The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia has come to an end. After three seasons with the Eagles, Kelly has been relieved of head coaching duties.
Kelly guided Philadelphia to back-to-back 10-6 seasons in his first two years, but the Eagles (6-9) have taken an enormous step backwards this season. A slew of bad transactions this offseason is mostly to blame for Philadelphia’s regression, and with Kelly having final say over the 53-man roster, a break-up was inevitable.
Signing running back DeMarco Murray to a five-year, $40 million contract looks to be the worst move made by any team this offseason. The NFL’s 2014 leading rusher only has 633 rushing yards on the season, and has proven to be a terrible fit in Kelly’s running scheme.
Trading for quarterback Sam Bradford has also looked far from brilliant, as the former No. 1 overall pick has posted a pedestrian 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in Kelly’s offense. Skeptics worried Bradford’s inability to throw the deep ball would make him a poor fit in Kelly’s passing scheme, and they were proven correct.
Opposing defenses quickly caught on to Kelly’s predictable offense, and the defense was an abomination. The Eagles have allowed 394.9 total yards per game and 34 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.
Never one to be known for his defensive prowess, it became evident this year that Kelly was in way over his head. Having full control of a roster with only two years of NFL experience was a bit of a stretch for the offensive mastermind.
But after so many questionable personnel decisions under Kelly, the Eagles certainly feel relieved to get rid of him.
Source: CBS Sports