Eagles to buck NFL trend, practice on Tuesdays
Chip Kelly is busy trying to reinvent the NFL wheel by bringing his up-tempo offense from the University of Oregon to the Philadelphia Eagles to see if what terrorizes defenses on the college level will work at football's highest level.
That's not the only experiment Kelly is making as he remakes the Eagles in his image. The rookie head coach is also changing the Eagles' off-day from the traditional Tuesday to Monday, which is usually a day that players come in for treatment for injuries from the game and to watch film.
According to the
, the Saturday practices will also now be more than just a walk-through.
Quarterback Michael Vick endorsed the change, though he says it will be different. NFL players not nothing, if not creatures of habit, after all.
"I've never worked on Tuesday, but I think it's going to be good for the way we train and how we try to recover," Vick said. "We still get a day off. It's going to be different coming in on Tuesdays, but it's not like we're going to be here all day" as players are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when game plans are installed. "I think it'll work out."
The NFL is a copy-cat league. If Kelly and the Eagles have success with these changes, some team or teams might consider incorporating some of his against the grain ideas. If not, Kelly will eventually join the likes of Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino as highly successful college coaches who couldn't make the transition to the pro game.
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