In Chip Kelly’s first NFL season, he has already implemented a number of changes to the Eagles. He hands out smoothies to his players when they come off the practice field, he has sped up some things on the practice field and he has changed the attitude in Philadelphia. This season, he will encounter a number of firsts. He will coach his first game, he will have his first big decision on fourth down, he will have to decide whether to kick an extra point versus go for a two point conversion and the list goes on and on. He just finished his first NFL draft as the head coach of the Eagles and he did great. A number of the players he picked had success against Oregon (IE: 2nd round pick Zach Ertz who caught 11 passes against the Ducks last year), but it was about adding long-term starters to an already solid roster. That’s what Philly did. So far, so good for Kelly in the NFL.
Chip Kelly joined WIP in Philadelphia with Angelo Cataldi to talk about what the experience was like for him during his first draft, whether the Eagles entertained trade offers for the fourth pick, if it was an advantage to coach against many of these players in college, on the QB competition in Philadelphia, why he wanted to bring Michael Vick back and whether he thinks the Eagles can win as soon as this season.
What the experience was like for him during his first draft:
“To be honest, it was awful because you make a pick and then it seems like six hours later you get to make another pick. So it doesn’t happen like the game, it’s a lot slower in terms of, you make a pick, you get excited about the guy you get and then you’re not up for another three hours. The in between part kills you, being on the clock and waiting towards the do you get an opportunity to get this guy? He’s still on the board. When it gets closer to your pick it gets exciting, but the down time, I think, took a little bit to get used to.”
Whether the Eagles entertained trade offers:
“I think when you look at you can say ‘well they should have traded.’ But there has to be a partner to trade with. If no one is calling you then no one wants to move into your spot. You can look at it from the outside and say ‘hey if I was in that situation I would have traded back and done this, this and this.’ But you have to have somebody to trade back with. We entertained some calls but obviously the value wasn’t there. It’s like ‘trade your pick and we will give you a football.’ When you look at it that way you’re just like that is not very valuable to the franchise so we’re going to stick with it. For us, in every round, after the first we had guys on the board that were rated the round above. We always felt like we were getting value.”
Was it an advantage for you because you saw many of these players in college up close and personal?