Will Kelly Continue Calling The Plays From Sideline After Pre-snap Reads?BREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Friday, January 18th, 2013
During his years at Oregon, Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly played the role of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady prior to his offense snapping the football. He would have his offense hustle up to the line of scrimmage and get lined up in a formation. They would then pause and look toward him on the sideline.
Kelly would then signal in what play to run depending on the defensive front and coverage they were looking at. Kelly would be getting a pre-snap read on the sideline and make an adjustment to whatever he saw. There was a time when he had the backup quarterback signalling the play in on a big blackboard poster.
If you focus on Tom Brady on Sunday, you will see him get his team up to the line of scrimmage, then he will begin a forceful and energetic snap count, as if they’re getting ready to snap the football. Sometimes he will either draw the defense offsides, but that’s not his main purpose.
The hard snap count is a way to force the defense to show their hand or what defense they’re going to play.
The safeties, linebacker and sometimes the cornerbacks will line up somewhere as a disguise for a coverage or blitz, before moving into the real position they’re going to play from a second or two before the snap.
Many times the linebackers or safeties will show the blitz they’re getting ready to run when Brady begins his snap count. Once he sees the blitz or coverage they’re going to face, he will identify the Mike linebacker, so the line can count from that player to the player they’re going to be responsible for blocking. He will check out of the run or pass play into a run or pass play that’s good against the defense they’re getting ready to face.
Kelly likes to the do the same thing, but he does it from the sidelines and I don’t know whether he’ll be able to do that in the NFL. It will depend on when they cut off the microphone in the helmet of the quarterback. He might try to do by just having the Eagles offense go to the line of scrimmage and tell the quarterback the play he want them to run
Clearly, Kelly knows the benefit of the pre-snap it’ll be interesting to see how he plans on exploiting it on the NFL.
Jon Gruden is a close friend of Kelly’s. I’m told that they talk football on a regular basis. He also talks football with Pete Carroll and of course Bill Belichick. Eagles fans can rest in the fact that Kelly will be able to deal with the NFL.
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