Mailbag: A Chip In Motion Stays In Motion

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From @heemy224: Chip was mic’d up n showed lots of personality on inside the NFL imo.What is your perceived take on Chip’s personality so far?

Here is the video if you haven’t seen it.


Kelly, as depicted there, is just non-stop. "We've gotta go, we gotta go, get these guys going." That's his mindset in a nutshell.

His press conferences are held outside in a tent on the edge of the NovaCare practice fields. That's in the name of efficiency (like everything he does), so he can just bounce right to practice as soon as he utters his last syllable, not a second lost. If the horn (indicating the start of practice) blows while the press conference is still ongoing, he'll leave mid-sentence and sprint onto the field.

He's active during the practice sessions. He might throw some passes alongside the quarterbacks or come after the QBs like he was a defender, arms raised. Always moving. I went to school in Rhode Island, so when I call him a classic New Englander, I speak from experience. He's a little bit of a ball-buster, doesn't sugar-coat. Jeans and a t-shirt and I'm good, thanks.

Can't say I know a ton about him personally. He doesn't mingle much with the media outside of press conference settings. Too much to do.

From @Jonzee72: What are your plans for the bye week? A quick holiday?

Afraid not. One of the drawbacks of naming your site "Birds 24/7." Whose idea was that, anyway? Oh, right...

I did get to unplug yesterday. Here are some highlights:

-- Took a three-hour nap on the couch.

-- Went to the park with my dog. (He's a black lab named "Doug." Doug the dog.)

-- Watched "Ghostbusters" on CMT (the country music channel). There were so many commercials, it pushed the viewing time to three hours. Big commitment for a movie that's almost 30 years old, but I hung in there.

-- Capped the night with a beverage and the Arsenio Hall Show.

Conclusion? Outside of the beverage, I spent the day off exactly the way I would have when I was 10. Great day, in other words.

@RobRidarelli: do you think Chip will implement more power running plays if he decides to go with Foles long term?

Not sure what Kelly will do, but I believe some adjustments need to be made.

A closer look at LeSean McCoy's numbers help illustrate the point. Did you realize he was dropped behind the line of scrimmage five times against Washington? In all, six of his 20 carries went for zero or negative yards. He dances at times and that's part of it, but it really speaks to the fact that the defense is selling out to stop the run. The unblocked man on the read option is often crashing down on the running back, and if Nick Foles gets a six-yard gain from time-to-time as a result, so be it.

There is not a better back in the league right now than McCoy, yet I feel that gets taken for granted sometimes when evaluating the success of this offense. He broke eight tackles on Sunday, per Pro Football Focus, and eluded dozens more.  Where would this running game -- heck, this offense -- be without McCoy juking his way to daylight? It's not hard to see that holes are harder to come by without Michael Vick in there to keep the back side of the defense honest. He averaged six yards per carry over the first four games of the season when Vick was healthy. That has dropped to four yards per tote in the seven games since.

McCoy remains the most productive back in the league, but he's had to work extremely hard of late to keep that train rolling. Imagine if that hamstring injury was as bad as it first looked?

Foles is taking advantage of the one-on-one matchups in the passing game created largely by the defense's focus on McCoy. If he continues to thrive, the opposition theoretically will have to pull men out of the box, which would open things back up for McCoy. Until then, less read option and more straight ahead running seems to be in order.

 

  • BlindChow

    If the horn (indicating the start of practice) blows while the press
    conference is still ongoing, he’ll leave mid-sentence and sprint onto
    the field.

    “Vick is healthy now, and we’ve decided that from this point on, our starting quarterback is going to be–”

    **horn blows**

    **Kelly turns and walks out of the tent**

    • G_WallyHunter

      I hope he does this and times it right, as a joke, would be unreal haha. Could see him doing it because he loves screwing with them like that

      • nicksaenz1

        With that sh*t eating grin on his face as he walks out.

        • G_WallyHunter

          HAHA exactly, really hope this happens.

