Friday, March 27, 2015

Chip Kelly: Earl Wolff should practice Tuesday

In his day-after news conference, Chip Kelly rehashed the snow bowl and said rookie safety Earl Wolff should practice Tuesday.

Chip Kelly: Earl Wolff should practice Tuesday

Eagles safety Earl Wolff. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff Photographer)
Eagles safety Earl Wolff. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff Photographer)

Chip Kelly looked considerably warmer and drier Monday than he'd looked Sunday, in the immediate aftermath of the Eagles' 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, achieved while 8 inches of snow fell on Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles emerged from the game -- in which they seemed to get stronger as the day wore on -- remarkably healthy. In fact, Kelly said the main injury victim missing Sunday, rookie safety Earl Wolff, is expected to practice Tuesday. Wolff suffered a knee injury Nov. 10 at Green Bay.

*Kelly said the Eagles can run their entire offense with the QB under center, if they have to. Because of the snow, Nick Foles was under center far more than normal Sunday.

*Kelly said he didn't consider subbing Michael Vick to boost the running game when it was struggling because he feels the running game can work just fine with Foles.

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*Kelly said the Birds' ability to go up top helped open up the running game, which started to work after the 44-yard Riley Cooper catch. He noted that when teams devote an extra defender to the box, "you're leaving DeSean (Jackson) and Riley (Cooper) one-on-one outside. "People will continue to do that if DeSean and Riley don't hurt you. But those guys have been a huge component of what we're doing."

*Asked the secret to the repeated long runs the Eagles produce, Kelly called out the numbers of the offensive linemen. "Seventy-one, 65, 62, 79, 69, 87 -- we've got some guys that can block, and a very, very talented running back. Kelly referenced Jason Avant, who threw a key block on a LeSean McCoy touchdown run. "That's the type of team we are. Jason's on the sideline asking me, 'run the ball my way.' I don't know how many wide receivers in this league are asking to have the ball run their way, but I think that's kind of a testament to the kind of team we have right now."

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