Chip Kelly seeking “shutoutability” in defensive coordinator
Coming into a new system as a first time NFL head coach, Chip Kelly is putting a lot of thought into gathering most reliable candidates with vast of NFL experience. The interviewing process is also possibly taking a while since Chip Kelly is facing a lot of unfamiliar faces with whom he has loads to talk about.
“That’s why the process takes a little time. Because if you haven’t worked with him before,” said Chip Kelly, “and you don’t know people that have really worked with him that you trust, then it’s more than just getting a feel for what they’re all about. And that’s a wide range of topics.”
But Chip Kelly’s got one thing down which he’s looking for in his new defensive coordinator and that is “shutoutability.”
Spinning up a new word and deviating from the routine approach to describe something that would have been somewhat difficult to describe in other people’s words goes to show Chip Kelly’s creativeness and agility of the mind – qualities that he’s expecting to be matched by potential defensive coordinator candidates.
“You need really, really, smart people. People who are dedicated,” said Chip Kelly. “You need people who are just a little bit ‘off’ too.”
Now days, the ability to completely shutout opposing offenses is a rare gem in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles defense’ last complete shutout was under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson in a Dec. 1, 1996 game where they held the New York Giants 24-0. That partnership accounted for an total 10 seasons under Jim Johnson, who laid extreme emphasis on keeping opposing offenses under 17 points.
But the game has since been greatly revolutionized, encouraging the offensive side of the game to make a keep the game moving. This season there were only five shutouts, including the playoffs.
However, its apparent Chip Kelly’s vote lies in a defensive coordinator who can set up a such a scheme and play calls that will shut down offenses at key spots - on third down, in the red zone and during the fourth quarter.
Until now, the Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly only interviewed New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herman who pulled out of consideration for the defensive coordinator job on Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles have also been linked to Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Moreover, there are rumors of changes from the 4-3 scheme to 3-4, but a clear retrospect on that can only be established after official announcement of the complete Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff.
“I’m not worried about who we don’t get, I’m worried about who we do get,” said Chip Kelly. “I wanna make sure that that person is the right fit, because I don’t wanna be like, ‘God, I wish I’d spent a little more time and investigated this.’
“I’ve been pretty thorough, unless it’s somebody that I’ve either coached with or had a real good working knowledge of,” continued Chip Kelly. “It’s talking football, talking philosophies, talking strategies. It’s stuff I love to do. To me, that’s not work.”