Friday, August 9, 2013

Rules, season length tough test for Kelly

Mini-Polian? Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.

Former NFL executive Bill Polian was asked about the transition Chip Kelly faces as moves from college to the pros.

Here's what Polian, possibly the best builder of teams there's ever been said:

"Well, the challenge is to simply adapt to the rules of the game, which are different than college.  And in Chip's case, because they run an up-tempo offense, they'll just have to recognize the time management issues, which are not -- they're not terribly significant.  He'll get used to them here in the preseason.  It's just a matter of getting used to the rhythm of an NFL game.
"He is by definition, because of the way his offense is constructed, a match-up coach, so he's going to recognize that the match-ups in the NFL are more difficult every week.  I'm sure he already knows that.
"And then, believe it or not, getting used to the long season.  That's probably the biggest difference between the two levels of play.  In college, at Thanksgiving, you're finished and you're on to recruiting and you're getting your team ready for pre bowl game preparations.  In the NFL at Thanksgiving the season is just beginning.  As our linebacker coach in Indianapolis Mike Murphy used to say, then begins the dash for cash.
"That part of it is totally different, and everyone who comes in from the college level has to experience it before they recognize how difficult it is.
"That said, again, it's not a major transition.  People make it every year.  Players make it every year.  Coaches, assistant coaches make it every year.  And Chip is nothing if not intelligent and forward thinking.  So I'm sure he's already researched that with any number of people.  I know he has, as a matter of fact.

"I think that transition will be far less difficult than some people may think."

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