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January 28, 2016

Chip Kelly is gone, but sports science will stay in Philly

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After a month of research, scientists concluded that the Eagles were bad last season.

MOBILE, Ala. -- Atoms, neutrons, quarks, anti-matter, and microbes are new and scary to Doug Pederson, but he's willing to learn. Chip Kelly may be gone, but the Eagles' sports science infrastructure will stay in place, according to Pederson, who spoke at the Senior Bowl.

The team retained Shaun Huls as their "sports science coordinator," and it appears as though Pederson is being tutored by Huls regularly.

"I’m new to that world," said Pederson. "I didn’t grow up in that world, and I’m sitting down with our guys every day to learn more about it and we’ll continue to move forward with it.

"It’s something that I want to dive more into. We used it obviously in Kansas City, and it can be a benefit to monitor your players. I think it’s a great way for player to recover, with nutrition, diet, exercise, and the things that they do. But at the end of the day it’s football, and as players, whatever we can do to get the most out of them."

According to Business Insider (via Sportrac.com), the Eagles paid out the second-least amount of money in the NFL to players who were placed on injured reserve in 2015.

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While Kelly had many shortcomings as a coach, one initiative that did seem to work was keeping his players in good health. The Eagles appear to have recognized that, and #SportsScience will survive in Philly.


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