|Chip Kelly's innovative approach even extends to the members of his coaching staff. (US Presswire)|
Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly brought some interesting innovations to the college game, now he's bringing it to the pros, and he's starting with his coaching staff.
Among the 22 assistants officially named to Kelly's coaching staff on Friday was Shaun Huls, who will serve as the Eagles' sports science coordinator. Huls will lead an alternative training program for the team, according to USA Today. The Eagles are believed to be the first NFL team to officially employ a sports science coordinator.
Huls was a coordinator in his prior job, but it was a slightly different kind of coordinator. Before joining Philadelphia's staff, Huls was the strength, conditioning and "combatives" coordinator for Navy Special Warfare. Huls job with the Navy included training Navy SEALs, according to USA Today.
Huls will get his first crack on working with Eagles' players in April when the team's voluntary offseason program begins.
For Kelly, it won't be the first time he's brought Navy SEAL-type training to his football team. While at Oregon in 2011, Kelly put his team through a program called "Judgment Day" that was led by a former SEALs trainer.
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