Chip Kelly Should Not Be The Eagles’ Next Head CoachBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Chip Kelly has built a college power house. No argument against that. In his four seasons as head coach, he has accumulated a 45-7 record in the Pac 10/12. His offense is always high powered, always high scoring (his teams have never finished lower than 11 in the polls at the end of the season) and he has coached Oregon to four straight BCS bowls. I understand everything I just wrote may present a positive argument for him, but Chip Kelly should not be the next coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and here are four reasons why.
Reason 1 – Gimmick Offense
Kelly runs a spread offense that is constant no huddle. He likes smaller, faster skill position players, which the Eagles have but I’m sure we can all agree that’s been part of the problem here. The quarterback is always in the shotgun, even when they run the ball. The offense requires not just a mobile, but a running quarterback. Preach the Packers and Patriots all you want. When they won, they had smash mouth running backs. When they lost, they didn’t. Look at the franchises who have won multiple championships. They had good balance, a quarterback who didn’t make mistakes, and a good defense (see next point). Kelly’s teams don’t have this.
Reason 2 – Oregon’s Defense is Horrible
Could Kelly hire the right defensive coordinator who could cover his lack of knowledge on defense? Sure. But it’s amazing how awful Oregon’s defense has been since he took over, when he actually got his start at Columbia on the defensive side of the ball (he was the DB/SPT coach, then Defensive Coordinator at Johns Hopkins). Since 2009, Oregon has allowed 22.75 points per game, and that includes 2010 when they had two shutouts against 1 AA opponents. That’s not going to cut it in the NFL. I am aware that this is more the responsibility of the defensive coordinator he would hire, but he has shown no interest in improving the defense at Oregon. Remember the last time an Eagles coach totally neglected one side of the ball? I’m sure offensive players who played for Buddy Ryan would tell you this is a bad idea.
Reason 3 – Where are his players in the NFL?
I would accept the argument that his offense isn’t a gimmick or that he could change if need be if his players were anywhere to be found in the NFL. Since the 2010 draft, the first draft after he was hired, Oregon has only had eight players drafted into the NFL, four of those players play offense, and none of those players start. Kelly hand picks the players to fit his system in college. There is no recruiting in pro football. There is a draft and you can’t always get the player you want. If his system was so incredible, you’d think someone, at some point, would translate well into the NFL. The best offensive player in the NFL from Oregon during Chip Kelly’s time as head coach is probably undrafted free agent LeGarrette Blount.
Reason 4 – What if he fails?
If Kelly is hired, he won’t have a lot of time to figure out whether his offense works or not. This is not the city to come and try. When you’re here, you better get results or the fans will turn on you quick. If he fails, that sets the franchise back again and now you’re looking at two more, maybe three, years of bad football in this city. Do you want that? I don’t.
I’m don’t know who the next coach of this team is going to be, and frankly, everything I’ve read recently points to Kelly being it. I don’t want an experiment. I don’t want a retread. Jay Gruden, Josh McDaniels, Darrell Bevell, Bruce Arians have all proven that their systems works in the NFL. Chip Kelly has never spent a second of his career in the NFL. He has never game planned, or been in a room where others are game planning against an NFL team. His players don’t translate into the NFL so there’s no indication that his coaching style will. There are plenty of other, better qualified candidates to take over as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Vote no to Chip Kelly in 2013.
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