The Philadelphia Eagles dropped a bombshell this week when just days after being eliminated from playoff contention, the organization released Chip Kelly after three seasons. Depending on where you stand on the head coach and personnel czar, this either sends the team's stock soaring or plummeting.
On one hand, Kelly made a mess of things, beginning in January when he took over the front office. He made wholesale changes to a roster he guided to back-to-back 10-win seasons, only to take a huge step back in 2015, winning only six games. Of course the Eagles had to get him out of there.
On the other hand, it's not as if the next head coach is walking into a great situation. The starting quarterback is a free agent. The offensive line is depleted. The defense ranks near the bottom of the NFL by virtually any meaningful measure. Neither the handsomely paid free-agent running back nor cornerback had very good seasons.
The Eagles Kelly leaves behind are a group in turmoil. Maybe it's a good thing they parted ways, but what lies ahead certainly looks a little bleak.