Kelly’s notes and observations turned into the lead for his Monday Morning Quarterback column on TheMMQB.com:
My simplest question to Kelly, back inside the NovaCare Complex after practice: “Why run it this way?’’
The Eagles imported Kelly from Oregon in January, and he quickly began to change things all over the facility, and in the locker room. His reign, I believe, will be the most interesting college-to-pro transition since Jimmy Johnson went from the University of Miami to Dallas in 1989. Lots of new thoughts from Johnson then, and from Kelly now.
King also chimed in on the Riley Cooper situation and discovered that Kelly sought Tony Dungy for guidance on how to handle it. Dungy’s son, Eric, played for Kelly and is still at Oregon.
“I told him to trust his instincts,’’ Dungy said Sunday night, reached in Canton before working the Dallas-Miami preseason game for NBC. “He can use this as a teaching moment, and his decision could pull this team together.’’
Three years ago, Dungy recalled Sunday night, “Chip could have kicked [LeGarrette] Blount to the curb. He chose to believe in him. And it worked out. With Riley Cooper, this kid made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. The big issue, too, is the alcohol. That has to be dealt with. But Chip will make the right decision. He doesn’t care what the popular opinion. He cares about what’s right.”
Tim linked to this in the morning, but King Tweeted that he would not be shocked if the Eagles ended up being one of the league’s surprise team:
RT @Randyljobst: Would it shock you to see this team win 10 games this year? … Not at all.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 4, 2013
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