Chip: No Concern About Letdown

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The Eagles are coming off an emotional, memorable win over the playoff-hopeful Lions. They have won five straight and, after a Dallas loss to Chicago Monday night, find themselves in the driver’s seat in the NFC East. Up next is a 3-9-1 Vikings team that could very well be without star running back Adrian Peterson.

Any concern about a letdown in this spot?

“No,” said Chip Kelly. “We’re just a one-week operation. I was literally thinking of the Vikings game running off the field on Sunday. It’s, ‘What is our next opportunity to go out and see where we are as a team?’ That’s what this deal is all about. I think the teams that are mentally tough can work their way through it, and I think we have a mentally tough group.


"I enjoy the process, I'm not a results guy," Kelly added. "I enjoyed the game, I enjoyed our energy, I enjoyed our enthusiasm pregame, I enjoyed the game as it was going on, but then what's the next step? We did that, let's go on. Let's see what the next challenge and the next opportunity is. I don't think life has a rearview mirror. I'm not a guy who looks back, I always look forward. I want to know what the next challenge is. The next challenge is a really good Vikings team, and that's what excites me."

The Eagles are already a couple days into their preparation, as they are one of the few teams in the league that practices on Tuesday. That's part of the key to quickly turning the page, according to several of the players.

"You get here Tuesday and you're already watching film on the next team," said Todd Herremans. "I think that helps a lot getting the last game out of our head."

Foles in the spotlight

Nick Foles is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week and is starting to receive a whole lot of national attention lately. How's he handling it?

"Great," said Kelly. "I mean I didn't talk to him about the Sports Illustrated thing because I just found out about it, but I don't worry about Nick from any aspect like that. He's a team guy and understands our focus is on the Vikings, and Nick's focus is on the Vikings.

"There is something [in his makeup]. He's a very unselfish person and I think it's noticeable when you first meet him. He understands where he fits. Being a quarterback in this game, it's a different position than maybe any other sport, but to be ultimately successful you have to make the players around you better and I think Nick has that quality."

When the Sports Illustrated jinx was brought up at the end of the press conference, Kelly mumbled "I don't believe in that" as he walked away.

News team, assemble!

A horn sound similar to the one that regularly booms inside the Metrodome has been spliced in with the music at Eagles practice this week, presumably to get the team desensitized to it.

Kelly said he can't take any credit for that one.

"I have no idea what that is. I literally have nothing to do with the music," said Kelly. "I thought it was the horn from 'Anchorman.' I went conch shell. I have no idea."

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  • EagleDuck

    Just when you think you can’t respect him anymore than you already do… he rolls out the Anchorman reference.

    Chip, I wish I could quit you.

    • Justin

      No you don’t.

      • EagleDuck

        Nope. I really don’t.

    • macadood

      just another part of the very thorough Anchorman viral marketing campaign

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ha, anywhere and everywhere

    • Richard Colton

      I believe that was the first “Brokeback Mountain” reference on 24/7, with the exception being every post ever made about Tony Romo.

      • Andy124

        Kansas City Chiefs sign Chad Hall.
        Andy Reid overheard saying, “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

        Is the first one I can remember.

        • Richard Colton

          you’re like the damn Jedi archive.

          • Andy124

            Don’t let my wife know I can remember things. I’ve spent the last 9 years setting the expectations low. Besides, it’s easy to remember something I wrote myself. :)

        • Chris

          I upvoted before and i’ll upvote again.

      • GoBirds1

        Brokeback references should immediately be censored

    • Chris
  • Luke Ivan

    “I have no idea what that is. I literally have nothing to do with the music,” said Kelly. “I thought it was the horn from ‘Anchorman.’ I went conch shell. I have no idea.”

    • Luke Ivan

      Thank god, a coach with a sense of humor.

      • DirtyWaters

        Up vote for commenting on your own comment.

        • Dominik

          Up vote for commenting on that topic.

