Kelly: The Worst Thing About the NFL Is…

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Peter King was in Philadelphia over the weekend as part of his training camp travels for Monday Morning Quarterback. He sat down with Chip Kelly while he was in town, and called his time with the head coach “the most impressive 20 minutes I spent in Week 1 on the Training Camp Tour.”

Some highlights of their conversation:




-- Kelly called the draft -- more specifically, the hype surrounding the draft -- the worst thing about about the league.

"The biggest thing for me is that everybody thinks whoever you drafted or whoever you signed is now gonna be a savior. They come in just like me and you come in as freshmen in high school or freshmen in college, or your first year on the job at Sports Illustrated—you’re not telling people what to do, you’re just trying to figure out what room to go to...

“I think the byproduct to the hype that bothers me, is that to some guys it’s overwhelming for them. The NFL has their Rookie Premiere and they’re out there getting all these pictures taken and they’re missing practice time to go out to California and they’re treated like gods, and I’m like, I don’t know if he’s going to start. That’s not fair."

While Kelly did not mention Jordan Matthews specifically, the rookie receiver did attend the Rookie Premiere out in California in June and had to miss a little practice time. And he's definitely being hyped up.

Kelly's message was that even the top prospects need some time to grow.

-- On not seeming emotional:

"Oh, I get pissed off. Yeah. I have a lot of friends who are Navy SEALs, and I respect what they do. Part of their ethos is ‘I don’t advertise the nature of my work, nor do I seek recognition for my actions.’ We all have jobs to do. We’re not in this to see our names in the paper or have people say good things about you. Or we shouldn’t be. I love practice. I love being out on the field. I love game day. The sound bytes and ESPN and all those other things, that’s not of any interest to me.”

-- On the team's development:

“Last year,’’ he said, “we grew as the season went on. We started off at 3-5 in the first eight, then finished 7-1. It was evident to us as coaches that we were growing weekly. It started to show up on the scoreboard. Just guys getting more comfortable in what we’re doing. Guys being able to finish other guys’ sentences, instead of turning to look to somebody that has to tell them what to do, and then having to do the thinking they have to do themselves. In the short time that we have them, it’s hard. We knew there were going to be growing pains, because it was a total new offense, defense, and special teams system than the existing guys had ever had. What excites me is these guys are very invested in what we’re doing and really, really want to be good. They don’t just say it. Their actions back that up.”

King reiterates that Kelly reminds him of Jimmy Johnson when he first came into the league. About this Eagles team, he concludes:

If the Eagles continue the fast-track of the last two months of last season, Seattle, San Francisco, Green Bay and New Orleans are going to have competition for late January football in the NFC.

The  entire article is worth a read.

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  • myeaglescantwin

    The worst thing in the NFL is TV timeouts.
    The “at-game” experience is a joke anymore. The entire stadium is pumped , the team has momentum, , , , , , , you look at the field, and the players are just standing around for nothing, nothing on the field is causing the delay.

    Some fat guy with orange gloves is there waiting till the booth gives him a call to let the game continue.. .

    Hell, i don’t even watch the games live anymore.
    I make a feast, get the friends together, have some brew and DVR the first hour of the game so i can skip the BS.

    “We now interrupt these commercials for some football”

    • TNA

      CK remarked on that too (not in this interview). TV controls everything. Thankfully, Comcast is on its way to controlling everything and hopefully gives the Eagles a home team advantage by giving Kelly the schedules and planned TV timeouts ahead of time. One reason the FCC should allow the merger with TWC to go through…

    • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

      Yep, I DVR the game and I’ve got it timed out so I catch up with the live broadcast at the end of halftime.

      • JofreyRice

        I actually DVR the entire thing and avoid looking at any of the scores, then just blow through all the commercials.

        • myeaglescantwin

          exactly what i do.

          I’ve got no time for american marketing. It’s one thing to ruin america,,,, you start affecting football, i get angry.

          • JofreyRice

            also frees up your Sunday. I have little kids and it’s cool to be able to do stuff with them. My wife loves that I don’t have the times that are essentially completely blocked off on Sundays in the fall, anymore.

