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Chip Kelly has Eagles bracing for intense offseason work

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Monday is the opening of the Eagles’ offseason work, and players in Philadelphia are bracing for an intense experience under the strength and conditioning staff brought in by new coach Chip Kelly.

One of Kelly’s first acts as the Eagles’ head coach was to hire Shaun Huls, a former Navy SEALS trainer, and give him the title of sports science coordinator. Players on the Eagles haven’t worked out under Huls, Kelly or the rest of the staff yet, but offensive lineman Todd Herremans told PhillyMag.com that the players are ready to sweat.

It’s going to be very intense, is what I’m expecting,” said Herremans. “But I think that April 2nd, we’re going to start our training sessions, and that is going to be simulating what we’re going to be doing in practice and in the games. It’s going to be pretty intense. Constantly going, you’re going through one drill, and then you’re going to jog to the next one, and then you do that, and then you jog to the next one. So you’re constantly moving, and he’s basically probably going to get us in the best shape of our life.”

Eagles center Jason Kelce said the players have been told to expect up-tempo workouts to prepare them for Kelly’s up-tempo offense.

“I think that part of the reason why is because we’re going to run up-tempo,” Kelce said. “Instead of being able to relax and just kind of walk around the weight room and do your lifts, it’s more at a steady pace where you have a set amount of time rest period. I think the receivers and those guys might be doing a little bit more conditioning. They know they’re in for a lot of running in this offense.”

And a lot of running this offseason.

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44 Responses to “Chip Kelly has Eagles bracing for intense offseason work”
  1. varavens410 says: Mar 30, 2013 1:46 PM

    looks like another 8-8 year for the iggles

  2. DonkeyStick says: Mar 30, 2013 1:51 PM

    Thought the new CBA didn’t allow that kind of football stuff anymore

  3. bleedgreen11 says: Mar 30, 2013 1:51 PM

    Good for them. Earn your paychecks. If anyone doesn’t like it, cut them. No excuses. If all 53 buy into what Chip is selling them, the possibilities are endless.

  4. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 30, 2013 1:53 PM

    the football gods say they will be dead before week 1 starts

  5. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Another disappointing year for the eagles….so sad

  6. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Navy seals training aye. Are they going to be doing parachute drops as well?

    Seriously though. I’m lightweight jealous of eagles fans. This should be an exciting brand of football.

  7. coltzfan166 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    This guy is the next Greg Schiano

  8. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    Good luck with that Chippy! This isn’t college and when one of your million dollar stars gets hurt or you treat a 10 year vet like a kid, you will lose them. Especially when your gimmick offense isn’t working. He’ll be back in college in 2 years.

  9. skoobyfl says: Mar 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    If they’re are major injuries during these sessions, the SCC position is going to be hearing from the union.

  10. marine1969nam says: Mar 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    I’m all for it after watching the Patriots catch a lot of defenses off-guard with their hurry-up offense, which they learned from Chip Kelly. They made Houston look ridiculous in the playoffs.

  11. j4man1 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    You mean you aren’t already in the best shape of your life? No wonder you suck!

  12. noodlecbs says: Mar 30, 2013 2:02 PM

    1960

  13. bart3976 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:02 PM

    Who Cares? Most teams do.

  14. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    Too bad he can’t catch.

  15. spiderperv says: Mar 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    Les Steckel

  16. justanotherdummy says: Mar 30, 2013 2:17 PM

    What’s the difference how hard you work them? If the playes aren’t good enough, you’ll still lose most of your games. I haven’t missed a home game since sometime in the 90’s, but every one of my tix will be online for sale this season, it just isn’t worth the time or money to go down to the Linc and waste a whole afternoon watching them get pounded.

  17. phatalist says: Mar 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    If they’re going to be paid millions thu should have to be in excellent shape.

  18. rodericksilva says: Mar 30, 2013 2:19 PM

    Even All-Pros fall apart when they are tired. I like the idea of…Can you keep up with us? Lets go. Snap the ball.

    How important is conditioning? Ask Jerry Rice.

  19. stunzeed5 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    Chip Kelly = Steve Spurrier = 1 and done.

  20. eagleaniac says: Mar 30, 2013 2:26 PM

    Certainly can’t hurt after what last year was like!

  21. kopr11 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:26 PM

    Other than keeping Vick I like what Kelly is doing and has planned. If nothign else it’ll be interesting.

