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07:09 AM ET 09.13 | Before he goes to bed each night, Brent Celek now spends nearly an hour stretching. That's right. Stretching. The 28-year-old Eagles tight end didn't tell me how he had utilized those 45 minutes before Chip Kelly and his army of sports scientists rolled into town, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't stretching. "I've gotten into a routine of doing it," he said. "Just because if I don't do it, I don't feel good the next day. ... It's been a lifestyle change for me, to be honest. A total lifestyle change. It's been good for me. Change is good." Eagles players are doing a lot of things they didn't do under Andy Reid, including stretching, including getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep, including a new work week in which they practice 2 days after games, including eating better, including training differently.

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September 13, 2013  07:34 AM ET

So - the implication is that before this season the players followed the eating habits of the coach?

September 13, 2013  07:46 AM ET
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So - the implication is that before this season the players followed the eating habits of the coach?

Really!? Eating those cheese steaks at midnight wasn't such a good idea afterall? HA!!

September 13, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Kelly's lifestyle? Look at him. He's huge, obese, a classic American who has no self control. Anyone who emulates that lifestyle is bound for high blood pressure meds, cholesterol lowering meds, and heart surgery at 50. Disgusting.

September 13, 2013  08:02 AM ET
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Kelly's lifestyle? Look at him. He's huge, obese, a classic American who has no self control.

Classic "Do as I say, not as I do."

I suppose "Do this or you'll end up looking like me" would be a pretty good motivator.

September 13, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Kelly's a "do as I say not as I do guy". That being said, if his team can run at that tempo longer than anybody else they'll win a couple of games just on conditioning.

September 13, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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Kelly's a "do as I say not as I do guy". That being said, if his team can run at that tempo longer than anybody else they'll win a couple of games just on conditioning.

The TV networks are going to complain to the NFL that there isn't enough time between plays for the announcers to talk about upcoming reality TV programs.

September 13, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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The TV networks are going to complain to the NFL that there isn't enough time between plays for the announcers to talk about upcoming reality TV programs.

Maybe they'll have to cut the number of commercials. Goodell will say Kelly is costing the league advertising revenue by going to fast.

September 13, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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Kelly's a "do as I say not as I do guy". That being said, if his team can run at that tempo longer than anybody else they'll win a couple of games just on conditioning.

That team will blow up. The tempo can't be kept up. It's the same thing Spurrier tried to do with the Skin's. Philly has Vick, so it worked a little bit - but you saw him drag himself off the field at the end of the game - he can't last very long. Without Vick, the whole thing fails.

Don't get me wrong, I loved game 1.

September 13, 2013  09:32 AM ET

The Eagles ran off all of 24 plays in the second half and scored a grand total of 7 points in those 30 minutes of play while giving up 20.

Glass half full, glass half empty. Takes your pick.

September 13, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Kelly's lifestyle? Look at him. He's huge, obese, a classic American who has no self control. Anyone who emulates that lifestyle is bound for high blood pressure meds, cholesterol lowering meds, and heart surgery at 50. Disgusting.

Scary thought of the day: Andy Reid and/or Chip Kelly stretching.

September 13, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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The Eagles ran off all of 24 plays in the second half and scored a grand total of 7 points in those 30 minutes of play while giving up 20.Glass half full, glass half empty. Takes your pick.

They were tired and Vick was noticeably limping by the third quarter. Enjoy the gimmick, it will only last until Vick goes down with an injury.

September 13, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Kelly's a "do as I say not as I do guy". That being said, if his team can run at that tempo longer than anybody else they'll win a couple of games just on conditioning.

As Herb Brooks told the 1980 Olympic hockey team, "Gentlemen, you don't have enough talent to win on talent alone."

September 13, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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The TV networks are going to complain to the NFL that there isn't enough time between plays for the announcers to talk about upcoming reality TV programs.

And, God forbid, they might actually play a game in under 3 hours. Oh, the humanity!

September 13, 2013  10:13 AM ET

The only thing Andy Reid stretched was his stomach

September 13, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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The only thing Andy Reid stretched was his stomach

From the inside.

September 13, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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The TV networks are going to complain to the NFL that there isn't enough time between plays for the announcers to talk about upcoming reality TV programs.

It futzes up my 30 second jump technique on my PVR between plays.

Now I have to go back a couple of pushes and then jump ahead or I miss the next play.

It's worse than a Manning or Brady no huddle offense...

September 13, 2013  10:54 AM ET

Ooohhhhhh, does he "try to eat healthy" too? Novel.

September 13, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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The Eagles ran off all of 24 plays in the second half and scored a grand total of 7 points in those 30 minutes of play while giving up 20.Glass half full, glass half empty. Takes your pick.

They (Eagles) looked good, a new Michael Vick of old, could be surprising team of the year.

 
September 13, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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They were tired and Vick was noticeably limping by the third quarter. Enjoy the gimmick, it will only last until Vick goes down with an injury.

I still maintain... don't turn the ball over like the Redskins did and the Iggles can be had. They were gassed in the 2nd half.

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