The Eagles rookies had the pleasure of meeting with the Philadelphia media on Friday over at the NovaCare Complex and one of the more interesting stories to come out of the sessions was the way in which Chip Kelly and the Birds handled the pre-draft meetings with potential draftees.
Kelly is known to do pretty much everything a little bit differently than other head coaches around the league and the players the Eagles ended up drafting pointed out that their visits with the Birds were more formal and maybe a little more stressful, but in a good way. They even had agendas!
Tim McManus writing for Birds 24/7 tells of how the coaching staff would show the players a scheme on the board, then erase it, and try to get the player to rattle it back without any notes. The point being to test the player's mental ability, something Kelly values very much.
"Dumb people do dumb things and smart people rarely do dumb things," is apparently one of Kelly's sayings.
The Jordan Matthews example was my favorite:
After selecting Jordan Matthews in the second round, Kelly noted that the receiver demonstrated amazing recall during his visit to Philly, and was able to rattle off the exact situation in the game and even the route he ran the moment it came up on film. Safe to say he performed well in that meeting room. [Beau] Allen did, too. The same likely applies to the rest of the eventual Eagles' draft picks that visited the facility.
Love it. Reminds me a bit of Doug Collins. Probably not as extreme as the Sixers' old coach. But it's great to have some smarts in the locker room.
I still don't get the lede part of the story about Chip playing with a remote control car. Someone needs to investigate that further.