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Chip Kelly reportedly told DeSean Jackson he won’t be traded

desean-jacksonMuch of the DeSean Jackson trade speculation has been fueled by Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s refusal to come out and support his star wide receiver publicly. Kelly is aware of the trade rumors surrounding Jackson, but he has done nothing to throw water on the fire. However, there is reason to believe he called Jackson and told him not to worry.

Earlier this week, a report from Philly Magazine’s Tim McManus indicated that Jackson is concerned about his standing with the Eagles. A source claimed DeSean had not been contacted by Kelly. On Wednesday, 94WIP’s Ike Reese cited a source who said the opposite.

“He’s [DeSean Jackson] talked to Chip [Kelly] this off-season,” Reese said. “He’s talked to Chip and Chip told him you don’t have to worry about all the rumors that are out there. You’re here. He’s been assured, at least he’s been assured at that time [when they talked], that he wasn’t going anywhere. “

The Eagles have supposedly listened to trade offers for Jackson, but that means nothing. You never know what a team is willing to offer, so general managers will “listen” to trade proposals for almost any player.

“Again, it doesn’t mean something can’t happen to where a team wants DeSean and that the Eagles – this is also Howie Roseman’s department. The personnel department,” Reese said. “To me it makes sense for the Eagles, that they at least convey to DeSean that he’s fine. That he doesn’t have to believe the rumors that are out there if for no other reason, you want to keep DeSean’s mind in the right place.”

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News later confirmed Reese’s report.

If the Eagles were shopping Jackson, it would be wise to leave him in the dark about it. He’s already a difficult personality to handle, so that could turn ugly if they tried to trade him and were unsuccessful. For that reason, Kelly’s alleged reassurance makes perfect sense.

H/T Crossing Broad

Chip Kelly tells Riley Cooper his plan is to f—ing score points (Video)

Chip KellyChip Kelly coaches football like he has only one goal and one mission: score f—ing points. That’s why it was so perfect hearing him tell one of his players that that was exactly what he was trying to do.

In a clip played on “Inside the NFL,” Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is seen asking Coach Kelly what his plan is.

“F—ing score points,” Kelly answers matter-of-factly.

“What’s your plan?” he humorously asks Cooper.

Well, that’s one way to shut up a player. And, yeah, that seems like the perfect response from Chip.

H/T Smart Football

Chip Kelly pulled Michael Vick for a play because he didn’t know NFL rule

Chip Kelly EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is still a rookie. While his offense looks like it could stick, he has coached only two games at the NFL level. Because of that, Chip is still learning.

In the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Michael Vick was drilled by Chargers defensive lineman Jarius Wynn. Vick was shaken up on the play, which forced an official to call an injury timeout with 2:09 left in the game. At that point, Vick either had to leave the field for a play because of the injury timeout or Philly had to use one of its three team timeouts to keep him on the field. Kelly did not know the latter was an option, and he put Nick Foles in for a play.

“It’s an injured player,” Kelly said after the game, via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “Didn’t matter who it is. If it’s a left guard or center or whatever, they have to go out for a play because the ref determined they were injured.”

Foles came in on 2nd-and-10 with the Eagles threatening at San Diego’s 14-yard line. He threw a ball out of bounds near the corner of the end zone for an incompletion. Vick returned on the next play and threw an incomplete pass of his own, and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal to tie the game at 30-30. The Chargers went on to win 33-30.

Raanan pointed out that Rule 4, Section 5, Article 3 in the NFL rulebook reads as follows:

When an injury timeout is called, the injured player must leave the game for the completion of one down. The player will be permitted to remain in the game if:
(a) either team calls a charged team timeout;
(b) the injury is the result of a foul by an opponent; or
(c) the period ends or the two-minute warning occurs before the next snap.

Kelly later admitted that he did not realize he had an option to call a timeout and keep Vick in the game.

“That was on me,” he said, per CSNPhilly.com. “I should have asked.”

Kelly was also criticized for not chewing up more clock on the Eagles’ final drive, which is obviously one of the downsides to running an incredibly fast-paced offense and preaching speed to your team. Would one more Vick play have made a difference? We’ll never know, but I feel fairly confident Kelly won’t make the same mistake again going forward.

H/T Deadspin

Chip Kelly thought Eagles offense was too slow … and was totally serious

Chip Kelly impressed football fans everywhere by leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a road win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night in his NFL coaching debut. Fans saw the Eagles do exactly what they were used to seeing out of Kelly’s Oregon Ducks: a fast-paced spread offense that runs a lot of plays in a short period of time.

Chip Kelly EaglesThe Eagles actually ran 53 plays in the first half of the game, compared to only 21 for Washington. They had 21 first downs and only allowed 23 seconds between plays, compared to 28 for Washington. Although anyone watching would have been struck by the tempo of the game, Kelly told the media Tuesday that the offense’s pace was too slow.

“Yeah, I felt like it was slow to be honest with you. I’m not joking,” Kelly said. “We need 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 in between plays. And that’s something we need to work on.”

Too slow huh? I’d hate to see what this guy’s like waiting for food in a drive-through line. I heard Chip Kelly once left midway through a Usain Bolt race because it was taking too long.

