After a bizarre back-and-forth between the Philadelphia Eagles and Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly, the two sides have finally agreed on a deal that will lure the long-time NCAA coach to the NFL. Along with Kelly comes a fast-paced, gimmick-style offense that has had very little success at the pro level over the last decade or two. However, New York Giants linebacker Spencer Paysinger, who played his college ball under Kelly, says his coaching style introduces a level of danger to the NFC East.
"He has an exciting game plan," Paysinger told Giants.com. "It's always fun to watch. If he gets the right players, he'll be dangerous and unfortunately he's in our division, so I have to get ready for him."
Paysinger recalls how incredibly high-powered the Oregon offense was, claiming the only defense that could stop them was their own. It was a luxury provided to them during many in-house scrimmages and familiarity with the scheme. Outside of that intimate knowledge, Paysinger says shutting them down was impossible.
“Our defense, when I was at Oregon, we were the only team that shut them down. We knew how to shut them down,” said Paysinger. “Playing with that offense was amazing. It was tiring because they’d score in one minute and give up the ball and the defense was still trying to catch their breath. So that just added to the cardio of the game. He has an exciting game plan. It’s always fun to watch. If he gets the right players, he’ll be dangerous and unfortunately he’s in our division, so I have to get ready for him.”
How that offense translates to the NFL remains to be seen, but already in Washington we've seen drastic changes to the way an offense can function with the Redskins using the pistol formation to near perfection. But the NFL is home of the big boys, and gimmick offenses generally have a short shelf-life. It doesn't take long for the league to catch up, and with Kelly's grand total of zero NFL experience, there's a strong chance he may overlook that.
Whatever the case may be, the Giants will now face three drastically difference offenses in the NFL East.
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