By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
Patrick Chung has spent his offseason preparing to play in a Philadelphia Eagles defense that looks to be upgraded from last season.
Chung, who spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, will be reunited with college coach Chip Kelly. Although Kelly wasn’t the head coach at Oregon in 2008, he was the mastermind behind the offense and built a solid relationship with Chung.
“I’m ecstatic. He’s a passionate, intense, good guy to play for,” Chung told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. “I lucked out and I’m so happy to be a part of the Eagles. We’re gonna have some fun. It’s going to be like the old days.
“Chip is a smart guy. If we all just buy in to what he tells us, I think we’ll be great. It’s going to be hard work. He has a view of how he wants things to look and everyone needs to share that same view.”
While Kelly will have a solid grasp on the whole team, defensive coordinator Bill Davis will ultimately be responsible for the product on the field. Davis’s 21 years of coaching experience are sure to be felt when Philly straps it up on Sundays.
“I love Bill, he’s an intense guy, too,” Chung said. “He tells us, ‘Know what you’re doing and then go full speed. If you make a mistake, do it full speed.’ He has some things up his sleeve and we have a lot of athletes on defense.”
Since Philly great Brian Dawkins left in 2009, there has been a glaring hole at the safety position, but that isn’t something the team gives too much attention.
“We just don’t talk about that stuff,” Chung said. “We’re just out here to do what we do. Nobody can be Brian Dawkins, hopefully he’ll be a Hall of Famer. He was a beast, so all we can do is be the best we can and work hard.”
Chung’s passion doesn’t just burn bright on the football field. This offseason, Chung has organized a foundation called Chung Changing Lives, which aims to give opportunities to young musicians who might not be granted one.
“We’re teaching kids how to read music, write music, play the drums, piano and everything you can think of. We’re bringing in [students] who graduated from Berkeley to ignite these kids’ talents because a lot of them don’t have the resources to display them. You never know, maybe we’ll find the next Jay Z.”
Chung’s mother, Sophia George a Jamaican singer, had some success on the reggae charts and passed along her love for music to Chung at an early age.
“I’ve always been around music. It’s kind of in my blood. My mom has actually kept some stuff from when I was in little school of music that I wrote. I don’t even remember doing that, so I guess that I’ve been doing it for a while.”