NFL VP Of Officiating: Officials, Not Teams Determine Game Tempo
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Tempo was a huge part of those explosive Chip Kelly offenses at Oregon. And while the new Eagles coach says that personnel will dictate scheme with his new team, it’s reasonable to expect some of what made Kelly so successful in college to show up on NFL fields in the coming weeks and months. That means running plays at breakneck speeds, forgoing huddles and minimizing stoppages in play, all with one aim: exhaust opposing defenses into submission.
One problem, at least according to NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino: Kelly, and whomever ends up as his quarterback in Philly, does not determine a game’s tempo.
“We have to make sure teams understand that they don’t control the tempo, our officials do,” Blandino said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We’re going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren’t going to rush [unless] it’s in the two minute drill.”
It seems silly, frankly, to have officials in their 40s, 50s and 60s set the pace in a game made up of 20-somethings who can roll out of bed and run a sub-4.5 40. (Unless, of course, that official is Joey Crawford, whose spryness belies his age.)
The Journal explains that while 12.8 percent of plays in the NFL last season were run without a huddle (which is nearly double what is was five years ago), at Oregon, Kelly’s offenses went no-huddle 78.5 percent of the…