Kelly Speaks

Posted: July 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 64 Comments »

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.


64 Comments on “Kelly Speaks”

  1. 1 Scott J610 said at 12:09 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy!

  2. 2 Kevin Powell said at 12:09 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Is there any word yet on how extensive the coverage of training camp will be? Possibly filming Dave in his little booth the whole time while we’re allowed to see 5 seconds of film every hour?

  3. 3 Conor Mc Namara said at 12:12 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy birthday from Ireland bud… I’d say take a day off, but them I would have nothing to read, it’s after 12 over there so you can start drinking at home without being judged. 😀

  4. 4 Shawn Williams said at 12:12 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Hey Tommy do you think chip will run the k-gun offense and if so can you put an article about what exactly it is for us readers.

  5. 5 HoneyGratz said at 12:38 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday, bro. Along with perfect health and prosperity, I also wish you a year filled with exhilarating Eagles victories, including a decisive win on February 2, 2014.

  6. 6 T_S_O_P said at 12:42 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    I’ll add to that too – Happy Birthday Tommy.

  7. 7 Neill Stark said at 12:44 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy!!

  8. 8 Jack Waggoner said at 12:44 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    What I got out of what Chip said was that he felt that releasing Vick would have made it much more difficult to get the rest of the team to buy into what he wanted to do.

    Oh, and Happy Birthday.

  9. 9 Jack Waggoner said at 12:47 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Well, training camp in Afghanistan could be interesting. They built this huge base there that it looks like they’re not even going to be using.

  10. 10 holeplug said at 1:01 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Someone needs to tell Roob that checkdown Nick never threw the ball down the field which is why his comp % is what it is. He was 30/32 QBs last year in Y/A.

  11. 11 Jack Waggoner said at 1:04 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    True, although you could make a pretty good case that he had such poor protection he needed to get rid of the ball and make those short throws in order to avoid getting killed out there.

  12. 12 holeplug said at 1:30 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    I think that what happened last year actually. Roob just gettin little carried away “6th best in NFL history for a rookie!!!!” makes it sound like he thinks Foles is gonna be a pro bowler when his oline just sucked and he checked it down a ton.

  13. 13 disqus_AJSAhteg45 said at 3:19 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    And the problem is? Those are the stats.

  14. 14 GEagle said at 3:55 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Just because you don’t like the way Foles looked, doesn’t mean you get to change his stats. stats do t tell the whole story, but you can’t take them away from the kid either…

    I will say, props to Rueben Frank…he was one of the few media members that wasn’t spouting out the BS that Foles was going to be traded because he could never play in a chip Kelly offense.
    for wha its worth, Vick is losing the support of all the former players. These guys all were supporting Vick, but recently changed their tune to Nick Foles winning this battle because he will run the offense the best:
    Iike Reese
    McNabb gave the nod to Foles this week
    trotter gave the Nod to Foles last night
    Tre Thomas
    Hollis tHomas

    I don’t remember Dawkins oppinion, and I haven’t heard Brian Mitchell(who is very under rated in the media) or Hough Douglas.

  15. 15 Pennguino said at 3:38 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Can you provide the data or the link where you found it. I have been looking for it. Over at they do a breakdown on each game and show the target area. Short Left, Mid, Right and Long Left, Mid, Right.

    Based on their information Vick and Nick were both at 80% check down charlies. They both threw 80% of their passes in the short targeted areas. For instance, in the Atlanta Game, Vick only attempted 1 long pass (0/1) but was (21/34) in the short range. Giving him a 97% targeting short passes.

    The site I listed doesn’t break out mid range targets. The Y/A that you refer too is listed. Vick has a 6.7 and Nick is 6.4. That is only 12″. Vick had Desean, one of the best deep threats in the game.

    As far as both of their percentages: Vick was 61% in the check downs and Nick was 10% higher with 71%. You are correct that Nick is the more accurate passer in the short to mid range passes where BOTH QB’s throw 80% of their passes.

