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How Fast Can Kelly's Eagles Go?

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'IT'S A mathematical game," Chip Kelly was saying. He was talking about the extra man a defense can put in the box near the line of scrimmage, and the quarterback's ability to read that extra man and control him. But the Eagles' new coach was talking about more than that.

You ask him about playing fast, one of his trademarks at Oregon. A lot is involved - a conditioning element for the players, a drastic shortening in what has been the typical verbiage involved in calling plays, and more. NFL teams have begun to trend toward more plays per game, but they aren't to where the fastest college teams are.

There are complications in the comparison, of course - specifically, the difference in timing rules between college and pro games. Pro games are faster, and it is harder...

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