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Chip Kelly expects to improve on last year’s “just OK” season

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In his first year as an NFL coach, Chip Kelly led the Eagles to an NFC East title. That wasn’t good enough.

We were just OK,” Kelly told the Delaware County Daily Times.

Kelly said he’d be disappointed if any of his players are satisfied with what they accomplished last season.

“You’ve got to make sure that they’re not content being where they are,” Kelly said. “I think if you’re content with 10 wins and winning the division you’re probably shortchanging yourself and the team. We did that. What’s the next step? How can we improve upon that? We’re trying to get a bunch of guys that are never complacent in terms of, ‘All right, we’ve arrived.’ We haven’t arrived. We’re looking to work and strive to get better and better and better. That’s part of the deal. So I think that’s the thing we’re always trying to emphasize with these guys.”

Kelly is doing things differently in Philadelphia, not only with his much-discussed fast-paced offense, but also with everything from practice schedules to his strong emphasis on sleep and nutrition to cutting one of his most talented players in DeSean Jackson. He’s shaking things up, and he expects his players to buy into everything he does.

Kelly didn’t leave Oregon to win a division in the NFL. He wants to win a Super Bowl. Anything less than that is just OK.

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  1. hjb99992013 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:10 AM

    Chip may wish to look a little closer at his own diet

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 20, 2014 11:12 AM

    If anything I think he’s overestimating how good last season was still. He should raise his bar a LOT higher, and then go over that bar. There is so much more that they could do that calling last year OK discredits the upside of the best case possible outcomes that are associated with dynasty status.

  3. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 20, 2014 11:13 AM

    Foles was great last year… as many are in year 1, and benefitted from very low expectations.. I think he may be good but fully expect significant drop off in year 2….. and losing DJax as a #1 and deep threat will really hurt

    I also think Chip does not wear well and that we start to see more turmoil from players

    I think they may battle Redskins for top of division but I expect them to lose this battle

  4. mancave001 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:15 AM

    This is one reason we Philly fans love this guy. What he said is a long way from “we’ll be OK there (cough, cough). Time’s yours” Andy Reid. He’s not perfect, certainly. But it’s an exciting time to be an Eagles fan.

  5. addict2sport says: Jul 20, 2014 11:18 AM

    His career at Oregon was “just ok” so why expect anything else? He won’t win the big game.

  6. 700levelvet says: Jul 20, 2014 11:19 AM

    Improve the defense… Simple as that

  7. birdfanatdabeach says: Jul 20, 2014 11:21 AM

    In Chip We Trust

    How can you not be super-charged if you are an IGGLE fan with Chip. The confidence is born out of hard work. The expectations are high because he knows he has 45 people elevating.

    If I were not an IGGLE fan I would be jealous. For the first time in a very long time I’m confident that we will get to the end and win a football championship in Philadelphia. I just don’t know if it will be more than 1 but if Chip says so I’m buying.

    ICWT
    ICWT
    ICWT

  8. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 20, 2014 11:23 AM

    I can see where Eagles fans are a bit euphoric shedding all that Reid weight but…… Chip?

  9. zinger92 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:23 AM

    We lose Jackson but we add 2 very solid WR from the draft in Matthews and Huff and also trade for Darren Sproles. Do you realize what Chip can do with a backfield of McCoy and Sproles, who can both run and catch the ball extremely well? Combined with 2 TE sets? Chip has shown that he doesn’t have a set system, he simply works around the players strength. Foles isn’t a running QB and we all thought he couldn’t work the system, wrong. He’ll prove everybody wrong again.

  10. kahunanc says: Jul 20, 2014 11:29 AM

    AR has cough cough 140 + wins. No way Kelly gets to sniff 70. Time’s Yours

  11. citizenstrange says: Jul 20, 2014 11:31 AM

    The Steelers are just hoping to make it to 8-8 again. The arrow is pointing down but as long as Tomlin can keep blowing away the Rooney’s with his sweet, sweet, gobbledygook double-talk he’ll be there for another 20 years.

  12. slick50ks says: Jul 20, 2014 11:32 AM

    This team needs defense, defense and more defense, because the one they have right now sucks out loud.

    The donkeys are proof that you can’t outscore everybody.

