In about three and a half months we get to see the Philadelphia Eagles start the 2014 NFL Regular Season. The Birds host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, September 7, 2014. The game could go either way. The Eagles should win their home opener but crazier things have happened. This could be the most important game of their season. They have been questioned about nearly every off-season move they made. So if they lose, the narrative will be, “They should not have gotten rid of former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. If they win, then Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is a genius.
In my opinion, he is a genius and he has proven he is a master-mind in all things football. His secret? Versatility.
When you only have 46 guys active on game-day, you have to have versatility in your non-starters because there’s not just enough numbers, if you’re two-deep at every position, that’s 44, excluding specialists. At some positions you’re going to carry a third – you’re going to carry a third running back, so where does that spot come from? It has to come from somewhere. When you’re talking about making the 46-man (active game-day) roster, that versatility part is huge for guys who aren’t the starters. … When you talk about backup guys, they have to have versatility
We saw this early last season when he asked Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to lead the read-option offense. Kelly’s read-option offense is designed with a mobile quarterback in mind. But Foles is obviously not a mobile quarterback. At least not in the true sense of the word. But within a week Kelly had re-designed his offense around Foles.
So this season, he gets to design his offense and defense from the start. And players with plenty of versatility will likely stay where they are.