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Making the Case for Chip Kelly to Replace Andy Reid as Eagles' Head Coach

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Head Coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Duck looks on during pre-game warm ups before their NCAA College football game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 11, 2012

Multiple NFL teams are reportedly eyeing Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as the ultimate offseason prize and the Philadelphia Eagles would be wise to sign him.

Philadelphia has been in a well-documented state of disarray all season, battling a losing record, change in defensive coordinator and constant questions about the validity of starting quarterback Michael Vick.

Andy Reid has been the head man for the Eagles since 1999 and there appears to be great strain on his relationship with the team. The best thing for both Reid and the Eagles may be to simply part ways and flourish without each other.

No one is questioning Reid's abilities as a coach, but the spark is gone from this Philadelphia football team. Much like Jeff Fisher leaving the Tennessee Titans a few seasons ago, it seems Reid needs to try his luck somewhere else.

Which is why the Eagles would be smart to try and bring in Kelly. 

NFL.com writer Marc Sessler described Kelly as such: 

His approach to the game is drenched in innovation. He regularly rolls the dice on fourth downs, and his style would, in many ways, buck the perceived safe approach used by a majority of NFL coaching staffs.

Kelly is intriguing for these reasons, and for the fact that he coaches the fastest team in college football. Perhaps no team in the NFL has as much speed on the offensive side of the football as the Eagles.

Michael Vick is the perfect quarterback to run Kelly's up-tempo offense. LeSean McCoy can handle the option game as well as the running plays outside the tackles that form the foundation of a Kelly offense.

Imagine utilizing DeSean Jackson on jet sweeps and quickly moving down the field, harnessing the wealth of speed on Philadelphia's roster.

There will undoubtedly be detractors of this idea. Those that would prefer to bring in a "safer" option that runs a more basic offensive game plan. Someone that has seen success running a pro-style offense and could excite the players and the fanbase.

However, that coach does not seem to be available at the moment, and there is no denying the intrigue that Kelly brings to the table. There is a reason multiple teams are interested in his services and that he constantly has Oregon contending for national championships.

Obviously the NFL game is completely different from the collegiate level and Kelly cannot stockpile talent in the way he has done with the Ducks, but the proper pieces are already in place in Philadelphia.

A bold and new direction is the perfect way to move on from the Reid era, an era that has been marked by underutilizing great depth and talent on both sides of the ball.

Kelly may not be the coach for everyone, and with someone who tries unique and innovative things, there is always a chance he will fall flat on his face in the pros. Yet there is also the chance that he succeeds in a way that turns the NFL on its head.

That is a chance the Eagles should take before anyone else has the opportunity.

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