  13. ibrandon360 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:35 AM

    Two things,

    The Eagles are playing the NFCW this year and every team will have had an off season and good amount of film to study on the Eagles.

    They probably are the best team in their division, but I’m not sure if I would expect more wins.

  14. 4grammarpolice says: Jul 20, 2014 11:38 AM

    In case Florio hasn’t said it yet today, Matt Schaub threw a lot of pick-sixes last year.

  15. footballfan72 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:43 AM

    It’s the Eagles, winning the division is the best they can expect. Been that way since 1949!

  16. trytobnimble says: Jul 20, 2014 11:43 AM

    You don’t get better by cutting one of the top 100 players in the league and allow him to land with a division rival.

  17. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jul 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    So much better than Andy.

  18. cannabisisgreat says: Jul 20, 2014 11:58 AM

    LOL eagle fans

  19. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 20, 2014 12:00 PM

    They had a nice year last year but fully expect a drop-off on offense and that defense just isn’t good.

  20. cannabisisgreat says: Jul 20, 2014 12:01 PM

    It’s funny to me how eagle fans think this team is so great. Three guys catching balls for you next year are ether a rookie or a second year player who was a back up. Maclin off injury. And cooper and celek are some of the worst starters at their respective position.

    In chip we trust though blah blah blah LOL

  21. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    For his own sake, he should consider at least an “ok” diet.

  22. cannabisisgreat says: Jul 20, 2014 12:16 PM

    2 wins against redskins
    1 against the raiders
    1 against the giants
    1 packers without Rodgers
    1 win Kyle Orton led cowboys
    1 against the worst d in the league chicago bears
    1 against the bucs
    1 against a indoor passing team in a blizzard

    Man these eagles are legit in chip we trust
    90 percent of wins last year were a JOKE

  23. fiverings37 says: Jul 20, 2014 12:24 PM

    they are going to be in trouble now that everyone has seen his gimmicky offense.

  24. bucfanforlife says: Jul 20, 2014 12:27 PM

    if you have been paying attention defense wins championships

  25. cannabisisgreat says: Jul 20, 2014 12:35 PM

    Chip Kelly lost to Matt casell almost lost to Orton and was out coached by Sean Payton.

  26. zinger92 says: Jul 20, 2014 12:36 PM

    You forget we were starting mike Vick in 4 of the games that we lost.

  27. floratiotime says: Jul 20, 2014 12:51 PM

    Keep bragging Eagles … keep bragging.

  28. justafan2014 says: Jul 20, 2014 1:00 PM

    Lol… I almost feel bad for eagles fans, and the massive implosion coming.

    Chip couldn’t lead kids to the big game.. What makes you think he’ll be able to lead men?

  29. elmaxoh says: Jul 20, 2014 1:07 PM

    Can we just stop talking about his weight ? How gives a sh*t about how he looks ? If the guy can win games for a football team that’s all that matters to me …

  30. vusnu says: Jul 20, 2014 1:09 PM

    You don’t get better by cutting one of the top 100 players in the league and allow him to land with a division rival.
    =====================
    No, you get better by TRADING one of the top 100 players in the league to a division rival for the equivalent of a first round pick(hint a QB traded in 2010 after being with the team for a decade) who instantly stinks it up with his new team, let him unceremoniously get a salary increase for sucking, and then get traded for a low round draft pick and get cut the next year. THAT’s how ya do it!

  31. stunzeed5 says: Jul 20, 2014 1:13 PM

    Fat Chip will be back in college in less than two years after he’s fired…book it.

  32. squackduckhawk says: Jul 20, 2014 1:21 PM

    This is the first time I have ever seen someone bring up cosmetic insults on a football website. Maybe go back to the Mens Health board? If mens abs are more important than football, Rick Perry says you can pray that away.

  33. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 1:24 PM

    “My way or the highway” works as long as you’re winning. Getting rid of Jackson was a risky move, and the results aren’t clear yet. But if the Eagles stumble this year, as I expect (they will take the division I think but not go far in post season), players will jump off the Chip Kelley bandwagon. In fact, Chip Kelly is a mere 4 games away from being Greg Schiano. Eagles fans won’t like that, but you can count on it if Chip doesn’t come out hot and fast this year.