Too slow? Sheesh. If that was slow, I can’t wait to see what the offense looks like when they’re running it properly.

DeSean Jackson spoke to Chip Kelly after demotion from first string

desean-jacksonChip Kelly knows he has a lot to prove as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles this season. In order to succeed at the NFL level, he has to learn how to gain the respect of professional athletes — something that can be a completely foreign concept for coaches coming from college. From the sound of it, one of his early methods has involved not giving superstars preferential treatment.

According to Philadelphia Magazine’s Tim McManus, DeSean Jackson approached Kelly earlier this offseason when he found himself taking reps with the second and third teams.

“There were times when I was going with the threes, times when I was going with the twos, things like that,” Jackson told McManus on Tuesday. “There was a point where I went into Chip Kelly’s office and talked to him face-to-face to see what was going on with that.”

During that discussion, Jackson said Kelly told him that the team has no depth chart and that every player is being evaluated based on what they do during OTAs and training camp.

[Related: Rosenhaus files grievance, says Jackson owes him $400,000]

“He just expects everyone to do things a certain way,” Jackson explained. “He was asking everybody to do the same thing. For myself, I just had to really hear it from his mouth to get that rapport with him and be on the same page with him. When I went in there, he said he expects everybody to buy into the system and do everything the right way. And if there is any little thing a player doesn’t want to do, that’s his way of reacting to it. The best thing I did was go talk to him instead of just sitting back and being mad.”

For what it’s worth, McManus also pointed out that Jackson has attended 30 of 32 workouts this offseason with the Eagles. That is believed to be the best attendance rate he has had since joining the team, which makes sense given how much he has to prove this season.

After the 2013 season, Jackson has very little guaranteed money included in his deal and will cost about $11 million annually through 2016 for the Eagles to bring him back. The 26-year-old could easily find himself cut at the end of the season if he doesn’t perform like an elite receiver, which could be why he is reportedly considering hiring the hottest new agency in the business.

Unlike Andy Reid, Kelly has no prior personal relationship with Jackson. The first-year NFL coach is only interested in winning football games. If Jackson isn’t all-in, it will cost the team very little to release him at the conclusion of the season.

H/T Around the League

Ron Jaworski doubts Chip Kelly’s offense will work for the Eagles

Chip Kelly EaglesChip Kelly ran one of the most deadly offenses in college football during his six seasons as offensive coordinator and head coach at Oregon. Now, all eyes will be on him at the start of the NFL’s regular season to see if that same style of offense can work at the professional level.

Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski does not see that happening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL,” Jaws told Harry Mayes and Nick Kayal on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this week, via PhillyMag.com. “I’m going to say no. I just don’t see NFL passing concepts in this offense. It’s a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run-action, off the read-action. A lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens. Very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts.”

A lot of people feel that Kelly’s offense could make some noise at the NFL level, especially since he has arguably the most athletic quarterback in the league at his disposal in Michael Vick. Vick is certainly excited about the possibilities under Kelly, as evidenced by the claim he made earlier this offseason. But Jaws, not so much.

“The NFL is a different league with fast players that have all week to prepare for you,” Jaworski said. “At the collegiate level, you have 20 hours to prepare for that Oregon offense. Take out three hours of game time. You’ve got 17 hours in the course of a week to practice and prepare for that style of offense. It kills you in college. But in the NFL, these guys work 17 hours a day. A day, not a week – 17 hours a day getting ready, so there’s no secrets.”

Jaws certainly makes some valid points, and I think there are more people who would agree with him than disagree. For all we know, Kelly could be planning to break out a much different offense from the one he ran with the Ducks. Whatever the case, the two-time PAC-10 Coach of the Year has plenty of critics to silence.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Chip Kelly makes big changes to Philadelphia Eagles’ food and nutrition

Chip Kelly EaglesChip Kelly is a unique coach who has many special methods that has led to his success at the collegiate level. We knew he liked to run a highly fast-paced spread offense but, until now, we didn’t know too much about his other secrets the helped make his Oregon Ducks so successful. Now we’re learning that Kelly emphasizes healthy foods and great nutrition for his players.

ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards reported from Philadelphia Eagles camp on Monday and shared some of the changes Kelly has made to the food at the team’s practice facility.

Edwards says everything in the cafeteria has been remade since Kelly took over. She says there is nothing but healthy food choices for the players because Kelly believes that elite athletes need optimal nutrition.

According to Edwards, there are four main food stations in the cafeteria with signs over each station explaining what the foods are and what they’re good for. For instance, one section is lean protein for “muscle growth and repair.” Another section contains the “healthy fats” for immune support and anti-inflammatory reasons.

Now here’s the part that will make Andy Reid cry: Edwards says Kelly got rid of things like “Taco Tuesdays” and “Fast Food Fridays,” much to the dismay of the players.

Junk food items like pizza, chicken wings, fried food, and even red meat is off the menu because Kelly wants nothing but organic, hormone and antibiotic free lean meats.

If you’ve been following things at Eagles camp since Kelly took over, none of this should surprise you. You may recall last month we learned that Kelly had personalized smoothies made for players to drink after practice.

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