First Chip Kelly intereviewed for the Eagles job liked it and wanted it then decided against it. ten days later, he changed his mind and later this afternoon he is going to be introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles new head coach. He replaces Andy Reid who was fired at season’s end after two terrible years of finishing below expectations.
On the day he fired Reid, Lurie appeared to be describing Kelly when he said he wanted to find a ”real smart, forward-thinking coach” who is ”strategic, a strong leader, very comfortable in his own skin.” It seems he (Eagles Owner Jeffery Lurie)has what he was looking for. In a statement released by the Eagles he said the following ”Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. ”He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team.
Kelly comes to a team despite it’s record the past two years, that has talent on offense with De Sean Jackson, LeSean Mc Coy and Jerwemy Macklin. Where does Michael Vick and Nick Foles fit in the picture remains to be seen. Foles is a classic dropback passer who runs when the play breaks down, Vick whose style is more suited for Kelly’s offensive attack is 33 injury prone and has been turnover prone in big moments. So how Kelly handles the quarterback situation is anyone’s guess, but keep in mind he won and won big in Oregon and is expected to do the same in Philadelphia. He runs a quick upstempo offense. Would it makes sense to use the fourth pick of the draft to pick a quarteback that fits his style and have him take over? Based on the success of the rookie class of quarterbacks that played in 2012 (RGIII, Andrew Luck , Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick(technically his second year) it’s not beyond the relm of possibility. Kelly also has big shoes to fill in replacing Andy Reid who coached the Eagles for 14 years in that time, Reid won more games than any coach in franchise history and led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl berth.
Whether or not this is the right hire for the Eagles, it’s hard to say especially when a college coach steps into the NFL for the first time. It is a mixed bag, Steve Spurier who spent years coaching and winning at the college level finally took a shot at the NFL and bombed badly in Washington. Yet John Harbargh made the transition in to head coaching easily as proof 2 NFC championship games in a row. The thought here is that Kelly will have to fix the quarterback mess first but the pieces are in place for him to run his high octane offense and build a winner in Philly.