There was an article published by the Wall Street Journal yesterday that contends that referees around the league have no intention of catering to Chip Kelly's fast paced offense. Here's quick snippet from that article: As Kelly mans his first full week of NFL training camp installing a high-revving Ferrari engine into the Eagles' offense league insiders say there are exactly zero indications NFL referees will be willing participants in the Kelly era. The NFL they say has a long-standing pace at which they do things between plays and the referees "aren't going to change just to accommodate someone's offense" said Mike Pereira a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now an analyst for Fox Sports. "We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo our officials do" said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino. "We're going through our normal ball mechanics we aren't going to rush [unless] it's in the two minute drill." Through the first week of camp the Eagles have run a number of hurry-up drills in which they move as fast as possible from the whistle on one play to getting lined up legally on the next. On average they've been able to get set for the next play at around 12 or 13 seconds. That's pretty good for the first few days of camp but they aren't quite as fast as the New England Patriots just yet who run quite a bit of extreme hurry-up in actual NFL game situations.
Referee whining about fast paced offenses is much ado about nothing
Philly.com | Jul 31