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Chip found the lightning…now all he needs is the bottle…

High-speed execution by supreme athletes on offense is the lightning… and the bottle is smart judgement on when to rein it in.

Sometimes you have to throw away a play…and live for the next down. It's a situational thing.

If Chip Kelly can get his boys to take it up a notch from here to there, look out…

 You could see the enthusiasm in the Kelly game plan by all-world athletes like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick…  It was palpable. It was lightning. They bought into it.

But the key to great gee-tarists as well as great athletes is restraint…

You need to throw a change-up in your tempo and your routine every now and then.

You got to bottle it…and pour it out upon command. Lightning— It's not like a heat pump on automatic thermostat— it must be allowed to breathe. And strike when they least expect it.

That's the command of pace that I hope the Chippah is learning at the NFL level.

Part of the challenge in the NFL is dealing with the multiple stoppages in play as a result of lucrative TV and Radio contracts. Those TV timeouts are going to affect your approach to the offense as a sprint. You can't fight them or deny them. Couple that with mandatory booth review on nearly every damn call made by the zebras on the field, and your sprint offense is suddenly getting a turtle wax.

I'm sure Mr. Kelly is already taking these points of modulation into consideration. After all, if he keeps calling offensive series like he did against Washington in the first half of Monday night's game, we are going to be dealing with Eagles games that  take 4 hours to complete.

I guess my point is: it would behoove the  Chippah to allow a little more time to run off the clock between successful offensive plays.

To be fair, what do I know? I've never coached football beyond the Pop Warner level.

But if your goal is to gas your opponents, your unintentional consequence may be that you are gassing your own troops. Your offensive linemen begin to wilt and get stupid. Your defense gets exposed for too many downs per quarter.

Suddenly every game is a war of attrition. Who wears out first and worst? I thought it was supposed to be about who's best between your best and my best—at full strength?

I suppose the Chippah is challenging those gentlemen's rules to the traditional way an NFL duel is conducted.

But back to the bottle…

Now you know you have something special to protect within the bottle. Don't spill it.

Disperse it selectively— like a taser.

Throw in a full huddle every now and then just to keep the opposing hounds off balance.

Plus you know they are already memorizing your formations and keys and tendencies from the Redskins game… so now you have to anticipate their anticipation….

They think they know what you're going to do before you do it… so now you have to be able to show some different looks in advance of what they think they're going to find you in…

It gets complicated. But that's why you want your lightning in a bottle. Keep it safe from the guys who are guessing when and where you will open it again…

And pardon my analogy… as "Lightning in A Bottle" was a sort of brand name for a generic "LSD" product back in the late '60's…

There's an old photo of my first girlfriend…  She took "Lightning in A Bottle" at the Atlantic City Pop Concert in 1970, I believe…

I wouldn't take it with her, as I was convinced it was just too fast-lane for me… after all, I was preparing myself for a baseball career…

But I loved her enough to promise her I would look after her during her "trip"…
Needless to say, she ran off with the Joe Cocker Band that day…and I have never seen her since.
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Severed Stones (Harry) 125,  Bad Jews Bears (Benny)  97…

Bri Slapper Nads (JB99)  143, Dem Stinkin' Bums (ATV)  126…

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Thomas Jackson

About Thomas Jackson

Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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