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One stat Chip Kelly doesn’t care about

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Chip

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 before taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Rob Carr

Most NFL coaches will tell you it’s important to make sure you have a reasonably balanced time of possession during games, lest the defense stays on the field too long and gets tired as the game goes on.

Not Chip Kelly.

“Time of possession means nothing,” Kelly said. “It’s [the number of] plays run.”

The Eagles are next-to-last in time of possession, averaging just 24:25 per game. Which means the defense has been on the field more than 35 minutes a game, putting plenty of pressure on that side of the ball.

It’s an issue Kelly’s critics pointed to before the start of the season, and the Eagles’ 1-2 start makes you wonder whether the Eagles can keep this up much longer. Kelly has never been one to pay attention to conventional wisdom, but if he finds his defense continues to struggle like it has the last 10 quarters, he may have to make some changes.


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