Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/17/14

It’s going to be fun in Philadelphia for the 2013 season, coach Chip Kelly has his own way of explaining what he wants on defense, and it’s basic straight to the point. Kelly, ever the sophisticated offensive mind has a brutally simple philosophy on defense. There is two ways to go when building a defense, small based on speed or big dependent on strength. Kelly is prescribing to the latter. 4-3 defenses are typically smaller with speed, and 3-4 defenses rely on being physical. Kelly has already decided to go with a 3-4, which needs big and long defenders who can win at the point of attack, not run around it. "You have to adjust to what you have. No one is starting from Square 1 and saying, 'How do we build a perfect defense, offense, and special teams?'" Kelly said, via Jeff McLane of Philly.com. "And you don't have 100 first-round draft picks, either, so you can say, 'Hey, I really like that guy, but he's gone.' "So you always have to make adjustments to what you do. But we want taller, longer people because big people beat up little people." McLane writes: ‘The Eagles were long at the cornerback spot as well with Nnamdi Asomugha (6-2, 210) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (6-2, 182), proving that measurables matter only so much when evaluating talent. But all things being equal in terms of skill and mind, Kelly is going to take the 6-5, 265-pound outside linebacker over the 6-1, 265-pound one. The Eagles have added some size to that spot, signing free agent Connor Barwin (6-4, 268) last week. They replaced Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie with the similarly sized, but more motivated Cary Williams (6-1, 190) and Bradley Fletcher (6-0, 200). Safety Kenny Phillips (6-2, 217), if healthy, would tower over Kurt Coleman (5-11, 195). Kelly, as he mentioned, can't remake the defense in one offseason. So defensive end/linebacker Brandon Graham (6-2, 265), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (5-11, 239) and cornerback Brandon Boykin (5-9, 182) will remain. It helps that all three have upside, too.’ var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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