NO CHIP ON MY SHOULDER.

Posted January 07, 2013

CHIP Kelly is staying put and so our search for a coach continues. Personally I'm thrilled.

They were paying this guy waaaaaay too much attention for my comfort. To anyone with eyes, he looked like a bad fit not only for us, but the NFL in general. With him off the board I think it limits the likelihood that the Eagles will make a big mistake now. At the moment lot of fanfare is accompanying the Chip Kelly name, and that fanfare and that name was causing a great deal of bias that had people trying very hard to look past some glaring flaws in Kelly as a candidate. The other candidates don't have that kind of heat and so I think they'll get a more honest scrutinizing before the trigger is pulled.

Brings up an interesting question, (and I don't follow college sports very closely, so I don't really care one way or the other). With Kelly's drawn out courting of the Bucs last year, which ultimately was a negotiating ploy; and Kelly repeating that same ploy this year by reportedly being close to signing with TWO NFL teams; what is the likelihood that he gets another serious look any time soon? If you're an NFL owner looking to fill your vacancy to prep for a pivotal draft that follows a year so bad you fired your HC, do you spend the time on a guy with his track record or just move on to someone you KNOW actually wants the job?

(FYI: I'd go with the hungry guy.)

19 Comments:
  • I am glad Philly is not in the Chip Kelly business. This was closer than I wanted it to be, but the Eagles should be glad they aren't stuck with a coach this indecisive. Plenty of other candidates (NFL candidates) to choose from. They Eagles will find themselves in a bit of a dilemma. What to do with Vick? Personally I think they should dump him, but if they are using him as a bargaining chip for the next coach ( a terrible chip indeed) then they are going to have a hard time filling this position. The Eagles have until a few days after the Super Bowl to make up their minds on Vick. Vick on the other hand has made up his and would be unwilling to restructure his deal to stay in Philly. 15.5 Mil for an often injured, rapidly aging, turnover machine like Vick is a heavy number to carry for a guy who could end up being the back up or injured by week 4. The Eagles would be wise (especially the new head coach) to move away from the allure of Mike Vick. The guy has let too many people down in his career and there have been too many coaches fired because of him.
  • The idea that they'd dangle Vick at all points to them not being sold on Foles. I mean yeah, you dangle Vick to a coach who would need him, but if they feel that good about Foles, why not go get a coach that will nurture HIM and what HE does? Especially with no stunners coming out this year at the QB position. Boggles my mind.
  • I am not shocked they aren't sold on Foles. Truthfully nobody should be. He hasn't shown that much and it's not like the team went on a big win streak with him. In fact he just ended up getting hurt too. Neither quarterback makes this job better in my opinion.
  • Which leaves me wondering about 2013 (regardless of who the coach is).

    Some will advocate tanking 2013 to go after "Johnny Football" but he's a freshman now, and it's silly to predicate an NFL season on the hope of him deciding to come out after next year.

    If we tank a year and he stays in school then what are left with besides egg on our face. If he falls close enough for us to make a move for that's one thing. Failing that, (unlike a number of fans here, on the radio, and other sites), I think we should work with the options we KNOW are before us, and build a team out of that.
  • I don't think they need to tank it, but if you look at this situation realistically I think it would be an accomplishment for this team to win 8 games next season.
  • We'd be left with Jadeveon Clowney!
  • Not that that would be a bad thing ;)
  • Looks like we now know why Jim Mora called Vick a "coach killer." Face it. He's done and the whole world knows it. And yes, why use him as a selling point if you are moving ahead with Foles?
  • The Sports Final panel went over this last night and all pretty much agreed that Kelly damaged his reputation (maybe not in Oregon...wait for the sanctions to hit for that). If there were fans that were on the bubble with him I would guess they are now happy that Kelly didn't accept any offer the Eagles may have given him. Who wants a coach that is not commited to the NFL and doesn't want to take on the challenge of proving that he can win at THE top level?
  • That interesting question I posed? Dave Spadaro asked it too in his article on the Eagles site. I'm thinking Kelly may have burned a lot of his currency with the NFL. At least in the short going.

    If he wants to only be a college coach he shouldn't fake the game and use the pro's as a tool to get more money. It also plays with the emotions of his players and coaching staff, some of whom might have enjoyed making the jump with him.

    What message does that send the young men he coaches about respect for and commitment to the game?
  • My answer is I don't care. I'm glad he's not in Philly, but I understand they have to do their damage control as three candidates they were interested in just turned their backs on them. Still I think they are better off without Chip Kelly. Maybe Lurie goes back on his offense minded coach mentality and he brings in a guy who knows how to play some defense.
  • My first choice was and remains Mike Mccoy. He's even saying things that I like to hear from a potential head coach like "I've been planning this for years" and "I have a lot of questions to ask". Here's a guy won't allow himself to be just another head coaching flop. My second choice would be Gus Bradley.
  • Oh look! It's another one of your responses to one of my posts that you claim to not care about. And as usual it is devoid of any insight or real knowledge.

    There is one improvement however: You did not mangle the English language with another failed attempt to spell the words "your", or "you're". It is good to see that people still get dictionaries for Christmas sometimes.

    Climb that literacy mountain my friend. Keep reaching for that TOP!
  • Look how much you've grown, flip. All the "I've grown", "I'm not going to trade insults" and the talk of reaching nirvana means nothing while insulting others and looking down on them. Your words show everyone the real you. You may not see it that way but you have been looking down on some and insulting barkers ever since you started this "holier than thou" crusade. Practice what you preach instead of telling us how horrible we are while patting yourself on the back.
  • Like a child throwing a temper tantrum. LOL the more he "changes", the more he stays the same. I seriously wonder what one must do to be an MVP on this site?
  • He must have his own opinion of himself so clouded that he doesn't even get what he is doing. You can't tell people you're better than this when discussing insults and attitudes while calling them chest beatin' ********. You can't claim to be a better person and then come to a comment like 20dawk's above and launch a reply like flip did. Well you can...but you aren't fooling anyone but yourself!
  • why would I want to coach somewhere when some or lets say???ALL of the players are getting payed more than the coach??
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