Chip Kelly Does Not Provide The Answers We Hopes ForBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
We knew Chip Kelly was going to bring nuances to our offense when hiring him last season to be our head football coach. Questions about whether he could make his “system” work in the NFL was speculated and he proved to all that he could find success with his “system.”
What should have been the first sign of things to come was the word “system.” Many thought this referenced the read option to which Kelly agreed was a big part of what he wanted to do. Even when Foles began taking snaps under center, he attempted the read option; it looked odd, worked sparingly and soon became a less utilized play call. When questioned about changing his “system” to a more typical pocket passer with Foles, Chip informed all that it was the media and experts who defined his system as a read option, and that he has “systems” for every type of system.
With Chip comes a brash way to deliver answers. It’s funny when things are going well but borderline annoying when important questions need answers.
Kelly wanted to come to the professional level to win football games and hold up the Lombardi trophy. He was aware that talking with the media was also part of the gig, and he was going to play that part, but give as little information to the media as possible.
He wants to keep as much in house as possible and have the focus be on winning football games. He recognizes and has stated that no matter his answers, the media is going to spin it to the direction they want the story to read as. Chip also recognizes that social media is a “big part” of how players voice their concerns, but that is not something he pays attention to. He is a 1:1 kind of a guy and is not going to change that just because he is at the professional level.
Chip may certainly be the coach who helps bring us our first Super Bowl title, but he will not be glorified for his relationship with the media. We as fans are going to resort to social media and find a mixed bag of answers for the future of our franchise.
Is this the cost for winning that we are going to accept? We really have no choice in the matter. Is this way of communicating Andy Reid 2.0 in some regards minus the clearing of the throat?
Chip is confident and Chip wants to win football games. He has made that clear; this is where his energy and time is devoted. He does not get into the other stuff that some coaches get into. He will report final answers; not speculation non-relevant to his team.
He will give us answers that leave us doubting even more then when the question was asked of him.
We witnessed success in 2013, and our team “as it stands” is better for the 2014 season. Chip is not going to change and I don’t expect us to change with how we feel with his “answers.”
If it’s all about winning, at the end of the day, we are going to have to believe he is doing what is best for the team and not what is best for what we feel is best.
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