  34. Big Blue On You says: Jul 20, 2014 1:26 PM

    Damarcus Ware was once revered as a god in Dallas. Now with atrocious cap planning, and having to cut club’s only shining star, to pay the rent, all of the fan’s are starting to belittle him.

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen in House of Cards that Jerrah has built.

  35. steves11 says: Jul 20, 2014 1:32 PM

    Why do people think that losing DeSean Jackson will hurt the Eagles so much? They didn’t win a championship WITH him for 6 years. How much worse can they do without him? All players leave eventually. Some sooner than others. The Eagles just need to push forward and win as a team.

  36. olduke says: Jul 20, 2014 1:45 PM

    What’s Rick Perry got to do with PFT?
    Please.

  37. olduke says: Jul 20, 2014 1:50 PM

    Ignorant people keep referring to Chip’s gimmicky offense. He runs the ball more than most, and runs a hurry-up offense, much like others, ala Patriots and Broncos. Peyton didn’t outcoach him, the Eagle defense didn’t stop the Saints when the Eagles had the lead, coupled with the fact that they gave the Saints the ball at mid-field to start their “amazing” 30 yard drive.

    Is that a “gimmick” offense?

    Nope.

  38. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 20, 2014 1:55 PM

    To put it very simply: last year was Chip Kelly’s first season coaching in the NFL, it was Nick Foles’ first season as the unquestioned starter, and it was a brand new system for the entire offense to learn. If the Eagles proved they were good enough to go 10-6, win the NFC East, with Foles setting an NFL record for TD:INT ratio in his very first try as a starter…this clearly points to the potential for this team to be amongst the greatest in the entirety of the NFL moving forward.

    Now, with a whole offseason to sharpen what was already a formidable set of tools…the NFL as a whole would be wise to take notice of what’s going on in Philadelphia. You better watch out…

  39. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 20, 2014 1:55 PM

    Chip’s eating too many chips.

  40. cannabisisgreat says: Jul 20, 2014 2:00 PM

    Why do people think that losing DeSean Jackson will hurt the Eagles so much? They didn’t win a championship WITH him for 6 years. How much worse can they do without him? All players leave eventually. Some sooner than others. The Eagles just need to push forward and win as a team.

    I think it’s because they don’t have a ton of weapons outside of McCoy and when you couple that with eagle fans saying Super Bowl and in chip we trust every day, people are bound to bring up the fact you just lost your best wide out. In chip we trust though blah blah blah

  41. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 20, 2014 2:37 PM

    The low round pick the Redskins got for McNabb was used on Alfred Morris. So before you use that as a negative against the Redskins get your facts straight. Alfred has rushed for over 3000yds in 2 years and one of the top running backs in the league. Sounds like that worked out well for the Redskins.As far as Chip and the Eagles this all sounds like very similar to the Redskins after the 2012 season. If the Eagles kept DJax, drafted Dee Ford and got Byrd in free agency I would say they would be favorites in the division but with a coach with a Ego too big for his own good DJax was let go and traded for Sproles who is 31 and on the down side of his career, questionable draft moves ( trading away the 22nd pick that would have landed Dee Ford and getting someone who can’t even break into the third team in OTAs), not improving a defense who’s best CB is a slot corner, and having a slot receiver ( Cooper) and a receiver coming off a ACL injury and never had a 1000yd season as the starting receivers. Also before Eagles fans enshrine your rookie receivers into the hall of fame you better see how they do when they have to face a real NFL corner you might realize why these guys fell where they did in the draft. in the NFL talk is cheap and Chip seems to be full of a lot of hot air and dumb decisions.
    Please keep trusting in Chip
    HTTR

  42. birdsfan7 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:04 PM

    All the haters make me laugh, chip’s going back to college, blah blah blah, if you are not a eagle fan why do you care?? Lonely trolls, worry bout your own team

  43. hot97x says: Jul 20, 2014 3:15 PM

    why is it that some fans just hate on every team that’s not the one they root for? it’s hard to say anything bad about chip kelly when he took an Oregon program that was going nowhere fast and turned them into a perennial powerhouse, and turned the Eagles around in year 1. he has proven that he doesn’t need a specific type of player for his system, he designs the system around the players like great coaches do. he has alot of great qualities including being 100% dedicated to football, and being tremendously intelligent.

    with that said, the Eagles will be about as good as last year because they have a very hard schedule, still won’t be able to stop great running teams on defense with no true size up the middle, and will struggle to create a pass rush. teams like Seattle and San Fran will keep their offense in check and run the ball all over their defense. but this team is heading in the right direction. they just need another year to accumulate talent.

