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Chip Kelly wants the Eagles bigger on defense

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Chip Kelly knows putting together the Eagles the way he wants is going to take time.

But when he thinks about the end product, he knows that in general, he wants his defense to be bigger and stronger, for a simple reason.

“You have to adjust to what you have. No one is starting from Square 1 and saying, ‘How do we build a perfect defense, offense, and special teams?’ ” Kelly said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And you don’t have 100 first-round draft picks, either, so you can say, ‘Hey, I really like that guy, but he’s gone.’

“So you always have to make adjustments to what you do. But we want taller, longer people because big people beat up little people.”

The common theme among the bulk signings they’ve made on defense is bulk. But as he orchestrates the changeover from a speed-based 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, he knows it’s going to take some time to adjust.

They’re going to be bigger at linebacker and safety in pacticular, and Kelly’s preference for long-armed athletes is one more reason to think he could be reuniting with rangy pass-rusher Dion Jordan.

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  1. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2013 10:57 AM

    “So you always have to make adjustments to what you do. But we want taller, longer people because big people beat up little people.”

    Calling Chip Kelly a simple man just doesn’t cut it.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 21, 2013 10:58 AM

    You can’t stop RGIII and the Redskins. Welcome to last place again Philly. Signed Your Father the Washington Redskins.

  3. dalucks says: Mar 21, 2013 10:59 AM

    Bigger does not guarantee better. He should be happy with better.

  4. ccjcsr says: Mar 21, 2013 11:00 AM

    Put some facial hair on Chip Kelly in that pic and he looks like a younger version of Andy Reid!

  5. raiderufan says: Mar 21, 2013 11:01 AM

    “because big people beat up little people”

    I don’t like the way he left Oregon and really wish he’d have stayed but I like the guysdemeanor. I think he’ll be sucessful pretty quickly in this league. These players want straight forward blunt honesty and he’ll give that.

  6. redfield11 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:07 AM

    at 4-12 he should want a lot of things

  7. flavordave says: Mar 21, 2013 11:08 AM

    Chip Kelly is doing a fantastic job weeding out all of Andy Reids weeds and installing a new hybrid 3-4 11 headed monster machine. Its bad enough for teams that they will be down 35-0 early in the second qtr but with this defense clamping down on their throats,they will stay down. I have no idea what other teams are going to do about this, because the way I see it, theres simply nothing that can be done about this.

  8. marvsleezy says: Mar 21, 2013 11:09 AM

    I know Kelly is a good coach, but I would not look for the Eagles to be good on defense for a few years with this approach.

  9. fuglyflorio says: Mar 21, 2013 11:23 AM

    I’m sure he likes it big. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  10. jam11163 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    did you notice in the interview he didnt say, i need to do a better job…

  11. jimmyt says: Mar 21, 2013 11:28 AM

    Chip Kelly. That name sounds familiar. Isn’t he a college coach?

  12. reasonablemindsays says: Mar 21, 2013 11:33 AM

    Someday Chip Kelly’s quotes and little quips will be published in a book. It shall be known as “The Football Bible”. The masses will try and absorb every little drop of his genius in order to try and replicate the massive success he will have in the NFL.

  13. mungman69 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    Kelly has a loooong row to hoe. The Eagles were 4-12 for a reason. To make the Eagles relevant again he must get a good QB. I don’t see one there yet. Is that guy from Breast Virginia the answer? I dunno.

  14. mtx1992 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:46 AM

    Albert haynesworth is available. He seems quite big

  15. randomcommenter says: Mar 21, 2013 12:00 PM

    It’s simple why Kelly wants size. It’s because his gimmick college offense got stuffed when he encountered defenses with size. Nick Fairly for Auburn almost single handedly stopped his offense in the national championship.

    Eagle fans should hope Kelly also learned he needs some size on offense because if Oregon had a blocking FB , Kelly would have a ring on his finger. Auburn stuffed them at the goal because they couldn’t move that DL.

  16. rugbyisbetter says: Mar 21, 2013 12:01 PM

    I do like what Chip Kelly has been doing so far. Everything really makes sense. He seems to be a very intelligent guy.
    However, what still worries me is the QBs on the roster. Not one of them can take the Eagles anywhere. Rank the QBs in the division and the Eagles are last… that worries me.
    I get CK wants a mobile QB, but Vick is not the answer for any offense.. sorry. Work with Foles, I think Tom Brady is making the hurry up offense look stellar up there.. (not saying Foles is TB, nobody is TB)…

    Looking forward to September..

