Poor Philly fans. Once more they’ve been sold the dream project by a snake oil salesman only to find out they bought, well, snake oil. Chip Kelly’s departure moments after the Eagles finished season 2015 took no one by surprise, putting an end to a tumultuous season that promised much but delivered little. Now owner and chairman Jeffrey Lurie is left holding the rubble and charged with fixing the mess he helped to create.
They might not be loved too much outside the City of Brotherly Love, but even the most one-eyed NFL supporter has to have a modicum of sympathy for those long suffering fans at Lincoln Field. Without a championship trophy to cherish since 1960, the Eagles always seem to be held in a pattern of transition – going from one coach and one quarterback to the next while never making any serious headway in the competition.
It has to hurt all more with Andy Reid going to Kansas and turning the Chiefs into a serious football outfit. The man with the bushiest moustache in football took Philadelphia to the playoffs in 9 seasons during his tenure, not too shabby given the turmoil they’ve found themselves in.
Kelly’s experience at New Hampshire and Oregon gave him a reputation for being an outside-the-box thinker. Noted for his tactical work, Big Chip was supposed to give the Eagles that extra edge to make them a formidable outfit. Instead they finished the NFC East with a 7-9 record and blowing a crucial game against the Redskins.
Plenty of coaches have fallen by the wayside since the playoffs begun in earnest. From the New York Giants to the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns, the casualties of the head position are swift and ruthless. But for a franchise with the history and ambition of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly’s reign is an embarrassing and forgettable chapter in the club’s quest to Super Bowl glory.
These are the top 10 decisions that got Chip Kelly fired.
10 10. Missing Out On Frank Gore
9 9. Sam Bradford
8 8. Cutting Evan Mathias
7 7. No Open Receivers Without DeSean Jackson
6 6. Putting All Eggs Into DeMarco Murray Basket
5 5. Letting Jeremy Maclin Go For Nothing
4 4. Trading LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso
3 3. Going Over GMs Head
2 2. Prioritized Short Term Choices Over Long Term Success
1 1. Selling Himself To The Eagles
The saying often goes “fake it till you make it.” In that instance, Chip Kelly still has a lot more faking to do should he get another shot at an NFL franchise. Given how season 2015 panned out that seems more than unlikely. He sold the project in the preseason that the Eagles were a team on the march, selling a bold target for the future with everything laying on his shoulders. He used his leverage to get the front office to buy into him and when the deck of cards came crashing down, only one man could be blamed for the whole fiasco.
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