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Chip Kelly’s already stepped up the tempo in Philly

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Offseason workouts got underway for the Eagles this week and Eagles players are already seeing how the presence of Chip Kelly will change things.

Kelly’s Oregon teams were always known for doing things at a faster pace than others and moving to the NFL doesn’t seem to have slowed Kelly down at all. His first week working with Eagles players since taking over as head coach has set a tone for how the tempo will be moving forward and the Eagles haven’t even started working on the field yet.

“I mean, the workout today was up-tempo, a lot of drills and different stuff we don’t normally do. I’m sure it’s going to be real up-tempo,” tackle Jason Peters told Mike Garafolo of USA Today. “They just got after us. Everything is just quick, a lot of reps, quick pace … 40 (yard dash), hurdles, ladders, stuff like that. Working the quick feet, the quick movements, the up-tempo pace, that’s the stuff we worked on today.”

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson said that “you could sense the urgency” when the Eagles were working on learning Kelly’s offense and told Garafolo that he thinks Kelly may also be moving at a high pace to start the process of seeing who will be able to handle working at that pace. The changes extend beyond pace — special teams coach Dave Fipp is opening “neurological pathways” with rap music during morning meetings — and sound like the polar opposite of life under Andy Reid.

For the first time in a long time, there’s a new way of doing business in Philadelphia and the Eagles aren’t wasting any time learning what that means.

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49 Responses to “Chip Kelly’s already stepped up the tempo in Philly”
  1. noodlecbs says: Apr 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    1960

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 4, 2013 5:34 PM

    Nice reporting Peters! All teams should learn from the notes on this productive work day.

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    How long until out of shape vets start grumbling?

  4. psuravens19 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:43 PM

    Not an Eagles fan but looking forward to see what Kelly can do.

  5. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 4, 2013 5:44 PM

    Anyone who is CERTAIN this style will work in the pros is lying to themselves. IF it does it may revolutionize the league.

  6. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 4, 2013 5:45 PM

    Who cares about some third rate team that is so far behind the Redskins that they need a telescope to see the soles of RG3′s shoes? The Redskins win Super Bowls. Everyone else competes for the honor to lose to the Redskins in the post-season.

    #Redskinscantbestoppedbestteaminhistory

  7. FlyFromTheInside says: Apr 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    Dream Team

  8. mazblast says: Apr 4, 2013 5:47 PM

    noodlecbs says: Apr 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    1960
    ————————-
    Your IQ times 40?

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    It’s always guys like Kelly and Mike Leach who never played football even at the college level who go all macho man on the practice field. With their fat bellies hanging out of their too small sweats.

  10. chawk12thman says: Apr 4, 2013 5:57 PM

    Actually, Chip is just doing the quick pace stuff to see who really has been working out this offseason. Being in shape is the first step towards competing. Besides, if he wants to see what he has to work with, he has to push them to the limit.

  11. nineroutsider says: Apr 4, 2013 5:59 PM

    Former PAC 12 coaches have had a lot of success in the league the last few years, but I’m worried about Chip Kelly. I have no reason to hate and its not based off of anything other than a gut feeling, which can be fairly worthless. I just see him losing the locker room after their first long rough patch.

  12. regis18 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:06 PM

    While Kelly did not play college football, he was an outstanding hockey player in New England.

  13. xplicitpits says: Apr 4, 2013 6:12 PM

    If you think this style doesn’t work in the pro’s? You’re a moron. Look at the Seahawks. There practices are ran in a similar fashion. PC & JS have turned that franchise around very quickly from what the dying old style coaching staffs had left!

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 6:14 PM

    I guess that’s where the expression “Win one for the Chipper” came from.

  15. eaglesince86 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    its great, “a sense of urgency” is right for the first time vets arent content in their position and half@ssin out there…light a fire under there chip im all for it lets go birds!!!

  16. jsrdc says: Apr 4, 2013 6:29 PM

    “For the first time in a long time, there’s a new way of doing business in Philadelphia and the Eagles aren’t wasting any time learning what that means.”

    It will still translate to 0 SB wins for the Eagles at the end of the 2013 season.

  17. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 4, 2013 6:38 PM

    @thegreatgabbert
    Kelly played DB at University of New Hampshire. I even double checked with Wiki so it has to be true

  18. theclaim says: Apr 4, 2013 6:40 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Apr 4, 2013 5:59 PM
    Former PAC 12 coaches have had a lot of success in the league the last few years, but I’m worried about Chip Kelly. I have no reason to hate and its not based off of anything other than a gut feeling, which can be fairly worthless. I just see him losing the locker room after their first long rough patch.

