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Chip Kelly hires former Navy SEALs trainer for Eagles’ staff

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When the Eagles announced new head coach Chip Kelly’s full coaching staff, one of the names on the list was Shaun Huls, the new sports science coordinator.

That raises a couple of questions: Who is Shaun Huls, and what is a sports science coordinator?

According to USA Today, Huls was the strength, conditioning and combatives coordinator for Navy Special Warfare, meaning he was training Navy SEALs before he took a job in which he’ll be training the Eagles.

That’s a surprising background for someone to become an NFL assistant coach, but with Kelly, maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise. In a 2010 interview with the New York Times, Kelly said that in preparing his Oregon team for the up-tempo style that he prefers, he employed a lot of the same conditioning techniques that he had learned about from studying the way the Navy SEALs train.

You see how they train the Navy SEALs,” Kelly said. “They squirt them with water, play loud music and do all these other things when they have to perform a task. That’s how we practice. We want to bombard our kids.”

With sports science coordinator Shaun Huls on the staff, the players on the Eagles should prepare to be bombarded with some intense offseason conditioning.

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  1. gregmorris78 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    Be sure to study the new CBA…

  2. bigbluefan11 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:05 PM

    I wonder how this is going to go over with the veterans in the locker room. It’s a shame McNabb is no longer on the team – it would be priceless to see his reaction to being squirted with water while he is working out.

    Amusement aside – with the changes to the CBA, designed specifically to cut down on off season workouts, will this float in the modern NFL?

  3. fdugrad says: Feb 9, 2013 8:06 PM

    Coach Kelly looks as though HE could use some serious conditioning, or perhaps he’s one of those “Field Generals ” who leads from behind the lines!

  4. kegowhisky says: Feb 9, 2013 8:09 PM

    Interesting concept, and probably works well on young naive college players who will endure anything so they can keep playing football. Not sure how well that will play out with older experienced players armed with agents, lawyers, and a few more years of being savvy. One thing’s for sure, we’ll know the answer in a year or two if not less.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 9, 2013 8:11 PM

    The players quickly became adept at balancing a beach ball on their noses, surging out of the water to take food from Chip’s hand, and even mimicking his voice as he shouted commands.

  6. phillyphever says: Feb 9, 2013 8:12 PM

    Yeah, this isn’t gonna end well.

  7. boyshole25 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:16 PM

    That’s a good idea

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 9, 2013 8:17 PM

    The Eagles need to install cameras with mics all around the training facility. I want to see what happens the first time a player says “can’t do it coach, my hamstring is bothering me”.

  9. football2011 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:20 PM

    Chip Kelly=Les Steckel 2.0?

  10. teambringitstrong says: Feb 9, 2013 8:22 PM

    gregmorris78 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    Be sure to study the new CBA…
    As if you have.

  11. wwwmattcom says: Feb 9, 2013 8:23 PM

    This reminds me that the NFL is BS and I would rather pay a seal these contracts. NFL athletes are children compared to Seals.

  12. questionableprovenance says: Feb 9, 2013 8:24 PM

    Sure hope he doesn’t teach combat techniques, or the next time a player “pushes” an official, it might not be an ejection: it might be twenty-to-life.

  13. greymares says: Feb 9, 2013 8:26 PM

    Fire Andy Reid, Fire Andy Reid, Fire Andy Reid, oh wait;

  14. udub says: Feb 9, 2013 8:27 PM

    I dont understand the negative comments above. Just because an ex Navy SEAL trainer was hired doesn’t mean the Eagles will be trained exactly like Navy SEALs.

    You can’t train a fit 18 year old right off the bus the same as a 34 year old NFL lineman with a collectively bargained work contract.

    You honestly think Chip Kelly and Shaun Huls don’t know that? You know they can take just the methods most applicable to getting ready for an NFL season and not have the Eagles carrying logs down the beach at 4 in the morning until they give up and quit right?

  15. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 9, 2013 8:29 PM

    If you think the Cowboys suck now, wait until they play Kelly’s Eagles twice a year! Bwhahahahahahaha

  16. hockeyfan28 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:33 PM

    Coach Kelly you have a call from a Mr. Desean Jackson? Something about a groin pull that won’t heal till September?

  17. FinFan68 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:33 PM

    The SEALs training program builds endurance, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership but it has a major flaw in this circumstance. The motivations are different. The people who endure that training all WANT to be there. These players likely won’t and they have the NFLPA, lawyers and agents that will help them avoid it via the CBA. Teamwork and honor are not normally the players’ goals. Money and fame are much higher on their lists and if they can get that with minimum effort, they will.

  18. ncnavguy says: Feb 9, 2013 8:35 PM

    First off only Buds trainees get “squirted” with water while training not qualified operators. A typical training session for calisthenics involves putting on some metal music and uptempo countdown events like 20 8 count bodybuilders 20 pushups and 20 situps – repeat at 19 down through 1 as quickly as possible. I highly doubt there will be yelling and hosedowns, not part of the life for teams guys won’t be part of the life for NFL’ers.

