A few weeks ago after the Bears preseason game, I pointed out an odd observation about the Eagles running the pistol.
Seemed as it was only featured on one play and there wasn't any reason to make too much out of it. Especially when you consider Chip Kelly's comments prior to the Fiesta Bowl when a reporter asked Chip a rather uneducated question:
Q. One of the recent trends in the NFL is more pistol formation. People are tracing that back to you. Your thoughts on what seems to be a melding of the NFL and college games.
COACH KELLY: Don't know. Haven't been there. Don't run the pistol offense. That's not what we do.
Chris Ault at Nevada invented the pistol offense. Just retired. Great football coach out there.There'sot of ways to play football. Pistol, don't know that very well. We're more of a spread run team.
Trends go one way and the other. I said this a long time ago, if you weren't in the room with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne when they invented this game, you stole it from somebody else. Any coach is going to learn from other people and see how they can implement it in their system. Anything you do has to be personnel driven. You have to adapt to the personnel you have. There's a lot of great offenses out there, but does it fit with the personnel you have. The key is making sure what you're doing is giving your people a chance to be successful.
But last night against the Jets the Eagles ran the pistol 5 times by my count. What is perhaps more notable is that they were highly successful on their runs from the pistol. 5 carries for 44 yards or an 8.8 ypc. So when the great @SheilKapadia ask Chip Kelly the inevitable question to Chip in his next press conference about the pistol, I am sure Chip is going to brush it off or downplay it. Maybe he goes as far as to say it's another tool in our toolbox. EDIT: Turns out Sheil asked Chip about the Pistol last night after the game:
“Yeah, we showed those earlier games when the back is offset, not offset from the quarterback you can run plays in either direction. But we've run that a couple other times in the preseason. But it's something that's always been in for us.”