Friday, August 9, 2013

Full Court Press: The Eagles Conundrum

Throughout my internship at Comcast SportsNet, I’ve had opportunities to see more of the behind-the-scenes fireworks in the sports industry than I ever imagined. From prepping for the pre-game show to the post-game press conferences and interviews, it has been a rewarding and exciting internship thus far. However, nothing quite compares to the view on the sidelines of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp as they prepare for a media-frenzy and the new Chip Kelly era of football to officially begin in just a few weeks against the Redskins.

The spirit of Eagles fans is abundant and the revival of the Green Nation centers around none other than Chip Kelly. For a guy who likes to scheme and strategize, and of course keep information to himself, he picked an ironic city to lead into battle. To this day… the first of preseason, we are still unsure if Kelly’s “fast-paced”, “run-and-gun”, and elusive Oregon offense will be the right fit for the birds’ personnel. As we look towards the start of the season, a week 1 starting quarterback has yet to be announced, or even decided. This is a decision that may entirely affect the dynamic of the offense. With Michael Vick, a quick, hurry-up offense suits his abilities to get out in open space and find the gaps. On the other hand, Nick Foles appears to be a “traditional” QB; staying in the pocket and using his size and strength to create for his teammates.

It’s safe to say the new Chip Kelly-run Eagles are in motion. No pun intended. Throughout their training camp practices, all players are literally always in motion. These guys don’t stop. The music is blaring, robotic instructions are announced over the speakers, whistles blowing, coaches yelling, and there’s certainly no rest for the weary.

Throughout camp, the topic-train has been packed. Whether it’s Riley Cooper’s racial remarks, the ACL injuries for Jason Peters, Arrelious Benn, and Jeremy Maclin, the New England Patriots coming to town, the new faces around camp, quarterback decisions, Chip Kelly’s potential in the NFL, and the defensive transitions – the press conferences and interviews have been heaving with reporters, producers, writers, photographers, and even a handful of interns from both local and national networks and media outlets.

It will be interesting to see how the new system fairs when the season begins, but it’s important for the team and fans to remember – it’s not about one battle; it’s a six month-long war. The first test is tonight and Bill Belichick’s Patriots certainly aren’t going to make it any easier. It’s about time to see if the team can deliver when their backs are against the wall.

Patriots at Eagles, 7:30pmLincoln Financial Field


Hayley Zedeck is a pre-junior Sport Management major at Drexel University from Nashua, NH.  Hayley has past experience as the Director of Marketing & Outreach at the SMTSU and as an intern at Turnkey Sports and Entertainment in Haddonfield, NJ.  Currently, Hayley serves as President for Alpha Sigma Alpha and intern at 97.5 The Fanatic.  Follow Hayley on Twitter @BigLeagueDebut.

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