Eagles coach Chip Kelly knew something the Saints and the rest of the league didn’t. Otherwise, Kelly wouldn’t have gotten his hands on running back Darren Sproles for only a fifth-round draft pick.
Asked in the wake of Sproles’ career performance against the Colts to elaborate on the “intel” that Kelly had before making the trade, Kelly said the kind of thing that only Kelly does.
“Is this like a spy movie?” Kelly told reporters. “I mean, we watched game film and just studied him. Obviously.”
The reporter then clarified, asking about what Kelly knew regarding Sproles’ personality and work ethic.
“I knew about his work ethic,” Kelly said. “When you talk to coaches that dealt with him, I know Norv Turner raved about him at the Chargers, so you knew the type of work ethic and person he was. You listen to some of the reports about everybody loving him as a teammate and all of that. So, you know, you go back to the background stuff that the scouts did when he was coming out of college at Kansas State and what they had to say about him and you read all of those reports. It’s the same general kind of intel that we have for any free agent. You’re trying to do your research and find out about them.”
The Eagles found out plenty last night about Sproles’ ability to play. If the Saints knew Sproles had that much left in the tank, they could have gotten a lot more for him in trade.
Or maybe they wouldn’t have traded him at all.