Peter King Weighs In On the Eagles

Peter King is on his annual training camp tour, and he stopped by the NovaCare Complex Sunday to check in on Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

Kelly’s notes and observations turned into the lead for his Monday Morning Quarterback column on

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:

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  • Bdawkbdawk

    Feel, don’t think. Trust your instincts. – Qui-Gon Jinn or Tony Dungy, can’t remember.

    • Septhinox

      While a funny quote, that mentality is a huge reason society is in the situation it is in now.

    • Stephen Stempo

      Who’s Qui Gon Jinn?


    Peter king word is the gospel.

  • cliff henny

    Well, taking Peter King’s prediction with a grain of salt. he seemed to predict Eagles in super bowl about as often and Chris Bermen. both of them always slobbered all over Reid.

    • Johnny Domino

      It will certainly spike his hit count today, and in his position that is more important than being right.

    • Stephen Stempo

      yeah and we never came that close under Reid.

  • Maggie

    Most important comment: “But Chip will make the right decision. He doesn’t care what the popular opinion. He cares about what’s right.” Coming from Tony Dungy, who is one of the most respected behind-the-scenes counsellors in the NFL, this is high praise.

  • Johnny Domino

    Have seen the Johnson/Kelly comparison before, I think I would sign up for that.

  • Media Mike

    King also ripped, via Twitter, the decision to move camp from Lehigh because it took away a special environment for fans to get close to the team. I agree!

  • JofreyRice

    I still remember PK saying he’d draft Tebow in the first round, even without knowing what position he’d play him at, and the line “Cleveland, you have your matinee idol” when the Browns drafted Brady Quinn. I listen to his rumors, because he’s definitely connected, but his analysis is like a 3 day old Italian hoagie in the refrigerator–wilted lettuce, oil all soaked into the bread, turning it into paste; there are much better writers that don’t have half the cred.