Kelly, an east coast guy, was bound to take a job back east. He also wanted to coach the best talent in the world. Who wouldn't?
If there was a job advancement available, who of us would turn it down? That's exactly what this is for Kelly; he is taking his talents to the most competitive and athletic football league in the world.
Philadelphia is a great spot for him. They are extremely fast and talented. Remember that it was only two years ago that Vince Young deemed the Eagles, "the Dream Team". Well Young is no longer in the picture but LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson are legitimate treats from anywhere on the field. The quarterback situation is a little unsettled but you can assume the Michael Vick would at least get a chance at it. With that much talent and speed, Kelly should be free to experiment with whatever offensive schemes he wants.
Back to the Rose Garden, the screen behind me had Comcast SportsNet playing without the sound, and they were obviously constantly talking about Kelly. There was a stream of images of him in his visor, leading his team to victory over and over again. I continued to hear people say, "Hey look its Chip," or, "Did you hear about Chip Kelly?" I had never heard so many people comment on what was playing on a muted TV. Some people were positive, some were negative, but it seemed like everyone had something to say about it. He's a polarizing figure. Some will doubt him, some will root for him. It comes along with the territory and I'm sure Kelly has accepted that is just part of the job.
I'm proud of Chip and hope the best for him. I'll root for him (except twice a year when he plays my Cowboys).
I'll be in Philly in May; maybe we could grab a Cheesesteak at Geno's. Go Ducks and Go Chip!
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