  22. mdev1987 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    Some o-lineman may die chip

  23. pdxpanther says: Mar 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    “Chip Kelly has Eagles bracing for intense offseason work”… Until somone complains to the union and quickly put an end to his well known, fast paced practices.

  24. lovefootball4life says: Mar 30, 2013 2:50 PM

    Love to see the Eagles on Hard Knocks. Would love to see them “ring out” when they can’t handle it.

  25. dgrowe213 says: Mar 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    While I hate the Eagles, and anything “Philly” when it comes to sports, I’m very interested to see what Kelly can do at the NFL level.

    He definitely picked a great team to implement his offense with the speed they have on offense.

  26. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    Why all this hoopla around a college coach, with no NFL experience? Please let us know something when he wins his first division title….or first game for that matter. 6-10 for Ughagles this year.

  27. nzayir says: Mar 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    As an Eagles fan that got sick of the way Andy ran things years seeing Chip Kelly instill a whole new philosophy is incredibly refreshing.

    Kelly needs to run this team his way for better or worse. I have no idea how it will work out but the Eagles need a fresh start and Kelly is providing it.

  28. stillworker says: Mar 30, 2013 3:09 PM

    The coach will only do as much as the CBA allows him to do.

  29. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 30, 2013 3:30 PM

    Are they going to hang a bell next to the practice field?

  30. phillyrick22 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    Yo where’s my dude flavordave??? We bleed green!!! cant wait for football! !!!!!!!

  31. TheWizard says: Mar 30, 2013 4:45 PM

    Sounds good, but I can’t see Vick mastering any up-tempo offense.

  32. flipadelphia77777 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    You guys are comical! Stop sounding so threatened and worry about what your team isn’t doing!

  33. o0omorriso0o says: Mar 30, 2013 5:46 PM

    I live how u idiots are saying stuff like another disapointing year for the eagles. Seriously where do u get that from this story? If anything this should make the eagles mentally and physically stronger. U look foolish when u hate and trash talk without cause…

  34. eaglesince86 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:57 PM

    train hard, fight hard… practice hard, play hard.. cant wait for the season win or lose im excited for something new

  35. steves11 says: Mar 30, 2013 6:10 PM

    “Are they going to be doing parachute drops as well?”

    That’s one way to get them to the end zone. Let’s just hope they can keep from fumbling the ball on the way down.

  36. knisone says: Mar 30, 2013 6:36 PM

    Think about it for a second: up-tempo = tired defensive players, in addition we have a quarterback who likes to scramble = even more tired defensive players. I get it now Chip wants to turn the offense into a heavy panting marathon. The only flaw on the plan is….wait for it….substitutions. I pray he has a little more to his gamelan.

  37. timebandit24 says: Mar 30, 2013 7:23 PM

    Chip Kelly will find out very quickly that the offense he ran in college won’t work in nfl. These dudes won’t buy into after a few weeks, and even if they do, they won’t be playing Second tier d-2 schools. They’ll be getting hurt faster now.

  38. Simon says: Mar 30, 2013 8:35 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I have a lot of doubts about Chip. He’s an unknown and I have no idea what to expect. However, by all accounts he’s a bright guy and my money is riding on his ability to figure out a way to make his system work in the NFL. I think the NFL is about to see a few things they’ve never seen before. I’m not sure what they are, but I’m looking forward to finding out. Getcha popcorn. The show is about to begin.

  39. judsonjr says: Mar 30, 2013 9:32 PM

    At the first practice Chip will put on a fashion show and the team can decide which visor he will wear this season.

  40. officialgame says: Mar 30, 2013 11:18 PM

    It’s really interesting to read comments from people who’s collective IQ doesn’t match Kelly’s. Oregon wasn’t loaded with talent but they played like they were. This is a very smart man as the NFL will soon find out.

  41. beastmode5150 says: Mar 31, 2013 12:58 AM

    All that and he will realize you have to have talent…

  42. flavordave1 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:01 AM

    FlavorDave in the doggone (as BDawk would say) house! Bleed green forever! Soon to come: Flavor Dave t-shirt and coffee mugs!

  43. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 2, 2013 9:29 PM

    College offense in the NFL + navy seal conditioning = epic fail not to be missed.

    Cue up eagle haters with 0 super bowls.

  44. raytindell says: Apr 28, 2013 11:24 PM

    Listening to Chip Kelly talk about football is like listening to Aristotle on football

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