Chip: It’s Not Yabba-Dabba-Do Time

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was in a playful, stone-busting mood as he met with reporters for the final time this week.

It’s getaway day for the players. Minicamps come to a close today, and they’ll have 35 days off before having to report back for training camp. Don’t expect Kelly to be peeling out of the parking lot, though, when the day comes to a close.




"I'll go home and see my family and spend some time with them but I don't look at this as I need a break from what we've just done. This is our life's choice and we enjoy it, he said. "This isn't ike Fred Flinstone with the 'Yabba-Dabba-Do' and we're trying to get out of work, you know what I mean? It's another day and we'll finish up with some things before we get some time off. But I think anybody that's in our situation that coaches isn't like, 'I can't wait to get out of there.' Most are like, 'I can't wait to get back in there.'"

Kelly revealed a couple logistical items as it pertains to training camp. The players will report on July 25. And the team will hold joint practices with the Patriots in New England prior to their preseason game on August 15.

In-between the close of minicamp and the start of training camp can be an anxious time for coaches, worried that their players might get into trouble during their down time. Kelly was asked if he talks to his guys about how to conduct themselves.

"They're grown men. They understand the difference between right and wrong. I think the league has an extremely strict policy on that, you look at examples that go on within the league when it comes to how you are supposed to behave and be a good person way from here," said Kelly. "A lot of that we take into consideration when we acquire these guys and select these guys, that's a real big important thing to us is that, I don't want a bunch of guys to worry about when we're away, worry about how they are going to behave. I think they understand that anything they do has ramifications whether it's positive or negative, and they have to understand how that affects not only themselves but the team."

LeSean's "beautiful mind"

Kelly had some fun talking about LeSean McCoy. He was asked about the back's recent comments regarding the decision to cut DeSean Jackson and the message it sent.

"I don't send messages to other players by how I deal with other players," said Kelly. "And how LeSean McCoy interprets things is...LeSean has a beautiful mind. Sometimes trying to analyze that mind, I don't wrap myself around that too much or bother myself too much with that. However LeSean interprets things is how LeSean interprets things.

"You heard [the term 'buying in']  from the beautiful mind. Talk to him. He'll give you a lot about every subject. He can tell you who is going to start on other teams in the league, he can tell you a lot of things. I enjoy talking to LeSean. He's the best."

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  • Richard Colton

    Damn I love Chip Kelly. The only question I have at this point, is who goes to Canton first? Kelly, Foles, or Jordan Matthews?

    • PaoliBulldog

      Matthews will defer his induction so as not to divert attention from Kelly and Foles.

      And in Canton his bust will be named “Anonymous.”

    • Chris

      They’ll all retire the same year, after multiple super bowl wins and thus be eligible for election at the same time and all go in together. Hey, a man can dream.

      • Reasonableeaglefan

        Correct. Kelly will have to wait several more years, as he will still be actively coaching, thus not eligible.

    • Andy124

      Foles is already there. He wins.

      • FluxCapacitor

        A fact is a fact…well played…lol

    • DirtyWaters

      Foles won’t be eligible until 3019.

    • tommy_the_k

      Arm in arm in arm.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Kelly makes football seem like drudgery. That guy with the walrus mustache – now *he* could light up NovaCare just by stepping up to the lectern. Really miss those pressers.

    • knighn

      Ha ha. Good old Andy. I still appreciate everything he brought this city while also clearly understanding his shortcomings.

      • PaoliBulldog

        Yah, I’m being facetious of course, but IMHO Reid’s dour demeanor coupled with Banner’s ruthless cap management help explain – in part – why his Eagles never quite made it to the top. Reid acted like enthusiasm was a sexually transmitted disease. Kelly’s team loves what they’re doing. It’s gotta help.

        • Always Hopeful

          My favorite coaches in Eagles history were Vermiel and Ryan, in that order. I appreciated Reid, but his public persona was lacking. Don’t have to have agreat public persona to win big (see that dude in New England) but, it is a game, let’s have some fun with it!

          Something tells me CK will be able to balance nicely the intense focus to win while enjoying it publicly ’cause that’s his personality. I’m liking that combo.

  • JosephR2225

    Meanwhile, in Ashburn, VA:

    MarkMaske @MarkMaske · 2h

    Coach Jay Gruden cancels today’s final scheduled practice of Redskins’ minicamp to reward his players, who are now off until training camp.

    • Philly0312

      Wow…because the other 5 weeks they are about to have off is one day too few.

    • jpate

      And the giants end camp early today.

      • Johnny Domino

        See above

    • Eagles1018

      Awesome. Love Coach Gruden already

    • Johnny Domino

      Little soon to surrender. Not a good look.

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      “I just want to be loved! Is that so wrong?” Jay whimpers.

    • EaglefaninAZ

      Birds sweep the division. Yup… things are gonna get stupidgood in a hurry this season.

  • JofreyRice

    haha, I’m not ready to fall at his feet in worship yet, but he is really likable and charismatic.

    • Johnny Domino

      Further evidence he is Barney

    • EaglefaninAZ

      I got a little worship for the guy, if that makes any sense.

  • cliff henny

    think all Kelly does is football and movies.

    • Glenn

      Funny stuff!

    • Joe from Easton

      You win the internet for that one Cliff.

      • EaglefaninAZ

        Yes he does.

  • Kuzzbill

    Its going to be a long 35 days. I wonder what Sheil, Tim, and Josh will do to stay busy.

    • Andy

      Probably braid one another’s hair.

      • Kuzzbill

        Jordan Matthews does that for them

    • Reasonableeaglefan

      Sheil will probably send Josh out to buy an assortment of hats and visors to wear at practice. Then Sheil will play dress up for Josh in the hats. When Josh doesn’t give him the approval he seems for his new bucket hat, Josh will be forced to wear a three piece suit and stand outside in the sun on a hot day as punishment

  • Glenn

    Reading between the lines, Chip Kelly believes LeSean McCoy talks way too much!

    • cliff henny

      nawh, 2k all-purpose, LeSean is funny. 500 and bad knees, he’s something totally different. right now, Shady’s all-good

    • EaglefaninAZ

      Wasn’t exactly “between the lines”. It was pretty blatant.

  • Token

    Looking like another wasted Sixers draft. Embid with another injury. Id never pick him in the first place, stay away from injured 7 footers. But now Parker and Wiggins will surely go 1 and 2. Wont shock me to see the Sixers still pick Embid. That teams has some real terrible luck.

    • cliff henny

      think Hinkie is loving life right now. while all the GMs are scrabbling trying to figure this out, he’s sitting there w/ max cap space, draft picks galour and Thad. wont be shocked if he walks with Wiggins (CLE takes Parker and MILW takes Exum) and a falling Embiid at 6 or 7.

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  • Charliefoxtrot

    Has there been any word on any days being open to the public during training camp like last year?

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    Chappelle should have cast Shady years ago:

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