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Kelly looking for “shutoutability” in his defensive coordinator

Philadelphia Eagles Introduce Chip Kelly

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 17: Chip Kelly (R) is introduced as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles as team owner Jeffrey Lurie looks on during a news conference at the team’s NovaCare Complex on January 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The former Oregon coach surprised many after he initially turned down NFL clubs saying he would remain at Oregon. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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New Eagles coach Chip Kelly knows he’s going to have to change some things, but he has a very distinct requirement for his defensive coordinator.

Speaking to reporters at Senior Bowl practices, Kelly said his main criteria for determining his next coordinator isn’t a 3-4 or a 4-3 style, but “shutoutability.”

While making up words on the fly shows a certain agility of the mind, Kelly said he doesn’t necessarily need people to think the same way.

“You need really, really, smart people. People who are dedicated,” Kelly said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “You need people who are just a little bit ‘off’ too.”

Kelly also said as he wraps his mind around a 53-man roster (instead of the hundreds he had at Oregon), he’ll have to adjust things as basic as his practice routine.

“The Eagles are not a cross-country team” he said.

While parts of the staff has been hired, it hasn’t been announced. Thus, defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro is walking around wearing an Eagles nametag, but because there hasn’t been a press release, wouldn’t comment on his status.

“I’m not worried about who we don’t get, I’m worried about who we do get,” Kelly said. “I wanna make sure that that person is the right fit, because I don’t wanna be like, ‘God, I wish I’d spent a little more time and investigated this.’ I’ve been pretty thorough, unless it’s somebody that I’ve either coached with or had a real good working knowledge of.

“It’s been fun. It’s talking football, talking philosophies, talking strategies. It’s stuff I love to do. To me, that’s not work.”

And as soon as he finds someone with the requisite ability to never allow points, he’ll be in business.