The Maxwell Football Club announced its 25th annual Earle “Greasy” Neale Award for Professional Coach of the Year, and the winner is Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles.
To me this is not a surprise. What a difference a year makes. One year ago today Kelly was hired as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. Personally, I was pretty excited about it. But the reaction to the hire was mixed. He was compared to former Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier who went 12 and 20 in two seasons. It was reported he could not use the same type of offense in the NFL. Even one analyst said it could be the worst NFL hire ever. (Click here for that little gem of an article.)
Regardless of what people thought he has proven himself a worthy leader of the Birds. And he as won the coach of the year. He did it with little input to personnel. He took essentially the same squad with a record of 4 and 12 from last season straight into the playoffs in his first season! A big difference between Kelly and Spurrier is Kelly is willing and able to adapt to what he has to work with. He does not try to force a player into something they cannot accomplish. Kelly changes his plans according to his players’ strengths and his they follow him where ever he leads them.