Jason Peters is back practicing with the team, and as usual, Chip Kelly has not yet named his starting QB. Here's what they're saying this morning...
Jason Peters practiced in full Saturday after missed the previous two preseason games with a hamstring injury. He declared himself ready to go for the Jaguars game.
“Yeah I’m suiting up this week,” said Peters. “I’m going to go out there and get myself some good work against Jacksonville and get ready for Washington.”
He has played well.
The main reason? One word: simplification.
It's the same explanation that could be given for Foles' solid start. Kelly isn't dumbing down the position. He's just streamlining the quarterback's responsibilities in running his up-tempo offense.
The play calls are shorter - one word in many instances - the pre-snap reading of defenses less complicated, and the options at the snap requiring less time in the pocket.
"It's not so much getting up to the line, figuring out what the defense is doing, reading that, and correcting things," center Jason Kelce said. "A lot of it is just getting up to the ball and knowing what your assignment is."
Worth a look for just for the picture of Riley Cooper.
If you want true greatness, you have to risk failure. The Eagles did that by hiring Kelly, someone with no NFL experience whatsoever. Lurie will be the first to admit that this could blow up in his face. Lurie spent time with Kelly and came away convinced that he was the right guy to take a chance on. Like Reid, Kelly is a big picture guy. He isn’t just coaching the team, he is building a football program. That’s a huge part of the equation. Lurie wanted someone with that kind of vision.
I think Kelly is utterly fascinating to all of us because he’s unconventional, but pragmatic. He wants to know why you do something. If it makes sense, do it. If not, find a better way. Kelly is on the cutting edge with his use of sports science ideas and methods. He also believes in some tried and true ideas, like running the ball and having bigger players because they are more likely to beat up on smaller players.
Kelly is complex, yet simple.
He can explain his ideas and theories. He doesn’t think he’s smarter than you. Heck, he’s happy to steal a good idea from you. Football coaches love to compare the game to chess. Kelly understands that football is both checkers and chess. There are times to have elaborate strategies, but there are also times to do the obvious. You don’t need a recipe to boil water. But I’m sure Andy Reid has one in his Big Blue Binder.
Lining up players in various roles to cause guesswork for the opponent isn’t limited to just Chip Kelly’s offense. It was apparent Thursday night that defensive coordinator Bill Davis has some moveable parts who can cause problems in more ways than one.
The most obvious is linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a second-year inside linebacker who started as a rookie. Kendricks spent a good deal of his first-half action chasing down ball carriers and shooting through A gaps to make Cam Newton uneasy in the pocket.
He also happens to be the team’s best cover linebacker, which naturally creates a drop-or-cover conundrum for Kelly and Davis to parse each week.
"I mean, he's a dynamite player," Vick said. "[With Peters] the left side is almost all taken care of. Guys have been doing a great job holding it down over there, but JP's a different animal."
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