  44. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    Chip Kelly is likely Greg Schiano, Part II. He just doesn’t know it yet. Watch out with that “my way or the highway” stuff, Chip. When your team quits buying in, it doesn’t matter what you think, how hard you try, or how loud you yell.

  45. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 3:59 PM

    Not for or against the Eagles here. But it’s simple. Jackson was probably the best player on the Eagles. Eagles fans wonder why people say not having him will hurt them. Well, you didn’t win a championship with him for 6 years…why will you win won without him? What exactly makes the Eagles better now? Nick Foles is peaked I think, and now Jackson is gone. Is Chip going to have this sudden surge of coaching knowledge with one year of coaching under his belt? Nope. Look at Greg Schiano. I think Chip is just slower at getting to where Schiano went. Schiano booted out two good players the first month. Chip has finally started down that road by booting the first “Chip Kelley malcontent”…Desean Jackson… risky move for sure…So Chip needs to start well this year, or his players will jump off the Kelly bandwagon.

  46. birdsfan7 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    Why are we comparing chip to schiano?, they are 2 different people , difference is chip is bringing in guys that he feels fits his system , schiano tried to do it with the malcontents on the bucs already. , huge difference

  47. icup89 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:47 PM

    You know nothing about the eagles locker room

  48. llcamino says: Jul 20, 2014 5:49 PM

    Nick Foles had the luxury of facing a league easiest 23rd average passing defense (of QB’s who threw at least 150 passes). I wonder why his TD/IN ratio was so good? Good luck this year when you have to face a division winner schedule. Typical Eagles. Look up how many of Andy Reid’s wins were against teams with winning records. The Eagles only prosper when the rest of their division decides to implode.

  49. pfatl says: Jul 20, 2014 5:58 PM

    Anyone comparing potato chip kelly to greg schiano read two NFL news stories in their lives and proclaimed themselves an expert.

  50. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 20, 2014 6:21 PM

    Its funny anyone who isn’t kissing Chips rear is called a troll by Eagles fans. Sorry the truth isn’t trolling…Chip was one and done in the playoffs and has done a lot of questionable moves in the offseason. I will admit he had some good ideas on offense last year but like the read option, NFL Defensive coordinators will counter his ideas. before you enshrine him..show some NFL knowledge and realize this guy has a lot to prove.

  51. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 6:43 PM

    So, not surprised, some Eagles fans think we don’t know what we’re talking if we compare Chip to Schiano…or bring up Jackson’s dissing by Chip. The evidence is there…the results are there. As I said. Look out. You guys are kidding yourself if you think dumping Jackson won’t come up if Chip doesn’t win fast and furious. What happens when Foles says “Hey, enough?” Chip’s offseason moves are suspect, his motives were even more suspect. He’s got an offense where each player has to be all in for Chip…he works them harder, faster, puts them into more high impact (danger) situations. If they see themselves getting beaten up for nothing (i.e, Chip loses)…or traded for not subscribing to his style…look out. M-U-T-I-N-Y. The difference in Schiano vs Revis and Chip vs Jackson? Schiano didn’t trade Revis. Yup, Chip Schiano coming your way in Philly.

  52. fakefootballfans says: Jul 20, 2014 7:36 PM

    footballfan72 says:
    Jul 20, 2014 11:43 AM
    It’s the Eagles, winning the division is the best they can expect. Been that way since 1949!

    —————-
    Lol! Do you even know what you’re talking about? Just throwing things out there and hoping they stick I see. People like you give real Football fans a bad name.

  53. dcstinks says: Jul 20, 2014 8:15 PM

    Well Well Well, What do we have here? A bunch of lonely trolls on an Eagles Post. Is it the envy of the Awesome Green Color? The Wings on the Helmet? Its ok, I know the DC team ( I refuse to say the name) is SOOO Jealous with Envy over our Team and Coach! Please find something better in your life to do!

    Be Jealous!

