Has Chip Kelly Dug Himself Into A Hole?

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Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The example that comes to mind is ex-Eagles, and current New York Jets quarterback Mike Vick. He was cast off by the National Football League after making horrible decisions and doing horrible things to dogs. Ex-Eagles and current Kansas City head coach Andy Reid, brought him in to Philadelphia with open arms, and gave him a second chance. Vick took the second chance, and made the most of it, he had a phenomenal year for the Eagles and strongly helped the organization, not to mention cleaned up his act. Vick is the kind of player that Chip Kelly would not have taken a chance on. Kelly would not have wanted to risk his locker room on this quarterback and his team most likely would have suffered for it. Mike Vick left Philadelphia in a very classy manner, and could not have been more gracious for the second chance that Reid and the city of brotherly love gave him.

Another example is San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. Smith is an all pro linebacker, and a franchise player with a large amount of talent. He also has been getting into trouble, most recently having claimed to have had a bomb in an airport. Smith is a perfect fit for the Eagles and would make our defense tremendously better. Obviously there would be no way to get Smith unless the 49ers cut him. If by some chance the 49ers decide they are fed up with Smith’s off field behavior, and decide to cut him, the Eagles would not be interested. This is because even if Smith promised to change, and showed signs of growth, Chip Kelly wouldn’t want him.

What’s even worse is that even if Chip Kelly wanted him, he couldn’t have him. By releasing DeSean Jackson, Chip Kelly has said that these kinds of players are not welcome here. If he then went out and signed or even drafted a player with off field issues, he would look like a hypocrite and a joke, and Philadelphia would be the laughing stock of the football world. I certainly hope Chip Kelly knows what he is doing, because it is too late to turn back now.

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Tags: Aldon Smith Chip Kelly DeSean Jackson Mike Vick Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jake and Elmo

    “What’s even worse is that even if Chip Kelly wanted him, he couldn’t have him.”

    Why not? Has it ever occurred to you that DJax was released PRIMARILY for financial reasons?

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Most likey played into it but let’s face it DeSean was a prick on and off the field.

  • joe

    Not worried. At all.

  • mlopy

    First things first Desean was most likely released because of several different things: Money, work ethic, late for meetings, alleged gang affiliation and so on. In spite of these things Kelly still gave him a chance to adapt to Kelly’s way(2013 season).
    Why would Kelly not give, say a player with “off the field issues” in the draft, that same chance? If he adapts, great, if not, he is expendable and will be traded/cut.

  • Steve

    Why would they release DJax after all the good free agents are gone if it is for financial reasons?

  • Jake and Elmo

    Because the Eagles are facing cap hell next year and there are a load of good receivers in the upcoming draft who can be had cheaper.

  • Ryan

    You are so wrong and you know nothing about chip. He is known for giving guys a second chance not just saying your bad I don’t want you. This is what I hate about your writing you have 0 facts 0 research you just write bogus stuff you think. And most of what you say has been proven wrong already. He gave Jackson a chance he failed he’s gone that doesn’t mean he will never give anyone else a chance. Blount James, Harris, lyria. Are just a few he gave a second chance to at Oregon. Do research before you write garbage.

  • Ryan

    Have you ever noticed how everyone criticizes your articles after you write them. Maybe you should try responding like every other writer on this site does. At least you would get a little respect if you backed up what you wrote. O wait you can’t cause you’re just write your opinion and 0 facts. You know what facts are right those things reporters are supposed to write.

  • Dustin C.

    Or maybe it was based on 10 million year and not happy. Desean is not #1 I dont care what u think. Hes a matchup problem but so is a lot guys. Writer dont know what he talkin about. Wait til he get proven wrong during season.