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Eagles will practice on Tuesdays this season

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There are certain rhythms to the way a week unfolds and one beat that’s been in place for a long time is that Tuesdays are a day off from practice after players watch film and/or receive treatment on Mondays.

One NFL team is coming up with a rhythm of their own, however, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that it is the Eagles. As with the significance of time of possession, coach Chip Kelly is zigging where NFL teams traditionally zag by holding practices on Tuesday after having Monday completely off. Center Jason Kelce explained why the team is making the change.

“It kind of fits into the Chip Kelly mold: He doesn’t try to fall in line with anything anyone else is doing,” Kelce said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “That was the first thing he said when he first got here, was that we’re not going to do anything for the sake of ‘That’s the way it’s done.’ He says, backed by the philosophy in the strength room, the conditioning room, that everything he does, practicing on Tuesdays, the whole practice regimen is designed to make us physically the most ready for game days.”

Tuesday won’t be the only day when the Eagles are doing things differently than others in the league. Saturdays before games will no longer be just walkthroughs, something linebacker Connor Barwin thinks will help because players will be more active in the 36 hours leading up to games.

These are the kinds of moves that open you up to criticism if they don’t work, but believing you’re doing things the right way doesn’t leave much space for worrying about potential criticism down the road.

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19 Responses to “Eagles will practice on Tuesdays this season”
  1. bmorepositive123 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:52 AM

    If it keeps the young players more focused and less likely to do stupid things throughout the week, then I won’t argue with it.

  2. hendawg21 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:57 AM

    Whatever, he’ll be job hunting again in no time…he could end up being the Eagles second coming of Rich Kotite…hey Chip you might want to talk to he old ball coach Spurrier and ask how trying to run his offense in the NFL worked out.

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 23, 2013 9:02 AM

    and the result of that will be an L on sundays

  4. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 23, 2013 9:06 AM

    as we all know, but often fail to remember upon the hiring of a new nfl coach, most of them fail.

    i’m with chip in thinking that if he’s going to fail, it won’t be because he did things the way they were always done…..

  5. pheelingphine says: Aug 23, 2013 9:27 AM

    Wonder if this violates anything in the NFLPA’s CBA where the players are practicing TOO much?

  6. greymares says: Aug 23, 2013 9:29 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 8:57 AM
    Whatever, he’ll be job hunting again in no time…he could end up being the Eagles second coming of Rich Kotite…hey Chip you might want to talk to he old ball coach Spurrier and ask how trying to run his offense in the NFL worked out.
    —————————————————————-Lol. this is not a Redskin hire

  7. flavordave says: Aug 23, 2013 9:44 AM

    Chip Kellys 11 headed offensive monster machine tour is gearing up and ready to spit out bones. Nothing but bones.

  8. mcwest1 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:45 AM

    Better to have tried and failed, than never having tried at all. You’ll never get anywhere if you’re afraid to fail, and take risks.

  9. mcwest1 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:48 AM

    >>>You’ll never get anywhere if you’re afraid to fail, and take risks.<<<

    That didn't come out right.

    You'll never succeed if you don't take risks. And you'll never succeed if you're afraid of failing.

  10. illiniftw says: Aug 23, 2013 9:52 AM

    It is good that he is looking at everything and isn’t just going to do things because that’s how it’s done. At the same time, he doesn’t need to change things just to change things. If it works why change it just to seem smart?

  11. ccjcsr says: Aug 23, 2013 10:18 AM

    Who cares, this guy hasn’t done anything yet, this isn’t the Pac 12 with Nike as a Booster!

  12. dennisund says: Aug 23, 2013 11:12 AM

    He took the job in Philadelphia, he obviously isn’t concerned with being criticized. The media
    loves him so far, he’s a breath of fresh air after
    14 years of Reid. That doesn’t mean they won’t
    turn on him if results on the field don’t come, but he will have bigger problems than criticism if that’s the case.

  13. purpleguy says: Aug 23, 2013 11:26 AM

    It is important to remember that this guy is a genius.

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 23, 2013 11:43 AM

    Thank goodness Chip Kelly is finally in the NFL so he can show the right way to do things to all these other NFL coaches who have learned how to do things from their NFL coach mentors. What do they know?

  15. tobis81 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    @BEMOREPOSOTIVE- Yeah, players having one day off a week is really going to make them get into trouble, and lose focus, lol. Can’t even get one day if rest a week, no wonder half your team is going down with torn ACL’s, and injuries!

  16. steelerben says: Aug 23, 2013 11:49 AM

    I’m guessing that an offense based on pace and the conditioning requirements it places on the team, having a high paced practice the day before the game to get you up to speed and then having the entire day after the game to recover might not be all that bad an idea. You might be a little more inclined to leave it all on the field if you know aren’t running wind sprints the next day.

  17. mancave001 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    hendawg 21: “Whatever, he’ll be job hunting again in no time…he could end up being the Eagles second coming of Rich Kotite…hey Chip you might want to talk to he old ball coach Spurrier and ask how trying to run his offense in the NFL worked out.”

    ———

    This kind of comment is so tiresome. Kelly is not running “his” Oregon offense. He’s bringing his philosophy, concepts and techniques to the Eagles. He’s adapting them to the NFL and his roster. He’s openly stated this, yet uninformed comments like yours continue to pop up. There is nothing to indicate he’ll be another Rich Kotite or Steve Spurrier.

  18. mackcarrington says: Aug 23, 2013 5:11 PM

    Old-timers will tell you that was the way that everybody used to do it… have Monday as the off-day. Then some genius thought it was more beneficial to practice the day after a game to work the kinks out immediately. Eventually the whole league started operating that way. I don’t know if players liked it or not. They just went along with it. If the Eagles are successful with this everyone will start having Monday as the off-day again.

  19. upperdecker19 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:45 PM

    Allen Iverson demands an explanation.

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