  • jabostick

    This Anchorman 2 buzz marketing is getting out of control! Ron Burgandy was up in Canada doing curling commentary and now he’s got Chip slipping in references

    • G_WallyHunter

      Very odd to see him doing curling, so off

      • Maggie

        I watched some of the curling, but when “Ron Burgundy” came on, wearing a TSN jacket, I shut it off. Can’t stand Will Farrell, he overplays everything to the point where it’s not funny anymore. Give me someone like Billy Crystal every time. A little subtlety goes a long way.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya thought it was hilarious I like his second identity a lot. The best comedy actor out there right now

  • Joe from Easton

    There will be no let downs with Chip. If the Eagles get beat it won’t be due to lack of preparation. I believe that to be true at this point in Kelly’s tenure. That program is the definition of preparedness. If they lose it will be for lack of execution or the other team was simply better. I’m a huge Reid fan, but that was one of the things that I couldn’t stand. We’d always lose to some bum ass team in the middle of good seasons, usually out west.

    • OregonDucker

      Truth!! This has been my observation as well.

      • GEAGLE

        I agree…but historically, Eagles lose this type of game. to us, this game historically would be more dangerous than the talented bears coming to philly. If we STOMP the Vikings, Oregon style I will be 100% convinced that Chip completely wiped away the curse of negadelphia

  • cliff henny

    unrelated, but always fun. whoever suggested checking out bloggingtheboys.com was 100% correct, it is addictingly fun. no shortage of quality rants, but this one stood out. he might be there own token, but still, very enjoyable…

    .

    The Cowboys have to make it to week 17 in order for that last game to mean anything

    I disagree with the headline of this article, which states that the NFC East is a 2 team race because it is not. There is only one team in this sorry division that is playing good football, and sorry Cowboys fans, because it’s the Eagles. The other 3 teams in this division are sputtering around embarrassing themselves every week.

    You see, the difference between the Cowboys and every other decent team in the NFL is that those teams play their best football at the end of the season, you know, when it counts. Unlike this pathetic team, who always wilts when the pressure gets turned up. “This is a different team.” that’s what we heard from the players. I think it’s pretty clear that they are not. 18 years of this nonsense and we are still in this same place while half the league is running laps around The New AL Davis (AKA Jerry Jones) and his Mount Rushmore of Idiots.

    Now we have to pin our hopes on the Cowboys winning 3 games in a row in the month of December. IF they somehow manage to pull of that feat, they will have a first round date with either SF or CAR, and may God help them if that happens.

    • G_WallyHunter

      well hey, good for him, admission is the first step to recovery for those idiot fans

    • Andy124

      Can’t be written by a cowboy fan. No true scottish cowboy fan would be so right.

    • GEAGLE

      Beautiful post my dude..with that said, you are going to yell at me. I couldn’t help myself, Walterfootballs “update” lol
      1) CJ Mosely..he thinks Meco Ryan’s won’t be here hahahahah silly fool
      2) Joyner safety FSU
      3) Swaann CB Georgia, this idiot had Micheal Sam as the next pick lol, we would do backflips to see him in the 3rd, which would NEVER happen, we also passed on Jarvis Landry lol, Moncrief in the 3rd round to take CB swaan because “Cary has been a huge dissapointment and Brad can’t get healthy which is the story of his career lol. I want those 5 minutes of my life back!!!!

      Even a broken clock is right twice a day, the one thing the fool is right about is that when the redskins deliver the 2nd pick to the Rams, that St. Louis will be trading back!!! BANK ON IT!! That 2nd pick WILL be for sale, I guarentee it! They won’t give up for stafford yet, and they have NO USE for a DE, plus they practically rebuilt their entire franchise by trading back and that trend will continue…the question is how far back? They would be ok with moving all the way back to the 20s if the compensation is right(LONG SHOT that happens but there are defensive players special enough to where it’s a possibility)..but at the very least they will trade back to 4-6 and take OT jake Mathews! If the RAMS end up picking in the top 6 via Washington, they will 100% pick Mathews…Walter has them moving back to 4 with the Vikings jumping up two spots for Clowney, I can’t rip him for that…although if I’m some of these desperate QB franchises, I’m probably tempted to overdraft Carr,Hundley,Manziel and just hope I get lucky

      • cliff henny

        was a tread on drafting and free agents…it was priceless. when it was pointed out they are 31m over and JJ is picking players, it got reeeeeeally ugly.
        .
        take Joyner is 2nd all day. where’d he have Murphy going? howie is taking someone from lsu in top 3 picks, think that’s eagles goto school.
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        bradford/stafford…cowboys/decemberchokeartists

        • GEAGLE

          Lol stafford, my bad…
          ..
          Murphy went to the cardinals like 5 spots before we took Joyner..

