Chip Kelly Playing It Close To The Vest

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Often times when a new head coach is hired in the NFL, he shares a long, drawn out a master plan from the opening press conference all the way into training camp. Well, whenever you ask Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, you’re better off talking to a brick wall. Yes, it would be unreasonable for Kelly to reveal his entire philosophy if at all, but just getting him just to commit the read option offense he ran in at Oregon is more like pulling teeth.

Here’s what we do know, or speculate to know. Quarterback Michael Vick is still on the roster which leads us to believe some form of the Ducks offense will be implemented. The Eagles brass went out of their way to workout West Virginia’s Geno Smith which also supports the alleged offense in mind. Kelly also wants bigger people who will beat little people. That commands a bit of a team overhaul that’s already in the process judging by the free agents brought in both offensively and defensively.

In addition, Kelly has hired a sports science coordinator which is unheard of in these parts. He moved Eagles training camp from it’s home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the past 17 years to the state of the art team practice facility in Philadelphia and has a completely different coaching staff with just two holdovers. A new staff is very common with a new boss, but it’s worth mentioning just for inventory purposes.

At the end of the day, Kelly is doing exactly what he should, especially being a rookie head coach in the NFL who has yet to even draft a single player. However, Philadelphia fans are anticipating this new era of Eagles football so much that they are chomping at the bit to grasp on anything Kelly says about what his coaching plans are for the 2013 season.


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