  19. vexey says: Feb 9, 2013 8:35 PM

    The Pittsburgh Pirates did something similar, and it’s worked out horribly. A lot of really dumb and avoidable injuries.

  20. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 9, 2013 8:45 PM

    so that isn’t just ice cream on Chip Kelly’s face afterall…

  21. klink6224 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:49 PM

    This has a proven track record of results. Just look at the Pittsburgh Pirates the past decade…… Oh wait

  22. eepobee says: Feb 9, 2013 9:00 PM

    Yeah, all this up-tempo stuff is crazy talk. That gimmick offense could never work with pro players. I mean, look how disastrous it was for the Pats; that team couldn’t score at all…

  23. raiderinva says: Feb 9, 2013 9:05 PM

    Chip Kelly lost it when he said “We want to bombard our kids.” This is not college and the kids make more money then the coach.

    Might just as well let Vick go and save the money, he can’t last the season stretching.

  24. mojosmagic says: Feb 9, 2013 9:06 PM

    When a team goes 8-8 and 4-12 who gives a crap what the veterans in the locker room think.

  25. phillyphannn83 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:17 PM

    so many Nostradamuses here…and yes, those of us with common sense ARE laughing at you.

  26. gotampabay52 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:20 PM

    so glad chip didnt come to Tampa good luck with college coach trying to jump to the NFL and Navy Seal training they are millionaires not going to work love when philly teams suck

  27. rmcnulty234 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:22 PM

    I am a Redskins fan and cannot wait to hear the stories coming out of Philly during April mini camps and training camp. I can already see a obstacle course being set up and the players running each morning at 5:30

  28. zsking says: Feb 9, 2013 9:23 PM

    Maybe they brought him in to water board vick into taking less money

  29. atrophiedambitions says: Feb 9, 2013 9:25 PM

    Is it peculiar to anyone else that he would refer to his players as “kids”?

    No, this guy doesn’t think he’s still coaching college!

  30. newagerocker says: Feb 9, 2013 9:25 PM

    I love it! After the recent me me me “perfomances”, these need to have their meddle tested. If they want to cry to their agent and their NFLPA rep then let them walk. Good Riddence. I’ve paid thousands of hard earned dollars to watch The Eagles embarrass themselves on the field over the last couple of years. I’m over it. It’s time for this team to toughen up!

  31. eastofmissball says: Feb 9, 2013 9:27 PM

    Watch a special on discovery in the training of Seals, who are allready Men who are very well trained in combat. These guys come out beat to hell and at times injured and can not move on. And that was the tv version…. there is no way it will work in any locker room or organization. Even if they train half as much, watch how many guys could be lost for the season. And if a loud mouth is all he wants, get a bullhorn. Not NCAA anymore Chip….

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 9, 2013 9:35 PM

    Chip Kelly has not a clue about the NFL or Filthadelphia. Will be fun watching this train wreck. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of fans.

  33. jssgriffi says: Feb 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    Maybe training camp will be exciting again.

  34. mashoaf says: Feb 9, 2013 9:49 PM

    Didn’t Mike Leech get in trouble this past year for spraying water at his players during conditioning drills???

  35. phillynac says: Feb 9, 2013 9:51 PM

    Just like BB does in NE, sometimes you have to pass on the more talented player for the player that will buy in to your system. There are guys who will love to be part of a team that trains hard and fast. That is not for everyone but it is Chip Kelly’s job to find the guys that will embrace it.

  36. nzayir says: Feb 9, 2013 9:56 PM

    So because he used to be a Navy Seals trainer he must be planning to coach the Eagles like their Navy Seals? I guess looking for logic around here really is a fools errand but that’s a painfully narrow minded position to take.

    Chip Kelly is implementing his own style and no snarky wise cracks from fans of other teams is going to mean a thing. We’ll start finding out how the Chip Kelly effect has shaped the Eagles in September. First things first though Roseman needs to work with Kelly and get him some talent to work with on both sides of the ball. And a word of caution Chiefs fans Reid left the cupboard pretty bare here letting him control your draft is a huge mistake.

  37. bluebongzilla says: Feb 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    “If you think the Cowboys suck now, wait until they play Kelly’s Eagles twice a year! Bwhahahahahahaha”

    You realize the Eagles have won only three of their last nine games against the Cowboys, right? I’m pretty sure no Eagles fans should be laughing at anything. I know it’s inconceivable to you, but you may be looking at another 50 years of wandering the desert. And before you say that’s a statistical impossibility, I bet your grandfather said the same thing back in the 60’s. And there were a lot fewer teams then.

