Playing in Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense takes discipline and stamina. That might actually go double for their defense! Because the Eagles offensive time of possession is so low, their defense plays an exorbitant amount of minutes. To prepare them for this, Kelly implemented a structured training program this offseason based on sports science to give them the energy they’ll need to finish the game. And according to the Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis, this program has also prevented injuries.
“I’ve never been around something as detailed as what Chip (Kelly) brings to the table in the sports science and recovery part of everything. I’m amazed at the energy and the lack of the soft‑tissue injuries, all those things that we’ve had. Just the way the guys have bought in. I think you give Chip (Kelly) the credit for putting the structure in place, then the players have been outstanding of actually doing it and believing in it. It takes them doing it and believing in it for it to work. We’ve done a nice job. Our players have done a great job.”
Whatever the Eagles training staff is doing, it’s working. The team has an amazing low injury total this season as compare to other teams around the league, with quarterback Michael Vick and wideout Jeremy Maclin being the exceptions. Still, to have the energy to finish games strong while playing all those minutes is a real credit to this defense, coach Davis and Kelly’s affinity for using sports science.