Sheil has another good, albeit (ahem) GIF-free, no-22 look at the new Eagles offense today.
One of the things that really comes through in those pictures is how trivial a problem the math issues outside are. On the screen to Damaris, if that DB in the slot sticks with him rather than blitzing, that whole thing is busted. Then it's five-blocking-six inside on the handoff, which we can even up with a read option, but only if the safety doesn't attack the box at the snap.
Right now, Chip's offense is being greatly helped by the passivity of the defenses he's facing. For months, we read stories about how every defensive staff in the league was studying ways to beat spread option looks, and yet so far we haven't seen anything all that innovative beyond some rotations by the Patriots to mess up the reads with different edge defenders.
It's going to take some time before the league fully understands everything Kelly's trying to do, but I'll be shocked if our week one opponent -- a team that has more than a passing familiarity with these same offensive concepts -- isn't ready with a big bag of tricks we aren't seeing yet.
This all has a definite impact on the quarterback debate. On the one hand, you can make a pretty good case that if we start seeing safeties selling out to stop the run, Vick is the guy you want throwing deep against all those man-free or zero coverages. So far this preseason, Foles has the almost comical combination of a 78.6% completion rate and a 6.9 yards per attempt. That's positively Kolb-ian. (Vick is 86.7% / 13.3 YPA.)
On the other hand, Kelly's offense can't live by the deep ball alone. So even if Vick is bombs-awaying with DeSean and Damaris all game, would we still be better off with Foles making correct reads on all the other plays, getting the ball out quickly and avoiding the big negative plays that will kill any drive?
Personally, I have more faith in Vick than that and don't think that's how it would work out. But I also don't think Kelly is likely to stick with one guy and tell him to "keep firing" if he's not executing the nuts and bolts of the offense correctly.
Lastly, if there's one really positive takeaway from Vick's performance in two-meaningless-games-where-defenses-have-been-pretty-vanilla-so-far, it's that he seems to be seeing the middle of the field again: