Chip Kelly had his first ‘hey, buddy-you-don’t-belong-in-the-NFL’ gaffe.
Late in the game as the Eagles were driving, Kelly missed the chance to use a timeout when Michael Vick was banged up so that he could get Vick back in the game. Instead, Vick came out, Foles went in. Essentially the Eagles wasted a down as Foles came in, threw an incompletion, Vick came back threw an incompletion on third down and the Eagles were forced to settle for a field goal to tie the game, which San Diego then came back and won on the ensuing drive with just seconds left go to.
As he has the freedom to do, if Kelly calls timeout, he can keep Vick in the game for each down and perhaps with that the Eagles get more than just a field goal on that drive.
How. Can. You. Not. Know. A. Simple. Rule. Like. That. Especially when you’re so meticulous that you recognize such extraneous minutiae as getting the ball back to the officials in hastier fashion.
I think I’ve solved this quandary of details, and yes, sit down for more Chip Kelly-apologyism.
Not to sound too conceited here, but Chip Kelly reminds me of me. His tenet of thinking is to ask ‘why’ about everything. I like to ask ‘why not’. I think we mean the same thing, we’re just expressing it differently. Basically, we both like to question the establishment. Nothing wrong with that, unless your goal is to stay stagnant. I don’t think both Kelly and I want to stay in contentment when innovation is within the grasp of our minds.
There’s a personality test that I took last year when exploring possible new career options. It’s called the Briggs Myers Type Indicator. The evaluation is based off the studies of Freud disciple Carl Jung. Without getting too clinical, and so I don’t misuse terms or language, the test helps you figure out what you like. It’s more than just ‘I like pizza, girls, and sports.’ The MBTI delves deep into your psyche to answer WHY you prefer what you do.
Last summer the test defined me as an ENTP. Though I do have some ‘I’ in me as well.
I know you don’t know me, but here are some of the traits of an ENTP, and you’ll just have to trust that this accurately represents me.
E – ENTPs enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people. They are great conversationalists and love to engage other people in debates.
I – ENTPs are more focused on the future rather than on immediate details. They may start projects and never finish them because they are so focused on the big picture rather than the present needs.
T – ENTPs are logical and objective. When making decisions, they place a greater weight on rational evidence instead of subjective, emotional information.
P – ENTPs tend to reserve judgment. Instead of making a decision or committing to a course of action, they would prefer to wait and see what happens.
That’s a thorough enough snapshot of Chip and I, but I still highly suggest you read the rest of the defining characteristics in that link above. Open a new tab in your browser and hop back and forth between there and there. Go here as well.
It was explicitly spelled out in my results, but it’s less clear in the links above unless you really decode things. Us ENTPs get bored very, very easily, it can be a crippling weakness of ours. Another downfall is that while we have grandiose visions that your average thinkers can’t or won’t comprehend, those visions often go unfulfilled because the blandness of necessary, but mundane details (that many WON’T overlook) can swiftly derail us. One instance is currently I have an idea that will without a doubt fill a void in the neighborhood I live in. I’m certain it would be a success. But while I can imaginatively envision the finished product, with zero business acumen, I couldn’t buy supplies, materials, draw up contracts, do the legal work to hire people, get insurance, etc…Could I teach myself those along the process? Absolutely. I’d be bored to death though and would not be functioning at peak capacity.
I like to think I create rather intelligent, provocative and clever posts. I hope you leave my posts either thinking 1. Hmmmmmmmm, I never thought of that or 2. That’s absurd (at least I evoked an emotion). There’s one routine detail that is my bane. My brain works so fast on the broader idea of things I write that I regularly have careless typos. I’m an exceptional speller, so the typos – spelling, punctuation, forgotten words – are merely because of the hyper pace that my mind works.
Back to Kelly.
Hmmmmmm. It’s atypical, yet astutely incisive to contemplate just how vital it is for a player in a warp drive offense to get the ball back to an official after a play in speedier fashion. I’ve never heard ANYONE talk about that EVER.
All that intuitiveness, and yet a minute, common detail such as a better knowledge of timeouts and basic rules escaped Chip Kelly.
My suggestion to Chip Kelly as he continues to make a path in the NFL, is to recognize your weaknesses. When you do that, I’ve found that it becomes a strength! I develop the keen idea, and others can work to create its backbone. Kelly must delegate his weaknesses to people who thrive in them. He can continue to mastermind cutting edge ways of creating offensive mismatches in the NFL, and let the more detail oriented members of the staff handle what they’re best at.
Vapid things like the rules.