    Long range Vick had a better percentage. Vick completed 41% whereas Nick completed 34%

  16. 16 holeplug said at 5:21 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    I just messed around on pro football reference for a little like you did and also looked at advanced nfl stats for air yards and saw Foles at 3.0 Air/YPA which was 36/40 on the qualified QBs from last year.

  17. 17 Pennguino said at 12:04 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Thanks! I googled around for a bit and found SI had exactly what I was looking for. Under game splits they break out passes at or behind the LOS, 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40 and 41+

    89.9 % of Foles passes were Behind the LOS out to 20 yards.

  18. 18 OregonDucker said at 7:40 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but you’re working the numbers too much. We need to see how they perform in TC. Chip will hit them with blitzes, etc. in order to see decision-making chops. The difference will be obvious between the QBs. I have my bias, I think “THE SHARK” will WIN THE DAY.

  19. 19 OregonDucker said at 8:32 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy!! Words cannot express my admiration for your body of work. Or can we call it ART?

  20. 20 Jerry Pomroy said at 8:39 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    I’ve seen pics of Tommy & would rather leave his body out of it. 😉

    Plus, I know Art & he looks nothing like Tommy.

    Sorry Tommy, couldn’t resist brother, but I know you’ve the sense of humor to take it. Happy Birthday.

  21. 21 Pennguino said at 12:30 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    I agree that’s stats don’t tell the whole story. When you watch a game, it is extremely hard to not see it through biased eyes. We see what we want to see and we add or take away weight on what we watch to form a preconceived opinion.

    So and so had a great game. But when you go back and look at it you see he barely completed 50% of his passes and made some bone headed mistakes. But he also made some clutch throws and won the game.

    Case in point. I remembered the Tampa Game. I knew Nick had a good game. I remember the joy to finally get that first win. During the final drive I kept waiting for my Eagles to let me down. It’s been that way of late. He won. Great win but at first I thought it was a good game by Nick. Maybe even a good game +. When I went back recently looked at the stats, I was startled to find he accounted for 98.5% of the yards. He had no ground game at all. He did it all on his own. He accounted for all three scores. It turned out he had a great day.

    I use the stats to keep the emotions in check and to correct what I or other people claim to be true. For instance: Nick threw 27% of his passes at or behind the LOS. Vick only threw 21%. The perception is Nick dumps it off. The reality is they both threw 67% of their passes within the first 10 yards (Behind the LOS out to 10 yards). The other perception is that Nick can’t throw the deep ball. The game stats show that he hit 25% of throws over 40 yards and Vick hit 18%. It doesn’t tell the story but it helps clarify it.

    Thanks for the comment. I can’t wait for camp!

  22. 22 Anders said at 4:52 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Not like Vick was much better, both was in the lower part of that

  23. 23 NoDecaf said at 1:10 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy!!! You’re the bestest writer in da werld!

  24. 24 atb124 said at 1:25 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday!

    “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…””
    Made me laugh.

  25. 25 Brad Tessler said at 1:34 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy!

  26. 26 Baloophi said at 1:44 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday, Tommy!

  27. 27 D-von said at 2:12 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy B-day

  28. 28 Pennguino said at 2:23 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy. First story I read today. Thank you, but sorry you worked on your Birthday.

  29. 29 Andrew J. Race said at 2:35 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy My friend

  30. 30 ACViking said at 2:40 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Re: T-Law’s Birthday

    I can’t believe just about every comment offers felicitations to our host for reaching the anniversary of his arrival into the world.

    C’mon, people, this blog is about E-A-G-L-E-S F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L!!!

    That said, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

    Happy Birthday, T-Law.

    We all look forward to many more.

    And I’d lay 100-1 odds we all hope your professional wishes come true.

    You’re a treasure to the folks who love the Eagles.

