The production is streamlined under the fast-thinking, fast-talking Chip Kelly. Practice, lifting, meetings, meals and of course the offense is about speed and (in theory) efficiency — getting in and cranking out and reloading for the next explosion of activity.
Not a minute of time is wasted. Kelly even conducts his interviews from a media tent on the edge of the practice field so he can sprint right onto the gridiron the moment his mandated time with the press is over. The players’ schedule is jam-packed but the conveyor belt keeps them moving from station to station so that before they know it, they’re hopping on their hoverboards and heading for the hills.
Kelly did not stumble upon this design haphazardly. He studied high-functioning operations from the military to Fortune 500 companies; carefully built a system that cuts out wasted movement with an emphasis on maximizing output and supporting his Sunday style.
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Chip Kelly didn’t provide reporters with health updates on his players, after getting Jason Peters‘ status wrong last week, so we were left to our own devices.
T-Mac brings us video of Sam Bradford warming up with his teammates, who was later seen throwing with the Eagles’ quarterbacks.
This means he has progressed through the concussion protocol at least to the point where he can wear a helmet in practice and throw a football, but does not inherently indicate that he is completely cleared for contact just yet.
The Eagles had just been whistled for 12 men on the field to turn a 3rd-and-4 into a Bucs first down, extending what ended up being a 15-play, 80-yard, 9:47 life-sucking touchdown drive to start the second half. He shot daggers and barked at his teammates on the field, and had plenty of lingering frustration as he spoke with reporters following a 45-17 loss that has shaken public confidence in this regime to its core. Read more »
NolanCarroll stood despondent at his locker after the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers yesterday. Defensive backs coach CoryUndlin approached his cornerback, put his left hand on Carroll’s shirtless back and asked, “You alright?”
“Yeah,” Carroll responded, as if he was trying to convince himself and not only Undlin.
The scene around the rest of the Eagles locker room was quite similar. LaneJohnson sat in a small black chair in front of his locker looking at the ground, saying the Eagles’ offense “imploded.” ConnorBarwin stood with his hands on his hips and added that the defense “sh-t the bed.” Read more »