As soon as the San Francisco 49ers players knew that their head coach was going to be Chip Kelly, they knew the attributes that they would need to work on. The players knew they would have to be fit and fast. The offensive players would have to be able to run a Chip Kelly offensive tempo and the defensive players would have to be able to sustain prolonged periods of time on the field.
In their 1st minicamp with Chip in April, the players were winded after drills. In the last minicamp last week, the players were able to maintain the tempo with the offense running plays about every 16 seconds. Chip’s offense relies on the tempo to tire out the opposing offense. This requires the offensive linemen to be able to run up to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball.
Now that the offense will run their tempo much quicker, the defensive players will have to worry about their endurance. If the 49ers offense stalls quickly, the defense will see the field much more often and could tire them out. The starters and their subs will have to be able to maintain a high level of play for longer and be able to run in and out of play to keep players fresh. Luckily, the team is on the younger side, which could help them during a long season.
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