Before the Philadelphia Eagles brought Chip Kelly aboard as their new head coach following last year’s 2012 NFL Season, Kelly was the front-man at the University of Oregon and the mastermind behind an innovative and electric form of spread-option offense.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his front office decided to let go of their storied, 14-year head coach Andy Reid following a duo of horrendous seasons in 2011 and 2012. Their miserable and humiliating 4-12 record in 2012 set the stage for the unavoidable conclusion of Reid’s time in Philly.
Kelly is not only the perfect fit for the Eagles’ offense because of their widespread speed and versatility, but he is also a great choice in Philly because of his experience with young athletes during his six-year stay at Oregon, acting as head coach for the final four years. This past familiarity with young players is especially beneficial to the Eagles’ offense because so many of their players are just beginning NFL careers.
The Eagles house a boatload of youth among their offensive skilled positions, with RBs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown, WRs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Damaris Johnson and Riley Cooper, and backup QBs Matt Barkley and Nick Foles all younger than, or currently, 25 years old.
The one obvious exception on the Eagles’ offense is long-time veteran QB Michael Vick, who fortunately still harnesses the athletic ability of a much younger man. I look for Vick to lead the Eagles’ incredibly dangerous offense this season, while also acting as a guide and mentor to his younger teammates.
It is certainly hard to turn an NFL team around for the better in just one year, but I think that Kelly has a great chance to do so with the Eagles this season.
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