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Apr 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly looks on at the 120th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Does Chip Kelly Deserve The Philadelphia Eagles' Trust?

After just a year, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie appears to have handed Head Coach Chip Kelly the keys to the Eagles kingdom. Geoff Mosher from CSN Philadelphia quotes Lurie as saying, “I just give him [Chip] the benefit of the doubt,” with regards to the Eagles decision to cut Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Now, whilst Chip Kelly did a remarkable job with the Eagles last season, did he really do enough to warrant such control? Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Chip Kelly. However, I am still a little wary as it is very early days in his NFL coaching career.

Last season, the Eagles scraped to a first place finish in the NFC East despite down years from rivals New York Giants and Washington Redskins. The Divisional title was only secured at the death of a week 17 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, who were without the star quarterback Tony Romo.

In both games against the weak Washington Redskins, the Redskins looked like they could play themselves back into the game after the Eagles had built early leads. The Eagles rarely stamped authority over the full 60 minutes of a game, with Nick Foles‘ seven TD game against the Oakland Raiders being a notable exception.

The Eagles also had disappointing losses against the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings.

Throughout much of last season, the NFC East was mockingly referred to as the “NFC Least”. It, rightly, ranked among one of the weakest divisions in football. Was it really such an achievement to win the NFC East last year, given the strength of the opposition within the division?

Chip Kelly is still a coach learning his way in the NFL. It looks as if Kelly has a preference for players that he knows, a significant number of players drafted and signed in free agency have been from Pac-12 teams, the same conference that Kelly’s Oregon teams played in. This is human nature, with people always preferring to work with people that they know, but could it lead the Eagles to miss talent from other areas of college football?

There is no doubt that Chip Kelly is a remarkable football coach and a great offensive mind. However, if I was Jeffrey Lurie, I would probably be a bit slower to hand over complete control of the kingdom.

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  • Dr Muon Funk

    It’s his team and he won with none of his players. Let’s give the guy a chance.

  • Bart

    Mr glass half empty I take it? The numbers speak louder than words, I only read 2 articles last year that didn’t have the Eagles finishing last in their division. Chip takes them to a 10-6 season after being 4-12 the year prior and it’s because the division is bad, the Skins looked like they were going to come back and win, “without the star quarterback Tony Romo”. I’d say Orton looked just as good as Romo, and exactly the same on the last play. No fewer than 3 offensive players had career years in their first season in a new system, and the team finished the year 7-1. I think they’ll be just fine.

  • trinity

    I wouldn’t say he deserves the trust, and I wouldn’t say he doesn’t. What I think is that everything is up in the air until after this season plays out. By season’s end, we will all know if Chip Kelly is as smart as he seems to think he is.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Exactly what @disqus_nW8ubwNNkl:disqus said. We are heading in the right direction. The numbers did show that DeSean got more deep ball throws with Vick under center. Reilly got more long balls with Foles under center. My guess is Jackson just didn’t do well against good teams or in the playoffs. We were paying him 10mil a year. Those are the facts. Chip is a stats and performance kind of guy. Let’s move on.

  • trinity

    I don’t think there’s any way you can move on until you see how they do without desean. Outside of maybe shady McCoy, he was the best player on the team in my opinion. The fact is that with the desean situation, the eagles made themselves immediately worse, and made a division rival immediately better. That is cause for concern. I don’t trust chip, and i don’t not trust him either. I’m going to reserve judgement until this season.

  • Bart

    How did we do with Desean the year before? I like Djax but he had the year he did because of Chip, as did Riley and LeSean and Foles’ jersey in the HOF to boot. That was all Chip.

  • trinity

    That doesn’t really change that he was the best playmaker on the team outside shady. Are you saying that you trust Chip completely? Right now?

  • Bart

    I don’t trust anyone completely. Ever. What I’m saying is any receiver at the #1 position in this offense is going to get big numbers, Chip callin’ his plays and Foles pullin’ the trigger that’s what matters.

  • Frank Viola

    Now that the village idiot who ran this team into the ground has left for Kansas City, the team needed someone to bring back respectability and Chip fit that role. We haven’t seen all of Chip’s offensive strategy as he is adjusting to new personnel and once he knows what that capability is he will insert new ways to keep the other teams off balance. Many critics have suggested that the Eagles won’t be the same offensive threat without Jackson. They seem to forget it was Chip’s system that gave Jackson the opportunity to flourish. We don’t know how Chip will utilize Sproels(?) McCoy and his 3 tight ends and whoever they may draft. I for one am anxious to see what he brings to the table now that he has some experience in the ways of the NFL.

  • Owen Lloyd

    No, not glass half empty. I’m quite an optimist actually, just trying to add an alternative view as many people seem convinced that the Eagles should walk the East this year. As you say, the same people were convinced that they would finish dead last in 2013. As yet, Kelly has not achieved enough to be given full reign over the roster.

  • Owen Lloyd

    Can’t wait to see how Chip does this season. It’s going to be exciting! Bit harsh to call Reid a village idiot though, he was a good coach who got stale over the last 3-4 years in Philly.

  • Bart

    Personally I think all coaches should decide about the players they want. I don’t think Howie should be deciding which players fit in Chip’s system, GM’s are dollars and cents (or pounds and pence I guess) men who figure out how to get he guys the coaches want. They hounded Chip to come to the Eagles, paid him a crap load of dough, let him do what he wants. Of course we could always go the way of the Cowboys, that works great. Cheers.