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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.

Philadelphia Eagles accuse Washington Redskins of faking injuries (Video)

Redskins-injury-fakingAlas, it begins. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to run an incredibly fast-paced offense under Chip Kelly this season. If all goes to plan, they’ll be wearing out defenses the way they did against the Washington Redskins on Monday night. And if Kelly’s up-tempo attack finds success, be prepared to hear about how opponents are faking injuries all season long.

On Monday night with Philadelphia leading 12-7 and driving in the first quarter, Redskins offensive lineman Kedric Golston went down with what was later described as cramping. As Golston was on the turf holding his leg, you could hear several Eagles yelling, “He’s faking!”

Former Redskins running back Rock Cartwright agreed.

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Some Eagles players reportedly want Riley Cooper off team for racist remark

Riley-Cooper-EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper is not in a good place, and he deserves everything that is coming his way. As most of you have probably heard, Cooper was caught on camera making a racially insensitive remark, and the video has gone viral.

The 25-year-old has issued an apology and already been fined by the Eagles, but that may not be good enough for some of his teammates.

According to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports, an anonymous Eagles player said that both black and white members of the team are outraged over Cooper’s remark and that some players want him off the team. Cooper may even face a suspension from the NFL in addition to the fine, but the real question will be how the incident affects the Eagles’ locker room.

Cooper may eventually claim he was drinking and that he didn’t mean what he said, but most people aren’t going to buy it. The average person doesn’t just come out with a comment like that even if they are intoxicated, and there might be nothing Cooper can do to convince some of his teammates he is not a racist.

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From a football standpoint, this is a horrible situation for Philadelphia. They can’t risk keeping Cooper around if it’s going to poison the locker room, but they were also expected to rely on him heavily in the passing game with Jeremy Maclin out for the season with a torn ACL.

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The best thing for all parties to do at this point is wait for the dust to settle. But even when it does, there is no guarantee Cooper will ever be liked by his teammates again.

Michael Vick doesn’t like sharing first-team reps with Nick Foles

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeChip Kelly has made it clear that he will be holding an open competition for the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback position all summer, and that may be starting to weigh on Michael Vick. According to Rob Edwards of the South Jersey Times, Vick took the majority of the first-team snaps on Thursday at the last day of mini-camp. But he wants to earn all of them.

“It’s tough (not taking all first-team snaps),” Vick said. “I have continued to be a professional and put feelings and emotions to the side. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (tough). I have to deal with it and keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.

“(Coach Kelly and I) haven’t talked about it yet. Coach knows exactly what he’s doing and we don’t question him, we just listen.”

Foles is probably already a better passer than Vick at this stage in his career. He has reportedly been impressive with some throws during practice while Vick has struggled a bit, but common sense would tell you Vick is a better fit for Kelly’s offense.

If Kelly intends to incorporate anything similar to what he was running at Oregon, he needs a mobile quarterback. The advantage there obviously goes to Vick, though Chip would be dumb to not make him earn it. Foles also has an advantage in age, which Vick knows.

“I feel good with where I’m at,” he said. “I have to continue to progress and keep drinking my youth juice.”

My guess is Vick wins the starting job unless he completely bombs at training camp. Despite what this former Eagles quarterback thinks, Kelly is probably going to run a spread offense that will benefit from having a quarterback who can run. That’s not to say Vick won’t make him change his mind by Week 6.

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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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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