    Note to Eagles: Hire football people and let them do what they do. Stop trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

  38. bluebongzilla says: Feb 9, 2013 9:59 PM

    “Yeah, all this up-tempo stuff is crazy talk. That gimmick offense could never work with pro players. I mean, look how disastrous it was for the Pats; that team couldn’t score at all…”

    Got Tom Brady? No, you have Michael Vick.

  39. gustwo says: Feb 9, 2013 10:01 PM

    Please people, why in heavens name would you think he hired this guy to give his football players SEAL training. The man specializes in serious conditioning, thus his ability to be ABLE to train SEALs. Some conditioning routines will be team oriented, some will be specialized by position. Jason Peters will not be doing the same routine as DeSean Jackson in the training and weight facility. Give the coaches a chance to work, leave the foolishness to the lurkers.

  40. loriann1 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:03 PM

    Keep the guys who survive!

  41. footballalldayeveryday says: Feb 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    Hard Knocks baby!!!

  42. buckfigben says: Feb 9, 2013 10:14 PM

    cute, chip will soon find how hard it is to motivate an overweight spoiled brat making millions of dollars. This aren’t college athletes and these aren’t soldiers.

  43. roseann894 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:16 PM

    The last coach of whom it was said his mi!itary background would lead to success was Rod Marinelli.

  44. mattbydlon says: Feb 9, 2013 10:17 PM

    Reading comprehension: The “kids” comment was from Chip’s 2010 interview, he wasn’t talking about NFL players…

  45. msclemons67 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:21 PM

    Having one trained killer on the team got the Ravens a super bowl ring. Just imagine if the entire team is trained to kill!

  46. rosmith51 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:23 PM

    I’m amazed at the number of people posting that wouldn’t pass a 4th grade reading comprehension test.

    He did not call NFL players, or Eagle players “kids”… the quote was from 2010 referring to his college “kids” at Oregon.

  47. norwegianwud says: Feb 9, 2013 10:49 PM

    I don’t see a problem here. The label is being misread. He trained Navy Seals. That is an incredible credential. He should be capable of keeping a body in shape. Translation to football maybe different. Why try to predict the guy’s future negatively by something that he holds as such a positive in his resume’? I don’t get the negatives. I would imagine there are quite a few players on the team that would welcome a way to be faster and stronger if he can bring it…

  48. tinbender2000 says: Feb 9, 2013 11:31 PM

    FinFan68 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:33 PM

    The SEALs training program builds endurance, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership but it has a major flaw in this circumstance. The motivations are different. The people who endure that training all WANT to be there. These players likely won’t and they have the NFLPA, lawyers and agents that will help them avoid it via the CBA. Teamwork and honor are not normally the players’ goals. Money and fame are much higher on their lists and if they can get that with minimum effort, they will

    That may be the thinking of Your teams players and explain the Dolphins record, I suspect that attitude doesn’t fly with the Ravens or the 49er’s.

  49. fish751 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:50 AM

    As an 18 year season ticket holder I think this is great. If the vets don’t like it, move on. I would like the whole culture of this team to change. After watching the pathetic effort from this team the last few years it will be a welcomed change. We need foxhole type players and leaders more than anything.

  50. reasonablemindsays says: Feb 10, 2013 1:01 AM

    People pretend like the NFL is the NBA, where the players are all old, lazy, and egomaniacs. However, the contracts aren’t guaranteed in the NFL, like they are in the NBA. NFL players have to work extra hard just to stay in the league. You’ve seen a lot of older players get cut or retire because they don’t want to work hard. In the NBA, these older players end up lagging around for a while because they are still under contract.

    Chip Kelly’s new high-octane approach is just another reason why his hire will go down as the greatest decision in NFL history.

  51. phillyphever says: Feb 10, 2013 1:02 AM

    eepobee says:
    Feb 9, 2013 9:00 PM
    Yeah, all this up-tempo stuff is crazy talk. That gimmick offense could never work with pro players. I mean, look how disastrous it was for the Pats; that team couldn’t score at all…

    Baltimore agrees with that statement.

  52. upperdecker19 says: Feb 10, 2013 1:27 AM

    Time to sign Kellen Winslow Jr. Being that he’s a soldier and all. He’d love this.

  53. onbucky96 says: Feb 10, 2013 2:30 AM

    Um, sure. If D.Smith and the NFLPA wanted the Charges team doctor fired, think how they’ll react once the Eagles start SEALS training program. I detect a grievance on the horizon…

  54. fjc1872 says: Feb 10, 2013 7:17 AM

    Get a grip people, there not trying to make these guys seals, just teach them disciplen
    And stamina maybe a little heary so they don’t lay down and quit, CBA give me a break.

  55. bospat says: Feb 10, 2013 7:52 AM

    Perfect candidate for Hard Knocks…

  56. balzer41 says: Feb 10, 2013 7:58 AM

    Players are gonna hate this dude. He’s not long for the NFL.

