PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a six-game improvement from 2012 to 2013 in Chip Kelly’s first season as Philadelphia Eagles head coach, which included a division title and a home playoff game, expectations are high in City of Brotherly Love regarding the beloved “Birds.”
With training camp set to begin Friday, Eagles center Jason Kelce admitted that he indeed thinks about winning the Super Bowl in Philadelphia.
“Yeah, you think about it all the time, especially when expectations and the excitement is this high for the upcoming season,” Kelce told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday. “You think about it all the time, especially when you are on your own, but you know, I think a key thing that we do as a football team and a key thing that Chip [Kelly] preaches to us all the time is you cannot at all get caught up in that. And that’s kind of the hard thing to do, is you want to think about that but at the end of the day if you are focusing too much on that end goal and you’re not focusing on all the little things that are in the present—the now—that we need to get better at, you’re really doing yourself a disservice.”
Kelce, 26, is entering his fourth season with the Eagles as a leader on the offensive line. His teammate, second-year tackle Lane Johnson is expected to miss the first four games of the season after being suspended for using performance enhancing drugs.
“Obviously it’s not something that we’re happy about,” Kelce explained. “Lane is a guy that really developed well last year, he was looking great in the offseason, so I was really excited to see what he could do. He’ll still be out there this season, but through the first four games I was excited to see how much better he was this year than he was last year. I was extremely surprised and I found out a little bit before I think everybody else did. He kind of came and told some of the guys along the offensive line what he was facing before the media really even found out. He made a terrible—he made a mistake, he made a poor decision and this is something I don’t think it’s that big of a deal in terms of what he was doing, but obviously you’re cheating your season four games. That’s where the seriousness of it comes down to. You know, you’re suspended for four games and you are putting your teammates in a bind.”
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