For the past few years, Eagles fans have complained about the regime being “stale”, the common phrase being “same old, same old”. The fans begged for a change, even if it meant the change did not work. It was better to at least find out if it could. The feeling was so strong that no matter how much the national media chastised the fans, they were never swayed from that belief.
Well, the change is here. First, the roster. Chip Kelly has said “We want taller, longer people because bigger people beat up little people,” which is a contrast to Andy Reid prefering “undersized fastballs” (Brian Rolle, Brandon Graham, Dion Lewis, etc.).
He also has Eagles switching over to a 3-4 defense for the first time in 30 years. This is key because that style of defense has given this organization fits over the years. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Then there is the practice/workout structure. Kelly hired a former Navy Seal by the name of Shaun Huls to be the new sports science coordinator. To this day none of us are sure what he has in store. But the general consensus is that he is going to keep these guys on their toes and in shape.
The practice situation has also been altered. Gone are the long, grueling days of Lehigh Training Camp. Kelly prefers to keep things in house, at the NovaCare Complex, for both player convenience and privacy reasons. He also prefers players to get between 10-12 hours of sleep. It sounds like a polite suggestion, rather then a mandatory requirement.
The team now be practicing on Saturdays, and will be off on Mondays. Kelly prefers music to be played while the team is practicing. And the last change of note was that he has decided to rearrange the locker room set up to enhance team chemistry. No longer will the lockers be grouped by position, but randomly so that every player on the team knows each other well.
It is clear that Kelly is looking to rid the stench of the team’s 4-12 season. Though he has kept players from that team, they are all on notice that what happened last year is nothing more than a distant memory.