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Do NFL Players Need More Structured Time?

Chip Kelly runs his Eagles practices at a different tempo than the rest of the league. He packs in a ton of reps into a short amount of time. In fact, some reporters speculate that Eagles players have too much free time on their hands. Andy Reid kept his players in meetings and practice from morning to evening, while Kelly is giving his players far more liberty.

If grown man cannot handle a few more hours of free time, the Eagles have bigger problems than how long their practices run. This should truly be a non-story, but it goes to show how a few bad apples in pro sports give athletes a bad reputation in the media.

“If I can’t trust them when they leave this building then we probably brought the wrong guys in here,” said Kelly. Nicely put. Kelly is a football coach, not a babysitter, and he should not be concerned about giving his players a longer leash during the offseason.

This change is just one reminder that Chip Kelly is radically changing the day-to-day routine of an NFL organization. Right now, everybody is holding out hope that he can turn the Eagles franchise around. It will be very interesting to see whether or not the players stick by their coach once the Eagles hit a rough patch or lose a few games. There are no precedents to the Chip Kelly experiment, and it could either take off in a hurry or unravel in very ugly fashion.

Side note: I am taking off for Mississippi tomorrow morning to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build, and I will not be posting anything until Saturday. Thank you Gabbers for your continued loyalty and readership. As always, I am more than happy to hear your feedback and suggestions for what you want me to write about.


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