If Chip Kelly's practices move as fast as he talks, well then, the Eagles better be certain not to skimp on their conditioning workouts.
Kelly held the first professional minicamp of his career Tuesday, then, amped up afterward, the Birds' head coach met with the media at the NovaCare Complex. His words weren't spoken as much as they were machine-gunned out.
“It's just exciting,” said Kelly. “There is an energy around here. I think our players and coaching staff are excited. It was fun for all of us to get back out on the field and do some football again. We're not preparing for a game; we're just trying to see if we can implement our offensive schemes, defensive schemes and special teams. After day one, we felt like so far, so good. Long way to go, but after day one, we're excited about our attitudes more than anything.”
All 74 players currently on the roster attended the voluntary camp, which will continue through Thursday. It is a special camp the NFL allows only for teams with new head coaches.
Mostly everyone -- from the previously injured Jason Peters to Todd Herremans -- was a full participant. The only three who weren't, but still got some work in, were center Jason Kelce, linebacker Chris McCoy and tight end Evan Moore.
The practices are closed to media, but the players will be allowed to talk after the next two sessions.
Kelly made it sound like an encouraging start, even after being hit right out of the chute with a question about which quarterback lined up with the first team.
For the record, Michael Vick lined up first but only in the 7-on-7 drills. In the 11-on-11 team drills that immediately followed, it was Nick Foles who lined up with the first team. Dennis Dixon also got work in with the ones.
“There wasn't one set guy that just went with the ones the entire day,” said Kelly. “All those guys got an opportunity to roll through.”
He said that Vick and Foles are even on the depth chart and added that he views depth charts more as seating charts. Most people assume Vick will eventually win the starter's job because he is more mobile than Foles. Kelly said not so fast on the front.
“I think people are putting too much into does this guy run, does this guy not run?” the coach said. “We've had guys at Oregon -- Darron Thomas took us to a national championship and a Rose Bowl and rushed for 200 yards during a 14-‑game season. Sometimes there's a misconception of what I'm looking for in a quarterback. I'm looking for a quarterback that can help us score points and win games. If we have to throw it 50 times, we'll throw it 50 times.”
The 30-minute session with reporters wasn't very old before questions about what is perhaps the second biggest question leading up to July's training camp, and that is the state of the offensive line, particularly the return of Peters from two tears of the same Achilles' that cost him the entire 2012 season.
“Jason looked like what I had hoped he was going to look like,” said Kelly. “First off, he's a very big human being that moves extremely well. But he participated through the full practice. So I think (it's) one of those deals when it's probably a good sign when you never looked over and said, 'Geez, he doesn't look like he's himself right now.' "
Kelly then added that former No. 1 draft pick Danny Watkins, who figures to be in a battle for a roster spot, started at right guard with Herremans at right tackle.
The name of another former number one draft pick, Brandon Graham, also came up.
Kelly said the team will see during these three days and into the minicamps of May and June if Graham can drop into coverage, which might allow him to play an outside linebacker position.