  31. 31 T_S_O_P said at 2:52 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Maybe some history on Pete Retzlaff who I think shares a jersey no with our host’s age. Certainly there or thereabouts, i.e. Leonard Weaver or may even be a rookie Keith Byars.

  32. 32 Zachary Kahn said at 2:58 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy birthday Tommy! Best writer in the business.

  33. 33 planetx1971 said at 3:33 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy b-day Tommy. Megan wasn’t available so you’ll have to “settle” for sending Natalie Portman. Hope you don’t hold it against me for long. Enjoy 🙂

  34. 34 theycallmerob said at 3:49 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    May your PBR be everflowing, your funyuns never soggy, and your pudding always on sale in the coming year.

  35. 35 Jerry Pomroy said at 8:48 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    In honor of Tommy’s bday, PBR has announced that they will release two new brews in limited edition next year for the month of July…funyun and chocolate pudding.

  36. 36 GEagle said at 4:00 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    happy Birthday….why do you think this info needed to be withheld til now?

    BTW way to represent your readers. Most of us complain about Grazianos eagles hate and it was dope of you to adress it straight up

  37. 37 ACViking said at 4:32 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Re: No. 44 – Pete Retzlaff, Eagles ’56-66 (at the req’t of T_S_O_P for T-Law)

    The great Palmer Edward “Pete” Retzlaff is part of the Eagles Honor Roll. His jersey No. 44 — our own T-Law’s youthful age — has long been retired.

    But Retzlaff wasn’t always No. 44.

    A Lions’ castoff after being drafted as a fullback in Rd 22 of the ’53 draft from S. Dakota State, Retzlaff joined the Eagles in ’55 after 2 years in the army — and he wore No. 25 and moved to flanker . . . though he never caught a pass in college.

    A year later, Retzlaff donned the familiar No. 44, though struggled for playing time against rookie — and future HOFer — Tommy McDonald under the soon-to-be fired HC Hugh Devore. [Devore’s 2-season record was 7-16-1.]

    In ’58, Retzlaff was the beneficiary of two huge additions. First was HC Buck Shaw, who’d lead the Eagles to their last NFL title in 1960.

    The other was the acquisition of the Dutchman, QB Norm Van Brocklin, from the Rams.

    Shaw moved Retzlaff over split end opposite FL Tommy McDonald and TE/PK Bobby Walston. And Van Brocklin taught the very sure-handed Retzlaff how to be a professional receiver.

    In fact, in 1958, Retzlaff led the NFL in receptions with 56 and made his first of 4 Pro Bowl appearances.

    Not particularly fast by today’s standards, but with pretty decent size for a SE (6’1″ 210 lbs) in that era, Retzlaff became a great route runner.

    In 1963, Retzlaff — at age 32 — was moved to TE by then HC Nick Skorich.

    That ’63 Eagles team, coming off a 3-10-1 season, had some pretty good talent. HOF QB Sonny Jurgenson. HOF FL Tommy McDonald. The nimble, Sayers-like Pro Bowl HB Timmy Brown — who later starred in the movie M.A.S.H. as “Dr. Spearchucker.” Future Pro Bowl FB Tom Woodeshick. On defense, the Eagles had All Pro LB Maxie Baughn, future Pro Bowler LeRoy Caffey, CB Irv Cross, and S Don Burroughs.

    [Sound familiar . . . a team with talent waiting to be led? This Eagles team in 2013, though, doesn’t have a Sonny Jurgenson. And look what happened in ’63 even with Jurgy — the lack of a defense killed the team. Though HC Nick Skorich lost his job when new owner Jerry Wolman bought the team from the Group of 100 and hired Joe Kuharich to a 15-year contract as HC and GM — YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY, 15-year contract — Skorich moved over to the Browns and eventually became their HC in ’71, going 9-5, 10-4, 7-5-2 and 4-10 before being fired. Skorich nearly led the Browns a huge upset in the ’72 playoffs against the eventual SB winning and 17-0 Dolphins. With less than 8 minutes left in the 4th Q of the divisional playoff game, the Browns led Miami 14-13. But Shula pulled Earl Morrall and inserted Bob Greise, who’d suffered a broken and dislocated ankle against the Chargers in the 5th game of the regular season.]

