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.