The New York Giants and Washington Redskins may be done with minicamp, but the Philadelphia Eagle sure aren’t as head coach Chip Kelly has opted to go a different route than his aforementioned rivals and go all out for his camp.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s Chip Kelly, the guy who runs the fastest offense in the NFL. He’s the energizer bunny of coaches.
“I think the important thing for them is it’s not getaway day,” Kelly said, via The New Journal. “It’s another day to improve and get out there and get better as a football team, and I think that’s their approach right now … I think the real message is it isn’t getaway day. It’s finish up strong. It’s our last opportunity to get some real good quality work in.”
He worked his guys until the last minute. Now, they’re onto a 35-day break, which might make some coaches nervous, but not Kelly. He spoke about his faith in the character of his players, according to Delaware Online writer Martin Frank.
Kelly explained that he only brings in high character players, words which unintentionally point at the release of Desean Jackson. Many thought it inexplicable, but perhaps his reasoning is stated above. Regardless, the break should be about football, not about vacation.
“This isn’t like Fred Flintstone with the ‘yabba-dabba-doo’ and we’re trying to get out of work,” he said, referring to the cartoon show from the 1960s. “I think anybody who’s in our situation that coaches isn’t like, ‘I can’t wait to get out of here.’ I think most of them can’t wait to get back in there.”