Eagles coach Chip Kelly might be new to the NFL, but he’s already showing some veteran poise when it comes to the injury report.
Specifically, the obfuscation thereof.
According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Kelly was evasive at best when asked about some of the Eagles missing from yesterday’s voluntary OTA workouts which were open to the media.
For instance, safety Kenny Phillips said last week that coaches were “most definitely” easing him back into practices after a series of knee problems in recent years. Phillips told a team spokesman his absence from a rainy practice was precautionary.
Kelly only said that Phillips was “with the trainers.”
Asked if it was precautionary, Kelly replied: “It’s got nothing to do with the weather.”
Asked if Phillips was injured, he said: “Yeah, he’s had an injury for a couple of years now.”
Asked if Phillips had suffered a setback, Kelly replied: “I don’t ask questions. They [the medical staff] just tell me who’s going and who’s not going.”
Such cat-and-mouse games seem to exist primarily for the entertainment of the coaches themselves, who apparently think that hiding details such as Kenny Phillips’ sore knee in May confers competitive advantage.
Note to Chip: It doesn’t. The league knows Kenny has bad knees. You neither gained yardage, nor won a game by trying to cloud the fact with the local reporters after an OTA.
The Eagles don’t have to release injury information this time of year, so they’re not going to. Which is well within Kelly’s rights.
But for a coach who seems to place such a high value on being efficient with his time, it seems he spent more of it trying to evade a question yesterday than it would have taken to just answer it.