Friday, March 6, 2015

Chip: Payton great at getting matchups

Chip Kelly said he doesn't know Sean Payton, but he is a great admirer of the way the Saints' coach manipulates matchups to his offense's benefit.

Chip: Payton great at getting matchups

Chip Kelly wasn't in an expansive mood when he met with reporters before Wednesday's practice. Quite a few questions got one-word answers. But Kelly was happy to talk about New Orleans coach Sean Payton's deft offensive touch, as the Eagles prepare to host Payton's Saints in Saturday night's playoff opener.

"They've got a really, really talented football team, but Sean does a good job of getting his playmakers in matchups that are favorable to him," Kelly said. "He does it week-in and week-out. There's a consistency to it. I think they missed him a year ago (when Payton was suspended and the Saints missed the playoffs). Now that he's back, they seem to have picked up where they left off. How well him and Drew (Brees) work together on it is a pretty special thing to watch."

Kelly also said safety Earl Wolff needs to practice if he is going to play Saturday. Wolff was optimistic about playing after missing Tuesday's practice, but he did not have a helmet at the start of Wednesday's practice, which generally means a player isn't practicing. Safety Colt Anderson, like Wolff working back from a knee injury, was wearing a helmet Wednesday.

Afterward, Wolff said he remains optimistic about playing and thinks he'll be able to take part in Thursday's walkthrough-like practice. Anderson said he "did everything I wanted to do" Wednesday and feels good about returning Saturday.

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Kelly said he has not talked lately with his friend "Obie," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, who reportedly is going to the Houston Texans. Kelly said all he knows of the O'Brien situation is what he's read.

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