Question Over Health Looms Over Chip Kelly's Debut With Philadelphia Eagles

By Andy Schmidt
Chip Kelly
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There is a lot of excitement in Philadelphia right now as the team’s first season with new head coach Chip Kelly just around the corner.

The Philadelphia Eagles should be a better team right off the bat because of Kelly, but there is one thing that really concern me about what is going to happen with the future of this team. The key to Kelly having success with the Eagles will be the ability to have his Oregon offense work in the NFL. The pieces are mostly there for that to happen, but I really think it would help to have more.

Michael Vick is the kind of quarterback that the team would want for this system, but he is growing older by the day and with the amount of hits he takes, I don’t think he can survive a full season. That would leave the job to Nick Foles. He isn’t the prototypical quarterback for a Kelly system. The team would have been smarter if they’d drafted someone like E.J. Manuel or Geno Smith in April.

There are just too many variables and while I think the Eagles will make a playoff run this season behind Vick and LeSean McCoy, the team must stay healthy for it to happen. If Vick can pick up on the system quickly, he could easily rush for over 1,000 yards and throw for another 3,000.

Kelly wants to go very up-tempo, so I hope his offense is ready to run, run and then run some more to keep the opposing defense on their toes. It is going to be a very fine line between success and failure for Kelly.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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