Like others, I was very excited by the prospects of Gus Bradley bringing Philadelphia's defense back to the form of the Brian Dawkins days. With Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor, Corey Simon and the like, the Eagles had a tremendous defense that truly carried the team.
The way the Seattle Seahawks' defense played, I wanted Bradley.
I'm not of the mindset that the NFL is about offense now and that the Eagles needed an offensive mind. I believe that defense still does win championships, these first two rounds of the playoffs aside. But even in this age of endless penalties on the defense, the Super Bowl Champions of the past several years still played great defense (in the playoffs).
When I heard the news that the Eagles had hired Chip Kelly, I was borderline shocked.
Now that I've had some time to digest the news, do some research and most importantly, watch his introductory press conference, I'm convinced that he's absolutely the right man for the job.
Let me be clear: the results are what matter, and Chip Kelly acknowledged that. However, the words he spoke and the character he showed proved to me that this is a man I want to lead the Philadelphia Eagles.
People can look to the relationship he has with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots' respect for Chip Kelly and his offensive brilliance. I certainly consider it a factor in my opinion. People can look to his impeccable record at the University of Oregon: 46-7 in four seasons. It's an impressive display of winning.
I choose to look more into his character.
For those who mocked Kelly and called him a Flip-Flopper, and thus not a character guy: You are flat-out moronic and speaking out of ignorance.
While I can't say I know the guy like Jeffrey Lurie now does, the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles won me over with the way he carried himself and the philosophies he articulated.
Experts, fans and players all shared their opinions on the prospects of his offense working in the NFL. But to even raise the question shows a lack of respect or knowledge for the brilliance of Chip Kelly. The smartest coaches are flexible and creative in all situations.
As the Eagles coach stated:
"Football is football, and this is football at its highest level. But it's still a game that's played 11 on 11 ... I'm not married to 'we have to do this' [on offense] ... I'm an equal-opportunity scorer ... I'm not going to take a running quarterback and make him throw and I'm not going to take a passing quarterback and make him run. ... It's not about style, it's about substance... It's about putting guys into positions where they can be successful ... We're going to put our guys in the best position to score points."
While Kelly addressed some of the more popular questions with that answer, the most important quote I took away was: "It's about putting together a great coaching staff, having a great organization behind you, and having great players."
Chip Kelly was able to build Oregon into a national powerhouse because he could recruit not only players, but great coaches with the same mindset for winning.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be successful not simply for his ability to think outside-the-box and run an explosive offense. While that will make the Eagles one of the most exciting offensive teams in the NFL, it will not translate into the kind of winning Philadelphia yearns for.
Chip Kelly will find success with the Eagles because he will inspire others to coach with him, play for him and build something great with him.
Welcome to Philly, Chip.
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