Chip Kelly believes in Special Teams.
“Any backup spot is all the value of special teams,” Kelly said. “If you’re going to be a backup player here, you’re going to be on teams.”
He then explained the situation with OLBs.
“Right now, at our outside linebacker spots, we have a lot of rush guys, not a lot of drop guys,” Kelly said. “To keep a third rush guy, we kept Vinny [Curry], kind of look at Vinny [as someone who] could play in that spot for us. To keep another rush guy who’s not contributing on teams just wasn’t going to help us. Especially when we go to 46 [on game days].”
This makes complete sense to me. You may still disagree with cutting McCoy or some of the other moves, but it should help you to now understand the thinking behind the moves.
“It’s about special teams,” Kelly said. “There’s three ways to make this football team: special teams, special teams, special teams. …If you’re going to be the fourth or fifth receiver, it’s the value to Coach Fipp and our special teams.” Kelly said that’s the reason the Eagles acquired Najee Goode, because special teams outweighs a player’s production on offense or defense because that’s how they’ll contribute in games.
Frankly, after the poor STs play of the post-Harbaugh era, I’m just fine with Kelly and Dave Fipp doing whatever it takes to solve that unit. When you have a talented, but flawed roster like the Eagles do, STs can win/lose you a few games a year. Damaris Johnson’s fumble in the Arizona game last year completely changed the momentum of that game. The PR score in the first Dallas game broke that contest wide open. Fipp won’t let that happen this year. Players don’t want to deal with the wrath of his stare.
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Earl Wolff will play in the opener. Interesting. Pat Chung and Nate Allen will start. Colt Anderson will be key on STs. Does this mean Kurt Coleman will be inactive? Is there any way Kelly would dress all 5 Safeties?
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I loved all the Iron Maiden comments/stories in the previous post. Great stuff.
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Dave Spadaro did an interview with The Chipper. Chip talked about wanting his players to play aggressively. Take chances. Don’t be afraid to fail.
This is an interesting mentality. So many coaches over the years wanted players to be cautious and avoid mistakes. Kelly has told his guys not to be afraid of making mistakes. Clearly they can’t play recklessly, buy he doesn’t want safe. Kelly wants playmakers.