Despite a barely-lateral Michael Vick pass that turned into a 75-yard fumble recovery touchdown for the Washington defense, Chip Kelly's offense looked as advertised in the Philadelphia Eagles' opening drive Monday night.
There's really no surprise, but Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson will thrive in Kelly's read-option scheme.
The initial read gives Vick more opportunities to run, and he seemed to be the league's only read-option quarterback looking to run in Week 1 (as Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and others worked from the pocket).
LeSean McCoy stood out in a running back field that produced just one 100-yard running back on Sunday (Shane Vereen), exploding for 184 yards on 31 carries. Kelly's offense gives McCoy the same advantage as Alfred Morris in the Redskins backfield – the threat of the quarterback run opens gaps and forces linebackers to commit early.
DeSean Jackson was clearly Vick's favorite target Monday night. Jackson caught 7 passes on a team-high 9 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles' offense will use the athleticism of receivers to get the ball out quick and get yards after the catch. Jackson is a prototypical receiver in this scheme.
Kicker Alex Henery was iced by a Chip Kelly challenge flag on a 50 yard field goal attempt, and Kelly showed no hesitation to go for it on 4th and short.
A role in the Eagles passing attack was carved out for Riley Cooper after the season-ending injury to Jeremy Maclin. Cooper couldn't capitalize on his opportunities in Week 1, with only two catches on six targets, but expect Vick to continue looking his way.
Rookie tight end Zach Ertz saw as many targets (3) as Brent Celek, including an endzone target on the game's second drive, followed by a third down check-down target.