Angelo: Being unconventional does put a little bit more of a bulls-eye on your back…
Chip: I’m just trying to win, and if that puts a bulls-eye on my back then put a bulls-eye on my back. I’ve always operated, and I want our players to operate, from a desire to excel not a fear of failure. If you’re going to be a guy that’s afraid, that’s not how I live my life, that’s not how I’m going to be. I’ve heard that coming to Philly, ‘oh my God Chip their fans have high expectations, that’s a tough place to win. Well, the people in Philly think the same way I think, they want to win and they don’t care. We want to take any challenge on, we want to play anybody. We got an unbelievable division—gotta go play the Giants twice, gotta go play the Cowboys twice, gotta go play the Redskins twice. You got to embrace that. You go to be excited about that and this city is filled with people like that and I’m just happy to be here, but I’m always going to be a guy that’s going to go for it, because you can’t stand there with a bat on your shoulder and take a called third strike. We may miss, but we’re swinging. And we’re going to swing from our ankles.
Ang: When you set up staff, it is especially important your defensive coordinator has NFL experience because you don’t?
Chip: Yes. We got to have the right blend. First off, they got to be great teachers and we got to be on the same page in terms of our vision in how this game is being played.
There’s a lot of guys that have great experience and a great wealth of knowledge in this league, and those are the guys certainly in position like coordinators that I am going to bring in here.
What’s #1 thing to be a QB in your system?
You have to be a great decision maker. Our job as a coaching staff is to then put you in a position where you can do that. Some of the decisions may be all throw-decisions, if that’s where your strengths are. I’m not tied to one type of quarterback. If you have an opportunity to coach somebody Tommy Brady, you tailor your offense to him. If you’ve got a Peyton Manning, you tailor your offense to Peyton Manning. If you’ve got a more athletic guy that has a chance to beat you with his feet, then you tailor your offense to him. The biggest thing in any quarterback has always been having a decision maker and having a quick mind and being able to diagnose things at a very rapid rate and make sure the ball is getting in the hands of our playmakers.
What would it be like to win a SB in Philly?
Oh! Can you imagine that? It would be like 1,000 Wing Bowls, Angelo!
My bucket this is a check off there, I finally got to talk to Angelo Cataldi.