     Totally agree…AGAIN! I don’t know why but my gut tells me Chip is going to be more of a Saban or Spurrier than a Savior. Great college coaches don’t always translate well. Ask Pete Carroll, his 3rd stint in the NFL. The first 2? Not so memorable.

  19. howiefeltersnatch says: Apr 4, 2013 6:43 PM

    Why rap music? Heavy metal opens more neurological pathways. \m/

  20. kev86 says: Apr 4, 2013 7:04 PM

    I think it will take Kelly a year or two considering all the changes. Giants should take the East next season. The Skins embarrassed the division in the playoffs.

  21. 23chameleons says: Apr 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    Yeah, the uptempo thing didn’t work at ALL for NE last year. Where’s the sarcasm font when you need it …

  22. jam11163 says: Apr 4, 2013 7:21 PM

    i love how the redskins fans jump on an eagles board and the skins havent done anything for 21 years. when the skins are sucking wind in the 4th. and the birds are playing like the game just started we will see who has it and who dosent!!!

  23. flavordave says: Apr 4, 2013 7:25 PM

    all aboard the Chip Kelly World Domination Tour 2013 Pain Train

  24. crkmiec2013 says: Apr 4, 2013 7:33 PM

    I love all of the opinions on, “it’s going to work” or “there is no way it will work”. Truth is we don’t know. What I do know is that it is something fresh and new in Philly and I am looking forward to it.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 4, 2013 7:35 PM

    That fast pace won’t work in the NFL. Giants players will fake injuries and slow that mess down. Just sayin’

  26. maverick43 says: Apr 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    Eagles fans are either standing on the brink of greatness or will churn and burn their coach/roster over the next two years. I get it….Logicalvoicesays the Redskins are unstoppable. Blah , Blah, Blah. Too bad their franchise QB will be out of the league in 3 years destroyed by injuries and unable to stay healthy. 20 years wandering in the wilderness….how about another 20 Skins fans?

  27. brian1mahoney says: Apr 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    Chip is pretty impressive – you have to realize that up here in the northwest, Seattle is considered a big deal, a major metropolis.

    So Chip was able to put together a string of nationally ranked teams by recruiting athletes to come to what amounts to a small town in the middle of nowhere with very little to do, and built them into very good teams. He pretty much stomped on the PAC 10 schools including my Dawgs and just about everyone else they played.

    I think you are in for a surprise – my prediction – wild card or better first season.

  28. bobonmycob says: Apr 4, 2013 7:43 PM

    noodlecbs says:Apr 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    1960

    your birth day? the day your mom considered abortion? the day it finally grew from being baby sized? the day you lost your virginity…. to a dude… ? 1960…. very interesting year. Is that supposed to burn? or is that all your pee brain can come up with?

  29. bobonmycob says: Apr 4, 2013 7:44 PM

    nomoreseasontix says:Apr 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    How long until out of shape vets start grumbling?

    They wont get a chance too… they will be shipped off to cut city. keep or get out… love the new attitude.

  30. bobonmycob says: Apr 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    FlyFromTheInside says:Apr 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    Dream Team

    Who did we sign to get that label again? ohh yeah thats right your just an unoriginal troll with nothing creative to say.. would love to see a report card from school for you.

  31. janvanflac says: Apr 4, 2013 8:04 PM

    The Skins made the playoffs once in the last 25 years or so, lost their 1st game, and their fans think they are a dynasty.

    Do we need to remind you that if not for a dropped pass by a guy the Eagles signed off the street the day before – after our practice squad offense drove the length of the field against your D with the playoffs on the line – your vaunted team would have have stayed home, and RGIII would have a few more ligaments in his knee right now.

  32. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    I like Chip as a coach but if you really think he will win a super bowl this year you are mistaken. They will win more games. I just wanna see who the starting QB is.

  33. tory707 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:38 PM

    Logical voice = TNUC

  34. thesportsguru7 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:46 PM

    logicailvoicesays says:
    Apr 4, 2013 5:45 PM
    Who cares about some third rate team that is so far behind the Redskins that they need a telescope to see the soles of RG3′s shoes? The Redskins win Super Bowls. Everyone else competes for the honor to lose to the Redskins in the post-season.

    #Redskinscantbestoppedbestteaminhistory
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    We can see the soles of his shoes just fine, while they are sitting on the sideline with a torn acl, because Snyder is too cheap to pay for a field that is actually playable.

  35. abninf says: Apr 4, 2013 9:18 PM

    Dave Fipp is opening “neurological pathways” with rap music
    ===================================

    That’s enough to make me quit right there.

  36. nkmho says: Apr 4, 2013 9:18 PM

    Albert Haynesworth would die if he were on the team.

