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Photo: Chip Kelly Uses Amazing Phillie Phanatic and ‘Rocky’ Playcall Signs

Sep 9, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

These photos are real. Taken by the Associated Press from tonight’s Eagles victory over the Redskins.

And they are glorious.

Not only did Chip Kelly make one hell of a first impression with the city of Philadelphia with the game he called, he also showed a sense of humor with his playcards you see below. Love you, Chip.

No word on whether the Phanatic card was for a hook and ladder, hail Mary, popcorn dump.


Caption: Philadelphia Eagles coaches use large flash cards to signal plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

UPDATE: Here’s a USA Today story from today that talks about the communication system:

Many of the pictures and signals are intentionally humorous and based on what amounts to inside jokes, which are deviously simple and in effect create a language only players know.

A hypothetical example is a photo of Phil Mickelson indicating a snap count of two, because the golfer often finishes second. And it’s based on the concept of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant, where ordering a “No. 2″ at McDonald’s gets you a Quarter Pounder, medium fries and a drink.

  1. caliphornian - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Rocky must be D-Jaxx taunting D’Angelo Hall and then oops let’s give it to the tight end anyway, natch…

    • Steve - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Seems like D Jax is maturing and that will only mean good things for the Eagles.Haven’t had that much fun,in a long time,watching the Eagles.Will someone please show Vick how to slide.

  2. willh888 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    two fictional characters who can’t speak. both awesome

  3. Bill - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Shouldn’t they be using the Frenetic for copy right purposes?

  4. JD - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    My only question is, the Eagles just released 20 guys at the end of the pre-season and these guys are going to other teams. Wouldn’t they have knowledge working in Kelly’s system to what everything means and help their teams adapt to it? Do you think that Kelly will be two steps ahead and adapt to that way of thinking?

    Man, I’m very impressed at what he’s bringing to the table. Seems like the players are buying it and the coaching staff is on-board. Definitely left the Andy Reid era in the dust.

    • willh888 - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I don’t think Chip has all that many secrets he threw around when he had 90 guys on his roster. I assume he knows better. Plus his style isn’t much of a secret anyway. “Here it is, now stop us.”

  5. Eric - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    These cards were used on defense not on offense.

    • Arlene - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Thank you Eric!

  6. Hoya - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Innovation – Brilliant! I am NOT an Eagles fan – but what Mr. Kelly brought to the game was awe inspiring. It was exciting to see what innovation can do against the same old approach most coaches use. Congratulations to Chip Kelly – I’ll be watching him and his Eagles in the future. Thank you for a very entertaining Monday night.

    • Chip Kelly - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      You’re welcome.

      • mwang76 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:28 AM

        Agreed, looking forward to the matchup against Reid’s chiefs tomorrow! Fly Chip Fly!

      • TheMarcoIslander - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        I’ll be out there tonight screaming my head off for the Eagles. Can’t wait to see Chief Running Flab lead his 45 Little Indians onto the field. He looks like a Big Red Fire Truck in that red shirt. All he needs is his Fireman bust Danny Boy riding his back. In his honor, Golden Corral has set up Buffet Tables at the Airport for him. Since Andy has been in KC the Cow has become an endangered species. Go Eagles.

  7. Ronald McDonald - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I thought the #2 at McDonald’s was the 2 cheeseburger meal?!

  8. TheMarcoIslander - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Do they have an Andy Reid sign to use when they want to take a knee?

    • BobbyD - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Andy Reid used signs too. But every one was a picture of a meat lover’s pizza… and it had nothing to do with football.

      • TheMarcoIslander - Sep 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Bobby you forgot about the picture of him at the Buffet Table alone. In KC cows are now on the endangered species.

  9. TheMarcoIslander - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Is it true Kelly is using Reid’s picture to take a knee?

    • BenE. - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Even funnier the second time

  10. JMRA - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Reblogged this on Joe Montana's Right Arm.

  11. jasman - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    STUPID. Just play the damn game.


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