One year ago today, Chip Kelly left Oregon for the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles. He had what I would consider a successful season taking the Birds through a roller coaster season through to the NFL Playoffs and a loss in the Wildcard round to the New Orleans Saints. He did so well that the Maxwell Club gave their annual ‘Best Coach’ award to Kelly earlier today for turning around a team that last year was 4-12. This season they were 10-6. Kelly brought his own ‘system’ into the NFL and many thought it would not succeed. He proved many wrong.
The Philadelphia Eagles led the league in rushing yards per game averaging just over 160 per contest. The NFC East Champs also scored an average of 27 points per game, good enough for 4th in the NFL. The biggest facet where Kelly made an impact was yards per game and the average of 417. That’s 417 yards of offense per game – good enough to be ranked 2nd in the NFL.
Chip Kelly is an amazing Offensive mind who now has the chance to build this team to be even better. Running Back LeSean McCoy won the NFL Rushing title for the season and Quarterback Nick Foles had an outstanding year and threw for almost 3000 yards with 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Both players will be representing the Eagles in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii later this month along with Offensive Guard Evan Mathis. But there is no rest for Kelly in the offseason. The NFL Draft is four months away.
This team will continue to build on his philosophy that started when he became the Head Coach of Oregon in 2007. One of integrity, hard work, and not shying away from anything. He is building from the foundation up in Philadelphia and the heights for next year are even higher.
Will Kelly pick a player that he knows in May? We’ll have to wait and find out.