          I have a feeling Micheal Sam Datone Jones his way into the first round…he has Bradley Roby falling til the 3rd being like the 13 CB drafted…last April he was a top 10 pick lol, hate drafting CBs..and I see NOTHING special about Swaan
          ..
          You know how crazy I am about defense..drafting CJ Mosely would INFURIATE ME!!!!! Like picking in the 20s, not many picks can piss me off, that one would drive me crazy…we passed on Skov in round 3 also, I can live with ILB in round 3…not round 1

          Yeah I also thought about our LSU connection in the past.
          ..
          I want PAC players while Chip still knows the kids in school so well..like if we draft Murphy, I would be thrilled because like Ertz, Chip knows Murphy so well and I damn sure trust da chippah..

          Stanford
          Oregon
          LSU
          Georgia
          FSU
          Florida

          A player or two will come from those schools

          • Andy124

            Will hope for PSU and Auburn too, just ’cause I’m a homer.

          • GEAGLE

            Allen Robinson is probably my top WR target after Evans
            ..
            Auburn runs the hell out of the ball, wouldn’t be surprised if a tiger appeals to chip

          • Andy124

            In all the years I’ve been watching, we’ve never had a star from PSU. We draft Robinson and I’m throwing my natural conservatism out the door and buying his jersey on day 1.

          • GEAGLE

            I believe in that kid!!!

          • cliff henny

            i’d pass on skov in 3rd, good player, seems limited in speed and quickness. no doubt he is a gamer in college.
            .
            what about jeffcoat in 3rd, from texas
            .
            rather mosely than hubbard…never seen a 2nd rd projection look less interested on the field.

          • GEAGLE

            Peter Schrager has us taking TCU CB Verrett, but we passed on Shede Hagemen AND Mike Evans, which I don’t see how that could be possible. Think Chips eyes light up if he can pair Evans with Coop,Desean and Ertz…I also don’t think a CB is enough to have us pass on a 6’7 VERSATILE FREAK of a Dlinemen who came to college as an athletic TE…6’7 300lb agile TE SCREAMS Chip Kelly player…he would really give uh two waves of ferocious versatile Dline

            Schrager has Murphy going 9th overall…wtf, and Barr falling to raiders at #7

          • cliff henny

            nein, nein, nein,nein,nein,nein!!!! aint no f’n way Kelly is passing on Evans. i wont even consider such nonsense
            .
            you had kelly at ‘athletic tight end now playing…’

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah I don’t get how that could be possible..considering where we pick, I have a feeling there are only a very players that we could possibly even consider passing on Evans, no way the 4th CB drafted is one of them

          • Richard Colton

            Keep seeing Evans go in the 6-10 range. Don’t think we’ll have a shot at him. Then again, we said the same thing when Maclin starting dropping.

          • GEAGLE

            I see him 6-12 half the time, the other half he is in the 20′s with Sammy Watkins being the WR that gets taken high…Schrager has him 23 to Cleveland, we picked 20th

          • Richard Colton

            23?!?!? 23? What games has he been watching? he drops to 18-23 thats well within striking distance.

          • cliff henny

            i love evans, but rather keep picks, heck at this point, drop back from early 20′s to 35′ish and get kelly more players…cant believe i’m saying this, in Howie i Trust!!!! cant imagine adding a 2nd, walking with both landry and joyner, plus another guy in early 2nd like van noy or robinson. this is really strong 2nd/3rd rd draft. could easily be talked into a ton of players.

          • GEAGLE

            Moving up to 16 from 23 isn’t very expensive..I would have to see Mack!Van Noy! Murphy,Shede, Dix(a few of them) still on the board to be ok with passing on him..I really want to see him and coop with djax

          • cliff henny

            landry might be better fit with coop/jax. really want that guy in 2nd.

