Posted June 03, 2013


That was the sound of the first domino falling in the evolution of Chip Kelly as an NFL Head Coach. He is slowing down the pace of his practices because: the coach recently told his squad they're moving too rapidly for their own good

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Kelly also went on to say: "You have to slow it down if you aren't doing it right. You can't be doing it at a fast pace and doing it wrong. Then it's time to slow down and teach."

I'm glad to see this. VERY glad actually. 

The NFL is the worlds best football league, and has been adapting, inventing, and discarding tons of concepts for the better part of a century. Every time someone adds a wrinkle, someone else makes a name smoothing it out. Word is, that Pat Shurmur was brought in to help Kelly adapt his system into something capable of surviving the NFL. That means ADDING a LOT of concepts to what was most likely a relatively simplistic system; and something more complicated takes more time to teach. 

Apparently this early in, things aren't going well and that has prompted Kelly to take a hard look in the mirror. Either he could blame the players, or he could admit he wasn't putting them in the best position to succeed. He decided he would have to do a better job. 

He elected to change his style and slow the practices so he could focus on teaching. More like a hardworking NFL coach, and less like a brash college superstar. (It can't be all smoothies, quips and techno.) 

I like it. In time we might actually end up with a real NFL caliber HC.

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