Chip Kelly has already made some very wild decisions as the head of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles. Many famous critics like Stephen A. Smith, & others in the media are terrorizing Chip Kelly for the moves he made, but can we all let the man work? In two years, Chip Kelly has used Andy Reid’s players, and made minimal moves, compared to what Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made in 2010 when he was hired by the team.
In his first season, Carroll almost completely overturned the Seahawks roster, totaling over 200 transactions in the course of only one season. However, these moves paved the way for a 4–2 start to the 2010 season. Although Seattle faltered through the latter half of the season, the team beat the division rival Rams in the final week of the regular season for the NFC West championship, becoming the first 7–9 team in NFL history to win a division title.
Pete Carroll built his team through the draft, and through free agency. The team did in fact get rid of some players who many thought were going to be good. The team also benched Matt Flynn who the Seahawks gave tons of money too, for a third round pick that many critics said was too small too play the quarterback position in the NFL. Since then, Russell Wilson has become a top 5 quarterback, and led the Seahawks to consecutive Super Bowls. Had they ran the ball last year, they would be back-to-back Champions.
So before we judge Chip Kelly, let’s give him an opportunity to fix his roster. Chip Kelly could be following in the footsteps of Carroll. He is trying to build his amazing offense with players that fit his system. Could he also be attempting to create his own version of the Legion of Boom? Notably, Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell (both former Seahawks), were signed in the off-season.
In two years, Kelly has not been able to make many moves, because Howie Roseman was over all football operations. This off-season, Chip Kelly was finally given the power of the pen. While Kelly traded the so called face of the franchise LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, he actually upgraded the position. Kelly landed DeMarco Murray (who led the NFL in rushing yards in 2014), and Ryan Mathews formerly of Chargers to go along with Darren Sproles (who honestly had better stats than McCoy), while also adding an amazing linebacker in Kiko Alonso.
The Eagles also traded Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford, which could ultimately land Kelly his future signal caller. I still feel that Chip Kelly wants Marcus Mariota more than anyone. If he can somehow land the former Duck, Kelly’s system would be almost complete. The team also signed LB Brad Jones, WR Miles Austin, DB E.J. Biggers and WR Seyi Ajirotutu.
I highly doubt Chip Kelly will hit 200 transactions in his first year as the head of football operations, but I can guarantee that Kelly’s system will work in the NFL. Especially if he can mold the same mentality Pete Carroll has in Seattle.
Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.