Mar 26, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly speaks to reporters at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Highlights from Chip Kelly's Thursday Press Conference

All of a sudden, after not hearing from Chip Kelly all offseason, we cannot get the guy to shut up. Jokes aside, the Eagles head coach held his second press conference of the month Thursday morning prior to the first open practice of the team’s OTAs. Entering his second season as an NFL coach, Kelly’s avoidance of the media has become one of his hallmarks. Like every coach in the league, however, Kelly is required to speak at certain times of the offseason. Despite not being constantly out and about with the press, Chip usually is very poised and quick-witted during his availabilities. Thursday was no different, as he addressed the state of the team and how he sees things going forward with the defending NFC East champion Eagles.

The following nuggets come courtesy of the Twitter account @EaglesInsider.

ON NICK FOLES ENTERING YEAR AS UNQUESTIONED STARTER: 

ON THE RECOVERY OF JEREMY MACLIN, AS WELL AS INJURED RECEIVER ARRELIOUS BENN & LINEBACKER JASON PHILLIPS

ON THE SAFETY POSITION AND WHAT MALCOLM JENKINS ARRIVAL HAS MEANT TO THE TEAM: 

ON DARREN SPROLES AND SOME MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF HIS ROLE:

With several other members of the collective media in attendance, here are a few other Kelly quotes that jumped out to me courtesy of various other accounts:

ON WHERE HE SEES THE TEAM COMPARED TO LAST SEASON (COURTESY OF @JEFF_MCLANE): 

ON THE SITUATION IN DALLAS AFTER THE INJURY TO SEAN LEE AND HIS TAKE ON CONTACT DURING OTAS (COURTESY OF @GEOFFMOSHERCSN): 

ON WHETHER OR NOT HE HAS AN IDEA OF A DEPTH CHART OR WHO HE EXPECTS TO START (COURTESY OF @ELIOTSHORRPARKS):  

A FEW ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS WITH SOME OVERLAP OF PREVIOUS TOPICS (COURTESY OF @MATTLOMBARDO975): 

Something tells me that Chip Kelly was looking forward to this press conference much more than his limited availability over the course of the offseason. Gone were the questions regarding DeSean Jackson and the direction of the conversation was much more regarding his team and how he plans to improve off last season. I was able to listen on the radio, and the quick-trigger responses spoken in typical Chip Kelly warp speed had much more enthusiasm behind them. As we know all too well, Kelly is a football guy first and foremost. His relationship with the media and the publicized world that the NFL has become is far more limited than some coaches in the league. Kelly sounded much more in his element on Thursday and seems as excited as ever to sap every last ounce of productivity out of the OTAs before shifting focus to breaking down tape and moving on to the next stage of the offseason program.

For those who want to watch Kelly’s press conference, Philadelphiaeagles.com provided video of the appearance and is available below.

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