PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles did something on Monday that usually makes it seem like everyone is getting along; they won. But the renewed sense of energy that Chip Kelly has brought the franchise seems to have translated into a team that has bought into the way he runs the team, and the way he runs his offense.
It’s all happened very quickly, just like Kelly’s offense. You have to wonder how Kelly has been able to get a bunch of professional football players to buy into doing something differently than they’ve ever done it.
Center Jason Kelce put it pretty simply.
“You go up to him, talk to him, he’s not going to—I’m trying to think of a—he’s not going to bull crap you, you know what I mean,” Kelce told 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Friday. “First of all, he’s a very personable guy.”
Even though it was the first time in regular season game action for every player running Kelly’s system, the team all looked like they were on the same page. They weren’t perfect, but they knew where they were going and when they had to be there. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has a reputation for not going as hard as he can on every play, was instructing other players to rush to the line.
“[Kelly is] a straight shooter, he’s gonna tell you the way it is. Everything he does is for a reason, and the reason is to make you as a player the best player you can be and to make this team the best team that it can be. And he never ventures from that main goal, that main mission, so to speak, and guys respect that,” Kelce said. “Even though guys might be a little upset with the way he is doing something because it was such a drastic change from the way they have been doing it for 13 years under Andy [Reid], the way he approaches you about it is, ‘Listen this isn’t about you, this isn’t about me, this is about making the team the best we can. There’s been studies, there’s been ways that have shown that this is the best way to do things.’ So, when you got a guy that’s so ingrained into thinking like that and to preaching like that, I think it helps guys buy in.