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Did Chip Kelly Do Something Unconventional Today?


Reader Paul, also, me right now

He did.

And here is the very difference between Chip Kelly and Andy Reid. Chris Brown, writing for Grantland:

Kelly’s team uses the latest wearable player-tracking technology, and his staff monitors the resulting data in real time to determine how players should train and when they become injury risks. “On an individualized basis we may back off,” Kelly said recently. “We may take [tight end] Brent Celek out of a team period on a Tuesday afternoon and just say, because of the scientific data we have on him, ‘We may need to give Brent a little bit of a rest.’ We monitor them very closely.”

At least so far, it’s worked. In addition to their on-field success, the Eagles were also the second-least-injured team in the NFL last season, according to Football Outsiders.

Just as important, the players think it works. “What happened with our players is all of a sudden when we started to get to game day every week they were like, ‘Wow, I’ve never felt this good,’” said Kelly. “And I know every guy, to a man, in December — Todd Herremans, DeMeco Ryans, Trent Cole, guys who’ve been around a long time — said I’ve never felt this great in December.”

The Eagles are different in how they practice, and also in when they practice: On the day before games, Kelly’s Eagles conduct a full-speed, up-tempo practice, rather than the leisurely walk-throughs run by essentially every other team in the league. “Through our research, through science, [we learned] that you need to get the body moving if you’re going to be playing,” Kelly explained. “We used the same formula at Oregon and I spent a lot of time on how to go about it, how we think you should train, and it worked for us there and it worked for us here.”

And now, Andy Reid, on his players killing each other in practice:

“He’s one of our leaders on our team,” Reid said of the 31-year-old Johnson. “We’re in the dog days. He’s not the youngest guy. For him to strut around – I’m loving that now. I’m OK with that. He’s trying to get everybody going, both sides. A little tattoo like that right there – that gets everybody going. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s going to happen.”

“The last 10 days, we were tackling to the ground. We did it every day,” Reid said. “This week, now we’re working long-drive periods where it’s more ‘thud.’ But those backs are still getting banged around when they come through there. They’ve got to expect to get a shoulder on them. That’s how it rolls.”

Sports science vs. thud. Who you got?!

Go read the Grantland article, because it’s given me a massive boner this afternoon.

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Jeffrey Lurie Thinks Philly Is Ready and Willing to Host the Super Bowl, Still

Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Jeffrey Lurie will not let the Super Bowl in Philadelphia dream die. Lurie, who serves on the NFL’s Super Bowl Committee and therefore is probably annoying everyone else on that committee about this, told reporters at the Patriots/Eagles joint-practice “there’s no reason that Philadelphia – with all its facilities, hotel rooms, venues for big events – couldn’t handle it and do a great, great job. If the league wants to go there, we’ll be ready and willing.” As Ruben Frank points out, the Birds could host the big game in the early goings of 2019 at the earliest since “the next three are scheduled for Glendale, Ariz.; San Francisco; and Houston; and the finalists for the Super Bowl after the 2017 season are New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.” That will put the next cold-weather Super Bowl a full five years after the first one, a decent amount of time and you know, one every five years isn’t bad. Plus, IMAGINE THE JOY.

Lurie also said, “I think the league has to come to the conclusion that we’d like to try it again, and I would assume if it’s tried again it would be a major market, like Philly, and there just has to be a consensus that it’s the right time to do it again.” So, get on convincing them, Jeff.


Today in Hilarious Overreactions

Bob Grotz of the Delco Times with this PIPING HOT TAKE on LeSean McCoy’s (somewhat awesome) publicity stunt for Bounce dryer sheets:

Poking fun at the [league's PED] program basically makes fun of Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL Players Association, who helped craft it for the safety of players.

The press conference thing and the breaking news angle are interesting. The content insults the NFL, the union and their attempts to deal with a serous issue. And it sets a poor example for youth.

In other news: There’s someone on Bob’s lawn, and he wants that person to get off.


Please Add Boston Sportswriter Hayden Bird to Your Shit Lists

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Kyle: Hey Jim, so here’s a guy, Boston guy, who wants to remind Patriots fans that Eagles fans once booed and threw snowballs at Santa, before he was born.

Jim: Shocking. Where did he possibly get this information? Was it from the hundreds of other times cliche-dependent fans and writers have drudged it up? Or was it the first thing that popped up when he googled “Eagles Fans” because of the aforementioned hundreds of other times it was mentioned.

Kyle: Maybe it was from Bill Belichick’s Zapruder room containing a vast library of old game and practice footage. But anyway, here’s how Hayden Bird (HAYDEN BIRD) starts off his Tuesday prose:

The fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, who, as a group, collectively set a standard for truly abysmal achievement in 1968, when they genuinely booed Santa Claus (and pelted him with snowballs), are apparently organizing an “invasion” of New England during the course of the week. The reason? The Patriots and Eagles are staging joint practices on August 12 and 13, giving Bill Belichick’s team some more reps against actual NFL opposition that isn’t merely a scrimmage. In football terms, it’s a fantastic idea, following up on last week’s joint practices with Washington.

Kyle: I love how he points out our abysmal fan achievement, in 1968, in the same sentence that he notes how some Eagles fans are so dedicated that they’re driving to Boston to watch their team scrimmage, because we can’t all record every practice around the country all willy-nilly.

Jim: Yeah. Maybe somewhere in-between those sentiments he noticed that a majority of those Eagles fans probably weren’t alive in 1968, a decent number of the dudes who threw snowballs at Santa are probably dead, and it all happened a year before the ATM Machine was invented. Yale had been admitting women to their school for less than a month.

