The further he gets from his days at Oregon, the more irrelevant former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly continues to become.
Sometimes, as a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you think about what could have been. At others, you think about things and you’re thankful that things happened. Once upon a time, after the firing of Andy Reid, Jeffrey Lurie had an idea. He’d hire what was believed to be the most innovative coach in college football, Chip Kelly.
We won’t give you a recap of how that turned out. Most of you know anyway, and doing so would probably bring up some bad memories.
Just to be fair it was Kelly that drafted Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholor. He also made moves that he may never be forgiven for, shipping off DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy and bringing in DeMarco Murray for instance.
Oh yeah, he was the guy that buried Howie Roseman in the equipment room too, and every time Roseman makes a decision that makes the team better or Jackson hauls in another catch, that disdain that some Eagles fans have for Kelly grows
To some, Chip Kelly wasn’t anything more than a spy, one whose only job was to destroy the Eagles from the inside, and whether fair or unfair, there are some who have no sympathy for him after a failed coaching stint with the San Francisco 49ers and an experiment that seems to be failing at UCLA.
This couldn’t have been what then Bruins were hoping for when they hired him on November 25th of 2017. In its’ illustrious history, UCLA has watched the success of 25 varsity sports. The school has a total of 118 NCAA team championships. Here’s the thing though. Not one of them is for football. Seeing Kelly go 3-12 in his first 15 games makes some believe that won’t change as long as this is his team.
We won’t even post the tweets from the fans. They’re worse. They’re much much worse. Whether you feel sorry for the guy or think that this is funny, one thing is certain.
It’s amazing that a guy who added so much excitement to college football has fallen so far. There are no quick fixes in collegiate sports. If UCLA wants to build a dynasty it will obviously take time. We’ll have to wait and see if they show any.