          • Philip Soloninka

            If you have the funds for it, nothing beats NFL Game Rewind. Had it last year, kept it all throughout the offseason, and absolutely love it. They have games all the way back to 2009, and with the recent seasons, you can watch broadcast version, condensed version, or All 22. For the condensed versions, they have just the plays, no stoppages/commercials, so you can blow through a game in about 20-30 minutes.

          • JofreyRice

            yep, i got it. definitely a must.

            I have the DirecTV season ticket, so I record 5 games on Sunday and then watch each on a different night of the week, throughout the season. We wait all year for football season, and then there is this huge flood of football every week that you can’t appreciate without doing something like that.

          • Philip Soloninka

            JofreyRice is simply a man among boys when it comes to the NFL viewing experience.

          • JofreyRice

            yeah, my wife is ready to commit hari-kari while all this is happening

          • Philip Soloninka

            I liked this because you mentioned hari kari, not because WifeyRice is ready to commit it.

          • peteike

            I have one kid and my wife hates football season. Im not the best husband on Sundays but I try to make up for it rest of the year haha

        • anon

          It’s crazy how fast the game goes on DVR, instead of wasting the whole sunday you’re done in a coupe of hours.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Yeah it only takes like 60 min, right?

            J/k I know there are natural stoppages. It’s just it’s just funny how we spend 3 1/2 hours watching the game that has 60 minutes of time. Yet I can’t bring myself to the of committing to the DVR and risking that someone won’t spoil it.

          • myeaglescantwin

            well, the clock does stop after incomplete passes, injuries, first downs and TDs.

            So the game takes 60minutes on the clock, about an hour/30 to watch the entire DVR’d game.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            I’ve been using my DVR for games for years. I HATE commercials. Sure, the first time or two someone ruined it for me, but all of my friends now know not to text me or talk to me during live game feeds because of my DVR’ing.

            Best thing you can do is set it, turn your phone off, and go do something for an hour or so.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Live texting with my friend is one of my favorite parts of watching again. Especially with iPhones that have mass text, so it feels like part of one larger conversation. My friends and I are all married with small kids, so we can’t really get together, not that you’d want all those rugrats in the same room during the game.

          • peteike

            yup, we have gambling mass texts discussing who were picking and keeping up with the games.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Exactly. I don’t really gamble much anymore, but there is no better feeling than laying into your friend who’s team is pooping the bed, while your picks are paying off. Allegedly…

          • anon

            yeah i love talking to skins fans during the games.

        • Token

          I can do that with preseason but not with in season games. The score always seems to get ruined. Like I turn on the TV forgetting in was on FOX then boom the score pops up.

          • peteike

            exactly, this is what the red zone is for or going to the bar all day. Always have red zone on the back burner, must have if you dont have the ticket. Bar is even better anyway to just watch around at all the games then the commercials are pretty much negated except for those afternoons where theres only 3 games played.

          • Token

            Yea when Eagles commercials are on I switch to Redzone. Works out well. Redzone is one of the only channels on cable thats worth its price.

    • JosephR2225

      The score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence was always the worst. Now they’ve added the replay on all scores so it’s worse. Score-commercial-replay/extra point-commercial-kickoff-commercial. Brutal. The Eagles score and fifteen minutes later it’s first and ten.

      • myeaglescantwin

        the momentum is killed in these games. players just stand around for NOTHING!

        • Max Lightfoot

          Not for nothing. Players get paid, contracts are honored, owners make money, coaches get paid, execs get paid: all because of revenue from TV commercials. The whole league exists because of advertising dollars – not solely because of the fans. I wish it were the other way around.

          I don’t like it any more than you do, but it’s just the way it is. And advertising works: If it didn’t, corporations would not spend the billions of dollars they do on it.

