Eagles fans aren’t the only ones interested to see how the team transitions from 14 years under the direction of Andy Reid to the stewardship of Chip Kelly–his fellow NFC East coaches are taking notice, too.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett know that Kelly will present a new set of problems.
“I know Chip from his days at New Hampshire, and the tremendous job he did at Oregon. We interviewed him at one point here in New York, and he’s done a superior job and he’s an outstanding football coach. He’s going to make it interesting,” Coughlin said.
Garrett believes that Kelly’s extensive and eclectic knowledge of college offenses will make for difficult matchups at the next level.
“And certainly the challenges that Chip Kelly presents are obvious. Certainly, a great track record at Oregon. He’s just a darn good football coach, and he’s bringing that style of football to the NFL. I think we have seen glimpses of that the last couple of years, where there has been a trickle up of college offenses to the NFL. And they are challenging. And his style is even different than some of the things we have seen.”
One person who has seen Kelly’s style is new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who most recently served in the same role at USC. Kiffin’s defenses, like many other units, had little success stopping Kelly’s Oregon attack. USC surrendered 62 points to Oregon last season.
“We have to do as much preparation work as we can with the film that we have from Oregon – great program, they’ve been outstanding. So the challenge is certainly there. And if you turn the tape on, you can see it. So we have to get ourselves up to snuff on how to stop those guys.”
Whether or not they will be in fact able to stop the Eagles remains to be seen.