Chip Kelly to give Eagles the day off on Mondays, not Tuesdays
Bucking NFL tradition, Eagles coach Chip Kelly is switching the day his team gets to rest during the season.
Though we haven’t seen the full throttle of Chip Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia, he’s already changing the NFL landscape for his Eagles players.
Instead of giving the team its day off on Tuesday during the regular season, as 31 others teams do, he’s giving his team Mondays off instead.
"Our players' day off will be Monday, the day after the game, and then we'll practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then play,” Kelly said Thursday.
But what does all this mean? Let CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwan, a former coach and executive with the Jets, explain.
Years ago teams took Monday, or the day after the game off. The Tuesday offday came about for as many coaches wanted to review game tape on Mondays before beginning to craft the next gameplan. They'd then start fresh on Wednesday with the next team.
In recent years, many coaches have given players Mondays off after a win, and by midseason, Tuesday as well. A lot of players take medical treatment on Mondays and Tuesdays just to get ready to practice. I think coach Kelly may find out rather quickly that NFL players aren't fully recovered to practice on Tuesday.
In fact, by mid-season, with the limited NFL rosters there's a good chance the Eagles will not be able to get a lot of team work done until Thursday. What makes Kelly's concept even more interesting is the idea of a hurry-up, up-tempo paced offense.
Part of this decision might be Kelly’s mindset as a college coach when players typically get the Sunday off after a Saturday game. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how team reacts to Kelly’s decree.
In other Eagles news, Kelly said he can see how much his starting quarterback loves the game.
"What I've learned about him is how passionate he is,” Kelly said, via the Philadelphia Daily News.
And Vick has had an outstanding preseason in holding off Nick Foles (and Matt Barkley) for the starting quarterback job, completing a ridiculous 86.7 percent of his passes for a touchdown and an interception. When told by Kelly that the starting job was his, Vick told his coach that he wouldn’t let him down.
“You listen to our strength and conditioning guys, I asked then the other day, from top to bottom, if you can rank our guys, and he was No. 1 in terms of his attitude, work ethic, helping other players, everything in terms of weight room, off-the-field things," Kelly said.
And you know what else Vick wants to do? He wants to run.
"I will be a threat," Vick said, via ESPN. "I'm going to have my opportunities to do the things I like to do within this offense, and to run the football. That's exciting."
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