Eagles running through “a million different things” after kickoff rule changes

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The NFL’s 32 special teams coaches have a new challenge this year as the league’s decision to change kickoffs have thrust them into uncharted water heading into the regular season.

The changes, which include no running starts for the coverage team and a ban on wedge blocking by return teams, have been described as making kickoffs look more like punts, but Eagles special teams coach Dave Fipp isn’t sure exactly what things will look like once teams are on the field. That’s why he’s running through as many options as possible while coming up with a plan.

“It’s going to be a faster play. I think there’s going to make for more action,” Fipp said, via the team’s website. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to be an exciting play. I don’t know for sure whether there will be more returns or less. Time will tell on that. What we’ve decided to do is just run a million different things. Each week we’ve installed three or four different returns and we go to the practice field and run them and see what we like and don’t like and then keep coming up with more ideas and seeing how they look. We just learn more and more things the more we do it.”

Running back Kenjon Barner was the primary kickoff returner last season, but he’s now in Carolina so the team will have someone new at the back end of whatever alignment Fipp comes up with in the next few months. Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood also returned kicks last season and Darren Sproles is back, although the veteran has only returned three kickoffs since joining the Eagles in 2014.

15 responses to “Eagles running through “a million different things” after kickoff rule changes

  1. These Eagles are smart. They already know Belichick (the cheater) will try and steal their playbook if he is given the chance, so Dave Fipp is letting Bill know that the playbook has a million plays in it and it will be up to Bill to figure out which plays he wants to defend. See you in week 1. Eagles Superbowl record vs. the Patriots: 1-0. Easy peasy.

  2. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    June 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    …1. Eagles Superbowl record vs. the Patriots: 1-0. Easy peasy…

    Check yourself into the concussion protocol. The 2 teams have met twice in the SB each team winning once

  3. —————————————–
    binarymath says:
    June 10, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    June 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    …1. Eagles Superbowl record vs. the Patriots: 1-0. Easy peasy…

    Check yourself into the concussion protocol. The 2 teams have met twice in the SB each team winning once
    ——————————–

    I’m sorry for posting fake news. That was not my intention. I failed in my attempt at researching the Eagles Super Bowl record. My bad. Whip me with a wet noodle.

  4. Eagles record vs. Pats in superbowls that the Pats did not videotape the opponent, get ratted out by an assistant, have their coach get fined 500k and lose a 1st round draft pick: 1-0

  5. Eagles record vs Pat’s in Super Bowls where their starting QB threw up in the huddle on game winning drive because he couldn’t take the pressure is 0 -1.

  6. Eagles fans.. You do realize you won the Super Bowl right?

    Why on earth do you have to bring up excuses on why you lost the last Super Bowl you were in or keep insisting on bashing the Pats.

    This post was an Eagles one and should have remained that way but it couldn’t because of the way you are.

    It took 3 or 4 or 5 Super Bowl wins for folks to completely hate the Patriot fans.

    It’s taking one for me to do the same to Eagle fans.

    Good luck repeating..

  7. You mean Bradshaw took the side of his friend and co-worker Howie Long’s son? Shocker.

  8. LOL at the bandwagon Eagles fan up there who wasn’t watching around the time the Pats beat McNabb & Owen’s Eagles team back in 2004.

    Talk about outing yourself as a bandwagoner

  9. oiler1980 says:
    June 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    Eagles record vs Pat’s in Super Bowls where their starting QB threw up in the huddle on game winning drive because he couldn’t take the pressure is 0 -1.
    __________________

    Eagles record vs Pat’s in Super Bowls where their back-up QB 1-1 rec td vs “THE GOAT” 0-1 rec.

    Also, technically they should be 1-0 due to their cheating ways

    #forevertaintedrings

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