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.