Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has been given the boot by ownership, in a move that shocked the NFL world on Tuesday night. The Eagles wasted no time and did not even wait until Black Monday, even with many analysts and media members (including myself) believing that team owner Jeffrey Lurie had too much invested and would give him one more season.
Kelly spent three years with the Eagles and instilled many changes during his time there. He had no problem parting ways with numerous veteran playmakers, including DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Evan Mathis. He scaled back the playbook and ran an uptempo offense that was based more on keeping opposing defenses off balance than exploiting matchups.
With a record of 26-21, it’s hard to say Kelly failed miserably in Philadelphia, but he certainly underachieved given the talented roster he inherited and resources he was given. Ownership gave him control of the roster, and now the team lacks proven playmakers on both sides of the ball, which doesn’t project well for the near future.
Anyway, speaking of the future, Kelly has already been linked to a gazillion landing spots, including the Colts, Titans, Saints, Rams, Texas A&M, LSU and even the Jaguars. Regardless of where he ends up, he recently told FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer that he no longer wants to have full control over personnel, and wants to be more of a traditional coach.
In my convo w Chip he said next stop he just wants to coach & insists he does NOT want to be the personnel guy too. This is significant
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 30, 2015
Many top head coaches in the college ranks are in charge of personnel as well, and it’s not uncommon at that level. But in the NFL, it’s best to let the coaches come up with a scheme that fits their makeup, develop players and put their guys in position to win each week, rather than worry about scouting and who’s the perfect fit for what they want to do. It seems as if that’s what Kelly is now finding out, but he learned that lesson the hard way.