Chip Kelly embraces being a risk taker: “if that puts a bull’s eye on my back then put a bull’s eye on my back”

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is known as an innovative thinker, but with innovation comes risk. Kelly knows that everything will be fine if he wins, he can be as out of the box as he wants.

However, if he can’t win, he will come under fire for not understanding the NFL and how it works. Kelly could be Jimmy Johnson or Steve Spurrier, only time will tell.

One thing for sure, Kelly isn't going to play it safe; he didn’t leave comfy Oregon to run a vanilla offense, so he is going to be daring to say the least.

Kelly spoke to WIP in Philadelphia with Angelo Cataldi and The Morning about jumping feet first, and looking later.

“I’m just trying to win, and if that puts a bull’s eye on my back then put a bull’s eye on my back. I’ve always operated, and I want our players to operate, from a desire to excel, not a fear of failure.

If you’re going to be a guy that’s afraid, that’s not how I live my life, that’s not how I’m going to be. I’ve heard that coming to Philly, ‘Oh my God, Chip, their fans have high expectations; that’s a tough place to win.’

Well, the people in Philly think the same way I think: They want to win and they don’t care. We want to take any challenge on; we want to play anybody. We got an unbelievable division — gotta go play the Giants twice, gotta go play the Cowboys twice, gotta go play the Redskins twice.

You’ve got to embrace that. You’ve go to be excited about that, and this city is filled with people like that and I’m just happy to be here, but I’m always going to be a guy that’s going to go for it, because you can’t stand there with a bat on your shoulder and take a called third strike. We may miss, but we’re swinging. And we’re going to swing from our ankles.”

 

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