Philadelphia Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly addresses the media during a press conference at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. / Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports
MOBILE, Ala. â?? New Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday one of his first tasks since being hired last week is to evaluate the Eagles' current roster.
That includes quarterback Michael Vick, who remains under contract under the six-year, $100 million contract he signed in 2011. Vick missed six games in 2012. He was 3-7 in his 10 starts, with 12 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions and five lost fumbles.
Kelly and Vick had an in-person meeting on Friday, two days after Kelly was hired from Oregon to coach the Eagles. Kelly said he has also spoken with Nick Foles, who started six games as a rookie in 2011.
"It was kind of, sit down, tell me about yourself. See where he's coming from. I really liked my meeting with Mike," Kelly said Monday after the first day of Senior Bowl practices.
The Eagles are facing a Feb. 6 deadline with Vick, who will be due a $3 million roster bonus. Philadelphia can cut Vick, keep him and try to make him part of Kelly's new offense, or give him the bonus and try to trade him in March, when the new NFL season begins. Vick's reluctance to renegotiate his contract could hamper trade opportunities.
More intense evaluations will come once Kelly has completed hiring his coaching staff. Kelly was in Mobile for his first Senior Bowl as an NFL coach Thursday without a defensive coordinator nor an official announcement of an offensive coordinator, though an NFL source familiar with the hiring process said former Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur has agreed to join Kelly's staff as offensive coordinator.
Shurmur hasn't run the type of up-tempo, option offense Kelly installed at Oregon, but Kelly said Monday he wants a staff with diverse personalities and varying opinions, on offense and defense.
"You need really, really smart people. I think you need people that are dedicated. And then I think you need people that are a little bit off too. It's a rare combination," Kelly said.
Kelly appears to be trying to be particularly deliberate in his process of finding a defensive coordinator, and said he doesn't want to "put a timetable" on when his staff is completed. The Eagles ran a 4-3 defense for the last 14 years under former coach Andy Reid, but Kelly said he's looking for more than just a schematic philosophy out of potential defensive coordinator candidates.
He even made up a new word to describe what he wants most.
"Shutoutability," Kelly said. "That would be the one overriding quality. I have no idea how we can define that, but that's a pretty good word right there. I'm going to tell everybody. So, if you have shutoutability, I need to talk to you."
It's a lofty goal. The Eagles haven't shut out an opponent since Dec. 1, 1996.
Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com
Read the original story: Eagles coach Chip Kelly says he 'really liked' meeting with Michael Vick