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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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Chip Kelly: Michael Vick struggled because of poor pass protection

When the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to be their next head coach, one of the first thoughts that popped into peoples’ minds was that Michael Vick’s career could be saved. Kelly turned Oregon into a national contender by running an up-tempo spread offense, and Vick is arguably the most athletic quarterback in the NFL. If anyone is going to resurrect his career, it could be Kelly.

As of now, it sounds like Kelly intends to go with Vick as his starting quarterback. He’s pinning a lot of what happened last season on poor offensive line play.

“The one thing I think with a quarterback is they get too much blame when things don’t go well and they get too much praise when things do go well,” Kelly told WIP’s Angelo Cataldi on Tuesday. “But which Michael Vick do you have? The guy in 2010 who is the comeback player of the year and is running all over the field making great decisions? A lot of that because he’s clean in protection, he’s not getting hit immediately after he’s getting the snap.

“The one thing, when I watched the film and I saw Michael last year, you just kind of almost felt bad for him, is you lost four lineman to season ending injuries. There is a comfort level when you are playing quarterback when Jason Peters is your left tackle. There is not as much of a comfort level if I’m playing left tackle. So when you’re worried about a guy coming off the edge before you can get to the top of your drop and make a throw, then that’s a tough thing to do.”

There is a lot of truth to that. Vick has taken a beating over the past couple of seasons. That being said, his decision making has also been horrendous. Some of his poor throws were the result of pressure, but others were forced into triple-coverage. If Vick is going to succeed again as the Eagles’ starter, there will have to be a balance. His protection needs to be better and his decisions need to be more sound. Otherwise, Nick Foles could be the man for the job.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview
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Chip Kelly drops ‘Wedding Crashers’ reference in denying reports that he was close to deal with Browns

Chip-Kelly-EaglesWhen it was first rumored that Chip Kelly would be leaving Oregon to coach at the NFL level, a number of conflicting reports surfaced that may have been caused by bad reporting, a smokescreen from Kelly’s camp, or both. First, he was supposed to interview with the Cleveland Browns. Then it became obvious that the Philadelphia Eagles were making a run at Kelly, but word surfaced that he was returning to Oregon. And now here we are.

Kelly may have planned to interview with the Browns at some point, but the former Ducks coach insists any reports about him ever having been close to a deal with Cleveland are bogus. When asked about those reports on Thursday, he made a fantastic movie reference.

Dude just went up 10 pegs in my eyes. Anyone who drops a Jeremy Grey reference in the middle of talking to reporters is a winner in my book. I don’t care if that offense Michael Vick is excited about works or not. Chip’s the man.

H/T The Big Lead

Michael Vick excited about Chip Kelly; thinks he can rush for 1,000 yards

Michael Vick recently restructured his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles to make it more cap-friendly, and early indications are that he will have yet another chance to resurrect his career now that Chip Kelly is running the show. As we know, Kelly’s spread offense at Oregon relied on having a mobile quarterback. If he is looking to recreate that approach at the NFL level, Vick could be a valuable asset in Philly.

How valuable? In an appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Tuesday, Vick said he will be looking to regain his status as one of the “elite” quarterbacks in the league when the 2013 season begins. And he’s setting his sights high.

“In 2006, I ran for 1,000 yards — and it wasn’t hard,” Vick said, via Pro Football Talk. “I feel like I still can do that … Once you start trying not to get hurt, that’s when you get hurt. I think I have to go out, play lights-out football, and not worry about getting hurt.”

Health will obviously be the biggest concern, as usual. Kelly insists that Vick and second-year quarterback Nick Foles will have an open competition for the starting job during training camp, but Vick is owed a base salary of $7 million in 2013 with his new deal. That’s the type of money a starter earns — not a backup. Assuming he does win the job, Vick feels as though he and Kelly will be effective together.

“I could tell that he was innovative, and that’s what it’s all about in this league,” Vick said of Kelly. “You have to be able to change up from week to week and I think Chip will be able to do that. I think I can handle that.”

The question is can his body handle it. That 2006 season with the Atlanta Falcons that Vick referenced is the only time in his career he has played in all 16 games. However, you could argue that Kelly’s run-and-gun offense will help protect Vick from taking some of the hits he took last year while standing in the pocket. Spread offenses can mask poor offensive line play and leave quarterbacks less susceptible to big hits. The prospect of Kelly and Vick paired together is exciting, even if history isn’t on Vick’s side.

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