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Video: Chip Kelly’s Oregon Offense – Can It Work for the Eagles?

There’s no one more annoying than that kid that runs the same plays over and over again in Madden. What’s worse is when those bullshit plays actually work. If you call a defense to stop one of the plays, he has a counter. It may seem simple, but it’s destructive, and you have no chance at ever winning.

Well, Chip Kelly is that kid, and he’s the Eagles’ coach whether we like it or not.

His offense at Oregon was not particularly complicated and it eviscerated most college defenses. With a variety of read options and screens, Kelly’s offense was easily adaptable and constantly created mismatches.

Obviously this move is controversial considering Kelly has no NFL experience and uses all these gimmicks at such an inferior level, with Heath Evans leading the charge against such lunacy.

Surely no coach would ever use such a Mickey Mouse offense against the best of the best in the NFL.

Well, now that I think about it, maybe one or two would… watch this video Hank helped me put together. Seriously. If you think Chip Kelly’s system can’t work at the NFL level, watch and explain to me why.

Produced by Hank Mushinski, Analysis and Commentary by Nick Carroll. The reproduction of game footage herein is for educational purposes only.

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The “crown of the helmet” rule doesn’t make it flag football

Crown of the HelmetJust shut up, Emmitt Smith. You’re standing in the way of safety and progress. You’re being an ass.

Despite my begrudging respect for the Hall-of-Fame worthy career of the man who holds the record for most rushing yards in league history, Emmitt Smith’s tirade following the announcement of the new “crown of the helmet” rule is playing havoc with the insecurities of fans and players. It’s also ignorant and shortsighted.

For those who missed it, the NFL Competition Committee passed a rule change prohibiting players from executing a “forcible blow with the crown of the helmet” while outside of the tackle box. (Video explanation of the rule here.)

Of course, before the full verbiage of the rule even became public (my case for calling him ignorant), Emmitt Smith was already spouting his misguided concerns in a very public way to the Dallas Morning News. He called the rule ‘ridiculous.’ “You’ve been taught since you were a little kid to get behind your shoulder pads to protect yourself and lower your shoulder,” said Smith in a phone interview on Monday. “The first thing you do is lower your shoulder but attached to your shoulder is your head. It’s not like you’re trying to go in there and really trying to deliver a blow but your head is part of protecting yourself.”

Sure, that sounds reasonable enough. Until you consider the specifics of the rule. Which won’t do very much to change the game at all.

Let’s break it all down:

1) What is the crown of the helmet?

The crown of the helmet is the top of the helmet (see graphic above). It’s not the whole helmet, as many fear it to be. Rams coach Jeff Fisher, one of the most outspoken proponents of the rule change, specifically indicated that the runner still has the opportunity to initiate contact with the face mask or forehead. So essentially this rule amounts to not “dipping your head” while you try to run through somebody. Dipping your head is how people get compression fractures in their vertebrae. Dipping your head is how you get bulging discs. Sure, you can break a tackle by doing it, but you run the risk of knocking yourself out (or worse) in the process.  Read the rest of this entry

Around the Cooler 02/10/13 – Discussion: Will the NFL exist in 30 years?

Here’s what we’re talking about: 

Bernard Pollard inadvertently creating the “Tom Brady rule” in 2008.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard: “Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it… Guys are getting fined, and they’re talking about, ‘Let’s take away the strike zone’ and ‘Take the pads off’ or ‘Take the helmets off.’ It’s going to be a thing where fans aren’t going to want to watch it anymore.” (ESPN)

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 02/02/13

Here’s what we’re talking about:
The Har-bowl! The Superbaugh! (0:00)
What’s wrong with the Flyers? (18:00)
Jrue Holiday is an All Star! (33:00)

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 1/12/12

The Wooder CoolerHere’s what we’re talking about:
Eagles coaching talk (0:00)
Hockey and the Flyers are back! (11:00)
Sixers lament (24:00)

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 10/16/12

Today was the first time Andy Reid hit the panic button since Hoagiefest ended

Big news in Eagle land today – defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was canned after just 22 games. Is this the last act of a coach desperate for answers, or the genesis of a Reid renaissance? All that and more, here in your weekly podcast.

Here’s what we’re talking about:
Firing Juan Castillo – Did Andy make the right call? (0:00)
Eagles v. Lions (12:00)
76ers Season (34:00)

Listen in here: Podcast October 16, 2012

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 10/11/12

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Here’s what we’re talking about:
Eagles @ Steelers (0:00)
Eagles v. Lions (19:30)

Listen in here: Podcast October 11, 2012

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 10/03/12

This and Wiz Khalifa: The only good things that come from Pittsburgh

Heck of a week for the Birds, earning a hard-fought win against Big Blue while basking in the glow of Weapon X’s greatness one last time. But elated as we are, the Eagles’ attention must now turn to a strange land where people put french fries inside their sandwiches. All this and more in our October 3rd podcast!

This week, here’s what we’re talking about:
Eagles v. Giants (0:00)
Eagles @ Steelers (25:15)

Listen in here: Weekly Podcast – October 3, 2012

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 9/26/12

We here at The Wooder Cooler take pride in our ability to talk about sports. Because of our unending altruism, we take it upon ourselves to share our discussions with you, our loyal listeners, for free.

This week, here’s what we’re talking about:
Eagles v. Cardinals (0:00)
NHL Lockout and the big issue nobody is talking about (20:30)
Short Phillies discussion, including the future of Utley and Halladay (30:00)
Looking forward to Eagles v. Giants (31:30)

Listen in here: Podcast September 26, 2012

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Weekly Podcast – 09/18/2012

Quoth Joe Flacco: “Never More”

In this week’s podcast, we discuss the Eagles victory over the Ravens and do a short preview of strengths and weaknesses for each team in next week’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

Listen in here: Sept. 18th, 2012

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