Later, a follow-up question elicited this response: "Whoever said I'm holding the ball too long, they don't know anything about football; they need to go watch the film. Pull some film out for y'all. I'm gonna have a clicker right here. We're going to go over every play so I can break it down, verbatim, play-for-play for y'all."
Vick has been sacked 14 times in four games. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has indicated that the offensive line is primarily to blame for that figure, but has said there were times when Vick should have gotten rid of the ball.
Somebody finally bowed to the inevitable and asked Chip Kelly about speculation that he might be willing to flee the NFL after one season for, say, the USC job that opened up last weekend when Lane Kiffin was abruptly fired. The speculation has been as hard to ignore as it is silly; Kelly's offense is ranked second in the NFL, the Eagles' problems pretty clearly have a lot more to do with talent (especially on defense) than with Kelly's "system not working" or any of the other specious suggestions like that, but a lot of people in the national media know only that the Eagles are 1-3, so Kelly must be thinking he made a huge mistake, etc.
"Nah. I'm the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I'm very excited to be here, and I'm not entertaining anything like that," Kelly said.
Kelly also has an 18-month "show cause" penalty from the NCAA, stemming from violations at Oregon, that would complicate any hypothetical return to college football.
Chip Kelly was in a joking mood yesterday. Asked about possibly being in first place in the NFC East on Monday, should the Eagles beat the Giants and the Broncos defeat the Cowboys, Kelly said:
"I was fired up," when someone informed him of this scenario. "I called the league office. I wanted to find out when we get the trophy, when the trophy presentation would be . . . It doesn't matter if you're in first place in the first week in October. What matters is, are you in first place after Dec. 29. But, this week contributes to being in first place on Dec. 29. So let's not waste energy and time on the 'Hey, if this happens and this happens and this happens' . . . You can wish for things to happen or you can plan for things to happen. Our job as a team is to prepare for the New York Giants. Now, this game could have huge ramifications as you get down the road, where all of a sudden [the Eagles and] the Giants are tied, and then we've won a game against them. That's where it really becomes a big deal."
Kelly said he pulled the "trophy presentation" bit on his players, who laughed, as did reporters.
Later in the coach's news conference, held adjacent to the practice fields in a tent, Kelly had to compete with LeSean McCoy, who was chattering to some teammates as he headed toward the field, oblivious to the news conference.
Kelly asked, "Is that McCoy talking loud? LeSean! LeSean! We good? Can we continue?"
Then, after McCoy's quick apology, "All right, buddy. Love ya!"
Safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) again was a limited practice participant. Does not seem likely Chung will return this week . . . Chip Kelly said he thinks his team's approach to conditioning is keeping soft-tissue injuries to a minimum. "A lot of that directly correlates back to what we're doing in the weight room and from a conditioning standpoint," Kelly said . . . Kelly called former Eagles center Dallas Reynolds "a good football player," and said he thought that was why the Giants signed him this week. Kelly said he didn't think Reynolds would be able to compromise the Eagles' sideline signaling system. "We're not doing everything the same way we did it from the communications standpoint that we did here in preseason," he said . . . The Giants apparently will get back veteran offensive lineman David Diehl, who missed the first four games after August thumb surgery. He'll play right guard.
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