Originally written on brainyquote.com  |  Last updated 6/11/13

Some think the man who thought it was a good idea to let an offensive line coach be his defensive coordinator knew what he was doing to the point of no fault. In reality that coach was good, but his message got stale, he let his players become soft, and they ended up being better at talking than they were at winning and playing football in general. Now Chip Kelly has come to Philly and unlike the ASSumption of few Chip Kelly isn't brining something new to Philly other than one word that's been missing around here for sometime and that word is WORK.

  "Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price." 

Vince Lombardi.

And work is something that's been missing in Philly for sometime now. Guys under the MAN WHO KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING" got complacent, got paid, got endorsements, got  (self) redemption, and all of that got losses. Players over 30 didn't have to practice. Mike Vick didn't even have to play during the preseason and still was allowed to start and ultimately ruin the season, but he wasn’t alone after all complacency breeds’ mediocrity.


"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."

Vince Lombardi.

Speaking of Mike Vick here the man who was given the starting job before and has never lead the Eagles to a playoff victory, only has 2 wins over .500 as an Eagle is now showing a lack of "respect of authority" by undermining his coach in the media by demanding to know who the starter will be. That seems like the words of the entitled, and not the words of someone who wants to work. Of course this isn't new for Mike Vick since he's been in Philly. After all last year during training camp he was telling us how he and the Eagles were going to become a dynasty. I guess in Mike's mind if you just say it then it will just happen. No WORK is necessary.

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

Vince Lombardi

Now players who have talked their way into a 4-12 season with the coach who knew what he was doing (by wasting several good years of McNabb's career with stiff receivers like Charles Johnson, Torrance Small, Stinky Pinky, and Freddie Mitchell) are now a little out of their comfort zone with this crazy new idea of Chip Kelly's that well they actually work. Guys like Desean Jackson who when he first got here in Philly busted his tail so mush that Andy Reid had no choice but to start him as a rookie has now become a guy who admitted to not trying hard and now he's questioning why he was put on the third string. Well I believe that rookie Desean who was the best receiver on the field in most games has become a whiny soft diva thanks to the coddling of the man who knew what he was doing.

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

Vince Lombardi.

So now Chip Kelly has replaced the man who knew what he was doing (so well that he allowed Winston Justice to continue to block Osi one on one all game to the point that he ruined the kids career and shortened McNabb's) and has decided to get back to this wild and crazy idea of RUNNING THE FOOTBALL, having an attack style defense (a defense that 9 of the last 13 Super Bowl Champions ran or some variant of it), and working hard to achieve their goals is somehow a bad thing in the minds of some? How many years have gone by where fans have called for the man who knew what he was doing (like making Greg Lewis return kicks) to run the football more yet he stubbornly refused despite the fact his team won more games if the running back had at least 20 carries? How does anyone consider the coach expecting his team to work hard and earn a spot on the football team as "B.S. Expectations?"

"If you can accept losing, you can't win."

Vince Lombardi.

So I'm sure it's has come to a surprise for many of the remaining guys of the man who knew what he was doing (like giving contracts to BYU stiffs) era that now out of the blue, after their uninspired play has gotten their coach fired suddenly being asked to work hard may come to a surprise, but little do they know working hard and playing the game right is how you win in the NFL. That's why guys like Randy Moss have no Super Bowl rings, but Jerry Rice is a 3 time Super Bowl Champion and SB MVP. 

“I can't live my life worrying about something that might never happen.”

Bill Parcells

Some have spent a lot of time worrying about Kelly being in over his head when he hasn’t even coached one NFL game yet. Well you all can worry all you like, but don’t expect the rest of us to agree with you. After all at some point in time it will be a Mortal Lock that Chip Kelly gets fired. I’m just hoping he brings a few Lombardi Trophies our way before he does. Personally I think taking a page out of the Lombardi work hard handbook is a good way to get there. 

Some Lombardi quotes to think on.

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.”

“If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”

“Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things - blocking and tackling.”

Ironically here are two things the Eagles could not du under the man who knew what he was doing by the time he was fired.

“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but WE will be judged by only one thing-the RESULT.”

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Quitting sure did happen a lot by the end of the man who knew what he was doing’s regime. Winning was highly infrequent. Maybe the guy who the trophy is named after may be on to something, and maybe the fact the man it’s more than just a coincidence the man who knew what he was doing lacks one of those trophies.

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