Keeping it fun Kelly’s biggest challenge

Chip Kelly and Mike Vick exchange a fist bump last week in Washington.
Chip Kelly and Mike Vick exchange a fist bump last week in Washington.

There’s a new vibe around the Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare for Sunday’s home opener. Sports talk radio lines are lighting up with positive callers following last Monday’s thrilling 33-27 victory.

The players keep using the word “fun” to describe — cover your ears, Allen Iverson — practice. And new coach Chip Kelly has been minted as a genius. While the level-headed Kelly says he ignores all the hype, he’s got to be expecting a king-like coronation when he leads the Eagles into battle against the San Diego Chargers.

“From what I anticipate, from the Philadelphia fans, I know it’s going to be — just the one thing that was amazing to me was to hear the Philadelphia fans chanting ‘defense’ when we were at Washington in that fourth quarter,” Kelly said Thursday. “That part’s going to be exciting. There’s something about being out in a hostile environment that you can kind of wrap your arms around but if I had my choice, I would rather play every game at home.”

Kelly has been the talk of the NFL this past week. Every analyst has an opinion. Every player has an opinion. Every armchair quarterback has an opinion. Inside the Eagles’ locker room, everyone just wants to get back out on the field.

“He’s a great coach,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “[Sunday] is the first time a lot of guys in the locker room had fun. We couldn’t wait to get back out there and have fun.”

That attitude of having fun stems from the offense’s fast pace. Kelly’s teams are literally trying to run opposing teams out of the building with a blitzkrieg of short passing plays and runs. It’s the same thing he perfected at Oregon. The question now is, can that tempo be sustained over the course of a 16-game NFL schedule.

“I think our teams [at Oregon] were always the freshest teams when we played by and large,” Kelly said. “When we prepared, we had a weekly schedule that we followed almost religiously in terms of when to work and when to recover and whatnot. So we have a plan in place that we put in place in April that’s built for the long haul.”

The plan seemed to work last week in Washington.

“They were tired,” left tackle Jason Peters said, about the Redskins. “We were in better shape than they were.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.