Did Chip Kelly Do Something Unconventional Today?

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He did.

Mike Sando of ESPN ranked the 32 coaches in the NFL on ESPN’s Insider page. That link is behind a paywall, but the folks over at Bleeding Green Nation dutifully captured the Kelly portion. Predictably, it’s awesome:

12. Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles (2.20 average)

There were a couple of schools of thought on Kelly. Some were sufficiently excited about him to anoint him as a “1” [tier] after a single successful season in the NFL. Others of a similar mind thought he was a “2” trending toward the top tier. Nine voters placed Kelly in that third category, taking a wait-and-see approach. One noted that the Eagles struggled for a stretch last season before taking advantage of an unusually weak NFC East division.

“Kelly is the fascinating guy to me, because with a lot of these young [coaches] I’m not sure, but Chip has a chance to be really special,” a former GM said while putting Kelly in the second tier with the arrow pointing up. “He is going to do it differently. Even the DeSean Jackson thing, he was not afraid to get rid of him. He thinks his system can overcome everything and sometimes those guys know. He interests me greatly.”

A defensive coordinator lauded Kelly for doing an outstanding job with players. The coordinator also suggested time would tell whether Kelly’s offense would have staying power. “I think he is a 1,” a GM said. “I just think he doesn’t give a s— what other people think, and he has his beliefs, he is outside the box and he is true to himself.”

I agree that he doesn’t give a shit what people think, but I don’t believe it’s a conscious effort to think outside the box and stay true to himself. Kelly, as he has said many times, is all about asking why? and, if the answer is not sufficient, doing things in a logical or progressive way. Is that outside the box? Sure. But that’s not the goal. His goal is straightforward: do what makes sense, not what people have always done. Works in many fields, not just sports. Buy a goddamn t-shirt.

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6 Responses

  1. Has chip Kelly ever beaten a good team in the nfl? Bucs raiders giants cowboys with Orton packers with tolzein skins twice

    1. Sorry again guys, I have a habit of bringing up stupid points. It’s all this damn testosterone the doctor has me taking, it makes me angrily come up with useless bullshit all the time.

  2. Of note, they included “tiers” in the rankings and Kelly was lumped into Tier 2, which included #4-15…Andy Reid was ranked #4…the top 3 were Belichik, Pete Carroll, and Sean Payton.

    1. Also interesting is the discussion of Reid…the 1st paragraph takes a shot at McNabb, the 2nd paragraph shows why Chip Kelly is different than Reid: Kelly adapts his system to his players, Reid has a successful system and needs players to fill roles in that system:

      A defensive coordinator put it this way: “To me, a 1 is a guy who consistently wins regardless of what he has, and when you look at what Andy did in Philadelphia, I know he did not win a Super Bowl, but consistently winning the division for so many years, that is hard to do. It is the same with Belichick, but Donovan McNabb ain’t Tom Brady.”

      Reid also has a proven offensive system. However, one personnel evaluator said there were additional challenges associated with stocking a roster for Reid. “I have watched how that system operates and there is not a lot of flexibility,” the evaluator said. “It makes it hard when you do not have exactly what the system needs from a personnel standpoint. It is easy to miscommunicate and misidentify talent or not adjust to the talent you have in the short term. It is hard to sustain and compete in the postseason.”

      1. Being that it was behind a paywall, most people did not see this and I’m sure would have enjoyed reading it. I read it and that was what I liked most about the article, that it seems most are souring on Reid and praising chip.

        But no, let’s ignore that completely (and don’t give me that kyle can’t afford a measly subscription to steal from ESPN when he bought a Don Tollefson flyers jersey for one stupid post). “did chip kelly do something unconventional today?” No, he was just a football coach who was written about, just like the other 32.

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