After spending five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, safety Malcolm Jenkins is getting a taste of a new team’s workout regimen, and he thinks that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly works them harder than anyone, per a story from ProFootballTalk.com.
Jenkins appeared on the Jim Rome Show and discussed the Eagles OTAs and how tough he thinks they are.
“I think the biggest thing were the intangibles. Being a guy that’s going to lead by example, that’s going to bring up some of the younger guys, that’s going help set the culture especially on defensive side of the ball. Outside of what I do on the field, those intangibles I bring, is something they really value.”
He also thinks that Kelly’s system is a bit of a culture shock to some of the more seasoned players who might not have had to undergo this type of workout process.
“We’re creatures of habit. It’s hard for us to accept change, it’s hard for us to say ‘We’re going to get 50 plays in an OTA practice’ as opposed to normally people are getting 20. There has to be a reason for it, and [Kelly] does a great job of explaining why and then taking care of us, as far as our recovery and our bodies. Everything he does from a scheduling standpoint and a practice standpoint has a reason and that reason is explained to us. So it’s a lot easier for us to grasp it, understand it, take hold of it and buy in because he has a vision, he has a plan and then he articulates that plan to us. And I think last year was the first year, guys were kind of tip-toeing in and I think this year, everybody has bought in.”
Well, at least is sounds like Jenkins has bought in.
Kelly comes from a college coaching background, so it’s not unsurprising that his expectations for workouts and OTAs would be a little more stringent. But does the newness wear off after a while, just as it did for Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay?
Granted, Schiano didn’t have nearly the talent to work with that Kelly does, but NFL players are a different breed, and if success begins to wain, then little things like this can blow up in a hurry.