  • Jason

    A lot of the media talked about how Kelly would revolutionize the NFL. Here is the way he could do it with the personnel he has. Invent the NFL closer. Let Foles start the game and build a 24-0, 31-7, etc… midway through the third quarter and then bring in Mariano Vick.
    This is somewhat tongue and cheek, just to be clear.

    • Mr. Wu

      somewhat?? lol

      • Jason

        The somewhat had more to do with calling it revolutional and Mariano Vick.

        • Richard Colton

          revolutionary

          • Jason

            Thanks Dick, the boss (wife) walked into the office and wasn’t thinking clearly

          • Richard Colton

            no problem. we’re just having fun here, but somebody wouldn’t let “ironical” go yesterday. Like nails across a chalkboard.

          • BlindChow

            Revolutional is a perfectly cromulent word.

          • Richard Colton

            nice. that one took me back.

    • Cyrus Robinson

      That’s actually a more viable theory than you realize. The Eagles go into all-runs mode, and having Vick and Shady back there is conducive to that.

      • Adam

        So viable that no ones ever even attempted a 2 QB system… genius…

        • Jason

          Two points to that. First, Buddy Ryan tried it. Second, isn’t that what people were saying when relief pitching first became “In Vogue”
          I wasn’t adovacting a two qb system, just one that if there was a two score lead, why not take advantage of what Vick brings to the table.

          • Richard Colton

            you’re just messing with him, and I appreciate that. Buddy Ryan? how did that work out for the team?

          • Jason

            Your first point leads to the second.

          • Adam

            Hey, I’ve got no problem with sending out the scrubs after the starters get a good lead.

          • Jason

            Nice, when this works in 2017, just remember to give me a thumbs up when I bring this up.

          • Richard Colton

            whew…thought he was serious for a second. points for subtle irony.

        • Richard Colton

          yeah. 2 QBs. why not? it’s just a game. f-ing unbelievable.

      • pkatz

        Tebow!

      • Jason

        I believe it is viable, I just don’t see a coach doing it. But if anyone would, Kelly is the guy. Or maybe Buddy if he wants to come back.

        • OregonDucker

          It was not uncommon for Chip to bring in the backup QB after a large lead when he was with Oregon. We all know in the NFL the QB strategies are different from college but remember Chip is different too. I would not be surprised if he uses Vick to close some games, especially a playoff or NFCE championship game.

      • jabostick

        I think it works in our favor having Foles in likely run situations because they completely ignore him and he can jump out for an easy 4 or 5 yards. I’ll take that when we’re running out clock

    • cliff henny

      can you imagine the reaction if eagles are up 30-24 at dallas, 5 mins left and vick buckles up the chinstrap and comes in? to borrow a kelly phrase ‘holy smokes!’. and if dallas ended up winning…well, kelly’s built up a lot of good will, that would really test every ounce!!!
      .
      think kelly just needs something between all run with 8 mins left and the wide open first half offenses that are getting those nice leads. he too smart to have that happen twice. nfl defenses are just too good, even the bad ones, to try and roll 4 or 5 1st down rushing when everyone knows it’s coming.

      • Jason

        I can’t imagine that scenario. My scenario was a little different then that. I do agree with needing something in between the blur and the prevent. I was just having some fun with the NFL closer idea.

        • cliff henny

          i liked it, fun hypothetical. really, the last thing you want is starting qb riding out the read up by 20+ getting exposed to headhunting lbers.

          • Jason

            Thanks, chalk it up to bye week boredom.

      • A Roy

        Let us not forget that they haven’t actually blown ANY leads. Agree, though, they have cut it a little close.

        I would like to see Foles and Vick together. Sort of an quintuple option. Foles can hand off run or pass, if he hands off to Vick, HE can run or pass.

