Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense is a staple of his coaching style, and it helped guide the Eagles offense to record-setting numbers and a 10-6 record in 2013-2014. In fact, the average time of an Eagles touchdown drive was just 2:08 last year, which is remarkable.
Another result? It has forced the NFL to up its conditioning standards for referees, according to Troy Vincent, NFL Executive VP of Operations. At the annual Officials Clinic, NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington found that refs “underwent a more physical assessment than they ever have before.”
There many times last year that the pace of referees spotting the ball in fact slowed Kelly’s offense down because of how fast he wanted things to move from play to play. The NFL clearly sees that as something its officials can work on, which could be bad news for defenses around the league.