NFL players -- at least the ones who didn't play under Kelly at Oregon or at a few other up-tempo programs -- have been learning to play at one pace forever. Run a play, huddle and then do it again.
It's an old-school formula rooted in the considerable egos of most coaches. The scheme and the system are treated like some kind of Holy Grail by people caught up in hubris. And those mentors haven't noticed the rapid changes to the game going on around them.
It's almost the polar opposite of what is going on in basketball, where the college game is the one rooted in ego with an overly structured framework designed to make the coaches bigger than the game in an effort to skew their importance.
Defenders are handcuffed in today's NFL. Nearly every rule change of the past decade benefits the offense and, whether you like it or not, defensive players are getting penalized 15 yards for every Lavonte David-like love tap.
Meanwhile, when you run a no-huddle and do not substitute, that means the defense can't either, a major problem for defensive coordinators who have been rotating in linemen for years in an effort to keep their pass rushers fresh for the fourth quarter of games.
There's only a handful of D-lineman left around the NFL with the conditioning to handle 65 or 70 snaps in a game, never mind the 80, 90 or more Kelly is shooting for.
"I felt like (the tempo) was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said as reporters laughed.
He was deadly serious, though.
"I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process between plays. That's something we need to continue to work on."
The shift to this brand of football isn't something I like and it's something coaches like Shanahan no doubt disdain, but ignoring it isn't going to make the problem go away.
Kelly is acknowledging what's going on around him and adapting. He's the guy with the WIFI-enabled smart TV which has Netflix and Hulu Plus, while Shanahan is searching for the fourth season of "Seinfeld" at his local flea market to put in his VCR.
"(It was) kind of what we thought. It was what they've done before in the past," Shanahan said when asked about the Eagles offense. "They out-executed us."
Done in the past?
Old school hyperbole by a relic who is just incapable of understanding what happened to him or his team.
Shanahan remains a great coach when compared to others who subscribe to his philosophies. To those who don't accept an antiquated premise of what 2013 football is, he's an easy mark.
If the NFL really is a copycat league, it's time to start mimicking the right people.
NFL POWER POLL
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New York Jets (1-0) at New England (1-0), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: Patriots by 12
THE SKINNY: "Broadway Joe" hasn't been relevant since he was seen kissing Suzy Kolber, so "Broadway Mo" stepped it up this week. Muhammad Wilkerson, the New York Jets' emerging third-year defensive end, showed more than a bit of swagger by telling multiple media outlets that he believes his team will knock off Tom Brady and the banged-up Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
However, you have to think the short week favors the home team with the veteran quarterback over the visitors and the rookie. Meanwhile, the Pats have won each of the past five regular-season contests between the two clubs, averaging 38 points per game in doing so.