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Chip Kelly’s all like, “do you even know what a wildcat is?”

Dec 2, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT


Chip Kelly is a beautiful man. A football genius. Bringer of joy to South Philadelphia.

He’s a swell guy by all accounts.

But even Chip Kelly makes mistakes. Like when he removed red hot Nick Foles from the quarterback position for one play on Sunday in favor of… Brad Smith. The guy has been on the team for like three weeks and I’d love to know how many people watching at home even knew who he was.

[Previously: How does WR/KR Brad Smith fit in with the Eagles?]

But don’t try and call the wildcat formation Chip threw out there a wildcat formation. Know your terminology, will ya!

From Andy Schwartz’s piece on the curious play call:

“It was not a wildcat play,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “It’s just Brad Smith plays quarterback. So let’s straighten that out right now. We don’t run the wildcat. It’s just a play. He played quarterback. Nick played receiver because Brad’s really good with the ball in his hands.”

Got it. Chip Kelly doesn’t run the wildcat (Until he does).

You may have been wondering, like me, why not use Mike Vick in such a situation? Chipper said Vick didn’t practice as much as Smith this week and also that the two have very differing skill sets. But neither are wildcats.


  1. docdeath20 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Never was nor ever will be a fan of the so called wild cat, it doesn’t work and its a wasted down. Secondly I am not a Chip Kelly fan so far. He makes more bone head play calls then Reid did. What he needs to work on is controlling the clock. In December the weather/wind is horrendous and a great running game and clock managing is imperative in winning. Luckily the Vikes are a dome team and the Bears are playing here and they need to work on learning how to play a slow tempo style as well. Finally he challenged something that was right, however I need to understand why officials aren’t held accountable for blown calls. I would be embarrassed if I made a call and it was turned imagine how many people lost their shirts before instant replay.

    • ochospantalones - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      The team already has 3 more wins than last year, through 12 games played. I was not a huge fan of Kelly’s coming in, but to think he’s done a bad job so far is ridiculous.

  2. willh888 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    “because Brad’s really good with the ball in his hands.”

    that ball wanted nothing to do with his hands

    • 33 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      looked like opposite magnet poles. but, good thing he practiced all week.

    • Jason R. - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Comment of the week, give will.h his gift card.

    • Dan - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      To his credit, not that he deserves any, the snap wasn’t perfect, and he was able to regain control fairly quickly. I have seen more accredited QBs fumble snaps like that for turnovers. At least he didn’t attempt a lateral pass while being tackled on the goal line like our horrendous backup RB Brown.

      • erzug - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Kelly’s bringing back Ron Brown for next week’s game so he can get that play right this time around.

  3. RichS - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    “The guy has been on the team for like three weeks ”

    Like Oh my gawd, totally, fer sure

    –Note: Don’t let a Valley Girl do editing on your Op-Ed pieces.

    • Jason R. - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Op-Ed pieces……?

      • willh888 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        strikes me as the kind of guy who schools his girlfriend by misusing terms in an argument. Then she says “um, huh?” and that’s his window to say “exaaaactly” (with a nod and a snarl)

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