        • cliff henny

          awesome, why stop there? have triple stacks, with lane johnson lining up behind 2 wrs so he can catch a laterall and chuck it. octuplet option, at least

          • EaglePete

            why stop there, throw Brad Smith in the mix with lane, Foles and Vick. Vick doing an end around when its snapped haha. I agree with the part about not giving up a lead and again, not a bad problem to have. The teams are so close that no lead is safe esp with the rules helping the offenses. I think that is just naturally going to occur to a degree.

    • macadood

      I was kind of hoping too for some 2 qb formations, have vick and foles in there, either as distractions or the old rb (qb) toss and pass, or some of those crazy gadget plays Pittsburgh was famous for over the last decade. though I guess they’re really not necessary if the offense is moving the ball well as it is conventionally.

      • docboy

        I can see Chip doing something like that with Brad Smith….gonna be fun to see what Chip can do with that guy…

  • Adam

    Why isn’t Foles on the Pro Bowl ballot but Vick is?

    • DEBO 215

      Something, something, something, racism…something, something…complete.

    • Adam

      Boykin isn’t on the ballot either. Pretty lame. Not that I think he would make it but still he deserves props.

    • BlindChow

      Not listed as a starter. Same with Boykin. Sopoaga is on there, though!

      The coaches and players have 66% percentage of the vote, so maybe they can write-in candidates.

  • Bullwinkle

    I was impressed by Foles in the video. He seems to be in control and have a lot of confidence. Also, he comes across as polite and professional; these are positive attributes, which will serve him well.

  • Cyrus Robinson

    Can somebody ask Bryce Brown why he’s always falling? Do we need to get him a LifeAlert or something?

    • Adam

      I think someone puts weights in his helmets. It’s ridiculous. Time to give Polk some snaps.

    • A Roy

      Perhaps someone should tell him there’s a crown on the field and it’s not perfectly level.

  • Adam

    Jerry Jones just said Jason Garrett isn’t coaching for his job and will be back in 2014.

    Awesome.

    • cliff henny

      as long as jerry jones says jerry jones isnt gm’g for his job, i’m good

  • Warhound

    Tim, You know about Netflix? Yes? Ghostbusters is there; it’s commercial free. In the 21st century, outside of live sports you shouldn’t suffer through any ads.

    • EaglePete

      seriously though, Arsenio is my issue. I watched 10 min of that show. Dude is seriously unnatural. Its like he got worse as he got older, the older show seemed better, he seems so fake. I couldnt stand to watch any longer.

      • Warhound

        Yeah….. that kinda’ twisted my gut too.

  • morgan c

    The impression I get about Chip is that he’s not great with the media, but saves his personality for the team. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with that; in fact, it’s probably for the best as far as his relationship with his players is concerned. At the same time, I could understand how the media may not be in love with the guy. He may provide some good answers at press conferences, but words like “nice” and “fun” could never be used to describe him in those situations. He gets bristled easily when he perceives a bad question was asked. It’s not the easiest job for the media. But again, that said, I think it’s good in general that he’s not a Rex Ryan type, and lets himself shine through more with his players, who undoubtedly seem to respect him.

    As far as the running games goes, I agree with Tim that some more power runs are in order. The zone read-option plays should remain a staple (they do work for the most part!), but at the risk of being overly negative, I did swear at my tv both times Brown was stoned at the line on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 running out of shot-gun. Time and a place, but in those situations, we have to see some under-center. Hell, even use your 6-6 240lb seemingly tough-as-nails QB to sneak it ala Brady. Simple and probably effective.

    Go Birds!

    • theycallmerob

      I heard the shovel pass works real well around the goal line. Defenses would never see it coming.

    • Adam

      Chip despises talking to the media, and loves his players like his kids. There was a great article in the Eagles Almanac this off-season.

  • nicksaenz1

    Big fan of Chip’s reaction to the touchdown. Everyone’s excited and it sounds like he’s trying to figure out if the safety was ever blocked. That’s awesome.

  • djack10

    I have a feeling Chip is going to replace Buddy as my favorite coach. And he might he lead us to a playoff win or two.