SI's Burke Says Eagles' Hiring Of Kelly Best of Offseason

You’ve heard it by now. The Eagles either him a home run with the hiring of Chip Kelly as the successor to Andy Reid, or they have completely whiffed. I’m not sure that there isn’t a middle ground, but we’re a society that likes to react in absolutes.

But if the Kelly hire really is a boom or bust proposition, count SI’s Chris Burke as one man who thinks the Eagles may have just struck gold.

Burke believes the Eagles made the best head coach hiring of the eight teams that filled vacancies this offseason.

Whether you like or dislike Kelly, you’re kidding yourself if you do not see the potential of his offense stockpiled with the likes of LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

This was a move made more for Kelly’s proven program-building abilities and his football smarts than his use of an up-tempo attack. Kelly was noncommittal on Michael Vick’s future — a nod to the everything-on-the-table approach Kelly will take at QB. He’s said that he does not necessarily need a running quarterback to control his offense, so it will be intriguing to see where the Eagles go from here.

The Eagles’ full starting lineup, save for pending free agents Vick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, could be back. That is a plus when you think of the team’s potential, but a bit scary given its consistent underachieving in the past couple seasons.

Could this backfire? Sure. Kelly could flop and greatly set back the NFL’s interest in college coaches. But this is a swing-for-the-fences hire … and Kelly is a smart enough coach to make it work.

Grade: A-minus

We’ll see how those grades look come December.

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