I thought Jeffrey Lurie was going to let Chip Kelly survive for another year, but he must have talked to coaches around the NFL and figured out that the head coach was in over his head. Lurie made a huge mistake when he gave Kelly the authority of a General Manager. There’s no question that the Eagles were going in the wrong direction.
Today, Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles, released Head Coach Chip Kelly.
“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” said Lurie. Kelly made contributions like releasing DeSean Jackson, and trading LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso.
I think good coaching will correct some of the problems at the wide receiver position. They should immediately fire the Eagles wide receiver coach because I’ve had numerous former Eagles wide receivers tell me that the wide receiver coach doesn’t know what he’s doing. Nelson Agholor is getting worse rather than better.
I’m sure they’re going to also clean house on the defensive staff. The offense played poorly and so did the defense.
DeMarco Murray has been completely misused by Chip Kelly. Murray is a north and south guy, who shouldn’t be given the ball on lateral runs.
I think quarterback Sam Bradford could be a plus in the long-run, but he needs to be able to audible at the line of scrimmage. Kelly wouldn’t let him audible at the line of scrimmage. Every team in the NFL let’s their quarterback audible at the line of scrimmage.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will take over the leadership of the team and be the interim head coach for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Not only did the Birds get Kelly, they also fired Ed Marynowitz, Vice President of Player Personnel, who was Kelly’s guy in the front office.
Tom Donahoe, former General Manager of the Buffalo Bills and Director of Football Operations for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Senior Football Advisor for the Eagles since 2012, will become the General Manager.
There will be a news conference tomorrow at noon.