          • Jay Kalinowski

            I wish they (NFL and CFB and NBA) would go to more of what NASCAR does, shrink the telecast a little, and frame it in advertisements, or have scroll/crawl bar adverstisements rather than stopping the action for full blown, lame-ass commercials. Commercials should be reserved for between quarters and change of possessions (during the change of poss., they should be minimal commercials, though as a turnover can CREATE momentum that can be killed by a lengthy commercial… You’re talking 3 – 3.5 hour games going down to 2 – 3 hour games

          • MagatBrackendale

            During ESPN coverage of NASCAR races, when they do go to full commercial breaks, someone blows a tire or hits someone else or crashes. Every time it seems like. Then they come back on air during a caution and spend the first 8 or 10 minutes ignoring everything until their tech people can sort out a replay. That’s worse than the commercial breaks themselves. It’s like when Greg Moore (yes, CART Indy cars) crashed and was killed, the cameras were showing Chip Ganassi and Montoya and Herter and Franchitti sobbing while the ESPN announcing crew kept talking about tire pressure.

          • Jay Kalinowski

            It’s a little different because NASCAR is continuous except during cautions and red flags, and the cameras are all over the place following upward of 20 of the more relevant drivers/teams and so much all happening at once all over the place. In the NFL or College football, it wouldn’t be as “scattered”, it’s an easier production. You don’t even have to have “commercials,” per say, on the sides or bottoms, you can have advertisement boards along the scroll or crawl here and there, and only have commercials during true and natural breaks in the football action.

          • myeaglescantwin

            yeah, but literally watching money control the game is sickening.

  • Joe Thomas

    Chip cares about the only thing that matters, football

  • TNA

    Why do I get the sense that a big chunk of the Eagles’ marketing/PR budget has been reallocated to Huls’ program or another black-program budget?

    • Kevin

      Do bionic implants count as PED’s (performance enhancing devices)? I heard DARPA was down in the Novacare basement meeting with Huls…..

      • Kleptolia

        No they weren’t.
        Because Shawn Huls doesn’t exist.

  • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

    That article was pretty good. An excerpt: “A few interesting points about year one of Kelly’s Eagles, from Neil Hornsby and Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus. Nick Foles is so much more a Kelly quarterback than Mike Vick was. Last year, Foles led all NFL quarterbacks with a 131.8 rating when blitzed. Vick’s rating: 78.4. That says Foles can think quickly under pressure, and a Kelly passer also has to think quickly because the offense is moving fast anyway.”

  • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

    Another on the TEs: “Jahnke unearthed a great one here: The Eagles, particularly with 2013 rookie Zack Ertz, got great at multiple tight end packages. In the first half of the season, they used one back and two tight ends 17 percent of the time. In the second half, they used one back and two tights 33.4 percent of the time. Ertz contributed four regular-season touchdowns, all in the second half of the season. Now, Brent Celek, Ertz and James Casey are in their second year in the new offense, and they’ll be better—and more productive, most likely.”

  • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

    And lastly, about the line: “The line learned on the run as the season went on, and was superb in the second half. The five offensive linemen allowed 199 quarterback disruptions (sacks, knockdowns or pressure) in the first eight games, only 57 in the last eight.”

  • Explorer51

    The King article really is worth a read; and if anyone wants a clue on what is really, really important to Kelly (think the seeming illogical release of Jackson) check out this quote. Though it was framed as a question about CK’s focus on nutrition, his answer was much more encompassing:

    Kelly: “I believe nutrition ideas have helped. I think that obviously our job is to be educators. So we’re educating them on what’s gonna make them the best football player that they can possibly be. We have to find people that are gonna use that information. That’s the key ingredient. We have a lot of guys here that are thirsty for knowledge. They eat up what we’re teaching. We’re not babysitting them. We don’t go home and watch what they eat. Nor should we. I want a bunch of guys that … We’re gonna provide you with everything we possibly can for you to be successful, but you have to do it. You have to work. You have to be the one that adopts those philosophies yourself. We don’t have you on lockdown. Nor should we. I don’t want guys like that.”

    So whether we like it or not, or agree with it or not, Kelly is going to mold these guys, not as talented individuals, but as a cohesive group that has (in his eyes) enough talent to succeed as a team. It will be fascinating to see if this approach works at a high enough level to win a Super Bowl; regardless, it will be an interesting and exciting ride.

    • OregonDucker

      It works for the Navy Seals. If the mission is winning, I think Chip’s methods have a chance….

