Chip Kelly is experiencing something he isn’t very familiar with — defeat. At Oregon Kelly racked up a 46-7 career record many times in games where they were blowing teams out by halftime. He is now 1-2 as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kelly simply hasn’t lost very much as a head coach. He also hasn’t been in close games all that often. It is something he is going to have to get used to. The Eagles simply aren’t a very good football team this year. The defense is in a transition period going from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, and they need the players to make that change.
On the offensive side of the ball it is clear Kelly still needs to find his young franchise quarterback to help this offense run at an optimum level. The hurry up is deemed useless when the football is turned over a high number of times by Michael Vick and the offense as we saw last night.
Kelly knew losing came with the territory, especially on a rebuilding team. He is the type of coach, thought, that will do everything he can to win and win now. If the offense keeps struggling does this mean a quarterback change? If the secondary and particularly the safety play continues to be get worse does this mean a personnel change in the back end? You bet ya. He is and always has had a win now mantra. “Win the day” was his saying in Eugene, Oregon.
Maybe soon the Eagles will win the day, but I have a feeling that day is somewhere in the future. Kelly just doesn’t have all the right chess pieces to fit his system right now. Once he gets his desired signal caller and a defense he can work with come Sundays the Eagles may be winning a lot more than the day.