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Joe Flacco is elite if you ask Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly weighed in on the ongoing "Is Joe Flacco elite?" debate and Ravens' fans will like his answer.

"I think he's one of the elite quarterbacks in this league," Kelly said this morning before the second joint practice between the Ravens and Eagles at the NovaCare Complex. "He's got a big-time arm. We kind of roll up on Joe and he's a big human being. It's tough to bring him down. He's also just so poised when he plays back there.

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"You talk about when guys really got it, the game has slowed down for them. He's such a good decision maker. He's an unbelievable clutch player. You look at him in all the situations he's been in, he always seems to have poise and nothing seems to rattle him."

Flacco didn't perform particularly well at Wednesday's joint practice, throwing a couple of interceptions and failing to get much going on the field. However, Kelly, who is known as an offensive guru, has been watching him for a while and he's long been impressed.

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"I had the opportunity when I was at New Hampshire, we played against him when he was at Delaware," Kelly said. "So I knew how good Joe was going to be a long time ago."

In past summers, the Eagles have had joint practices with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Kelly said that he considered facing Flacco and the Ravens' offense another significant test for the Eagles' defense.

"It's a great test," Kelly said. "We experienced it the last two years because we got to run these practices with the Patriots and got a chance to see Tom Brady up close and personal. I was excited when our preseason schedule came out because our guys get an opportunity to play against Andrew Luck, then Joe Flacco and then Aaron Rodgers. You're talking about three of the top quarterbacks in this league. Our secondary will be tested."

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