Chip Kelly's three-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles came to an abrupt end before the team's Week 17 win over the New York Giants, but members of the team aren't done debating the merits of the former head coach's practice routines.
On Dec. 30, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson told reporters he believed Kelly was pushing the players too hard in his famous uptempo practice sessions.
"We practice pretty much the same from OTAs until the end of the season," Johnson said, per CSNPhilly.com's Corey Seidman. "There's not a lot of the guys in the league that do that, continuous. It takes a toll on you, especially me, I expect a lot from myself so I've hit it hard since January, go out with (Jason Peters), bust some a--, and by the end of the year I feel like I'm gonna fall apart."
This is like one of the most pampered practice schedules I’ve been a part of to tell you truth. If I’m being honest, I think that we have massages, we have all these things put in place — we have smoothies. We have daily questionnaires. ‘How are you feeling today?’ Well dude, you’re gonna go out there and practice. So I think, quite honestly, some of these guys are a little pampered. I don’t want to get started on this, it really bugs me.
Kelce made sure to point out he loves Johnson "to death" but explained the right tackle has only ever played for Kelly since he was drafted in 2013.
It should be noted Johnson wasn't the first player to speak up regarding his frustration with Kelly's practices.
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During the 2014 season, former Eagles and current Washington Redskins cornerback Cary Williams told reporters he struggled to get through full games with fresh legs based on the grueling way Kelly worked the team throughout the week, according to ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan.
Based on the frustration that has emanated from certain players since Kelly's ouster, it will be fascinating to see if the former Eagles head coach lightens the workload on his players in future practices should he land another NFL gig.
Kelly previously expressed interest in the San Francisco 49ers' vacant head coaching job, per ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, but nothing has been reported regarding potential interviews for the 52-year-old.