Eagles Must Fire and Replace Andy Reid, but Chip Kelly Bid Is Just a Pipe Dream
However, Chip Kelly won't be in the nation's former capital next year either.
Sorry Eagles fans. I know you've been pining away for that elusive championship for decades now, but Kelly won't be the one who puts you over the top.
And here are the reasons why.
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Philadelphia's roster is in flux. And that's an understatement.
Michael Vick and his $100 million contract is sure to quickly follow Reid out the door. He is due to make $13 million next year and the Eagles will be able to get out from under the contract with no damage to next year's cap.
Basically, he's gone.
That leaves Nick Foles, who hasn't been all that inspiring thus far, under center. Foles might end up as a decent NFL quarterback, but his pocket-passing ways (4.95-second 40-yard dash) are not a fit for the fast and furious Kelly attack.
Heck, even Jon Gruden had something semi-negative to say about Foles. Just before halftime against the Carolina Panthers, Gruden actually said that "the best thing Foles has done so far is hand the ball to Bryce Brown."
Ouch. When Gruden says something derogatory, things have reached an all-time low.
To make the Eagles an even less attractive option, the offensive linemen haven't been allowed to practice against live competition. They're still working with the dummies.
Surely, There Will Be A Better Offer
There are plenty of teams that will be in the market for a new head coach this offseason. And many of them will be a better fit for the Oregon Ducks leader—most notably, the competition in Philly's Monday nighter. There's more than a decent chance that the Panthers give Ron Rivera his walking papers after their 2-8 start.
Cam Newton seems a natural fit for Kelly's new-age offense. Plus, he has three well-paid running backs who could give him a fresh attacking rusher on every drive.
Will Kelly's style work in the league? That's a question for a different article. But the fact that it is a question means that remaining in Oregon might be his best option.
For one, he has some serious job security in Eugene. For another, he has concrete evidence that his offense works in college, considering his team is in the national-championship conversation every year.
At least you'll have the next couple months to pretend that Kelly might come to your rescue, Philly fans. Just don't hold out any real hope.
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