      • Explorer51

        Totally agree.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      The new sign that players pass on way to field, and Chip's NFL version of "win the day": pic.twitter.com/jIcMxocT3E— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) July 28, 2014

      • Explorer51

        Or his version of “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”…

  • Token

    Matthews in the doghouse already. Shame.

  • Max Lightfoot

    I like Kelly’s approach: Just shut up and do your job. Imagine if everyone at your workplace did just that and stopped complaining. We would be the most awesome country on the planet.

    • 76mustang

      If Chip Kelly was running your company, yes. If Greg Schiano, no thanks.

      • Max Lightfoot

        True. But having the right employees helps. :•)

  • Andy Six Score and Four
    • peteike

      I like this quote “More from Chip: Too often QBs are blamed for missing throws in Tweets from practice. Said lots of times the receiver breaks wrong way.”

      • Kleptolia

        That’s what drives me crazy about sports reporters. They criticize players based on plays that they only partially understand.
        Even Sheil and Tim, who are some of the best I’ve seen, fall into that trap. I’m sure I would, too, if I were covering the beat.
        My hypocrisy drives me crazy!!

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      If only work would let me view the contents of social media shares..

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        It says Jordan Matthews is getting some work with the 1s.

        Also from twitter, Marcus is getting reps with the 2s and Kinney has more reps than Barkley so far today.

        • anon

          not surprised, though they do like to mix up packages, etc. Given how well Etrz was used last year wouldn’t be surprised if Matthews had a good rookie year as well.

        • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

          Ah nice, finally removing Brad Smith from the slot. Thank God. While I appreciate making the rookies “earn” their way into roles, it’s hard to believe that Brad Smith was ever going to prevent Matthews from having the starting slot role. At least Smith has bona fide starting talent in front of him. As for Barkley, whatever at this point. I thought he might be able to become something, and he still might, but the more I read about him the harder it is to see that come to fruition for him.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I said “so far”. In the end, twitter says this was Barkley’s best practice as an Eagle. :)

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Well, the bar was pretty low before this, so I take that with a grain of salt.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Perhaps Barkley might be happier and more productive on a different team?

      • peteike

        and Henery actually looking good, even blasting some out of end zone. Hey, guys can get better, who knew. Still need to see it on game days, I wont get ahead of myself here.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          wind aided. all tweeters are saying there’s a nice breeze at their backs helping.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      great news…but why do you follow this hack?

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Because on occasion even a hack delivers good news.

  • DirtyWaters

    Has Chip granted anyone in the philadelphia media a one on one interview?

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      Good question. I hope that Buzz Bissinger wasn’t counting on getting one, though.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Chip Kelly was originally raised in a town. He now coaches a team and he is a man with a dream.

        Coincidentally, A town, a team, a dream is the subtitle of Friday Night Lights, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel that I, Pulitzer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger, first penned in 1990.

        The experience I have gained as a Pulitzer Prize winning football author in the quarter of a century since means I am ideally placed to confirm that Chip Kelly is white. Oppressively so.

        Somethingsomething Chip’s a chicken, somethingsomething NUTUPCHIP

        [/bissinger]

        • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

          I thought you were kidding about the Pulitzer until I looked it up. Must have been a slow year.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            In fairness, it wasn’t for Friday Night Lights but explaining that would’ve messed with my flow.

            It was for something to do with corruption in the Philly court system which I’ve never read and which may very well have been excellent.

            I do know his work in 2014 is not so good.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Complacency is a B. Ask Andy Reid.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Oh Heck! (I’m theoretically a lady). I read a story by a Mark Somebody about corruption in the Philly police, jail and court systems which took place in the 1850’s! What’s-his-name Buzz won a Pulitzer for such old news?

  • PsychoPathetic1

    Kelly made sure the birds won’t play any Sunday night games with his knock on ESPN.

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      Well I’m not sure what bearing knocking ESPN would have as it pertains to Sunday night games since those games are on NBC.

    • anon

      You can say whatever you want about ESPN all anyone cares about is $$.

    • BleedGreenJames

      ESPN airs MNF games

  • peteike

    just cause the hype train slowed down, no reason it cant start again “Also good day for Momah, with two catches against tight coverage.”

  • Mark

    Agree with Kelly and King on most points. That last paragraph is laughable. This is a team that went 10-6 last year.

