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Ted Monachino respects Chip Kelly but has not talked to Eagles

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Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino is aware of the reports that he could be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator, but he says media reports are all he knows about it.

“I haven’t been contacted and neither has the club. I’m doing everything I can to get us ready for this game,” Monachino told me today at the Ravens’ team hotel.

Monachino said he respects the work Kelly did at Oregon but doesn’t know Kelly personally and doesn’t have any idea if Kelly would be interested in bringing him on board in Philadelphia.

“I don’t know Chip,” Monachino said. “It’s a great opportunity for him in Philly and it’ll be interesting to see how that type of system works with a 53-man roster and see if they can get it done. If they can, it’s going to be interesting for sure.”

Although 49ers running back LaMichael James, who played for Kelly at Oregon, said this week that the 49ers’ offense is similar to Kelly’s offense, Monachino said that as a defensive coordinator preparing to face the 49ers, he doesn’t see much similar to what he has seen the Ducks do.

“Not very similar,” Monachino said. “The biggest thing that I’ve seen when I’m watching college games on television on Saturday nights, the tempo that they do at Oregon is problematic, and completely different from the tempo that San Francisco has used. Some of the read option things are similar, but I think the tempo more than anything they do at Oregon is what causes people problems and we’ll see if coach Kelly can do that in Philadelphia.”

Monachino said the 49ers, who can run their running back behind a fullback and also get yardage on the ground with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, use a different offense than he has previously seen in the NFL.

“Nobody is similar to what the 49ers have done. They’re still a physical, downhill running team, and the quarterback just adds something,” Monachino said.

According to Monachino, the NFL team that runs the most similar offense to Kelly is New England: No one will mistake Tom Brady for a read-option running threat that Kelly’s Oregon quarterbacks have been, but Monachino said the way Brady calls plays quickly at the line of scrimmage is similar to what Kelly has his quarterbacks do.

“New England has some of those things in their system where they have some single-word calls that get them in a certain formation and play. Those things are similar to two-minute tempo throughout the course of the game,” Monachino said.

Monachino respects that about New England, and Chip Kelly. But he isn’t talking to Kelly about joining his staff. At least not yet.

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11 Responses to “Ted Monachino respects Chip Kelly but has not talked to Eagles”
  1. rgb2425 says: Jan 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    I think the reports have some validity to it. Obviously, this guy doesn’t want to cause a distraction while his team prepares. The assistant coaches on both teams are working extremely hard while the head coaches are entertaining the sports gossip.

    Its hard to believe that Chip Kelly is NOT pursuing a coach that is on either staff. Its been a while and he has not made a hire, so it could be safe to say that he is waiting until after the Super Bowl to announce his hire.

  2. greymares says: Jan 30, 2013 12:55 PM

    agree with Ted about Brady, that’s why Foles will be the Eagle Q.B.

  3. vickadelphia says: Jan 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    The eagles are gettin lovie, he’s taking a year off? Child please

  4. mikeinsanfran says: Jan 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    Hmm… Where are all the commentators who were ripping Harbaugh for saying Greg Roman runs a unique innovative offense never before seen in the NFL? #Watchthetape

  5. bugorfeature says: Jan 30, 2013 1:03 PM

    “Monachino said the 49ers, who can run their running back behind a fullback and also get yardage on the ground with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, use a different offense than he has previously seen in the NFL.”

    Seattle does something similar with Lynch who had third most yards among RBs in the NFL and Wilson as a potential runner at QB.

  6. scrp2 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:12 PM

    Ted Monachino respects Chip Kelly but has not talked to Eagles.

    Translation:

    Don’t hire a DC until the super bowl is over.

  7. mungman69 says: Jan 30, 2013 1:46 PM

    Chip Kelly will need some coaches with NFL experience. I wish them luck, they will need it. Foles at QB? Well, I dunno. He might be the best that the Eagles can get.

  8. ravenator says: Jan 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    Guy helped make Suggs DPOY. Why is it organizations are always poaching Raven coaches. Must be because they are so talented at bringing in the best people. Love me some Ozzie and Co. Hate on haters.

  9. mojosmagic says: Jan 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    The Eagles have a lot of needs and Foles is a stop gap at best. Ted Monachino is a good coach and I wish him luck on Sunday.

  10. mojosmagic says: Jan 30, 2013 5:15 PM

    “Guy helped make Suggs DPOY. Why is it organizations are always poaching Raven coaches”.

    Ravenator I hate to break the news to you but John Harbaugh was an Eagle special team coach under Reid for 10 years. Most Raven fans were against Harbough’s hiring and didn’t know who he was. I know because I was on your site and told the fans he was going to be a fantastic head coach.

  11. oldbyrd says: Jan 31, 2013 9:31 AM

    First Iv heard his name. Why wouldn’t you go after proven def. winners like Lovi, and Romeo?

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