And if you don’t like that headline, you, get used to it. I’m just getting warmed up with this shit.
Yesterday we learned a bit more about Shaun Huls, a former performance coach for the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group 2 who is now the Eagles’ sports-science coordinator. And in keeping with that Naval theme, Chip Kelly brought in another Navy guy for the High Performance Mindset Meeting yesterday: [Philly Mag]
The session included a guest speaker, Coleman Ruiz, who served 12 years as a Navy SEAL officer. According to his bio on TheProgram.org, Ruiz led about 85 combat operations as a troop commander and served at the highest levels of special operations.
“It’s awesome when Coach [Chip] Kelly brings in guys like that to talk to us about their mindset, what they think about, what their mentality is,” said James Casey. “They’re life and death with what they’re doing. And we’re just out here playing a game. So when he talks to us about what his mindset is and how he trains, it really resonates with us and it means a lot to have guys like that come out and talk to us.”
Asked what the one thing was that stood out from the session, Casey said, “Just warrior-mindset [when] you’re training. When they’re training, you rise to the level of your training. …You don’t just go out there on gameday and perform, doing [something] you’ve never done before. You don’t go out there and perform better than you ever did in practice. You practice at a certain level. You expect yourself to practice higher than everyone else in the league is going to practice so when it comes to gamedays, we can wear people down… we’ve trained harder so we’re going to be able to perform better when it comes to the fourth quarter.”
Coleman served 12 years as a US Navy SEAL Officer. He is a former collegiate wrestler and team captain at the US Naval Academy. While serving on active duty, Coleman completed six Middle East deployments where he led approximately 85 combat operations as a troop commander. Coleman served at the highest levels of Navy special operations, serving in Iraq twice, Afghanistan twice including leading a 120-person joint task force and combat troop, and serving as an Operations Officer for a 700-person task force. He also served as a US counterterrorism advisor to United States Ambassadors in Yemen and Kenya, and served as the Training Officer at both the basic and advanced SEAL training schools, the only two of their kind in the world. He is married to Bridget Ruiz and they have three children, Coleman (age 9), Ben (age 7), and Oliver (age 3).
Yeah, so basically he trained the guys who killed bin Laden. Thanks, bin Laden!
The football-war analogy has been taken to a whole new level with Kelly. Maybe for Military Appreciation Day the Eagles can just bring team staffers on the field and give them a round of applause. Double-tap two birds with one stone, right there.
In the past week we’ve covered some of the technology being employed by Kelly. That includes Catapult (player tracking sensors), Polar (heart monitors), Omegawave (training optimization) and EliteForm (workout measurement). Here now are the respective promo videos (and photos) for those systems:
Polar is the only one without a video. But, basically, it allows coaches to track their players’ heart rates in real-time during practice:
Annnnnnnnnnd a big CB welcome to the EliteForm girl: