Chip Kelly shuffles Eagles locker room
From the moment that he left Eugene for Philadelphia, Chip Kelly has been giving the Eagles football team a total face-lift. Kelly’s moves have to be seen as a refreshing change to the Eagles fan base, after 14 seasons under Andy Reid couldn’t bring a Super Bowl title.
Kelly’s latest move, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, is a shuffling of the seating assignments within the Eagles’ locker room. Under Reid, the players were grouped according to their position in the locker room. Now Kelly is rotating everything by integrating all the positions together. Offensive lineman Todd Herremans, who has been around the team facilities rehabilitating from a season-ending knee injury, sounds optimistic about the change.
“I think it’s going to help us blend a little better as a team. You’re with your position so much, in the meeting rooms and like that. This’ll also have us hold each other accountable,” Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans said Thursday evening at his Herremans Foundation “Hoops for Help” dinner at Lincoln Financial Field.”
Young center Jason Kelce also had a positive view of the locker room shuffle, citing a key weakness from last season.
“If you look around the room right now, most of it is veterans next to young guys,” center Jason Kelce said. “Last year, I think the team lacked a lot of leadership. Instead of putting guys in positions together, where position [groupings] are young, they don’t really have a leader yet, all of a sudden everybody’s around older guys who have been doing it for a long time.
“I think the vast majority of guys are all for everything he’s trying to do . . . any type of change, you’re going to have a few guys who don’t like it. They usually come on about 2 or 3 weeks later. They’ll be fine with it.”
Along with the new 3-4 defensive system and the addition of sports science coordinator and former Navy SEAL trainer Sean Huls, Kelly is wasting no time leaving his unique impact in Philadelphia. Kelly is getting everybody ready to play football and is creating an environment in which players will be held accountable for their performance. It honestly wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if the Eagles compete for the NFC East crown in the 2013 season.
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[H/T Pro Football Talk]