Chip Kelly has always disliked “jingle-footed” running backs

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LeSean McCoy thinks Chip Kelly’s decision to trade him out of Philadelphia had something to do with the color of his skin. But perhaps it is actually about the jingle of his feet.

As noted by Matt Lombardo of NJ.com, Kelly said in 2008 that he has always believed in running backs who lower their shoulders and run hard into the line to pick up tough yardage, not running backs who try to make people miss and turn everything into a big play.

“The philosophy of the play is a tough running play,” Kelly said. “If the line can get up two yards on the defense, the back can, too. We want him to jam the ball into the hole and be a tough runner. We do not want a jingle-footed back trying to hit a home run. We want him to hit the ball into the line and get the tough yards. We are a blue-collar guy going to work. The line will have a hat on the five defenders in the box. The unblocked defenders on the perimeter are following the ballcarrier. If he gets downhill and runs hard, it is hard for htem to make the tackle. However, if he jiggles in the hole, they will make the tackle. When we talk to the back, we tell him it is speed through the hole, not speed to the hole. When the running back receives the ball, he is at 85-percent speed. As he gets the handoff and makes a decision to take the ball frontside or cut it back, he makes one cut. When he makes his cut to the line, he changes speeds and runs through the hole.”

The kind of running back Kelly is describing sounds a lot like DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, the two running backs Kelly acquired shortly after he traded McCoy to Buffalo. By moving on from McCoy and adding Murray and Mathews, Kelly was staying consistent to his longstanding offensive philosophy.

84 responses to “Chip Kelly has always disliked “jingle-footed” running backs

  1. There is no doubt Chip has a plan and is getting his guys in Philly.

    Maybe he knows what he is doing, but signs right now are pointing the opposite way. Looks like he is looking to draft and deal without figuring out if the addition is a subtraction. Stacked at RB, thin at QB.

  2. eyezworld says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:20 PM

    who was the ” hit the hole ” oregon running back he had on his teams because i forgot.

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    Legarrette Blount

  3. OK, he’s the coach so who am I to question him. That said I found his comment…well….interesting. I don’t recall ANY of his backs at Oregon being that way. NONE. They were all the types he says he doesn’t like. McCoy gained a crap full of yards and was a difference maker if I ever saw one. Murray is obviously terrific but Matthews? Please.

  4. eyezworld says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:20 PM

    who was the ” hit the hole ” oregon running back he had on his teams because i forgot.
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    LeGarette Blount and LaMichael James.

  5. I keep picturing Bernie Mac’s character from Life trying to run behind Philly’s O-Line.

  6. ctiggs says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:24 PM
    eyezworld says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:20 PM

    who was the ” hit the hole ” oregon running back he had on his teams because i forgot.

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    Legarrette Blount

    I don’t remember him hitting anything other than a Boise St. player while he was at Oregon.

  7. eyezworld says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:20 PM
    who was the ” hit the hole ” oregon running back he had on his teams because i forgot.

    ———Legarrette Blunt———————–

  8. fordman84 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:18 PM
    There is no doubt Chip has a plan and is getting his guys in Philly.

    Maybe he knows what he is doing, but signs right now are pointing the opposite way. Looks like he is looking to draft and deal without figuring out if the addition is a subtraction. Stacked at RB, thin at QB.
    ——————————-

    LOL, because you know? “Thin” a QB because we didn’t move from 20 to 2 to get Mariota? Bradford is better than Foles. Defense has been significantly addressed. Franchise QB’s don’t exactly grow on trees, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  9. luther6 says:
    “Jingle-footed” is clearly code for something pernicious.
    >>>>
    Yes it is.. “Something bad that can be cured”….. and in this case it was replacing the Jingle bells footed dancing machine with a a pair of one cut shoulder down hard hitting backs at a cheaper price.

  10. Makes a lot of sense besides the quote being from 2008 and the group of backs he coached at new Hampshire and Oregon were all slap and quick ekusivw jingle footed guys besides Blount.

    Blount has somewhat made it in the nfl but this argument is like trying to fit a square in a circle

  11. I’m not an Eagles fan but I respect what Kelly is doing. You can try to force the roster you have to conform to your offense or you can get players who fit what you want to do. Kelly has traded the “stars” the Eagles had into above-average players who do what he wants them to do. On paper he’s downgrading the talent of the roster, but the team has to work as a unit, that’s what he’s going for.

  12. lol @ “why did chip decide not to go out and just pick up a top-tier qb from somewhere?” type comments. not every store clerk is kurt warner.

  13. eyezworld says: Jun 2, 2015 12:20 PM

    who was the ” hit the hole ” oregon running back he had on his teams because i forgot.

    I love this idea that a “hit the hole” back must be a big physical back…that’s wrong. To be a “hit the hole back” you need one thing, a willingness to HIT THE HOLE.