Kyle: Honestly, I’d throw a snowball at Santa too if I couldn’t “tap MAC” with much convenience. Birdman continued, perhaps pulling a muscle in his self-indulgence:

For fans, it now presents an interesting competition. Though friendly in nature, the Eagles website still endorsed a so-called “invasion of New England” on their website, challenging fans to “paint it green.” It’s terrifying. Luckily, we have obtained a copy of their plan (many Bothans died to bring us this information).

Jim: Speaking of Birdman, the Snowballs at Santa incident happened exactly three months before the famous rapper Birdman was born.

Kyle: Dynamite drop-in, Monty. Here’s how our man finished things up:

They list how long it takes to get from Philadelphia to Foxboro, including the total time if fans walk (it’s 96 hours – and you’re sick for considering this, Eagles fans).

One notable part of the project is that two Boston bars are noted as safe havens for fans of the perpetually underachieving Eagles. Champions and The Baseball Tavern apparently look the other way on hosting supporters of the zero-time Super Bowl winners.

We suggest a counter-invasion of their supposed hangout spots for Friday’s preseason game between the two teams. It feels like the right thing to do.

Kyle: Great idea, jackass, because that counter invasion will surely end well, what with Boston fans’ history of sane and rational behavior. 

You may voice your displeasure with the Birdman (@haydenhbird).


Keith Olbermann Posits That Chip Kelly Is Part of Reptilian Conspiracy

Slow sports night on Olbermann. But somewhere, reader Al is nodding his head, grumbling, “I knew it!”


It Turns out LeSean Mccoy’s 2,000 Yards Goal Is Actually a Huge Publicity Stunt for Bounce Dryer Sheets

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You’re not going to believe this, but LeSean McCoy is in the midst of a shameless, self-aggrandizing publicity stunt. I know, I know– he’s so reserved. I was thinking the same thing, too. But it’s true. It turns out Shady’s whole I’m going to rush for 2,000 yards thing, seen here…

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… here…

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…  here…

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… and in a series of Tweets hashtagged #2000yards…

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…. while it may have started out as an actual thing, has morphed into a promotion for… dryer sheets. And, shit, it’s working.

Last night, McCoy made his major announcement by releasing this video, in which he admitted to using PEDs, potential enhancing dryer sheets– Bounce, for men:

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I hate myself for even admitting this, but that’s a borderline brilliant stunt and an excellent (and funny!) promotional video. #2000yards #blindfold #SmellLikeYouCan DAMMIT.

UPDATE: As Eliot Shorr-Parks points out, McCoy tossing a 45 pound weight like it’s nothing was probably also fake and a publicity stunt.


Andy Reid Reaffirms His Belief in Unnecessarily Vicious Training Camps

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Andy Reid, oh ye ol’ football meathead, is just fine with Jamaal Charles getting popped by teammate Derrick Johnson during training camp. It’s good for the soul, good for the team. Injuries and concussions, however, are not, and yet Reid’s battle zone training camps rage on, even in 2014, when 29 concussions have been reported through the first three weeks of NFL camps.

Here’s Reid on Charles getting drilled [via Pro Football Talk, USA Today]:

“He’s one of our leaders on our team,” Reid said of the 31-year-old Johnson. “We’re in the dog days. He’s not the youngest guy. For him to strut around – I’m loving that now. I’m OK with that. He’s trying to get everybody going, both sides. A little tattoo like that right there – that gets everybody going. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s going to happen.”

“They’ve got this Texas thing,” Reid said. “You’ve got to look at the positive: Jamaal got up and his head was good and everything else so I’m good with it. That is going to happen out here. That is going to happen, I got it. You saw one with the offensive line, one of the offensive lineman hit a linebacker and then hit him again. You’ve got to be smart. It’s part of the game and things are going to happen.

“Well, I mean, you see a lot of those in football. You just keep going. They’re competing. It’s a Texas thing.”

“The last 10 days, we were tackling to the ground. We did it every day,” Reid said. “This week, now we’re working long-drive periods where it’s more ‘thud.’ But those backs are still getting banged around when they come through there. They’ve got to expect to get a shoulder on them. That’s how it rolls.”

All the more reason to appreciate Chip Kelly and his aversion to his multi-millionaires intentionally doing their Texas thing to each other during meaningless scrimmages.


Women in Jerry Jones Pictures Are Trying to Get Images “Scrubbed from the Internet,” Will Not Be Successful

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A few days ago, thanks to the son our one Lord and Savior, Frank Hoover, we were treated to some images of Jerry Jones and some young ladies in various states of undress and various degrees of closeness to Jerry Jones’ crotch. According to the New York Post, “the pair said they couldn’t remember much about their wild rendezvous with Jones that took place around five years ago, adding that ‘there was a lot of alcohol involved.’” It makes sense, because Jerry Jones has some Grade A drunk-face going on up top there, and as TMZ said, “although they appear to be posing … both women claim they and Jerry had no idea the pics were being taken — and say Jones’ bodyguard would have confiscated the camera if they had a clue.”

“They say they never wanted the photos to go public,” TMZ continues, “so, they’ve retained an attorney to find out how they can have them scrubbed from the Internet.”

Oh, cool. I can help with the whole scrubbing them from the internet thing. Here’s the thing: You can’t. And even if you could have somehow scrubbed them from the internet, a million dudes just saved these to their desktop just to re-upload them whenever they feel like messing with Jerry Jones.

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