James Lofton: Kelly getting too much credit
September 20, 2013, 1:41 pm
Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton
said Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly shouldn't get the bulk of the credit for being the innovator of fast-paced football offenses.
Lofton said, "Not only did we do it (with Buffalo), but Jim Kelly was calling his own plays... we basically had about 12 plays --- four runs and eight passes --- we ran them out of nine different formations. We called it 'Same girl, different dress.'
"We had one stretch where we were running a play every 16 seconds."
Lofton said: "Chip Kelly wasn't the first at Oregon. They were running it at Clemson and some other places, if you go back and look at high school football, they were doing this 15 years ago."
Lofton said of the 1-2 Eagles and the early returns on Kelly: "You have a seven-day window after a game where you either look like the smartest guy in the world or a guy who can't tie his own shoes."
The three-time Super Bowl participant who played for the Packers, Bills, Rams, Eagles and Raiders caught 14,004 yards in NFL receptions, all-time best when he retired.
Lofton said if he could come back today and play with a current NFL quarterback, he'd pick Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.
"If you're a baseball player, you want to play in Yankee Stadium. If you're a basketball player you want to play in the old Boston Garden," he said, "and if you're a football player you want to go to Lambeau Field."
Lofton also believes that universities should be paying student-athletes, although, he's concerned what it would do to big-time college football.
"Although I would not want them to be paid in accordance with their jersey sales or where their team is ranked in the country or, you know, things like that," he added. "If you
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