The Eagles offense that year was Chip Kelly's with West Coast concepts added by OC Pat Shurmer. And by the way, Shurmer just happens to be Mike Zimmer's OC these days in Minnesota, so there you go with a Hobson-esque aside about it being a small world.
In early November 2013, a second-year NFL quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles named Nick Foles came off a week of concussion protocol to throw seven touchdown passes against the Oakland Raiders, in just his ninth pro start. That tied a record.
Foles had a perfect QB Rating that afternoon. He averaged 14.5 yards per attempt and 18 yards per catch. He didn’t throw an interception. Playing QB in the NFL is hard. It’s arguably the hardest job in sports. Except on that day.
On the sidelines wearing a headset was a guy hired that season by rookie Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Bill Lazor had worked for Dan Reeves, Mike Holmgren and Joe Gibbs, all pedigreed offensive minds, but never for a guy quite like Chip Kelly, who intended for the circus-act offense he ran at Oregon to terrorize the pros.
And there was Lazor, his quarterbacks coach, co-piloting this dreamy Sunday flight.
“Everything you talked about in the meeting room, as far as the opponent’s tendencies and what could happen (successfully), it all happened,’’ Lazor said this week.
Lazor saying to Foles, “If you get this particular safety in the middle of the field, he is going to follow your eyes. So, you can move him over here and throw a post behind him. Boom. That’s what happened. It was just one after another like that.
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Lazor is now forced to use boo-coo West Coast concepts because the playbook comes handed down from Jon Gruden. Seriously, that's what Jay Gruden brought with him and what Hue Jackson and then Ken Zampese inherited. It will be interesting to track Lazor's offense this year and compare the results with the last six.
Hey, you gotta have a break now and then from the never-ending orgy of disgust. And, yeah, the O-line is a big confounding variable.