    As a TE, Retzlaff played like a HOFer for 4 seasons before retiring after ’66 . . . with 3 straight Pro Bowl appearances and an All Pro nod in ’65. He caught 218 passes as a TE — only one with Jurgy and three with Norm Snead. He averaged 54 receptions per year, 16.7 y/r, 7 TDs per year.

    Had Retzlaff played TE his entire career in green, particularly with the Dutchman and Jurgy from ’58-’63, he’d be one of the few TEs in the HOF. He gave LBs fits at TE running routes with his precision and relative speed. Though not as big as HOF TEs Ditka and John Mackey, Retzlaff was a tough blocker. Retzlaff’s skill set is not far from what we see today in the NFL from TEs — though they’re surely bigger and faster (like just about everyone else in a helmet).

    After retiring in March 1967, Retzlaff went into the announcing business.

    When Leonard Tose — who hired Dick Vermeil in ’76 — became the Eagles owner in ’69, he hired Retzlaff as his GM and fired Kuharich.

    Retzlaff’s first two moves hurt like heck in hindsight.

    He hired Jerry Williams as HC (whom he fired early in the ’71 season after just 31 games).

    And, with the 3rd choice in the ’69 draft, Retzlaff selected Purdue All American HB Leroy Keyes — runner up to OJ Simpson, the Bills’ pick at No. 1 overall, in the most lopsided Heisman Trophy vote to date.

    In selecting Keyes, Retzlaff passed on the likes of (i) HOF DT Joe Greene — whom the Steelers took with the next pick and ultimately became the anchor of the great 4x SB Champion Steel Curtain defenses — (ii) QB Greg Cook from UCinn, whom Bill Walsh later called the most talented QB he’d ever seen or coached, (iii) Penn State TE and future All Pro Ted Kwalick, (iv) a perennial All Pro DE in UGa’s Bill Stanfill chosen by Miami, and (v) the great WR Gene Washington from Stanford who went to the 49ers, (vi) pass-rushing DE extraordinaire Fred Dryer from SD State selected by the Giants, and (vii) HOF CB Roger Wehrli from Missouri who joined the Cardinals.

    It was downhill from there for Retzlaff, unfortunately. In 1970, after a 4-9-1 season, he used the Birds first three picks in Rds 1-3 on TE/OLB Steve Zabel (gone 3 years later), CB Ray Jones from Southern University (instead of college teammate and HOF CB Mel Blount, with Jones gone after 1 year), and HB Lee Bougess from Louisville — who still holds the NFL record for the worst YPC avg in a season at 2.5 (OMG!!!!).

    In ’71, coming off a 3-10-1 season, Retzlaff selected Grambling DE Richard Harris with the 5th pick in Rd 1 — passing on a RB from Kansas named John Riggins — OG Henry Allison from SD State in Rd 2, and PK Happy Feller from UTx in Rd 3. Harris was gone after ’73. Allison gone after ’72. And Feller didn’t make it through ’71.

    To his credit, Retzlaff took a flyer in the ’71 draft on a 6’7″ WR from Southern U named Harold Carmichael. (Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.)

    The next year with Retzlaff on the hot seat, he fired HC Jerry Williams after an 0-3 start in ’71 and elevated former ’60 Eagles DT Ed Khayat, the D-line coach, to head coach. Khayat — moved Pro Bowl DE Tim Rossevich to MLB — and went 6-4-1. Things looked very promising for ’72. In truth, 5 of the Eagles’ 6 wins came against teams that won only 4 games in ’71 (the Lions won 7).