    Name one playoff team the Eagles beat?? They didn’t beat a single one. Name a team with a winning record they beat?? You have two options there: a 8-7-1 Packer team without Aaron Rodgers and a 10-6 Cardinals team at home that didn’t make the playoffs.

    Eight wins against the worst teams in football doesn’t make you an elite team, it just makes you better than the Cowboys. Big deal.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Self upvote FTW!

      Name one playoff team the Eagles beat?

      Green Bay.

      Name a team with a winning record they beat?? You have two options there

      Soo, the same number as, say, New England then?

      Eight wins against the worst teams in football doesn’t make you an elite team

      Not sure when any team that doesn’t have a record better than .500 became one of the worst in football, but OK!

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Didn’t the Chiefs only beat like one team with a winning record? And didn’t they make the playoffs? And aren’t you supposed to beat the teams that are worse than you? If you’re losing to the teams you should be beating, doesn’t that actually make you one of those bad teams? I just don’t get it. Even when we win games it’s not enough.

        • peteike

          This exactly. I cant stand strength of schedule discussions and even worse the “you beat bad teams” mantra.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          I started having a look at this. I’ve been kinda doing other things so take this with a pinch of salt but pretty sure NO and Carolina only had three regular season wins over teams better than .500 – and two of those wins were because they were playing each other so somebody had to.

          SF also had three, with two coming against Arizona who apparently don’t count according to Mark.

          Seattle as best I can see had four, and they were OK.

          On the bright side, we have both done our bit to ensure a starving troll did not go hungry so huzzah!

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            the self up-vote somehow became the disquis drop-the-mic move. incredible.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            It’s almost as irrefutable as all caps.

      • Mark

        You’re absolutely right about the Packers making the playoffs. However, if you’re hanging your hat on beating Green Bay with ? as their QB (if you can name him without looking it up, you win this argument) then you clearly aren’t focusing on what really happened to our birds last year.

        Obviously it would be ridiculous to compare the Eagles to the Patriots so I won’t even get into that one.

        The point is, we had maybe the easiest schedule in the league last year due to the 4-12 debacle in 2012. And now because we beat some really awful teams last year and really didn’t beat anyone who was anything, we have to play a very difficult schedule this year. Our expectations can’t be to win more than 10 games — have you seen the schedule?? Thank god the Cowboys are still in the division! Hopefully an aging Darren Sproles and semi-reliable Jeremy Maclin will help. Womp womp.

    • MagatBrackendale

      LAST year.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    cant wait for the Mac v Fletcher article. not much to report, guess BF was bumping too much. funniest part is the only guy talking is C-Wills (of course) and he’s all for it, saying his fight ‘is coming’. he cant go after Coop again, be pretty funny if he goes after JMatt

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      What happened?

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Fisticuffs!

        http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2014/7/28/5945467/eagles-training-camp-jeremy-maclin-bradley-fletcher-fight

        Personally I’m hoping Kempski depicts one of these skirmishes using his MS Paint gif powers.

        • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

          Hilarious. By the description it seemed that Maclin lost. Shocker.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            more than a couple reporters made offhanded comments about mac picking on the wrong guy. is BF some type of badass? outside being NFL physical football player. like a black belt or something? enough mentioned it, sounded like it’s common knowledge, obviously not to me

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Must be, but I, too, have never heard this about Fletcher. Which makes me wonder even more why BF is the guy reporters like to assume will lose his job to Carroll II and not C-dub.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            In fairness, he stuck around for the manly man bit of punching each other on the helmet (phrasing!).

            It was only once they got into sissy body punches J-Mac lost interest.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          nice, dont venture over there very often…like the GIFs.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            I like Brandon Gowton but apart from that rarely go there.

            Hadn’t noticed the gifs in the comment thread, they’re awesome. spanish_inquisition’s one seems to have nailed it.

  • DAS

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/07/28/monday-morning-qb-nfl-training-camps/

    Scroll down to the video in the Chip Kelly interview (called 5 Things I Think I Think about the Philadelphia Eagles) and skip to 1:38… tell me that’s not a guy who thinks he can start at WR this year