January 16th, 2013 was an interesting day for the Eagles Faithful. After what seemed like weeks and weeks of the Eagles’ search for a new head coach the day had finally come. The surprising part of that was the new head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles was Chip Kelly. I was surprised because just days before he said he wanted to continue to coach college football.
I wanted the Eagles to hire Kelly from the beginning. He led the Oregon Ducks to four straight BCS Bowl games. That was in his first four years! When talks with Kelly were going on there was discussion that the transition from College to the NFL was a concern. Few coaches enjoyed success moving up to the bigs. But Kelly was special. He knew how to motivate his players. That, in my opinion is 85% of what being a successful head coach is all about.
Since his debut with the Chip Kelly led Oregon football to new territory after taking over as head coach in 2009. He coached the University of Oregon to BCS games in each of his four seasons as head coach; the 2010 Rose Bowl, 2011 BCS National Championship Game, 2012 Rose Bowl, and 2013 Fiesta Bowl. He coached Oregon to three consecutive outright conference championships from 2009-2011 and a conference division title in 2012. Oregon won its second consecutive BCS bowl game after they defeated #5 Kansas State in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. – Wikipedia.org
Today, looking back it is easy to say yeah, that was a great move by the Eagles. But at the time, what were your thoughts on the matter? I was at lunch with co-workers when I got the tweet and I was fired up.
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