September 6, 2014 |
Josh Huff expected something different. The rookie receiver the Eagles selected in the third round of this year's draft figured he would arrive in Philadelphia and quickly assimilate Chip Kelly's offensive system. He had good reason to believe it, too. Huff had played for Kelly at the University of Oregon. He was Kelly's leading receiver as a junior in 2012 and ran the same system in 2013 under coach Mark Helfrich when he was again the Ducks' top pass catcher. All Huff had to do was show up at the NovaCare Complex and start running those plays that made him a star at Oregon.
September 1, 2013 |
PREP CHARTER wasted no time setting the tone yesterday afternoon when it took on Southern. It took the Huskies three plays and 28 seconds to find the end zone in their 32-8 thrashing of the Southern Rams. Quarterback Vian Dolo led the charge for Prep, completing nine of his 13 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. Not only did Dolo and Prep waste no time finding the end zone, but also wasted no time between plays. The Huskies ran a high-velocity spread offense for the first time under new head coach David Hand.
September 1, 2013 |
They didn't have a coach. Some days, they didn't even have a field. But that didn't stop the Prep Charter football players from gathering on their own most days this winter to throw the ball around. Maybe that's why Vian Dolo seemed to always know where John Graham was Friday in a 32-8 win at Southern. The pair connected four times for 69 yards and a touchdown - they appeared to have another, but it was ruled down just short of the goal line - as Prep Charter successfully debuted a no-huddle, spread attack.
August 23, 2013 |
Decisions, decisions. That's what Thursday will about for the Temple football team, because that is when coach Matt Rhule and his coaching staff expect to let the players know who will be in the starting lineup when the Owls begin their season Aug. 31 at Notre Dame. Among those decisions will be, most likely, the announcement of the starting quarterback. Following a scripted scrimmage Wednesday afternoon at their Chodoff Field practice facility, Rhule said that a decision was coming on the team's top signal- caller, most likely on Thursday.
June 6, 2013 |
Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn't seem to care much about the projected starting offensive linemen's practicing together for the first time. "Can I make this the last time I have to say this?" Kelly said Tuesday when asked about rookie tackle Lane Johnson's insertion into the first team. "I don't care who was in. " The new Eagles coach has emphasized repeatedly throughout the offseason that he does not yet have a depth chart, and, in truth, the team is a long way from the start of the season.
May 24, 2013 |
Jeremy Maclin was recently asked about Chip Kelly's offense and which skill-position players would thrive in it. The Eagles wide receiver did not mention obvious names such as DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, or even himself. He singled out Damaris Johnson, the small and speedy receiver who made the roster last season as an undrafted rookie but hardly did enough to suggest a quantum leap in Year 2. Kelly's offense, though, offers a new dynamic. While details such as scheme and starting quarterback are great unknowns, the players, after more than a month of workouts, have intimated that they know enough about the offense to project.
May 14, 2013 |
Little morsels of information have been leaking out of the NovaCare Complex since Chip Kelly held his first practices with the Eagles last month, all of which were closed to the media. Running back LeSean McCoy said the first three-day minicamp felt like a track meet. Tight end Brent Celek said Kelly's method of communication would change the NFL. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin revealed that Michael Vick was ahead of Nick Foles in the quarterback competition. It's what they in the entertainment business call "a soft opening.
April 26, 2013 |
Tale of the Tape Height Weight Arm length Hands 6-foot-2 218 lbs. 321/2 in. 91/4 in. Combine Results 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds Vertical jump: 33.5 inches Broad jump: 124 inches Skinny Smith is a polarizing quarterback. But what cannot be disputed are the prolific numbers he produced at West Virginia. As a senior in 2012, Smith completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.
April 7, 2013 |
Just as the Eagles did with Chip Kelly in January, Father Judge has tabbed an offensive innovator to direct its football program. According to multiple sources, Mike McKay, who has impressed observers with his know-how in running a spread offense, will become Judge's new head coach. He is expected to be announced at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school. McKay, who quarterbacked the Crusaders to the city championship in 1975, installed his version of the spread offense last year at Archbishop Carroll.
April 1, 2013 |
There may be plenty of reasons the Eagles won't draft Geno Smith with the No. 4 overall pick. But Chip Kelly's belief that his offense can thrive without a franchise quarterback suggests that a team with many needs will pass on the West Virginia prospect. Perhaps Kelly views Smith as being worth the investment. The Eagles coach would prefer to have his quarterback of the future as soon as possible, and if he considers Smith that guy, then he might as well take him with the team's first pick.