Chipping In..

Posted January 18, 2013

I see that most people on here are agreeing to disagree. Who's the QB? Vick? Foles? Will Kelly's "System" work in the NFL? Are the Eagles taking a HUGE risk with hiring a college coach? Who should we trade for or draft? Etc etc.

Obviously everyone has their opinion, so I figured I might as well "Chip" in with a few thoughts of my own.

So, we have a new head coach (the "hottest" name on the coaching wire this off season btw) and the biggest uproar seems to be about his up tempo/read option offense. While I do believe that our offensive strategy will change with more up tempo plays, I don't think that Kelly is the type of person to try and fit a square peg in a round hole. I highly doubt Kelly will try to run the Oregon offense in the exact manner he will run the Eagles offense (Vick or no Vick). The NFL is a different landscape and Kelly is smart enough to know this. 

After watching his press conference on the Eagles website, Kelly struck me as someone who's intelligent, football savvy, and willing to express his thoughts openly. He's a football guy who will be an equal opportunist at every level. Right now he's gathering information and watching tape on ALL the players. He's trying to figure out who our best option is at quarterback, and will also add competition to the mix as the draft approaches. Kelly doesn't buy into reputation, he believes actions speak louder than words. And if someone thinks they are a starter, prove it.

The best type of coach is one who will evaluate the ENTIRE roster and position players in a manner where they will be most productive. I believe Kelly (much like Billichick) has an eye for "talent" and will put players in the best possible position to succeed. Kelly knows what he wants, and will work towards molding the team into a winner. Think of it as food, Chip has an idea of what he wants for dinner, so right now Chip is checking out the fridge to see what's available/ what spices he has to work with etc etc. If Chip ultimately wants a chicken salad, and opens the fridge to see a 1lb of ground beef, he obviously isn't going to have chicken for dinner. Chip will probably improvise and make a taco salad instead (which is just as delicious btw haha). I think I'm hungry.. LOL

Anyway, I firmly believe Chip is a visionary and will put our players in the best position to succeed. Who plays quarterback? Good question. Currently we only have a few options (Vick/Foles/Edwards), but that could change drastically in the next few months. If I were to make the decision I would run a New England type offense with Foles, cut Vick and use that money toward improving the OL/Defense (unless Vick agrees to renegotiate his contract to remain with the team). But who knows, perhaps Chip thinks our best option at QB this year is Vick? I suppose we will find out as training camp fires up. Until then, it's all speculation as to what will happen.

This also goes with the type of defense the Eagles will run. Will it remain a 4-3 or will the Eagles move to a 3-4? Do the type of players on the Eagles roster make a somewhat smooth transition if we go with a 3-4? How many players fit the Kelly mold who can execute any specific type of defense? Again, we will have to wait and see. But I do think that the Eagles have the versatility to move to a 3-4 if they so desire (Cole and Graham both played LB in college) and I don't think they would do worse than the longtime Colts DE's who made a similar transition last season (Mathis and Freeney). Again, our roster will take shape in the months to come and we will have a better insight as to what type of offense/defense we will run given the hiring of our offensive/defensive coordinators.

To sum things up, I think any coaching regime change is going to set for change. I don't think it matters who they are/what credentials or perceived credentials they might have obtained in the NFL. I can think of HOF coaches who returned to the sidelines and didn't win the SB (Gibbs with the Redskins and future HOF Bill Parcells with the Jets/Cowboys etc). I can think of hot college coaches who were complete failures (Spurrier, Nick Saban), as well as college coaches who made it to the Superbowl and won it (Dick Vermell, Jimmy Johnson etc). There have been coaches who were failures at their first stop, and who have made/won multiple Superbowls (Bill Belichick after he was fired by the Browns and eventually hired as the HC of the Patriots). And coaches who were flops their first time around, but made it back to the NFL as a success (Pete Carrol as the HC of the Jets/Patriots and now in Seattle).

All we can do at this point forward is speculate and wait with anticipation as the new year draws closer. The first step is hiring offensive/defensive coordinators/entire football staff. I think this is the only time we can get a "idea" of what this team MIGHT look like. September is a LONG ways away, and there are many tasks that need to be done. Who will lead the Eagles is certain, who executes the plan? That is where the uncertainty will remain .. until then. Stay tuned!!

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