2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Fast-forward: Redskins prepare for up-tempo Eagles

By JOSEPH WHITE - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-05 15:39

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - If the Philadelphia Eagles want to run the Washington Redskins ragged, DeAngelo Hall says it won't work.

``We're in great shape,'' the Redskins cornerback said, ``so if they want to try to put their condition against ours, I feel like we'll win that battle every day of the week.''

That's not to say Hall is expecting an easy night's work when the Redskins host the Eagles on Monday. The game marks the NFL coaching debut of Chip Kelly, who has brought to Philadelphia the same run-as-many-plays-as-possible philosophy that worked so well at the University of Oregon.

``I don't feel like from a tempo standpoint it's going to be a problem,'' Hall said. ``I think from a scheme standpoint, what they're going to try to do as far as exploit different matchups, that's going to be kind of tough to figure out and put a handle on.''

The Eagles ran a league-high 74.25 plays from scrimmage per game during preseason, offering a taste of what's to come. Sure, there are other teams that like to play fast - the New England Patriots sometimes look as if they're scurrying for a late bus - but Kelly's approach is so novel that Redskins linebacker London Fletcher can't draw on any comparisons from his 15 previous seasons in the NFL.

``This is a unique style of fast-paced offense because it's no-huddle, but it's also a spread zone-read-type offense, things like that,'' Fletcher said. ``It's definitely a situation where we're going to have to have great communication come Monday night. Obviously the communication is going to have to be a lot faster.''

In those situations, it helps to have an experienced hand like Fletcher calling the defensive signals.

``London's the best at it, so we don't have to worry about that,'' defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. ``He's well prepared - he'll know exactly what we want in every situation. If something happens and I can't get the call in, he'll know what calls we're going to have based off what they've got in the game. I feel London's like having a coach on the field.''

One player well-versed in Kelly's chaos is Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who lost twice to Oregon while at Purdue, blowing a second-half lead both times.

``Getting lined up quickly is the biggest part of it,'' Kerrigan said, ``because that's one of the things this offense is designed to do, is it doesn't allow you get lined up, getting the personnel you like on the field. They try to make you second-guess yourself, that's what you've got to try to fight.''

And there's the fatigue factor. Hall can say the Redskins are in great shape - and the coaches can work them hard to make sure they are - but the body starts to feel it when the plays pile up.

``It's a big difference playing 60 plays and 70 plays, and you just add another 10 to that, it's a huge difference,'' cornerback Josh Wilson said. ``One thing about it - when the game is going at that high of a tempo, you don't really know how many plays you played, you just know, `Did we stop `em or did we not?'''

Coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins will be at a disadvantage because they'll be the first team to face Kelly's attack in a regular season game, but Haslett figures there's only so much the Eagles can do that Kelly hasn't already tried elsewhere.

``I've watched 23, 24 Oregon films, and what they did in preseason,'' Haslett said. ``If they can do anything else, God bless `em.''

Notes: S Brandon Meriweather was limited in practice Thursday, although the nature of the injury setting him back has changed. After being hindered by a sore knee throughout training camp, Meriweather injured a groin during Monday's practice. Shanahan said the knee is now fine. ... Shanahan on the Redskins being a target after winning their division last year: ``You better have a bull's-eye on your back someday. Hopefully, when you win the NFC East, you should have a bull's-eye on your back.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Miles AustinMar 30 11:42a

Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) will likely sign with the Philadelphia Eagles this week if all goes well with his physical, according to a source.

R. Griffin IIIMar 29 07:42p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will be the first-team quarterback during offseason workouts, according to head Jay Gruden, but Gruden also said he expects QB Kirk Cousins and [ More ]

Stevan RidleyMar 29 10:12a

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is scheduled to meet with a few teams this week. Ridley is expected to receive full medical clearance in around six weeks.

Andre EllingtonMar 27 07:52p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. [ More ]

C.J. AndersonMar 27 07:32p

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back [ More ]

Jonathan MartinMar 27 04:32p

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27.

Alan BallMar 27 03:02p

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jarrett BoykinMar 27 02:12p

Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nick FolesMar 27 01:22p

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it's the team's intention to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, despite trading for QB Nick Foles in the offseason. [ More ]

Dont'a HightowerMar 26 08:02p

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum. Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular [ More ]

Brian QuickMar 26 06:52p

St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has [ More ]

Jay CutlerMar 26 06:32p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be [ More ]

Danny LansanahMar 26 05:42p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.

Jonathan MartinMar 26 04:52p

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was waived Thursday, March 26.

Pat SimsMar 26 04:22p

Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 26.

Victor CruzMar 26 01:32p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) 'looks really good and light,' according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz started running last week six months after he tore the [ More ]

D. Heyward-BeyMar 26 11:52a

Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.

Paul RichardsonMar 26 12:43a

Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (knee) might not be ready for the start of the season, head coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday, March 25. Carroll did say Richardson's rehab [ More ]

Blake BortlesMar 25 08:43p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles received an endorsement from head coach Gus Bradley Tuesday, March 24. Speaking at the AFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Annual Meetings Tuesday, Bradley [ More ]

Travis KelceMar 25 06:03p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce played at roughly 250 pounds in 2014, but head coach Andy Reid wants Kelce to report bigger in 2015, and Reid thinks Kelce [ More ]

Drew BreesMar 25 05:03p

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota isn't an option for the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 25 04:33p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson [ More ]

Ifeanyi MomahMar 25 03:13p

Free-agent TE Ifeanyi Momah (Lions) signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, March 25. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Terence NewmanMar 25 01:53p

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 25, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jordy NelsonMar 25 12:23p

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Victor CruzMar 25 11:53a

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) could miss the start of the 2015 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. [ More ]

Josh HillMar 25 11:03a

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 25 10:53a

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.

Cody LatimerMar 24 09:33p

The Denver Broncos plan to use WR Cody Latimer as the third receiver behind WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in 2015. 'I think it's time for him to [ More ]

Casey MatthewsMar 24 06:32p

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

R. Griffin IIIMar 24 04:42p

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said that the team will go with the best player available in the 2015 NFL Draft with the No. 5 overall pick, which [ More ]

Michael CrabtreeMar 24 03:02p

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is having a hard time being signed this offseason, reportedly due to concerns regarding lower-leg injuries and a negative perception about his attitude.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group