A striking resemblance

CLEMSON - Contrary to what some might have you believe, Chip Kelly didn't introduce the no-huddle offense to the NFL on Monday night.

And, even though Kelly did show that the zone-read can be part of an NFL offense, he wasn't the first coach to prove that it can be an effective play in the league.

Nonetheless, Kelly's NFL debut was an impressive sight to see, particularly in the first half of the Eagles' 33-27 win over the Redskins.

Tajh Boyd certainly enjoyed watching the hurry-up, no-huddle offense that appears to replicate the one he's operated with Chad Morris for the last two-plus seasons.

"People kept saying it wouldn't work," Boyd said. "But why wouldn't it work? I've always looked at it like, those college guys go straight to the NFL, so why wouldn't it work? Why is the NFL so different from college, the philosophy?

"I think that you saw that [Monday] night. It was really exciting to watch those guys, really explosive."

Morris, who brought the hurry-up, no-huddle to Clemson after a year at Tulsa and many more as a high school coach in Texas, was watching the game, too.

"Coach Morris and I talked a little bit about it through text message [Monday] night. I think we're just seeing the evolution of football right now. It's exciting to watch it."

Philadelphia ran 53 plays in the first half, finishing the night with 77. They had 26 first-downs and 263 yards rushing. The Eagles were among the top three in each category during the first weekend of the NFL season.

And if what they did on Monday night looked familiar to Clemson fans, that's because it was.

"A lot of the same things," Boyd said, when asked how similar the Eagles' offense is to the high-powered machine at Clemson.

"It was fun to watch it and be like, OK -- sometimes when you watch you don't know what's going on, I still don't know half the time when I'm watching certain teams -- but when you go out there and kind of understand why he read it like that and why he did this and that, it makes it that much more fun."

One has to think it will also put Boyd in even greater demand when he enters the NFL Draft next spring.

No wonder Boyd and Morris watched with such great interest. But who can blame them?

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