As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to re-shape their roster under new coach Chip Kelly they are going to be seeking bigger players, particularly on defense.
Kelly said as much Wednesday from the NFL owners meetings and it matched what the NFP’s Dan Pompei reported back in January from the Senior Bowl:
If new Eagles coach Chip Kelly adopts some of the strategies he was using at Oregon, the Eagles will begin coveting “longer” players. Kelly's NCAA teams were known for their speed and stamina but Oregon was also recruiting taller players across the board, particularly on defense where he made length a priority with a recent change in philosophy. Some people around the league believe the Eagles will begin seeking taller players on that side of the ball.
Kelly is looking for “longer” players on defense for sure.
“You have to adjust to what you have. No one is starting from Square 1 and saying, 'How do we build a perfect defense, offense, and special teams?'” Kelly , according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And you don't have 100 first-round draft picks, either, so you can say, 'Hey, I really like that guy, but he's gone.'
“So you always have to make adjustments to what you do. But we want taller, longer people because big people beat up little people.”
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