With the hiring of Chip Kelly, the former University of Oregon Ducks and a brilliant mind for college offensive schemes, as the 21st Philadelphia Eagles head coach, he has his work cut out for him. Not only will he be in one of the toughest sports environments as fans can easily bastardize him one moment and praise him the next, he will have to rescue a flogging offense, a porous defense and two quarterbacks reeking of mediocrity. The pistol and read-option offenses have come to a smashing success this season, and the Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the league will adapt defensively — and change their offensive gameplans accordingly during the off-season. So before everyone in Philadelphia decides to burn the man at the stake before he even has the first opportunity to make a decision of any consequence…
With all this in mind, Chip Kelly has made a good impression — at least with the media. He has that so-called “winning” personality — smiling, boisterous, catering to the media and knows exactly what to say in a soundbite. In reality, he has established himself as nothing more than Jeff Lurie‘s overpaid $32.5 million lapdog already — to be brutally honest.
Chip Kelly will hopefully remove some of the malignant parts of the Philadelphia Eagles in his attempt to please everyone. With him already baiting Michael Vick, however, it is not good. Michael Vick is an outdated and fragile (physically) player even in the new read-option offense. Vick couldn’t survive another season of punishment.
All in all, Chip Kelly is one interesting choice. Not one that I would have made, but then again, I am not Jeff Lurie. I think that Jeff Lurie believes Chip Kelly can produce him the success of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and he possibly might. However, I would have personally opted for former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley or San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman myself. I would have preferred Greg Roman myself for an offensive-minded coach, but he probably couldn’t endure the Philadelphia frenzy.
I am not so quick to crucify him. Not just yet.
- Eagles’ Kelly: Philly ‘where I wanted to be’ (espn.go.com)
- AP Source: Eagles to hire Pat Shurmur as assistant (cantonrep.com)
- Chip Kelly hired as Philadelphia Eagles coach (nj.com)
- Philadelphia Eagles hire Chip Kelly as head coach (bleedinggreennation.com)