  17. therealtrenches says: Mar 21, 2013 12:06 PM

    Those of you who are commenting that “bigger does not = better,” are forgetting how long we Eagles fans have had to endure the drafting of undersized, overrated, contact averse players to fit Jim Johnson’s preference for speed. A little size and a little more aggression wouldn’t hurt.

    Those of you who are commenting that coming back from 4-12 means that the Eagles won’t be good any time soon are probably right. But Kelly seems aware of that, doesn’t he? Why bother pointing it out?

  18. zam0854 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:06 PM

    Saw someone say something about the Redskins. RGIII better score 40pts a game this year with that suspect defensive secondary that ranks 30 in passing yards allowed. Redskins added practically nothing in the off season. Only difference will be a healthy Brian Orakpo maybe. Redskins won’t have a good draft for another 3 yrs.

  19. jbevi117 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:07 PM

    Chip will do a fine job as a coach. I’ll be bold and say he drafts Geno.

  20. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 21, 2013 12:12 PM

    people of the earth can you hear me
    came a voice from the sky on a magical night
    and in the color of a thousand sunsets
    they traveled to world on this mystical night

    oh! wait, it’s just Chip Kelly with a box of multi- colored uniforms.

  21. ryanrockzzz says: Mar 21, 2013 12:28 PM

    I’d much rather have big guys then the small undersized players Andy used to bring in here.

    That said, no way the Eagles win more then 8 games this year, and for rebuilding’s sake I hope they win 6, to get some more impact players in the draft next year.

  22. jaredo10 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:41 PM

    wow Redskins fans calm down now. You won the NFC east one year out of the last decade.. Take a nap. Eagles are still beasts of the east.

  23. coys10 says: Mar 21, 2013 12:55 PM

    That is Saban’s philosophy. Worked out well for him in the pros. These college coaches soon realize upon entering the NFL that everybody is big. And, the few who aren’t are usually such good athletes it doesn’t matter. Big people beating up little people may work in college, doesn’t apply to the NFL.

  24. boogerhut says: Mar 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    Buwah? “You have to adjust to what you have” turns into “I want taller bigger…”. “I like that guy, he’s gone”. How is that adjusting to what you have? When you adjust by replacing, it’s called “rebuilding” Chip.

  25. udwnwitjpp says: Mar 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    Why are deadskin fans always talkn like they have a elite team they luckd up and won the division by default for the 1st time in how many years plzzzzzz win the chip in this era 1st then talk no more 10+ year champion talk #elibestqbindivision

  26. flybirdhaters27 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:03 PM

    Hopefully some of these bigger and stronger athletes beat up Roger Goodell for ruining this once great sport.

  27. zam0854 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:04 PM

    RGIII is the only impact player on the redskins offense. The NFL knows how to stop him; hit him! Ashame RGIII may not last long.

  28. somekat says: Mar 21, 2013 1:04 PM

    Those of you who are commenting that “bigger does not = better,” are forgetting how long we Eagles fans have had to endure the drafting of undersized, overrated, contact averse players to fit Jim Johnson’s preference for speed. A little size and a little more aggression wouldn’t hurt.

    __________________________________

    Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent, Hollis Thomas, Corey Simon, Trotter, Carlos Emmons, Willie Thomas, Dawkins, etc etc. These are not “undersized” guys. I think you are confusing the last 4-5 years (after Johnson’s death), with the 6-7 before that. Which isn’t a big deal, but if you are going to talk about “having to endure”, you should at least know when you endured it

  29. slashrageblog says: Mar 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    I think the Eagles are on the right path now; with the thin QB draft class, they’re stocking up at every other position before installing a franchise QB. Which is fine in the next couple of years if that’s the “missing piece” for the Eagles. It’s easier overall to find one player than, say, and entire defense (like during Reid’s last two years)

  30. bleedgreen11 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:08 PM

    Only thing that bothers me about chip is how enamored he is with the pats. Every interview he finds a way to praise bb or tb.

  31. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:18 PM

    a show of hands……..is there anyone, who’s name isn’t Chip Kelly, that believes his offense will be successful in the NFL? Done counting.

