For 70 years the Philadelphia Eagles have gone away for training camp, like most teams. That however is coming to an end this summer. Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly is keeping the players at their team facilities for camp.
But the changes aren’t so that Kelly can “mark his turf” but simply because the infrastructure already in place at the team’s facilities.
“I’m not that deep. I don’t ever think that way,” Kelly said, via the team website. “I don’t think of signature moments and those things. We’re just trying to give our team a chance to envision what they have to do. I get up every day, and we have a vision of what this thing’s supposed to look like, and we keep working towards that vision. I think sometimes if that’s the way you think, then you may be a little full of yourself, to be honest with you. Maybe if you had a bunch of guys with you that were bucking the system, you would say ‘This isn’t the way it’s going to be.’ But again, these guys have been fantastic since day one, so there hasn’t been a time where I’ve had to say ‘Hey, here’s why.’ I think these guys, they want to win.”
But just cause they’re staying in Philly doesn’t mean players are free to go home at the end of the night.
“They’re staying at the hotel. … The first part of camp, everybody’s in there, and then we’ll let them out. But the rookies obviously will stay because they have nowhere to live (for the) first week or so. Then, they’ll go home because they live here. When they’re at Lehigh, they can’t go home. Just to start, so we’re all in the same situation, everybody’s together. Then we’ll break.”