Eagles head coach Chip Kelly took a couple of minutes to sing the praises of yesterday’s hero, Eagles running back and punt returner, Darren Sproles. Kelly said repeatedly that Darren Sproles is the hardest working practice player, he’s ever seen. The head coach said it should be no surprise that his performance translates to the games.
The guy works hard and it definitely translates to the game. Ask all those guys on the New York Jets punt team. I’m sure they had no idea he’s as strong as he is.
I have walked through the hallways at the Nova Care Complex and looked out the window and seen Sproles out there running sprints.
If Kelly had talked about Sproles for four or five minutes, no one would have complained. The diminutive running back scored a couple of touchdowns yesterday and that 89-yard punt return gave the entire Eagles organization the confidence that they could beat the Jets.
His quickness and strength makes it very difficult to get a good hit on him. In the open field, tacklers can only hit him in those strong legs and he’s too strong to arm tackle in the open field.
I told you guys that there was going to be a controversy about who should be starting at running back going forward. Kelly said he has no idea whether or not Ryan Mathews deserves the bulk of the carries against Washington. The coach mentioned the Pope blessing the team, so that all three running backs will be healthy and ready for the Washington game. I expect DeMarco Murray to be back in the starting lineup next week.
Kelly talked about how he and the scouting department were enamored with inside linebacker Jordan Hicks after watching him on tape and talking to him. Kelly said he caught their eye at the NFL Combine. He said the coaches had great meetings with him and his intelligence showed through.