Philadelphia Eagles fans aren’t used to change. The city employed the same man as head coach for 14 seasons, spanning three decades. For much of that regime, No. 5 Donovan McNabb was under center. The Eagles operated on a pass-heavy offense year after year, and fans grew tired of Andy Reid’s mundane press conferences and too-soon playoff losses.
All that is in the past.
For the first time since John Elway and the Denver Broncos won consecutive Super Bowls, Reid is not the head coach. The 2013 season will begin a new era of football under Chip Kelly. Kelly is the first coach to transition to the NFL without prior NFL-playing or coaching experience in over a decade.
It will be a difficult task for Kelly to try to turn around an organization that has lost 20 of its past 32 games, including 11 of 12 to date. Kelly overhauled the defense this past season, even changing coordinators and schemes. He’s sticking with the veteran Michael Vick, but this will be an entirely different football team than the one under Reid.