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New routine puts burden of responsibility on Eagles players

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New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is asking his players to do more while they’re at the team facility.

But he’s not asking them to hang around as long, which puts an extra burden on them.

With Kelly trying to streamline practices, Eagles players should have even more free time on their hands, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Under former coach Andy Reid, meetings stretched from early morning to early evening, in part to provide structure to the days of young men who can’t always be trusted to handle free time well. Of course, there were also chunks of empty space in the day that allowed players to nap in their lockers, or send out for fast food.

Now, players run at a faster pace for a shorter time, and nutritional smoothies personalized for each player are provided, among many changes.

“It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be real hard,” tight end Brent Celek said. “But I think that’s something guys appreciate. Chip is like, ‘Listen, we know that it’s hard out here, but, . . . we’re going to try and take care of you so you feel good the next day.’”

Kelly knows there’s a chance to be taken with his schedule, and that urging players to always eat well or get 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night isn’t a realistic goal.

“If I can’t trust them when they leave this building then we probably brought the wrong guys in here,” Kelly said.

What it will create is a process of weeding out the players who aren’t on board, and that could require a bit of tearing down before he can build back up.

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16 Responses to “New routine puts burden of responsibility on Eagles players”
  1. donnymacjack says: May 19, 2013 12:14 PM

    Not unlike what the Seahawks have gone through since PC took over. Buy-in, work hard, compete. Or we will find someone else that will.

  2. jhkayejr says: May 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    The future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed. Love this next level stuff – just hope the sport is ready for it.

  3. John Zunski says: May 19, 2013 12:16 PM

    Wow, what a concept, asking professional athletes to be responsible for their own actions.

  4. helloanybodyhome says: May 19, 2013 1:12 PM

    I don’t see how getting finished a few hours earlier each day puts more of a burden on the players to do act responsibly.
    Players that do stupid things on their down time would have done the same under the past regime.

  5. warhawk137 says: May 19, 2013 1:14 PM

    I think he’s probably got the right idea, though it’s a bit of an odd combination of micromanaging some aspects of his players’ lives and leaving others completely up to them.

    If it works, it works – we’ll see.

  6. sjoyner59 says: May 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    As a lifelong fan of the Eagles you see rather quickly Kelley is different in many ways , I like him but this is Philly and as always it will come down to wins and loses

  7. abninf says: May 19, 2013 2:18 PM

    10 or 12 hours of sleep? If you sleep that much then something is wrong with you.

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 19, 2013 2:21 PM

    Not unlike what the Seahawks have gone through since PC took over. Buy-in, work hard, compete. Or we will find someone else that will.

    The main difference being that maybe Kelly will do it without cheating and PED’s.
    By the way which organizations don’t subscribe to the philosophy that you’re talking about? Do you mean this as opposed to the ones that use the don’t buy in, screw around, don’t compete and you can still keep your job philosophy?

  9. mancave001 says: May 19, 2013 3:15 PM

    This is exactly what the Eagles need after the hands-off Reid. Too much was left up to the players with him, including getting motivated to play. So excited to see this season.

  10. zillabeast says: May 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    People hate hearing it, but his is the right strategy to take with players who grew up as part of the “millennial” generation. They will work hard and give their all for you, as long as you stay off their back.

  11. gvboot says: May 19, 2013 4:16 PM

    I think the interview of a guy says a bunch too. If he (or she) can’t put a complete sentence together, don’t hire them in the first place. EVER. That’ll thin the herd.

  12. gvboot says: May 19, 2013 4:34 PM

    Let me say it this way also. ( hdcp aside) If he or she is a COLLEGE GRAD. that comes to you for a job and they can’t put a sentence together, doesn’t that show a character flaw?
    Locker room poison.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    Those smoothies should be checked by the NFL for PEDs. And what person over the age of 4 sleeps 10-12 hours?

    Not surprisingly, it all has that (Oregon) college football feel to it. Leaving time in the day for classes. But that time in the NFL is typically used for position meetings and film which will be very important.

    Duck Dynasty has arrived in Philly!

    Cue hater comments. Although no one hates on a team that is in last place in the NFC and has 0.0 super bowls under their belts. What’s there to be envious of for cryin’ out loud?

  14. mungman69 says: May 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    I’ve been to Philly many times and their fans are some of the best. If the Philly team wins the fans will let you know and if the team loses the fans will really let you know.

    If the Eagles never win a Super Bowl the fans will stick with them as long as they work hard. It will be VERY interesting to see how these fans react to Chip Kelly when the Eagles struggle this season.

  15. nomoreseasontix says: May 19, 2013 9:19 PM

    My employer often tries to keep me around late into the evening, fearing that I’ll go nuts if I’m not at work.

    Really? Are these guys pre-schoolers?

  16. Dream_Machine says: May 20, 2013 8:03 PM

    The main difference being that maybe Kelly will do it without cheating and PED’s.
    By the way which organizations don’t subscribe to the philosophy that you’re talking about? Do you mean this as opposed to the ones that use the don’t buy in, screw around, don’t compete and you can still keep your job philosophy?

    ___________________________________

    Yes, that’s exactly why he left Oregon. He didn’t cheat.

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