Taking over a 4-12 team is no easy task. Chip Kelly inherits a Philadelphia Eagles squad that lost eight consecutive games and 11 of 12 down the stretch. He has the NFL draft and the free agency period to improve the roster, but it’s probably more of a two- or three-year plan.
The Eagles need to be careful with how they approach free agency. They tried to sign a bunch of big-name players in 2011, and that didn’t work. That year, they added Vince Young, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, Cullen Jenkins and Nnamdi Asomugha, plus Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie via a trade.
Not one of those players is expected to be on the 2013 roster. Only Jenkins made a positive impact for the team during his tenure in Philly. That’s why Kelly needs to be careful with the players he adds via this offseason’s free agency. The Eagles are building for the future, which means there’s no point in signing veterans like Ed Reed or James Harrison to a one- or two-year deal.
Kelly’s Eagles won’t be winning anything in ’13. For now, this season would be best spent with the team learning Kelly’s offensive system, finding the quarterback of the future and then competing to win the division sometime soon.