          • GEAGLE

            Evans,Landry!Moncrief!Beckham!Sammy,devante, Mathews….I don’t know these kids charecters..but which ever ones have high football IQ and live for football will be successful if they go to a team with good coaching and good PASSING QB…I. Don’t know their personalities…but I see Evans as your best chance of finding a TOP, Julio,Vincent Jackson,AJ green caliber WR without picking in the top 10
            ..
            There are so many WRs in this draft that Chip and FOles can turn into weapons..All those guys can become really solid NFL WRs with the right brain/heart and situation.ll
            ..
            if we are taking a WR in round 1, Evans HAS to be at the top of my list. I like Jarvis and would love him here! but there are so many WRs who talents Chip and Nick can weaponize…I won’t complain at all about taking Landry in round 2, I just don’t know that I would take him if Allen Robinson was Still on the board….without knowing their Charecter how do you rank the top 10 WR on your EAGLES wish list?

          • cliff henny

            pretty similar. lot of wrs to like, i wont mind seeing 2 taken early. jax, ertz, shady, evans and landry should score couple points…for 5-6 yrs!

          • GEAGLE

            I’d be down..take two early now, and you can spend the next 5 years just taking fliers on late round WRs hoping to find a gem. Sooner we get his weapons in place, sooner they can all grow into SUPERBOWL champs together :)

          • Dominik

            I’m not the biggest Cooper fan in the world, but with Foles at QB, he’s a very good #2-4 WR.

            Resign Maclin and Coop, add a (big) WR via draft, let Avant, Maehl and Johnson go and damn, we have a receiving corps. Smith is a solid #5, if we want to keep him.

            What we really need is a kick/punt returner. If that happens to be a WR, ok. But important for me is that he can return kicks and punts.

          • GEAGLE

            No idea lol..but like Cox and Maclin! Evans is a player you trade up for if he falls into your range..

            This years draft will be so much fun, drafting out of desperation sucks, and last year the first round wasn’t much fun because I knew it was a two horse race(Lane/Dion)…this year there are SOOO many possibilities that it’s impossible to narrow our pick down to two players like last year…and when you have a sound foundation in place, drafting BPA becomes fun

          • E-A-G-L-E-S… EAGLES!

            Kelvin Benjamin is a 6-5 FREAK!

            blocking, catching, jumping, body adjustments to the ball…. Man crush!

            1.Evans
            2. Kelvin Benjamin

            And that’s in order of availability not skills amongst all WRs

      • Richard Colton

        Seems lazy to me. Eagles biggest needs are on defensive side of the ball? OK, lets see…ILB, S, CB

        • GEAGLE

          Lol he don’t even get our defensive needs right lol

    • Chris

      Thank you for this

    • nicksaenz1

      Hard to call this guy their Token. It’s not dramatic….it’s spot on.

  • jabostick

    By the way, and off-topic, Shanahan is contributing live to the Redskins implosion right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQf2kzKbT10

    #LOLskins

    • GEAGLE

      I hate this lol…every night I pray Shannahan and Jason garret will both be back for another season

      • jabostick

        As long as Jones and Snyder are in charge they’ve always got a good shot (to be awful)

        • GEAGLE

          It really is true…it’s not even just fan talk. Egomaniacs who just won’t ever “get it”…
          ….
          How many friggin years has it been, how many coaches has he tried, yet Snyder still doesn’t know the concept f BUILDING a team..at least Jerry tries to build a team, he just sucks at picking players but ATleast they have hit on some players…if Parcells couldn’t be successful with jerry! then there is no coach that would go there! who will make it work

          Snyder went thru something crazy like 7 coaches in 13 years or something that was close to averaging two years per coach…what coach wants to risk his opportunity at coaching, going to a team that was horrible and doesn’t have a first round pick, an owner who babies the QB who has more power then the coach, who was horrendous this year and has two knee surgeries under his belt, that has an owner who’s coaches have an average of a two year lifespan?

          You think there was any shot in hell jerry or Snyder could have EVER gotten Chip Kelly? heck NO..Lurie has his faults, but he is a top owner in my eyes, doesn’t meddle, understands how important continuity and building is…

      • cliff henny

        wonder if rg3-10 will push for briles?
        .
        cowboys are a mess, but think romo is good enough that they’ll be a minor worry for 2 more yrs.

        • GEAGLE

          Good point about rg3..
          ..
          Nothing the cowboys can do would worry me. I wouldn’t trade FOles for Romo and Dez lol…they aren’t even a minor worry, at most they are a minor thorn in October and November capable of stealing a game from us..but every single December we wll ALWAYS have a chance to make up ATleast two games on them…..

          If this sports science means we will be healthy like this every December, then I couldn’t care less what anyone in our division does because we will out marathon them

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