You just can't keep Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick away from each other. For the second straight year, the two teams are scheduled to spend time facing each other during training camp practices. Kelly confirmed as much prior to the Eagles minicamp practice on Thursday.
The only difference this year is that the practices will be taking place in New England. The Eagles are scheduled to play away at the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on August 15th. The joint practices will take place on the three days leading up to that game: August 12th, 13th, and 14th.
I imagine these practices are a good chance of pace for both teams. It adds a new wrinkle by not having players practice against their own teammates and even heightens the level of competition. During last year's practices, the Patriots looked so much more advanced than the Eagles. Tom Brady outclassed Michael Vick and Nick Foles by a mile Really, the entire Patriots offense had their way with Philadelphia's defense. It'll be interesting to see how this year turns out. I would bet the Eagles aren't as far off this time around.
It's cool to see Kelly and the Eagles organization garnish respect from one of the best coaches in the NFL in Bill Belichick and a very successful Patriots organization. And vice versa.