Chip Kelly is one of those coaches who thinks about everything. Every decision is made with some reasoning behind it. You can say that he’s a control freak or micro-managing things, but Chip would argue that he’s just trying to do every little thing he can to help his team win. I started to catch onto this while in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. I heard about how Chip brought his guys from Oregon to try and teach the rest of the staff and players Chip’s Way. What may seem small or unimportant to others could be something he’s got a definitive opinion on.
I love Chip’s mentality. He’s looking for every edge possible. Why not do that? We know it works well in college, but have no idea if will work in the NFL. That’s what is going to make the 2013 season so fun. We’ll constantly be learning about the Eagles, Chip Kelly, and the success of his methods.
The latest move by Kelly is to mix up the locker room. In the past, players sat around guys from their position group. Now the lockers will be more random. You might have Alex Henery, Trent Cole, and Nate Allen in a cluster. I’m hoping for Damaris Johnson and new DE Clifton Geathers to be neighbors. Talk about the long and short of it…
The lockers are being moved in order to try and encourage players to get outside of their cliques. Last year we saw the defensive line acting as a separate entity. That’s not healthy for overall team chemistry. You need players to interact and start to care about each other.
Moving locker assignments isn’t going to be some magic cure-all for team chemistry, but it can help. We’ll see just how much it works. Obviously Kelly thought it worked well at Oregon and that’s why he’s doing it here. If it just helps a little, that’s fine by me.
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Les also gave us a good injury update in the article.
* “Kelce, who tore his ACL and MCL in the second game of the 2012 season, isn’t quite as far along in his recovery as Herremans, he said.”
* Herremans said he is completely cleared for the special early minicamp allotted to new coaches that starts April 16.
* Herremans said he has talked to the other notable o-line injury victim, Jason Peters, who is coming back from a twice-torn Achilles’: “He’s cleared, he said he’s ready to rock,” Herremans said.
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“Scratch Vinny Curry from OLB list.
Eagles intend to keep him at DE, although may require diff skill set and some extra lbs in new scheme.”
I’ve not been able to confirm this, but McLane got the info from somewhere. This isn’t the kind of item you just make up.
Curry as a 5-tech DE doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but let’s try to understand this move. I wonder if Tom Gamble had any influence. Justin Smith is a very good player for SF. He came into the league at 6-4, 267. He was drafted by the Bengals to play in the 4-3 and then signed away to play in the 3-4. Gamble was with SF when they signed him.
Curry is 6-3, 266. That’s a very similar build to Smith. Both guys have great motors. Curry played some DT at the Senior Bowl and showed the ability to beat blocks on the inside. Maybe that’s another thing that made someone think he could be a 5-tech DE.
I do think Curry would need to bulk up to the 280 range. That would still make him small, but it might be big enough for how the Eagles want to use him. Curry told Tim McManus earlier that he was getting in shape to play 3-4 OLB. That means he was probably right around 260 pounds.
Eagles coaches can’t actually tell Curry where he’s going to play until April 1st. How ridiculous is that? The new CBA does some good things, but little things like that hurt players. Let the coaches talk to them for 30 mins a week or something like that. The coach could then tell Curry what kind of training he needed to be doing.
One of the reasons this is so hard to believe is that the Eagles just worked out Princeton’s Mike Catapano. He is 6-3, 271. The Eagles had him working out as a LB. Height, weight, and body type can be different things, but just still seems funny to take a guy like Curry and bulk him up. It is possible McLane got bad info or someone simply mis-communicated, but for now we’ll go with it and think of Curry as a DE. I’m looking forward to Kelly or Bill Davis offering an explanation of what they’re thinking. The move might be great. I’d just like to know the rationale behind it.
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I helped a guy named Ryan Lownes do a mock draft for the Eagles last night on Twitter. I would do one pick and then he would do one. It made for an interesting exercise. TL = my picks, RL = Ryan’s picks.
1 – LB Dion Jordan – Oregon (TL)
2 – QB EJ Manuel – Florida State (RL)
3 – WR Marquise Goodwin – Texas (TL)
4 – CB Sanders Commings – Georgia (RL)
5 – OT Brennan Williams – UNC (TL)
7 – OG Omoregie Uzzi – Ga Tech (RL)
7 – FS Rontez Miles – Calif. PA – (TL)
7 – DE Kapron Lewis-Moore – Notre Dame (RL)
7 – TE Joe Fauria – UCLA – (TL)
The quick takeaway is that you can’t get everything you want.
When I do mock drafts for the Eagles, I never go for a WR in the 3rd. I wanted to do something different to make me look at a new scenario. I would prefer a S, OT, DE, or TE there, but what if Chip Kelly has fallen in love with a WR and the scouts have a high grade on him? That might be the best player available.
I really want us to use the 2nd round pick on an OT. I think we need someone with LT potential there. I hope we pass on a QB until the 3rd or 4th round. The Eagles might like Manuel or some other QB and take them in the 2nd. Still hard to get a read on things.
Let me know what you liked and hated. Keep in mind that I can’t answer for Ryan’s picks…good or bad. He knows the draft well to those picks are based on his tape study, research, and knowledge of the Eagles. Ryan knows his stuff.