    All in All, The Eagles have the Best

    QB in the league
    RB in the league
    RB combo in the league
    Offensive Line in the league
    WR’s in the league
    TE set in the league
    most improved dense
    and the best coaching staff!

    Now please, trolls go back to your hole or join the Green Team!

    #ICWT
    #SaintNick

  54. officialgame says: Jul 20, 2014 8:44 PM

    Nothing need to be said or defended as to how good a coach Chip Kelly is. People in Philly (10-6) and Oregon (46-7) already know. Let’s talk after season and see how many of you are willing to man up and admit your wrong. Very few if last year is any indication

  55. dcstinks says: Jul 20, 2014 8:58 PM

    *defense

  56. juanlongwang says: Jul 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    2 wins against redskins
    1 against the raiders
    1 against the giants
    1 packers without Rodgers
    1 win Kyle Orton led cowboys
    1 against the worst d in the league chicago bears
    1 against the bucs
    1 against a indoor passing team in a blizzard

    Man these eagles are legit in chip we trust
    90 percent of wins last year were a JOKE

    ___________________________________

    I don’t see your point here? Are you saying we beat these teams because they suck and were less prepared? You’re right. LOL. We were the better team in all these matchups not our fault these teams cant play outdoors, have no depth and most specially no talent. #FlyEaglesFly

  57. s0merand0mguy says: Jul 21, 2014 11:56 AM

    When an eagles article gets posted the fans of that great organization get the pleasure of reading all the haters, doubters, and whiners that cry about things they just don’t understand. Eagles will be in a decline, other teams have tape already, yada yada yada…. Keep wishfully thinking all these negative things so when the team you cheer for plays us they get a big green back hand slap full of reality. That reality is Chip Kelly, one of the most innovative, creative and out of the box thinkers in the NFL will always have a plan.

  58. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:01 PM

    If I were a bucs fan, I may think Foles has peaked too. Cuz it’s hard to play better than he has played the last two times the bucs saw him in person. Both of which I attended, also. W, W.

  59. zeusdagod says: Jul 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    For everyone saying the Eagles didn’t beat anyone last year let’s draw a comparison.

    Dallas faced a Rodgers-less Packers.. How’s that work out for them? Hmmm… Hey… while we’re on the topic. Dallas also faced the worst defense in the league with their backup QB at that. How’d that work out for them? Hey while we’re on the subject, Dallas had a 6 point lead with 62 seconds left on the clock.. how’d that work out for them? And yes they lost to us without Romo but considering how their season was going, can you honestly tell that would’ve made the difference had he played?

    Bottom line, we got better as the season progressed. The defense was far from stellar but at the same time we showed potential to build on in the off season. Everyone that’s quick to say Foles will have a drop off and we were fools to trade Jackson within the division.. Hey remember when we traded our franchise QB within the division? Tell me again… which team won the division and made it to the post season that year? And I’m not disillusioned about Foles repeating the numbers from last year, but don’t write the kid off either. Bottomline… Yeeeaaa… ICWT

    Chip is ballsy enough to make the unpopular decision and stand behind it because he believes he can take this team all the way. This is a win now league. Not a win pretty league. I’ll take whatever wins he brings us en route to the Ring!

  60. zeusdagod says: Jul 21, 2014 1:19 PM

    juanlongwang says:
    Jul 21, 2014 8:21 AM
    2 wins against redskins
    1 against the raiders
    1 against the giants
    1 packers without Rodgers
    1 win Kyle Orton led cowboys
    1 against the worst d in the league chicago bears
    1 against the bucs
    1 against a indoor passing team in a blizzard

    Man these eagles are legit in chip we trust
    90 percent of wins last year were a JOKE

    ___________________________________

    I don’t see your point here? Are you saying we beat these teams because they suck and were less prepared? You’re right. LOL. We were the better team in all these matchups not our fault these teams cant play outdoors, have no depth and most specially no talent. #FlyEaglesFly

    ___________________________________

    Game… Set…. Match! #BleedGreenNation

  61. drdoomtheoptimist says: Jul 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    Who is Rick Perry?

  62. sbboundgiants says: Jul 21, 2014 9:43 PM

    Eagles may have the worst WR corps in the league. Good luck with that.

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