Philadelphia Eagles discussion board: What if Sean McDermott never left?

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Yes, those emails from the Philadelphia Eagles faithful are sure to come piling in.

2. Chip Kelly still succeeds Andy Reid, but McDermott becomes the Eagles’ 22nd head coach.

Yes, Eagles fans, we regret to inform you that even though we’re all taking the liberty of re-writing history slightly, we can’t remove Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching tree.

That means that ‘Big Red’ still walks in 2013, and Philly, looking to be forward-thinking in the hire of their 21st head coach, still hires Chip Kelly, overlooking a better NFL head coach already on their staff in the process. Jim Schwartz never becomes this team’s defensive coordinator.

3. Philly is still looking for that first Super Bowl win. 

In this twisted and somewhat strange scenario, Chip Kelly is still fired, and on January 18th of 2016, the Eagles, looking to hire a defensive-minded head coach, promote McDermott instead of hiring Doug Pederson. What are we saying here? It’s simple. Despite our attempts to re-write history, it’s better if some things are kept the same way that they turned out.

The Eagles won Super Bowl 52 because of their offense, not because of their defense (no disrespect to Brandon Graham), and even though Kelly’s tenure did lead to the addition of Lane Johnson, Nelson Agholor, and Zach Ertz, if McDermott is the head coach and not Doug Pederson, the ‘Birds’ are probably still looking for their first Super Bowl win. No Doug Pederson means that there’s no Frank Reich, no Carson Wentz, no Nick Foles, and definitely, no ‘Philly Special’.

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With that being said, let’s all put a bow on this one, As fun as that was, most of us would rather leave things the way they are.