New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held a press conference this morning, and he answered some questions to give an early glimpse at the preseason Week 1 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. Both of these two teams also faced off last preseason, and the only different team the Pats are playing between the 2012 and 2013 preseason games is the Detroit Lions (as opposed to last year’s Week 1 opponent in the New Orleans Saints).
The Eagles and Patriots are set to have joint practices, and there is an interesting storyline between these two coaches that is only surpassed by the storylines between Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano and Tom Coughlin. Chip Kelly is thought to be one of the inspirations of the Patriots no-huddle offense that had a lot of success last season, and he helped out the Pats with installing it last year. His help sometimes gets exaggerated, but he did play a role and has the respect of Belichick.
The Patriots head coach took the time to praise both Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles organization, “I have a lot of respect for [coach] Chip [Kelly], his organization, and the job that he does. The Eagles have always been a solid franchise, pretty much since I’ve been in the league. Looking forward to working against some different faces, different jerseys and getting a gauge on how things are coming along for us.”
There will be a few reunions between the Patriots and Eagles in this game, as Patrick Chung will be there to face his old outfit. Chung is looked upon highly by the Eagles, and they gave him a pretty big contract despite injury issues. Meanwhile, Greg Salas, whom the Eagles plucked off the Patriots practice squad last season, and Matt Kopa are vying for roster spots on the Eagles.