Chip Kelly Podcast Highlights
Chip Kelly recently made an appearance on Ross Tucker’s podcast and talked about the kinds of things the Eagles are trying to accomplish this year, along with discussions about what worked well and what they need to improve on.
As always, Kelly gives meaningful answers to questions without being long-winded, and his take on something has a tendency to seem like the most obvious thing in the world once he’s done explaining it, to the point where you’re wondering why you never thought of it that way.
There are a lot of great nuggets in the interview, which starts around the 5:00 mark, but one of my favorite parts came when Kelly was discussing the Eagles’ routine of conditioning and preparation that is unlike any other team in the league.
If you want the details on their in-season weekly schedule, you can listen to the podcast, but more important than the actual routine itself was how they got the team to buy in:
“If coach is going to tell me I’m going to be fresh every Sunday and I’m not fresh every Sunday, then we’re not going to listen to him. What happened with our players is, all of a sudden, we started to get to game day every week, and they were like, ‘Wow, I’ve never felt this good.’ Every guy, to a man, in December was like, ‘I’ve never been felt this great in December.’ They’re the best ambassadors for us, in terms of how we’re doing it. That’s you look at it if you’re a (first-teamer).”
According to Kelly, the most important part of getting your players to buy into what you’re trying to do is getting the leaders on the team to do it first. You can yell at your kids until you’re blue in the face about making responsible decisions, the importance of going to class, and believing in the game plan, but if you don’t have at least a few influential guys in your locker room saying the same thing, you won’t accomplish very much at all.
This is an attitude shared by a lot of successful coaches like Jimbo Fisher and Mark Dantonio, who constantly preach the importance of players policing themselves and handling the discipline on the team.
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