Every week, Chip Kelly has a segment on the local Philadelphia sports talk show, SportsRadio 94 WIP, where he takes on questions from the hosts. Although the Eagles got trounced by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos just days before, Kelly seemed very upbeat and as optimistic as always during the show.
When he was asked about how his NFL coaching experience has been thus far he said,
It’s definitely a transition and I relished the opportunity. I knew that going in. That’s the part that’s so exciting. You’re going to get a challenge every single day.
That is how you know that Chip Kelly is a special individual. He has not let his previous successes at the collegiate level set unreal expectations for his NFL career. He is well aware of the pitfalls that comes with a Head Coaching job in the National Football League and takes them in stride.
He also used the WIP show to make some of the decisions he made during Week 4 clear. He did not bench Mike Vick towards the end of the game as a punishment for a lack of performance, but rather to save him for what is sure to be a grueling season.
Mike had gotten some hits throwing the ball, and I wanted to make sure we preserved him. I still have great confidence in Mike.
The offense had accumulated 450 yards in Denver. They did not get into the end zone as much as they should have for this amount of yardage, but at least there was some success on that side of the ball.
Kelly went on to say that “we’re hurting ourselves” in reference to key dropped passes and penalties. He blamed the performance of the special teams rather then of the defense for letting the game get as out of hand as it did.
Going in, we didn’t have any delusions that we were going to shut Peyton Manning out.
He also added that any team who gives up two touchdowns in the kicking game like the birds did last week is “setting itself up for failure.”
Glad to see that Chip is still so optimistic, as he should be with the Eagles upcoming schedule, but hopefully the special teams can minimize their mistakes for the remainder of the year. It’s bad enough that the defense is full of holes. The last thing the Eagles need is for the special teams to fail.