The Philadelphia Eagles played the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and later that night Chip Kelly and his coaching staff were back at the office preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs on a short week. The KC Chiefs play the Eagles on Thursday Night Football, Andy Reid's return to Philly.
Kelly talked with the Philly media on Tuesday about what's to come this week against Kansas City. It's always interesting to see what other teams think about the Chiefs. Here's what Chip Kelly had to say. (Thanks to Bleeding Green Nation for sharing these quotes.)
On the advice Andy Reid has given him:
He hasn't given me any. I talked to Andy when I got the job, and he said to be yourself. I told him I had big shoes to fill, and he said you'll do a good job, and that was it.
On whether the Chiefs have an advantage with Andy Reid knowing the Eagles personnel:
I would think anybody that understands personnel - Andy was here for a long time with those guys. So if you know what they're good at. But he doesn't know our scheme and how we deploy those guys. So he may have little ins and outs. There is a familiarity. He's familiar with Trent. He's familiar with DeMeco and familiar with those guys.
But the scheme defensively has changed. The scheme offensively has changed. The scheme special teams has changed. So maybe from how fast a guy is to some of those things from a physical standpoint, I know he's probably got an intimate knowledge from the guys on the team.
On differences and similarities with Andy Reid's offense in KC:
He's added the pistol formation. I think he brought Chris Ault from Nevada, he's on staff. So they're running some pistol plays. I think that's playing to Alex Smith's strength. I think Alex is a mobile quarterback and really smart guy. So I think that fits with him. But I think that's probably a little bit different. Some of the passing concepts are similar in terms of what he did here. But I think when you look at him specifically offensively what they're doing is a little bit more pistol. It's not their entire scope of the offense, but they've added that from that standpoint.
Defensively they're radically different because they run a 3‑4 scheme. The sight came from the Jets so they're running that scheme. So that's different. But offensively what's a little different than what he had done in the past was the pistol stuff and they ran some zone read stuff against the Cowboys.
On what makes the Chiefs defense effective:
I think they've done a good job of matching their personnel to what they can do. An outstanding nose guard who is really playing very, very well right now. Two really good outside linebackers in [Tamba] Hali and [Justin] Houston. They were a 3‑4 team last year, and I think they stayed with that. But they've got some personnel on that side, Eric Berry, Brandon Flowers, [Dontari] Poe, Houston, Hali, [Tyson] Jackson, there is some talent on the defensive side of the ball. And [Bob Sutton] is a really, really good defensive coach. He's putting those guys in positions to make plays.