    Watch Oregon football and tell me how many guys dance behind the line. 9 times out of 10 Oregon backs take the ball and hit the hole with fury and speed. I challenge you to name one back from Oregon you’d classify as a dancer in the back field. That’s the problem with Oregon backs in the NFL. They can play that way in college and be ok but because they are smaller speed guys that hit the hole the NFL is a whole nother animal.

  14. infectorman says:Jun 2, 2015 12:41 PM

    Tee-hee, All last year Shady Jingle Footed his way to a horrible year.
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    Yeah third in rushing yards is terrible. I don’t know why he is still in the league.

  15. “on paper he’s downgrading the roster”

    huh??

    he picked up last years rushing champ so how is that labeled a downgrade….?

    He let Maclin walk because idiot Ried and the chiefs were willing to overpay and Maclin didnt want to provide any sort of discount…they made plenty of attempts, and it’s been rumored, were very close to re-signing him

    The jury is still out on bradford over foles but not sure I understand using the term “downgrade” at all

  16. Yeah Chip, you tell’em! I mean nobody will ever confuse you with liking “Jingle-Foot” RB’s not with the likes of LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas whom you recruited to Oregon. Those were some big, bruising, run behind your pad types there!!!

  17. Watch Deanthony Thomas. 1/4 of his highlights are spread runs where he reverses field. That is the definition of NOT hitting the hole.

    I can’t sit and watch the other Duck RBs I mentioned bc it’s only so much fun watching long runs vs Fresno St, Utah, Washington St., and Colorado.

    Teams would have won 7-8 games per year in a real conference

  18. The back, I think, exemplifies Kelly’s preferred running style most was Emmitt Smith.

  19. Chip Kellys offense was made up of reverses, stretch runs, and read options.

    What holes are you referring to that would require a one cut runner?

  20. Shocking. Chip Kelly echoes what every football coach from Pop Warner on up says. No coach wants a ‘jingle footed’ running back. Some coaches will tolerate it (to a point), if it’s an offshoot of a supremely talented RB relying too much on their own ability. The coach will try to reign it in (i.e. they will coach the player). They do this because a jingle footed talented RB, coached up, is better than a middle of the road RB who hits the hole and never performs more than 1 cut.

  21. what is Kelly’s record since he became coach of the eagles? any division championships? did they make the playoffs? the answer is yes but he does not know what he is doing? are you eagles fans really questioning him? do you realize what Bears would be like if they had that record the last 2 years? but you are crying because they did not win the superbowl yet and traded a couple of popular players? I would hate to see how you would react if your team really sucked.

  22. Someone tell Barry Sanders that being a jingle-footed back doesn’t work. As much as everyone loves to rip on McCoy now let’s not forget that he’s the league leader in rushing over the last two years. So for being “jingle-footed,” he still seems to have gotten the job done just fine. Be careful what you wish for Chip.

  23. @mightysimi:

    3rd in yards, but:

    2nd worst in YPC of Top 10 backs
    5th worst in YPC in top 20 backs
    2nd most Carries.

    Other than Murray with 372 carries, McCoy’s 312 carries dwarf everyone else.
    Next closest is Le’Veon Bell with 282.

    Flat out awful year. Highly unproductive back when compared to others in the top 20.

  24. How does an Eagle fan call Andy Reid an idiot?

    Your most successful years as a franchise were under that idiot. Other than that, your franchise has been terrible in this lifetime. Fool. #1960

  25. ridusofreid says:
    Jun 2, 2015 1:07 PM
    Bills are planning to pound the rock with a shifty 205# running back and a questionable O-line. Rex just does not get it.
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    Rex is going to use a combination of McCoy, Jackson and Williams. I am guessing, but I believe Rex Ryan knows that he can not run McCoy 25 times a game, otherwise he won’t make it to week 6.

    McCoy 65%
    Jackson 25%
    Williams 10%

    The Offensive line will be just fine…
    Buffalo has some damn good lineman, they just need to figure out where they need to place them.

    Rex Ryan is a lot smarter than you believe.

  26. Hey Chip …just stop digging. You made your choice, now live with it. All Chip is doing is over compensating for what he hopes was not a massive mistake.

    Next tell us what kind of WRs you like, because Maclin and Jackson don’t fit, but Cooper does. Thinking you have to justify your moves, makes it clear you may have remorse.

  27. Philly fans will be ruing the day they ran Andy Reid off, guaranteed. The guy drafted very well, knew how to bring in great talent and this guy gets rid of 4 LEGITIMATE play makers & Pro bowlers and brings in Demarco Murray who Dallas ran into the ground. He then gets rid of a good QB in Nick Foles and brings in an injury prone QB in Sam Bradford; really? And Philly fans think he’s a genius? Of course, it’s Philly.

