Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/13/13
Chip Kelly is a unique coach who has many special methods that has led to his success at the collegiate level. We knew he liked to run a highly fast-paced spread offense but, until now, we didn’t know too much about his other secrets the helped make his Oregon Ducks so successful. Now we’re learning that Kelly emphasizes healthy foods and great nutrition for his players. ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards reported from Philadelphia Eagles camp on Monday and shared some of the details of changes Kelly has made to the food at the team’s practice facility. Edwards says everything in the cafeteria has been remade since Kelly took over. She says there is nothing but healthy food choices for the players because Kelly believes that elite athletes need optimal nutrition. According to Edwards, there are four main food stations in the cafeteria with signs over each station explaining what the foods are and what they’re good for. For instance, one section is lean protein for “muscle growth and repair.” Another section contains the “healthy fats” for immune support and anti-inflammatory reasons. One of 4 signs in #Eagles‘ revamped cafeteria, explaining main food groups and what they do. #NoFastFood twitter.com/jeanninee12/st… — jeannine edwards (@jeanninee12) May 13, 2013 Now here’s the part that will make Andy Reid cry: Edwards says Kelly got rid of things like “Taco Tuesdays” and “Fast Food Fridays,” much to the dismay of the players. Junk food items like pizza, chicken wings, fried food, and even red meat is off the menu because Kelly wants nothing but organic, hormone and antibiotic free lean meats. If you’ve been following things at Eagles camp since Kelly took over, none of this should surprise you. You may recall last month we learned that Kelly had personalized smoothies made for players to drink after practice. One of the Chip Kelly changes: Tables with fruit and juices lined up post-practice for players to grab. twitter.com/Jeff_McLane/st… — Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 17, 2013 “We all got to choose our flavors,” tight end Brent Celek said. “Mine is coconut, pineapple and banana. It tastes good and helps you maintain weight.” Craziest thing I’ve seen so far right here … personalized smoothies. twitter.com/GeoffMosherCSN… — Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) April 17, 2013 Yes, this is quite different from what Andy Reid did. That guy used to import Tommy’s chili burgers from LA to Philly. You think he would ever implement such a system? Now the only question will be whether or not these nutritional methods actually help the Eagles.
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