Oregon Bias: Good For The Philadelphia Eagles

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Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

I’m really sick and tired of reading about how Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has an Oregon bias.

Why? Because Chip Kelly’s Oregon bias is a good thing.

It’s been written about here, and here, just to point out a few. Kelly has faced questions about it. General manager Howie Roseman has faced questions about it.

And it’s stupid.

Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles will enter the 2014 NFL season with five former Oregon Ducks on their roster. That’s five players who went to the school where Chip Kelly really made a name for himself. There’s Casey Matthews, who Kelly inherited from Andy Reid and who is a key special teams player. There’s rookie wide receiver Josh Huff, drafted in the fourth round. There’s wide receiver Jeff Maehl, who provides versatility within a system he knows quite well. There’s rookie defensive end Taylor Hart, who gives the Eagles the same kind of versatility up front. And there is Brandon Bair, a defensive end who seems to be a real find.

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