Think Aaron Hernandez When You See James CaseyBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Tight Ends Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Surprisingly, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was very open yesterday when he was asked why he was attracted to former Houston Texans tight end/h-back, James Casey and how he plans on using him.
“I think the versatility that you can present to defenses is when you have a certain grouping in the game, there’s not only one thing you can do,” Kelly said. “I think the teams that have been successful doing it, you watch the Patriots line up Aaron Hernandez all over the place. Is he going to be a tight end? Is he going to be a receiver? Is he going to be a running back?”
“It makes it very difficult for the defense. They don’t know at the beginning of the play where people are going to line up and what they’re going to do. It keeps them on their toes. We want guys that can do that. You really get pigeon-holed when you have one-dimensional players. And when you do, it makes it a little bit easier for the defenses to go out there and understand what’s going to go on in certain formations.”
It wasn’t an accident that he started talking about the New England offense, where the only thing that’s been able to stop their two tight-end package has been the injuries to Rob Gronkowski. The Pats have been able to shred defenses despite not having a good deep threat amongst their wide receivers.
They do it by creating mismatches with their tight ends against linebackers and safeties. Brent Celek has proven he can be a good receiver, even though he had a bad year in 2012. There’s no doubt that Kelly plans on lining up Celek and Casey in two tight end situations and attack the pass coverage skills of opposing teams’ linebackers.
“We’re certainly going to use both of them in the game at the same time,” Kelly said. “There’s a lot of that going on in the league right now. You just look up the road at the Patriots using Gronkowski and Hernandez at the same time. I think the mismatches that they create, sometimes, they’re too athletic for linebackers and they’re too big for defensive backs. It’s a big man’s game, and when you can get big, athletic guys that can run, it’s our job as a coaching staff to put them in position to make plays.”
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