. Ladies and gentlemen I implore you, Mr. Scott, nor any of his employees, support the use of such language and in no way encourage the misrepresentation of any local car dealers.

    2. Ron Schwartz used to come directly on set before post game live to provide Ray Didinger with the little extra kick he needed in air in the form of Coke not Pepsi if you know what I mean. Believe me I was there.

  1. Did he finish difficult math equations on a blackboard while performing his nightly janitorial duties as well?

  2. He owns several car dealerships in the Philadelphia area. His famous tag line is “if you cant make a deal with me, you cant make a deal with anybody”. Some commenters were allegedly using Mr. Schwartz’s likeness to describe highly offensive activities of a strong se xual nature. Ladies and gentlemen I implore you, Mr. Scott, nor any of his employees, support the use of such language and in no way encourage the misrepresentation of any local car dealers.

  3. Last week when I saw this Mark Saltveit posting for the first time, I looked up his history. This is what I found:

    Mark Saltveit (born c. 1962) is a Portland-based stand-up comedian, writer, and palindromist.

    My take:

    1. He’s into palindromes. I will say no more on this. It’s self-explanatory.
    2. He’s from Portland. He has nothing to do with Philly sports whatsoever. He has such a hard-on for Chip Kelly that he followed him from Oregon to Philly just to write about Kelly? Silly. Are you joking?
    3. Stand-up comedian that writes about sports? Give me a fucking break. He can’t make any money with that, so he blogs. Loser again.

    1. He wrote two books about Kelly, and a long profile on Kelly featured on Philly.com. I typically find his day-after stuff to be wholly more reasonable than anything I or anyone else around here writes because he’s not a deranged Philly lunatic. Did you know they settled the west some years ago, or did you just assume we never made it past Lancaster?

      1. Kyle, the dude is from Portland and followed a college coach to Philly to cover HIM, not the Eagles. That’s weird. Never saw that in my entire life with any writer.

        1. I’ll add this. Let’s say after this season that Kelly decides to leave the Eagles and go back to college. How much you want to bet that this Mark Saltveit will follow him to that college and continue his stalking??? Hahahaha!

      2. We may have never made it past Lancaster but I sure as heck made it with Granny Scott back in them olden days, she sure was a hoot an a holler let me tell you what. Her damn grand kids sure are peckish tho.

  4. Worst user name – step 3 make her open the box
    Best username – still laughing since “insert time frame” Villanova guy

  5. Just another thought. Mark Saltveit is akin to a Paparazzi stalking a celebrity (ala Chip Kelly). Anyone want to debate that?

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