    In the ’72 draft, Retzlaff chose in Rd 1 U-FL record-setting QB — and, sadly, the alchoholic, drug-abusing — John Reaves. He was gone after ’74. In Rd 2, Retzlaff selected All American OG Dan Yochum from Syracuse — but he went to the CFL after failing to reach terms with the Eagles. Rd 3 was used on OG Tom Luken from Purdue . . . maybe the best choice of Retzlaff in the first 3 rounds.

    The Eagles finished the ’72 season 2-11-1, with owner Leonard Tose cleaning house and hiring Redskins OL coach Mike McCormack — he with the insatiable compulsion to trade 1st-Rd draft picks.

    After being fired in early ’73, Retzlaff left the Eagles with class and joined CBS sports as an analyst for couple years. After retiring from the booth, he tended to his varied business interests, including radio stations.

    Retzlaff was later inducted into the NAIA HOF in 2007 both for his feats on the gridiron and in track.

  38. 38 T_S_O_P said at 2:48 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    How can Tommy be anything but a failed ’71 3rd round pick after reading that?

  39. 39 Mitchell said at 4:44 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    It would be awesome to drink some beers and talk football with you Tommy. Happy Bday

  40. 40 Dominik said at 5:04 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Can I join the party? Pleeeease, mommy!

  41. 41 Tom from Hungary said at 5:05 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy birthday, Tommy! I wish you all the best!

  42. 42 Homer Frizzell said at 6:11 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    How did Chip convince the media to delay releasing his comments? And why?
    Happy birthday, good sir. Thank you for helping me to keep sane in the run up to training camp.

  43. 43 OregonDucker said at 8:35 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Chip and Belichick are ONE. This is why they are good friends!

  44. 44 GEagle said at 7:41 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    I’m also curious as to why the release of his comments were delayed

  45. 45 Philip Soloninka said at 11:02 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Chippah knew that the time between the end of OTAs and the start of training camp would be boring, so he made the writers hold on to those comments to give us something to chew on and hold us over. GENIUS!

  46. 46 Mark Sitko said at 6:29 PM on July 13th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy!

  47. 47 Weapon Y said at 12:06 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    If Kelly views Foles and/or Barkley as long-term projects, it’s clear that Vick is going to be his starter on Day 1. On the other hand, he might legitimately favor them over Vick at the end of preseason. The interview shows Kelly has a win-now mentality and he wants the guy who gives him the best chance to win on Day 1, not necessarily the guy who gives him the best chance in Year 3. He might feel a chip on his shoulder to shut up all of the obnoxious talking heads on ESPN who lecture us about how he has to have a fast QB, he’s always going to run the read option, and he will fail miserably because college coaches can never adapt to the pros (and let’s pretend Jimmy Johnson, Dick Vermeil, and Jim Harbaugh don’t exist).

    I am concerned if he is sacrificing long-term gains in favor of the short-term. Some coaches take a running start out of the gates like Ray Rhodes, Jon Gruden, or Rex Ryan, but fail because they don’t have a good long-term plan. If Foles or Barkley are capable of being Pro Bowl players in 2014 or 2015, but we need to go through growing pains this year, I’m okay with that. Also, Vick might truly benefit from being coached by Kelly and show that he is in a class of his own ahead of the young QBs. In that case, I’m fine with the win-now mentality. If Vick is only slightly better or equally as good as the young QBs, my view is that it’s time to let these guys go through growing pains and let Vick walk.

    Also, happy birthday Tommy! You’re a great sports writer and I’ve got a ton of respect for you.

  48. 48 Neil said at 1:00 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    It might look like Kelly is thinking short term, but what do you think would be the effect on how his players feel about him short and long term if he ever did even one thing that wasn’t about winning every single game he and his men played? You can’t compromise or flinch when it comes to winning as a coach because that’s the most important part of your credibility. You expect the players to do everything within their power to win for you, so you have to do the same for them.

  49. 49 Weapon Y said at 1:11 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    I understand that mentality, but if the short-term isn’t good enough to get you the playoffs, is there really a point? At this point, it’s a mystery. The players need to be confident the coach is getting them in the right direction. If he runs out of ideas (i.e. Andy making Castillo the DC), he’s toast.

