Everybody Has An Opinion About Chip Kelly’s DecisionsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Friday, February 15th, 2013
Chip Kelly was sailing along during the first few weeks as Eagles new head coach, until he got to the beginning of this week. On Monday, he introduced his coaching staff and a major decision that he and his staff had made came to light.
Of course everybody knows by now that Kelly decided to retain the services of Michael Vick. With that move he alienated about half of the Eagles fans base or maybe more.
But he didn’t alienate myself. I’m on board with what he has done because I like what I hear about them keeping it simple and not giving these guys too much to think about.
“Kelly must take care not to get duped by Vick” is what Dan Graziano of ESPN wrote on his blog.
“That whole thing about Vick’s speed and his ability to make the speedy players around him more effective? Reid had that same plan. Didn’t work. Didn’t work in 2011, when the offensive line was good, and it certainly didn’t work in 2012, when the line fell apart. And one of the main reasons it didn’t work was that, for all of his physical ability, Vick comes with significant flaws that have prevented him from maintaining a level of quarterback performance consistent with the best in the game.”
“Some of the systems that they run they don’t ask him to get the ball out quick. Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he’s got an unbelievable release. It’s up and out and it’s quick,” said Kelly.
“What he’s asked to do from a read progression and all those other things, I don’t know what he’s been asked to do in the past, but that’s our job as coaches where he can get the ball out quickly, because we have some play makers on the offensive side of the ball that are going to flourish when we get the ball in their hands, so that’s on us as coaches. Not on the quarterback.”
Eagles Will Have To Blown Away With The Offer Before They Will Part With Nick Foles
Did you notice how the Eagles made sure to put that unless they were blown away by the offer comment out there? Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com says that NFL sources told him the Eagles would need an offer which blew them away to give up Foles.
I’m ready to make an offer. What about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Check that, I’ll just offer a peanut butter sandwich. You’ll have to get the milk or water on your own.
Clearly they’re just trying to get everything they can from Foles. If they thought he was going to be a great quarterback, even a great offer wouldn’t get him.
Ray Didinger Says Chip Kelly Is Wasting A Season With Michael Vick:
CBSPhilly.com has this story about Ray Didinger’s interview with Angelo and the Morning Show on 94-WIP on this past Wednesday. Like most of the fans here in the Philly area, he’s seen enough of Michael Vick.
“Even if you don’t have your other issues with Michael Vick and his past and everything, it just doesn’t make… I mean this organization for the last two years has been heading in the wrong direction,” Didinger said. “And you’ve taken steps towards rectifying that, and cleaning the past out and getting a fresh start. I mean, getting rid of Joe Banner, getting rid of Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg, the whole coaching staff. If you’re turning the page, turn the page all the way and Michael Vick is as big a part of the problem as anyone.”
Jeff Stoutland thinks he can get quality play out of Danny Watkins:
Throughout the conversations on Monday with Chip Kelly and his staff, they emphasized keeping things simple and not over complicating the offense or the defense. There’s an article on CSNPhilly.com about new offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland believing he can make Danny Watkins a good player.
I know what a good player looks like,” Stoutland said on Monday, “and I like what I see in Danny.”
“I think Danny Watkins is a winner,” Stoutland said. “He’s athletic, he’s explosive. I see a young man with a lot of talent.”
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