  57. chattanola says: Feb 10, 2013 8:04 AM

    There’s a one size fits all type of program, the kind you can find at any gym. The goal is to train for speed, strength and endurance AND avoid injury (stretching).

    But wouldn’t an artful trainer tailor workouts to suit players according to their positions on the field, targeting specific muscle groups and does this Navy Seal guy understand that?

    This seems kind of gimmicky.

    Or maybe Chip is bringing this guy in to help change an undisciplined attitude in the Eagles locker room.

  58. j0esixpack says: Feb 10, 2013 8:52 AM

    The NFLPA may want to consider a new rule prohibiting waterboarding as part of Chip’s conditioning regimen

  59. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    Glad Kelly didn’t end up in Cleveland, his ideology is a great fit for college, and impressionable young men. Spoiled multiimillionaires with CBA backing them not so much. THis is a epic mutiny awiting to happen. Should make for interesting headlines in a few months.

  60. 85pmart says: Feb 10, 2013 10:14 AM

    Interesting. SEAL team Eagles. SEAL team six. Can imagine eleven SEALs going against Mark, Tim?, Rex, Cro– in next Super Bowl, right Rex? Guaranteed?

  61. enrifer says: Feb 10, 2013 10:33 AM

    College coach will fail in the pro game

  62. dontbhatin01 says: Feb 10, 2013 11:27 AM

    I really like this hire! I think people are over reacting to the whole pro thing. look around the NFL and you will find players paying there own money to get similar training from MMA fighters. The training the eagles will get from the navy seal can be adapted to fit within the CBA. I can’t wait this will bring toughness to a team that has become soft under Andy Reid, and I think all Eagles fans should be excited.

  63. rodericksilva says: Feb 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    I like the idea of attracting free agents that want to join a team where physical conditioning is highly regarded. Imagine a team of fully committed players. Because when your fully committed to being the best at what you do you don’t show up overweight for training camp to begin with.

    Jerry Rice and Walter Payton would have been excited about this too.

  64. docr8der says: Feb 10, 2013 2:09 PM

    Had to laugh at this one…having served as a navy diver for my career and was at a Spec War SDV Team in Little Creek, VA as support, we did PT with the Frogs daily.
    It takes a certain mindset to get behind the things we did and I dont see it happening with a bunch of prima donna, enabled since college divas buying into the rigor of SEAL training. One of the first things they have to get is there’s no ‘I’ in Team. Too many dont get that.

  65. bobonmycob says: Feb 10, 2013 3:06 PM

    You people are so dumb it amazes me you can navigate to this website, sign up for an account, and post some borderline remedial comments. Do you really believe the pros are going to be against this? Uhh…. if this helps their careers and makes them better players they earn more $$$. Nobody is going to say “awww man thats too hard I want to earn my millions just barely working for it”. lol.. you foolish so called fans… Never cease to amaze me with dumb comments.

  66. oregonbear says: Feb 10, 2013 4:42 PM

    Had to read the comments on this article to see how many Chip Kelly haters there would be.

    I think the guy’s brilliant. We all know he’s going to run some form of a hurry-up offense like he did in Oregon and to do this your personnel has to be well conditioned. Who better to do this than a Navy SEAL trainer. Brilliant!

  67. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 10, 2013 5:35 PM

    Smart people are saying “This sounds like a great way to whip an underacheiving lazy and disjointed team into quick peak phiysical and mental condition with a better team report.

    Dumb people are saying “the players aren’t gonna like this.”

    People who don’t like it will be gone. People who stay will be in peak condition with the perfect attitude for success in the NFL. Give me 1/2 of the personnel talent on that on that offense staying and buying into it and watch out- forget about if more than 1/2 does.

  68. bleedgreen11 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:15 AM

    The average nfl player is younger than your average navy seal. The average navy seal can kick the average nfl players behind.

    I think people are afraid of chip kelly, or really dumb.

  69. 4getu says: Feb 11, 2013 11:05 AM

    All the haters here are just worried about chip Kelly being successful in the NFL and just want to post negative comments hoping they find more people who are worried as much as they are. Give this guy at least two years to show what he can do. And to the cowboy fan who posts negative comments on every single eagles’ article, just go away, we all know you’re worried, get over it. You have enough problems to worry about with the cowboys, so you should focus on that more than what’s going on with the eagles

  70. patssteelersorgiants says: Feb 12, 2013 3:13 AM

    I’m excited to see this SEAL put Mike Vick through his paces. Maybe dress Vick up in his old prison jump suit and have some dogs chase him around while he tries to give himself Herpes meds.

  71. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 5:38 PM

    Every doper hides behind “new innovation”, “new technology”, “new diet”, “”vegetarian”, or some other buzzwords.

    Watch… next year… the Eagles will be all juiced up and peeing dirty.

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