It only took one minicamp, but Chip Kelly has arrived.
LeSean McCoy said the following in regards to the type of running-back committee he believes will be needed in the new, up-tempo system (h/t PhiladelphiaEagles.com): "Don't be surprised if Chris Polk gets some carries because you're running so much it's like a freaking track meet. It's like a relay, you need extra guys."
Sounds like two sports have officially been blended.
McCoy wasn't the only one who noticed the changes at practice. Quarterback Michael Vick said (via PhiladelphiaEagles.com): "It's very refreshing. This offense is very dynamic. It's up-tempo, fast-paced. It's something I've never seen before. I'm very excited about what we're doing."
Frankly, a fast-paced scheme caters to the amount of skill-position speed on the Eagles roster.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, "music is played during practices, and players are wearing heart monitors while working out."
Slightly different from the Andy Reid era, no?
A rather unique post-practice development made the rounds with media, too.
CSN's Geoff Mosher sent out this picture on Twitter:
Craziest thing I've seen so far right here ... personalized smoothies. twitter.com/GeoffMosherCSN…— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) April 17, 2013
Looks like vanilla for James Casey.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer provided a wider photo:
One of the Chip Kelly changes: Tables with fruit and juices lined up post-practice for players to grab. twitter.com/Jeff_McLane/st…— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 17, 2013
Per the aforementioned PFT article, "tight end Brent Celek told Mosher that the smoothies are designed to mesh with each player’s individual diet and workout regimens, which is why every player winds up with his own drink after practice."
Drastic alterations were inevitable under Kelly, but the fact that he's implementing them at the first minicamps demonstrates how serious the progressive movement will be in Philadelphia with this innovative head coach calling the shots.
It will be interesting to monitor how much these professionals buy in to Kelly's futuristic philosophies. Then again, if the Eagles are winning, the players will, in all likelihood, gladly endure his collegiate-type practice sessions.