  50. 50 Dominik said at 5:53 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Thought about that one, too. On the other hand, Kelly said (per Birds 24/7): “Everywhere I’ve been it’s played itself out on the field. Does that mean it’s going to happen here? I don’t know,” said Kelly. “But I’ve never been in a situation where we’ve had to make a decision and it’s like 50-50, pick it out of a hat. Somebody over the course of time has stepped up and has ‘won the battle.’ That’s what you’re hoping to have happen again here, and hopefully it’s evident to everybody, like ‘There’s no question that it’s this guy because his game stepped up.’”

    If Vick is the clear winner, I guess no one can argue against him starting in week 1. If Foles or Barkley win the job convincingly, you can’t argue with that. The question remains the 50-50 situation. I think you have to go with the young QB if that’s the case. But Kelly admits that he never had that situation, so we can only guess if he goes with the vet or the young gun in that situation.

    A good example of starting the vet without sacrificing the long-term are the 49ers. Harbaugh developed Kaepernick with a few snaps here and there, but stood with him when Smith got hurt. Belichick did the same with Brady (altough it is not to 100 percent comparable). Sometimes you have to break the rule that no one should lose his job because of injury for the long-term good of your team.

  51. 51 #10for6 said at 12:42 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday Tommy, sorry I’m late. Hope you had a good one.

  52. 52 Josh Slack said at 4:09 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Enjoy your Day Of Birth TLawL>I’m sipping on 10 barrel brews 2celebrate(link included)
    @lawlornflTommy Lawlor is the Top wORDsmith(in reference to our Birds) among the great linguist that WORD for the sake of WORD>


  53. 53 tommy_the_k said at 8:37 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Happy B-day football brother!

    Go Eagles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. 54 CampDracula said at 10:48 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Happy birthday!

  55. 55 Christopher Miller said at 11:46 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    Ditto on the birthday wishes. You are a godsend to us every day and doubly so in the lazy days of July. /hattip

  56. 56 GEagle said at 11:55 AM on July 14th, 2013:

    For those that Havent yet read the Bucky Brooks article about our QB competition you must check it out. Its a must read that will appeal to fans of Foles, Vick and Barkley. Excellent Sunday Morning read, that will Pump you up:

  57. 57 Ark87 said at 1:45 PM on July 14th, 2013:

    Wow, I’m actually pretty impressed. A national guy actually took advantage of the slow football news cycle to actually do his homework on a subject before sharing his take on a situation. Kudos to Bucky.

  58. 58 GEagle said at 2:02 PM on July 14th, 2013:


  59. 59 Ark87 said at 1:52 PM on July 14th, 2013:

    Happy belated Birthday Tommy. Hope the weekend treats you well (though since you live in NC like me, there’s a solid chance that the heavens unleashed a deluge upon you).

  60. 60 laeagle said at 3:31 PM on July 14th, 2013:

    Happy Birthday, Tommy. Here’s your gift. Insider info from LA. The guy who put Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in “Sharknado” is an Eagles fan. Hope that brightens your day.

  61. 61 Tumtum said at 3:31 PM on July 14th, 2013:

    Happy bday Tommy Boy!

  62. 62 eagleyankfan said at 9:15 AM on July 15th, 2013:

    I don’t always have a womens drink, but when I do, I drink PBR. :).
    Happy B-day.

  63. 63 eagleyankfan said at 9:17 AM on July 15th, 2013:

    What I like about Chip so far (besides the marketing fun you can with his name) is that he always has a plan – and a reason for that plan. Details baby, it’s in the details. Chip may not be great but he’s off on right foot imho.

  64. 64 Louis Vuitton Outlet said at 6:48 AM on July 20th, 2013:

    Louis Vuitton Outlet…

    Well done ! Drinking water might have been more useful, but hey ……