Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly may be changing the dynamic between the Iggles and New York Giants. After all, rather than relentless smack talk — something his team continues to engage in despite his leadership — Kelly has repeatedly showed Big Blue unprovoked respect.
It initially started prior to Week 6 when Kelly shared incredible praise for Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — praise he reiterated earlier this week at the NFC coaches breakfast — and continued throughout the rest of the season, including a hospital visit to check in on Victor Cruz after he had suffered a torn patellar tendon.
But Kelly's unusual praise of his chief rival didn't end there, and when recently discussing the demeanor of quarterback Marcus Mariota, the third-year head coach likened him to Eli Manning, who Kelly says is a "stone-cold killer" in the fourth quarter.
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"You evaluate everything when you look at him," Kelly said via ESPN. "Just because a guy doesn't yell and scream at a guy when he doesn't run the right route — ask any of those guys if they'd take Eli Manning. I don't see Eli Manning screaming and yelling at anybody, but you talk about a stone-cold killer in the fourth quarter. Look at how many fourth-quarter comebacks Eli's had."