Chip Kelly Is Saying All The Right Things.

Posted April 17, 2013

On a 4-12 roster nobody should feel they have a thing locked up. Nobody should ASSume they are going to be the starter, because they started for Andy Reid or because they make more money than the other guy. In other words the Eagles open competition extends beyond the quarterback position. It's for the entire football team. 

“It’s difficult at times to make an evaluation on some guys just watching film,” Kelly said. “[On film], you’re just kind of watching athletic ability and going through it. But when you see them on the field for three straight days, running around doing things, it gives you a better understanding of what your team is and kind of where they are.” Chip Kelly on his players.

In other words players better come in working hard for these next few days or they could find themselves looking at the new young rookie waiting in the wings to take their place. In other words on this roster Chip Kelly has no sacred cows. At least not yet. Players are going to have to work and work hard in this new uptempo offense. So when you go to the Eagles website and look up the depth chart (if they even show one) just ignore it, because right now it's rather meaningless. On a side note Trent Edwards asked to be released by the Eagles. Edwards was still in the hunt, but he chose not to compete. Nobody wants a quitter right?

For all of you people ASSuming Nick Foles doesn't fit Chip Kelly's system and he isn't part of Chip Kelly's plans, well Kelly has a message SPECIFICALLY for you: "You're making way too much of it," Kelly said. "The best quarterbacks are the best quarterbacks. We'll find a way, no matter who our quarterbacks are, to put a game plan in where they can be successful."

Do you get it yet? Do you see it yet? Chip Kelly isn't bound by the need to force players into an offense they aren't capable of running (see Andy Reid), rather he is going to place his best players in what he believes will be the best position to succeed. 

It seems under Kelly players understand everything they knew about the past needs to stay there. You may have been the starting wide receiver last season, but that means nothing now. [He did say that every player "knows where they stand." Kelly called the depth chart, though, "more of a seating chart than it is a depth chart."]

Chip is making it clear. This is a 4-12 football team learning a new offense and defense. What they did in the past is irrelevant. All that matters is how you compete now. For the past three years the Eagles have been the Champions of talking, but now it seems under Chip Kelly talk is cheap and working is what matters most. All Eagles fans should be extremely excited by this news.

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