  37. wolff111 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:18 PM

    Kelly will fail.

  38. noahbird says: Apr 4, 2013 11:55 PM

    Do away with comments, PFT! A guy with the tag “logicalvoices” or what not, said the Skins are the best team in history.

  39. neva4get5 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:24 AM

    I’m not sure what the pace of practice means but I hope Chip Kelly plays to the strength of the offense, which for now is a good set of tailbacks and vertical threats. Hopefully, not trying to go willy nilly with the vertical. Does anyone else besides me find D-Jax level of excitement for Chip Kelly odd? In the statements he is making, he almost seems disrespectful to Morningwheg and Andy’s offensive schemes! Odd, being that now he speaks on it 2 Pro Bowls and a big contract later, hmmm?

  40. neva4get5 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:28 AM

    How come D-Jax always seems to find a way to stab people when they leave Philly (McNabb, now Andy and MM) ?

  41. ham1 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:28 AM

    chawk12thman says:
    Apr 4, 2013 5:57 PM
    Actually, Chip is just doing the quick pace stuff to see who really has been working out this offseason. Being in shape is the first step towards competing. Besides, if he wants to see what he has to work with, he has to push them to the limit.
    ____________________________________

    Nice to see you and “Chip” are on such a friendly basis. Did “Chip” actually tell you that? Wow that’s so cool. This is why I voted for banning comments. I don’t like reading some stupid jerks comments that thinks hes an expert and on the Eagles staff when in actuality hes just some stiff.

  42. 1trinieagle says: Apr 5, 2013 7:58 AM

    <<>> hahahhahaha as an Eagle fanatic living in Maryland, near DC. hahahahaha what u smokin hahhaha…RG111 had a very impressive Rookie Season but you got to prove it for the long haul. I just think that Mike Sh#tannahan best coaching days ended with John Elway and T Davis. After a very difficult (2, tw0) sasons with my Fav H.C. Big Red. Eagle Nation is expecting Great Things in Philly… Like ME, I expect with Good Health, some Luck, and Chip being Chip… Superbowl his first year is not out of the question… Now smoke on that hahahahaahah.

  43. rodericksilva says: Apr 5, 2013 8:08 AM

    Why does everyone sell out the NFL players as lazy? There are just as many lazy NFL players as there are lazy doctors, lazy attorneys, and lazy teachers. Some are and some are not.

    What’s wrong with thinking that there are players who are willing to train hard, work hard, and play hard in order to achieve something they’ve been chasing?

    Another thing while on on my soapbox…

    There is no opinion about being in shape and running uptempo. Not being tired beats being tired every time. Will a bunch of un-talented high energy guys beat tired pros? No. But skills being equal which would you rather be?

    That being said there is no question that Chip getting his guys in shape makes the team better.

  44. rodericksilva says: Apr 5, 2013 8:08 AM

    Skins fans….calm down. I understand you’re excited. Many of you don’t remember Skins playoff football.

    Having 3rd most wins and 2nd most playoff appearances at least we were relevant in the last decade.

  45. steelerben says: Apr 5, 2013 10:13 AM

    High tempo practices and high intensity off season training will do two things for the Eagles. First off, it will find out who wants to push themselves to be better, get with the program, and generally work to keep a job rather than relying on the size of their contract to keep them on the field. Second, it is going to make the players better conditioned.

    It doesn’t mean that the spread offense is headed to the NFL to revolutionize the game. It doesn’t mean the Eagles are going to be running 80 offensive plays per game. It doesn’t mean that they are going for two and trying to convert every fourth down.

    All it means is that a coach is trying to dust the quit off of this team from last year.

  46. reasonablemindsays says: Apr 5, 2013 11:56 AM

    We are all witnesses to the genius that is Chip Kelly.

  47. mail2bency says: Apr 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    “Who cares about some third rate team that is so far behind the Redskins that they need a telescope to see the soles of RG3′s shoes?”
    —————————————————-

    Can’t see his shoes or his surgically repaired bum @$$ knee?

  48. bigbluelou says: Apr 11, 2013 2:03 PM

    Sometimes change is good in football. Usually when a change takes place, the team reacts pretty well as it is a new voice being heard and they overachieve giving fans a “false sense of hope” that the team is going to be good in the long term which most of the time does not work that way. (i.e. The Jets).

  49. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 16, 2013 10:32 PM

    @bobonacob every chance u get

    ___________________________________

    People see what happens when bullies are allowed to kick someone’s a** everyday for years?

    You get a victim that post as ‘bobonmycob’ attacking and hatting on everyone. It’s really quite sad actually.

    You are a victim but still…………. it sux2bu

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