Chip Kelly's coaching staff continues the use of new contraptions to spice up practices.
During OTAs this week the Philly Innovator busted out two new contraptions.
Philadelphia Magazine's Sheil Kapadia, in his detailed running diary of the Eagles' Thursday practice, pointed to two novel drills.
The first appears to be an anti-fumbling routine, while the second is meant for running backs to practice becoming small to get through holes.
We'll let Kapadia's words describe the contraptions:
"We have our first new practice contraption (at least I think it's new) of the 2014 season. Two running backs stand about 5 yards apart, facing the same direction. The guy in back has a blue belt around his waist. A cord extends from the blue belt to the football that the running back in front is carrying. The player with the ball lunges forward as far as possible, maintaining possession of the ball while fighting the weight of the player behind him."
"Another new device. We'll call this one the doorway. That's what it looks like - a red doorway for really little people. Or if you've ever played ladder ball, it looks like that contraption, only with the one bar up top. Running backs take the handoffs from Duce Staley, make themselves small and run through it. Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com promised a drawing of this apparatus. By the way, Darren Sproles is having no trouble fitting through this thing."
As was discussed on a recent edition of the "Around The League Podcast" these types of ingenuities don't mean Kelly is recreating the wheel. But the nuances create a different way of thinking and practicing for players who often fall into pits of monotony.
After the team came in just 13th in total plays last season, and with most players having a year in his system, Kelly apparently feels the need for speed.