Chip Kelly is looking to cook up something nice with the offensive ingredients he has in Philly.
It took close to two weeks, but the Philadelphia Eagles have ended their search for a head coach. Chip Kelly reversed field on potential recruits and the University of Oregon football community after declining the Birds offer over a week ago. In a stunning turn of events, Kelly and the Eagles agreed he is the man to replace Andy Reid, becoming the 21st head coach in team history.
Maybe it was the NCAA sanctions facing the University of Oregon which caused his change of heart.
Charles “Chip” Kelly comes to the Philadelphia Eagles strapped with an offense which leaves opposing defenses gasping for air in a tidal wave of offensive output. As coach of the Oregon Ducks this season, Kelly’s team averaged over 50 points per game and averaged a play every twenty seconds. A Paul Westhead in cleats, Kelly will run his version of the read option — similar to what we see in Washington, Carolina and San Francisco. Kelly’s wrinkle in the offense is a no-huddle.
The Eagles offense has the personnel to make it work. With a healthy offensive line, Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin could have big seasons if they are able to pick up the offense. In Vick’s case it may come down to restructuring his current contract to stay in Philly. Where does Nick Foles factor into this?
While Kelly brings a spark to an offense which seemed to have a short wick in Andy Reid’s final two seasons, it’s the defense that needs someone’s attention. I don’t think anyone is going to beat down Lovie Smith’s door to be their head coach. Smith brings an aggressive, ballhawking style which the turnover deprived Eagles desperately need.