What a whirlwind the past 24-48 hours have been for the Philadelphia Eagles. On Tuesday, all eyes were on Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. By midday on Wednesday, Bradley was forgotten when word broke that Oregon coach Chip Kelly had reversed course and decided to come to the NFL and, specifically, to Philadelphia.
Now that the question of who the head coach is settled, many more follow. How will Kelly’s high octane, high scoring offense translate to the NFL? Does the Kelly hire make it more likely that Mike Vick will be with the Birds in 2013?
One thing’s for sure: when hiring a new coach with no NFL experience, the assistant hires are absolutely essential to get right. – CSNPhilly
Along those lines, speculation about who could be the next defensive coordinator–Georgia DC Todd Grantham. – ProFootballTalk
While speculation grew that Howie Roseman was the reason that Philadelphia was having difficulty landing a head coach, he was apparently THE reason that the Eagles got Kelly to reconsider his return to Oregon and commit to coming to the NFL. – PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Long before this move was made the question of whether Kelly’s offense could work in the NFL is one that has been pondered. Here’s one of the better examinations . – Grantland
Could Chip Kelly extend Mike Vick’s future with the Eagles? Time will tell, but what we do know is that Kelly has first-hand experience with Nick Foles and had some high praise for him:
“I’ll tell you what; I’m glad Nick Foles is graduating. I catch myself watching him in awe sometimes … Nick is a hell of a football player. That kid’s a warrior. He’s as good as anyone in the country.”
Eagles players are excited that the search is over and to get to work with their new head coach – Birds 24/7
One thing we know about Kelly from his arrival into Philadelphia on Wednesday night–he’s got a sense of humor:
“I know there’s a rabid fan base here, which is good. I got a text on the plane that I was getting tracked like Santa Claus, which was flattering, until I remembered that the Philly fans booed Santa Claus. So I hope they don’t boo me.”
Ha ha. He gets a one-time only pass for bringing that up. – CSNPhilly.com