Chip Kelly met with reporters a while back, but had them hold on releasing the comments. The media has now been allowed to release Kelly’s comments into the wild.
Sheil Kapadia wrote about Kelly’s thoughts on why he brought Vick back. One key reason is competition. Kelly isn’t about to give the job to any QB. Vick isn’t getting it because he’s got a great background. And Kelly isn’t handing it to a young guy so the Eagles can see what they have in those players. Forget evaluation. Kelly wants to win.
“You want to talk about our players buying in? If I went in the locker room and said this is going to be a really good year for us to get ready for the following year, that’s not going to work,” he said. “No one has a mindset like that. So our decision isn’t based upon what is the future two years down the road, three years down the road. I don’t think that far.”
I love his mentality, as long as it he doesn’t go too Ray Rhodes on us. Rhodes wanted to win now and filled the roster with short term veterans. That was going too far. Football is a young man’s game. You must focus on young players.
But I do like Kelly pushing for the team to compete right away. This isn’t a total rebuilding job. There is talent already in place.
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Zach Berman wrote about Kelly and choosing a QB, something Chip isn’t in a rush to do. I don’t get why people are so confused by this. Kelly is having a QB competition. The basis of that word is compete. Kelly needs to see the players in practice, and even preseason games before he can make an evaluation. He’s not going to watch a couple of practices and choose someone.
“We’re going to have to name a starter at some point in time,” Kelly said during a wide-ranging interview after the team’s spring minicamp. “That’s why I think it would be unfair right now, because there hasn’t been enough situations to evaluate. If someone said, ‘Hey, we have to play a game tomorrow,’ we have to make a decision. But we don’t have to play a game tomorrow. We have until Sept. 9, so we’ll see how it works itself out.”
“You want to make sure you take the whole body of work into consideration,” Kelly said. “If in practice three they have a [bad] practice, do they come back in practice four and bounce back pretty good? Or have you made your decision after practice three? We’re not forced to make a decision soon, and I don’t think the positives of making an early decision outweigh making sure we make the right decision.”
I’ve told you that I think Nick Foles is leading now, but I’ve also mentioned that being in front now is the equivalent of leading the Indy 500 after 10 laps. It”s nice, but largely meaningless. What happens in July and August is far more important. That’s when Kelly will really find out who is meant to run this offense.
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Reuben Frank made his case for why Foles will be the starting QB. I was highly disappointed in the lack of obscure trivia. I wanted to see “No QB named Nick has lost a competition in an odd year since…”
Instead, Roob chose to use logic. In this blurb he focused on accuracy and decision-making.
Foles, playing as a rookie without DeSean Jackson, without LeSean McCoy much of the time and behind a makeshift O-line featuring King Dunlap, Jake Scott, Dennis Kelly and Dallas Reynolds, still had a higher completion percentage last year than Vick has had in eight of his nine full NFL seasons.
He’s just more accurate. This isn’t an opinion. He was 61 percent last year with everything working against him, and Vick is 56 percent career.
Foles’ completion percentage last year was sixth best in NFL history by a rookie. Vick ranks 87th in accuracy among 111 quarterbacks over the past 25 years who’ve thrown 1,000 or more passes.
And quick decisions come naturally for Foles. The big reason he was able to deal with the ferocious pass rush he faced was his ability to drop back, read the defense and distribute the ball quickly.
There really is a strong case to be made for Foles. Roob does a pretty good job. Now it is up to Foles to go show what he can do at Training Camp.
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Speaking of Training Camp…Sheil got some info on how that will from Chip Kelly.
I hate that Kelly moved it from Lehigh. That truly was a magical place to go visit. But…I want the Eagles to do anything and everything possible to get to the championship level. If Kelly thinks holding Training Camp at the NovaCare makes the Eagles better, do it. If Kelly thought holding TC in Afghanistan would help the players focus, I’d be all for that. I want the Eagles to win. Do whatever it takes for that to happen.
“I just think we have everything here, so the fact that we would pack everything up and move, I think that didn’t make sense to me,” he said. “All our video stuff is here, so … all our [internet] servers are here, so you’re dealing with portable laptops and hoping to get practice on them. You have issues when it rains, where do you go? Our training facility in terms of how we want to lift … why would you move everything and go somewhere else?”
If the Eagles some how suck this year…then get back to Lehigh.
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There is a horrible rumor about me that is going around Twitter. I’m ashamed to say the rumor is true…it’s my birthday. Don’t worry, I won’t be going drinking with Tom Heckert.
Chocolate pudding and PBR for everyone!!!
Even Jimmy Bama.