  32. MrObjective says: Mar 21, 2013 2:54 PM

    For all the people lamenting the Philly QBs, here’s a newsflash: franchise QBs are hard to come by. Was there a FA QB better than Vick for Kelly’s offense? Even the QBs that were available via trade aren’t that much better than Vick/Foles, and for a team that’s rebuilding, weren’t worth what it would take to get them (e.g., Alex Smith for what the Chiefs gave up for him).

    Objectively speaking, with the additions and changes, I think a 6-10 or 7-9 season is feasible, improving on last year and leaving the Philly fans hopeful for the future.

  33. kdub79 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:34 PM

    Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent, Hollis Thomas, Corey Simon, Trotter, Carlos Emmons, Willie Thomas, Dawkins, etc etc. These are not “undersized” guys. I think you are confusing the last 4-5 years (after Johnson’s death), with the 6-7 before that. Which isn’t a big deal, but if you are going to talk about “having to endure”, you should at least know when you endured it

    ——————————————————–
    They’re not undersized guys, but most also weren’t drafted by the Eagles for JJ’s defense.

    Bobby Taylor ’96, Troy Vincent drafted by the Dolphins and acquired in a trade, Trotter ’98, Carlos Emmons drafted by the Steelers ’96, Thomas ’98, Hollis Thomas ’96, Dawkins ’96.

    Jim Johnson didn’t get to Philly until 1999, almost all of these guys were leftovers from Ray Rhodes. Andy loved drafting undersized “high-motor” guys, which came after all of these guys were done.

  34. Land Snark says: Mar 21, 2013 5:05 PM

    @(ill)logicalvoicesays

    “You can’t stop RGIII and the Redskins. Welcome to last place again Philly. Signed Your Father the Washington Redskins.”

    Whatever. The book is out on him just like it was for Cam Newton.

    Besides, no one needs to stop RG3 because he’s good at doing that himself by injury.

    Enjoy that season in the sun. It’s all you Skinz fans are going to have. Hale!

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 21, 2013 7:50 PM

    This big people beating up little people talk sounds like pee wee football. I imagine at Oregon Chip’s team was bigger than every opponent and his defense still was 44th in yards allowed.

    It’s the NFL Chipper! Hell, everyone is big, strong and fast. I’m going to enjoy this epic failure.

  36. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 21, 2013 11:43 PM

    his offense didn’t work in college. he was great against Idaho St. and the likes. mainly because of recruiting. anytime he left that cozy nest and traveled to a real conference (SEC) he didn’t fare so well. so he wants to come to arguably the most competitive division in football (count the Lombardi’s) and run his version of the spread. here is what he is going to learn the hard way. if you can’t run in the East you can’t win in the East.

  37. forrestbondurant says: Mar 22, 2013 9:15 AM

    I just love the skins fans who won one NFC championship in the past 10 years. I’m a die hard eagles fan but obviously Eli manning is leaps and bounds the best quarterback in the division. Vick in his first couple of years in the NFL was much more durable then what we’ve seen from RG3 who’s a career ending injury waiting to happen. Nobody thought the redskins would win the division at the beginning of last season so nobody really knows how the division will play out next year. Chip’s got a plan and yes the sabans and pitrinos were complete failures but harbaugh and carrol seem to be doing just fine.

  38. oldbyrd says: Mar 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    Want bigger? How about a Star at def. tackle? There is one avail. in the draft.

  39. kdub79 says: Mar 22, 2013 1:32 PM

    @thesmartestmanever- How do you know what offense he’s going to run? Were you in the meeting room with Jeffrey and Howie during the interview process? Do you really think he doesn’t know that the NFL is a whole different game and that he can’t bring his offense from Oregon as-is to the Eagles?

  40. neva4get5 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:30 AM

    Length and size are important on defense b/c it alters what offenses do schematically. For example, Brady and the “Screen” do you know ultimately the Eagles lost the SB b/c Brady through screens to the backs for most of the 2nd half. If we had a big end or LB (forget Jevon Kearse, he was weak) with instincts, strength and speed, we could have countered that. Look at players Jason Pierre-Paul, Darnell Dockett, Julius Peppers and JJ Watt, these players are hard to contain b/c of their length, size and speed.

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