  28. Sounds to me he said that LeSean isn’t blue collar and doesn’t like to work. Kelly is perpetuating more racist stereotypes than I can count.

  29. Everyone hates on Philly. I’m really looking forward to this year. High hopes. Love the changes. Obviously, there are major questions with Bradford. But the young recievers, great tight ends. Best running back trio in the nfl. Improvements all over on the defensive side. Exciting to be a fan.

  30. Jingle footed? Not exactly the phrase I would use but I guess that’s why he got rid of McCoy because he danced around in the back field too much. McCoy is obviously still salty about that criticism which is why he called Chip Kelly a racist.

  31. He’s lying! He’s just a racist. He got rid of all of the black players so he could go out and sign/draft a bunch of black players. It’s obvious he’s a bigot!

  32. People who think Kelly is trying to make himself feel better about trading McCoy, or is talking directly about McCoy are wrong. He made those remarks in 2008 while giving a lecture at USC 7 years ago. Here’s the article.

    The context is Kelly explaining the zone read option during a lecture at USC seven years ago.

    “We tell the running back to read the first down lineman to the play side. If he expands in the gap, the running back hits the gap. The philosophy of the play is a tough running play. If the line can get up two yards on the defense, the back can, too. We want him to jam the ball into the hole and be a tough runner. We do not want a jingle-footed back trying to hit a home run. We want him to hit the ball into the line and get the tough yards. We are a blue-collar guy going to work. The line will have a hat on the five defenders in the box. The unblocked defenders on the perimeter are following the ball carrier. If he gets downhill and runs hard, it is hard for them to make the tackle. However, if he jiggles in the hole, they will make the tackle.

    When we talk to the back, we tell him it is speed through the hole, not speed to the hole. When the running back receives the ball, he is at 85-percent speed. As he gets the handoff and makes a decision to take the ball frontside or cut it back, he makes one cut. When he makes his cut to the line, he changes speeds and runs through the hole.”

  33. chip kelly has more amateur psychologists second-guessing his statements than warren buffet and kim jong un combined.

  34. People… Chip’s not trying to justify his move unless maybe he hopped in a time machine to make this comment. Read more carefully.

  35. It’s interesting how different takes on Andy Reid and Chip Kelly are. When Reid was in Philly, the national view was much higher than the local view. With Kelly, the local view is much higher than the national view. I would place Reid as a ‘slightly’ better coach than Kelly…but not as drastic as the split indicates.

  36. You know…Chip is supposed to be very educated and while being a Coach of an NFL team or even Collage, I would think he would know what the term “Jingle Footed” means to a Black Player or Black person. Its a term used when Slaves were chained and shackled. If a Slave broke the chains and tried to escape, the Master heard the chains jingling…thus the term “Jingle-Foot” Bad choice of words regardless of the year he said it and how he used it. He’s old enough to know better.

  37. Kelly simply does not want “tap dancers” like “Shady”. What Kelly really wants is CJ2K, who will burst through the hole and then take flight.

  38. Wow what a racist. He hates successful black people so much he planted this story 7 years ago knowing that he would be able to use it to justify trading away those hated black super stars. Next thing you know we will hear an old quote from him that says he doesn’t want me first players or small WRs. Especially ones who can play only 1 position.

  39. eyezworld says:
    Jun 2, 2015 12:20 PM
    who was the ” hit the hole ” oregon running back he had on his teams because i forgot.

    Kenjon Barner, Lamichael James, Blunt

  40. qdog112 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 2:11 PM
    Hey Chip …just stop digging. You made your choice, now live with it. All Chip is doing is over compensating for what he hopes was not a massive mistake.

    Next tell us what kind of WRs you like, because Maclin and Jackson don’t fit, but Cooper does. Thinking you have to justify your moves, makes it clear you may have remorse.

    You know Kelly didn’t write the article. Don’t you?

  41. It’s hilarious reading the comments from people who think this is a recent comment from Chip regarding LeSean McCoy.

    Brush up on your reading comprehension boys. This is an old Chip comment from 2008. It’s doubtful Chip even knew LeSean existed when he made this statement.

    But since we’re on the subject of LeSean. Of the 17 running backs who got at least 200 carries last season, only 4 of them averaged less yards-per-carry than LeSean. And that was behind an Eagles offensive line that was ranked #1 in run blocking according to Pro Football Focus. McCoy only had 4 100 yard rushing games last year, and didn’t get his first hundred yard game until week 6. He had 3 games of less than 25 yards of rushing. Let all that sink in for a while if you can’t figure out what Chip was thinking when he traded LeSean.

  42. If Kelly traded McCoy because the color of his skin, why does his replacement have the same color skin? Makes no sense.

  43. I have watched a lot of OR football. The RB’s at Oregon were always one cut and through the hole. The fact that they are fast doesn’t mean they aren’t one cut and to the lane.

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