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Does Chip Kelly's Practice Of Sports Science Give The Eagles An Edge?

When Philadelphia Eagles new Head Coach came to town he brought the practice of Sports Science and optimizing athlete performance with him. He knew ahead of time what he would be asking of his team. High pace at a high level for extended periods of time. He came to take the Philadelphia Eagles’ physical conditioning to a new level.

Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur was recently interviewed about Kelly’s program.

“I see the sports science part of what we’re doing having an effect on players,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.“The guy I talk to frequently is Brent Celek to see how he’s doing because he’s a guy that’s a very veteran player. He’s a guy who gets out there and plays hard and takes a beating each week. I’m watching it just like some of the other people in this building who are new to (sports science), and he’s kind of my gauge because we’ve always had a great relationship and I ask him how he’s feeling, how he’s doing. I see a guy who, each week, has a high energy level. So, yeah, it works.”

The new program has made a believer out of Philadelphia Eagles 6 year veteran Tight End Brent Celek.

“It makes sense,” Celek said. “He (Kelly) wants you to get more sleep. He wants you eat right and take care of your body more. Especially me, being in the league now for six years, that’s important – it’s important to stay healthy. I think it’ll be a big advantage (for us), we just have to stay healthy.”

As the season winds down we will see if Kelly’s Sports Science program really works. The Eagles run hard on both sides of the ball and each week they look ready for the task. Celek seems to be a case study of the program. And if he is any indication then it looks like the Eagles can handle the next 5 games like it was their first 5 games of the season.

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