The music blared and the pace was frenzied. Coaches at Chip Kelly’s first open practice stood on the sidelines and used hand signals to get calls in. Players just smirked as they left the field.
“We want to be efficient in our time,” Kelly said. “We don’t want to be on the field for a long time, want to maximize the time we’re on the field, and obviously you see us go from tempo periods to teach periods.”
Players sprinted from drill to drill, rarely huddled up and listened to the loudspeaker for instructions. They had a musical playlist that included everything from Nicki Minaj to Duran Duran.
“There’s a lot of science behind it,” Kelly said without elaborating.
Fast food banned
Chip Kelly’s attention to good nutrition is already evident.
The coach has done away with “Taco Tuesdays” and “Fast Food Friday.” Kelly has removed items like pizza, fried chicken and other fried foods from the cafeteria. He is also limiting the amount of red meat consumed.
Kelly believes “elite athletes need optimal nutrition,” according to ESPN.