Your New man Who????Charles" Chip" Kelly
By Dan Klausner on Jan 20, 9:00a 141
The Bleeding Green Nation round table discussion looks like it's about to become a regular feature. And yes, the title of this article is a shameless rip off of "All Russell Wilson Everything."
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Since it was so positively received the first time, round table discussion format is back -- with the same crew. In light of the Chip Kelly hiring and resulting hoopla in Philadelphia, I came up with three questions for Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye; NJEagle on BGN) and Brandon Lee (@BrandonLeeSBN) to answer.
By the way, this didn't occur to me until I checked out Charles "Chip" Kelly's Wikipedia page and learned his given first name. Charles Kelly. Charlie Kelly! Come on, Chip is THE wildcard of the football world. This man is meant to be our head coach. Don't any of you no-fun jerks believe in fate?
1) Tell me everything about the moment word came about Kelly. Where were you, what were you doing? First thoughts?
Dan: I answered this one in my original Chip Kelly reaction piece. I went from Whisenhunt resignation to Chip elation in a matter of seconds. Here's what Mike and Brandon had to say.
Mike: Let me start off by saying that until this announcement came down, I had been non-stop monitoring Twitter over the past two weeks. My girlfriend has come to loathe social media because of this coaching search. I was at restaurants, bars and even casinos looking at my phone every other second. This search has literally stressed me out.
So anyway, I saw the announcement at noon, I believe. This was shortly after Tim McManus tweeted the BREAKING NEWS. At first, I honestly thought it was a joke. Then I saw it trickle down my Twitter page like whoever tweeted it would get a free car. So by then I knew what was up. I was at work, working on a major presentation and I had a tough time processing the information. I hated the idea of hiring Brian Billick or Brian Kelly, so I think that softened the blow for me. As many BGN members and Twitter followers know, I was very much against this hiring. When I found out, I automatically accepted it, because it could have been worse (Billick, Brian Kelly) and I support the Eagles no matter what.
I got plenty of calls from friends and chatted with fellow Eagles fans, which helped me kind of talk myself into the move. Don't get me wrong, I have always had a ton of respect for Chip, but I just didn't want him to coach my team. I think at times he has proven to be reckless instead of Brandon's perception of "he's just playing the odds." My feelings toward Chip have largely been similar to my views when seeing a guy with a cool sleeve tattoo (not Jason Babin's). The tattoo is awesome, but I wouldn't want it for myself (Editor's note: Why, are you afraid of being AWESOME?)
In case you were wondering, I still nailed my presentation on Thursday.
Brandon: It's funny you ask this because I actually documented how the whole Kelly hiring story happened as I saw it.
But for those who aren't avid link clickers, I'll address the experience again here.
It all started Wednesday morning when I checked Twitter and saw that Gus Bradley was leaving Philly without a deal, despite interviewing with Jeff Lurie and Howie Roseman extensively the night before. I wasn't too worried because I knew Gus had an interview planned with the Jaguars prior to meeting with the Eagles, so I figured he was going to honor that no matter how his interview in Philadelphia went. I also wasn't too worried about missing out on him if the Jags ended up hiring him. I liked Gus -- and I still do, I think he can be a good HC -- but his hire wouldn't have *thrilled* me. It might have been a good hire, but it just wasn't anything that special to me.
In fact, I was more disappointed to hear that the Bears hired CFL coach Marc Trestman. I thought he might have been a mystery candidate for the Eagles, or at least a potential OC candidate if the Eagles did land Gus. I was only mildly disappointed though because I didn't think Trestman was all that thrilling of candidate either.
Regardless, I maintained close focus on Twitter hopeful that I'd see some Eagles news break. I started to get suspicious when I saw Eagles beat guy (and a good one, at that) Tim McManus tweet something along the lines of the Eagles were being very quiet. I thought back to when the last time I heard an Eagles beat guy say something like that, and it brought me to... the day of the Juan Castillo hire. Huh. I knew something had to be up. So while I was focusing on Twitter still, I randomly decided I'd turn on 97.5 The Fanatic. Not even for any specific reason, just a random decision. Shortly after tuning in, I heard Tony Bruno say they had some breaking news to report. Now, I'm a news fanatic (no pun intended). I'm very good about staying up to date when it comes to sports news. I glanced at Twitter and saw no signs of any news, so I grew doubtful about what Bruno was about to say.
Then Bruno said something that completely caught me off guard.
"According to our sources... the Eagles are back in the race for Chip Kelly."
"Wtf?!" I tweeted. I didn't buy it. Twitter wasn't reflecting that report at all, and we all knew Kelly had been ruled out a week or so before. But then I thought back to McManus, who happens to be affiliated with 97.5. I was intrigued. Did Tim know more than he was letting on when he tweeted that the Eagles were "too quiet"? Was he the "source" 97.5 was referencing? Could this be real? Well, not too long after, a Chris Mortenson (ESPN) tweet came across my Twitter feed and sealed the deal. "The Eagles have hired Chip Kelly."
My first reaction? Naturally, I took to Twitter to tweet some deep, thought provoking, eloquently phrased thoughts:
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