PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles seemingly heard music from everyone except The Eagles during Monday's practice at the NovCare Complex.

Every offensive, defensive and special teams play during their first full-team workout under new coach Chip Kelly was accompanied by music that blared so loud on the outside fields that it could be heard by passersby on Pattison Ave.

"I can't get into details, but there is a science behind the music," Kelly said afterward. "There is a rhyme and reason behind everything we're doing."

The team was treated to a wide variety of songs that spanned nearly 40 years during the two-hour minicamp session.

 None of the 90 players on the field Monday were born when Queen first recorded "We Will Rock You in 1977." Aside from quarterback Michael Vick, who turns 33 next month, very few are old enough to remember when ACDC first sang "Thunderstruck" in 1990.

The playlist included some more recent songs such as "On Fire" by Young Dro, "Stronger" by Kanye West, "Starships" by Nikki Minaj and Pitbull's "Get it Started."

"I don't think any players had any influence on picking the music, but I like it," Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said. "They seemed to have something for everyone, even (older spectators watching from the bleachers)."

Everything about Monday's workout, from the music, to the pace of practice, to the blueberry protein shake that Vick was drinking afterward, suggested that this is clearly not Andy Reid's team anymore.

Kelly's fingerprints were all over the workout. The little guy with the booming voice that used to bark out the next drill during practice during Reid's 14-year tenure was nowhere to be seen or heard. Instead, a prerecorded message announced each of the 20 sessions over loudspeakers. Players raced on and off the field at full speed. There were no huddles between plays. Every offensive play was performed in the shotgun formation.

"I like practicing that way because that's what you do in a game," Vick said. "I like the music, too. It forces you to communicate better and concentrate and it keeps practice fun."


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