New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is asking his players to do more while they’re at the team facility.
But he’s not asking them to hang around as long, which puts an extra burden on them.
With Kelly trying to streamline practices, Eagles players should have even more free time on their hands, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Under former coach Andy Reid, meetings stretched from early morning to early evening, in part to provide structure to the days of young men who can’t always be trusted to handle free time well. Of course, there were also chunks of empty space in the day that allowed players to nap in their lockers, or send out for fast food.
Now, players run at a faster pace for a shorter time, and nutritional smoothies personalized for each player are provided, among many changes.
“It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be real hard,” tight end Brent Celek said. “But I think that’s something guys appreciate. Chip is like, ‘Listen, we know that it’s hard out here, but, . . . we’re going to try and take care of you so you feel good the next day.’”
Kelly knows there’s a chance to be taken with his schedule, and that urging players to always eat well or get 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night isn’t a realistic goal.
“If I can’t trust them when they leave this building then we probably brought the wrong guys in here,” Kelly said.
What it will create is a process of weeding out the players who aren’t on board, and that could require a bit of tearing down before he can build back up.