With it appearing likely that the Chiefs are going to select Luke Joeckel the Eagles might have the option of choosing between Lane Johnson and Eric Fisher depending on how the Raiders and Jaguars pick. But how would they fit into Chip Kelly’s offense? 
The inside zone play is our “go to work” play. We want to get off the ball and be a physical downhill running football team. This is not a finesse play. This is physical football. The offensive lineman play with confidence because they know they have help from their teammates in their blocking scheme. This is the offense we run and everyone knows that. We have great players but we also execute it well. We ran this play 202 times this past season. We averaged about seven to eight yards per carry with this play.
The outside zone play is a complement to the inside zone play. The inside zone is a hole to cutback play. The outside zone is more of a hole to bounce play. The reason we run the outside play is to circle the defense. When you get good at running the inside zone the defenders begin to tighten their techniques and concentrate on squeezing the inside gaps.
If we feel that is happening or we start to get many twists and blitzes inside we run the outside zone play. It gives you speed in space and the offensive line can play with confidence when you have something to change the focus of the defense. We ran the outside zone play 122 times last season for 6.8 yards per carry. It is a good compliment to the inside zone play.
Chip Kelly’s lines aren’t plodding and enormous, they’re lean and athletic. I’ll let Kyle Long explain:
“You need to have mental toughness, physical toughness and you have to be in condition to play in an offense that moves in such a high tempo. We play at a fast tempo and then when we need to, we kick it into overdrive. He’ll say, ‘We’re going to go tempo here’ and everyone looks around and we all lick our chops because we know the guy across from us is going to be more exhausted than we are because we prepared and practiced at a high level.”
Chip Kelly plays it coy at his football clinic linked above when he talks about his running scheme but he really does ask a lot of his offensive line. His offensive line doesn’t have much help, there aren’t any fullbacks or jumbo personnel. He runs a smash-mouth offense out of spread offense sets. The entire idea behind his running scheme at Oregon was to spread the defense out, empty the box and control the line of scrimmage. His offensive linemen need to be in good condition like Kyle Long says but at the same time they need to be big and strong enough to control the line of scrimmage. He runs power plays. He runs zone plays. He runs read option plays. Chip used man and zone concepts at Oregon. And his tackles will do anything, they pull, trap and downblock. He really does need talented offensive line players if he wants to run his scheme effectively.