LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After running 30 plays in his first 15 minutes of Chip Kelly football, even Michael Vick was ready for a break.
"I've never been a part of anything like it," the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said. "When the first quarter was over, I thought we was about to go into halftime. It was unreal. The only thing I could tell myself was, 'It's going to be a long season.'"
Long season, huh? Well, not in the traditional sense. Win or lose, the Eagles were surely going to be exhaustingly entertaining in the first year under Kelly, but the tired feeling is a good one when the don't-take-a-breath offense works the way it did in Monday night's 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins.
"Sometimes, we all take ourselves too seriously," said Kelly, making his pro coaching debut after winning 87 percent of his games at the University of Oregon. "We love playing football. There's a passion with it. That's the way it should it played. I had a lot of fun tonight. I think our guys had a lot of fun."
Fun? Don't talk to the Redskins about fun. This was supposed to be the celebratory welcome back party for Robert Griffin III eight months after his major knee surgery. Instead, RG3 threw a career-high two interceptions and spent a lot of time on the sideline watching his defense wear down.
As the teams exchanged pleasantries at the final whistle, Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker said to Eagles center Jason Kelce said: "Next time we play you guys, you need to slow it down a bit."
Good luck with that.
Here are five no-huddle-required reasons the Eagles were able to start the season with an upset of the defending NFC East champs: