The big news is here. Chip Kelly is now the official head coach of the Eagles. While he cannot be any worse than his predecessor, I still have mixed feelings, to say the least, about his hiring. Kelly’s spread-style offense has been tried many times before in the NFL, and it has failed every time. I would have much preferred Bruce Arians, Gus Bradley, or Mike McCoy. While I do have some hope for this new era and I want to give Kelly a chance, my expectations are rather low, considering the lack of success Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, and Lane Kiffin have experienced in recent years.
Long-time Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been fired after 14 seasons as the Eagles head coach. Reid, the winningest coach in franchise history, was released after a 4-12 season where the Eagles missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Now, we have a new era of Eagles football in store for 2013. Possible coaching candidates include my personal favorite candidate, former Buccaneers Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden, Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, and the usual mix of coordinators from other teams.
After Sunday night’s 38-33 loss to the Cowboys, defensive line coach Jim Washburn has been fired. The latest casualty in Lurie’s firing range, Washburn joins a long line of assistant coaches, players, and front office personnel to lose their jobs in the face of this now-officially losing season. One week after pro bowl defensive end Jason Babin was cut, the coach most credited with molding him from a former first-round bust to an All-Pro has been sent packing as well. It is becoming clear that Andy Reid is running out of scapegoats and I’m sure he knows deep down inside his days as head coach are numbered and he’s becoming more and more desperate to shift the blame anywhere he can find a flaw.
This is the first in a series of profiles on lesser known and up-and-coming players on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rookie running back Bryce Brown made waves in his first start Monday night, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns, even though he also fumbled twice. Brown, a seventh round pick out of Kansas State, was the number 1 high school running back of his graduating class in the entire country. Despite playing only 13 games in his college career and transferring from Tennessee after his freshman year, the Eagles took a chance on him as the draft waned down. Filling in for the injured LeSean McCoy, Brown averaged 9.3 yards per carry. While he still has much to learn, the future for this young player does look bright in Philadelphia.
It is obvious that Andy Reid is running out of scapegoats. From Juan Castillo to Jason Babin to the two PR directors, the makeup of the Eagles on the field, on the sidelines, and in the front office is radically different from the Eagles team that was projected by many sportswriters to contend for the division and make a deep playoff run before the season began. Now that the season is a train wreck with no chance at the playoffs, expect more firings and cuts to take place before the end of the season as our long-time head coach continues to shift the blame after each loss.
Eagles defensive end Jason Babin has been cut Tuesday afternoon. Babin has four sacks this season, but registered 18 last year en route to his second career pro bowl. This comes on the heels of a 7-game losing streak and the firing of two Eagles public relations directors. Also, DeSean Jackson has been placed on injured reserve after fracturing multiple ribs during Monday night’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. Jackson is the team’s leading receiver, with over 700 yards receiving this year.
After nearly a month without posting anything due to school work, illness, and general unenthusiasm due to Andy Reid and Barack Obama, I’m back! And how surprising is it that the Eagles still haven’t won anything since? Losing to the Panthers 30-22 Monday night, the Eagles’ lone bright spot is rookie running back Bryce Brown, who rushed for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown and Shady McCoy look to be a formidable backfield duo for the next few years. Meanwhile, the rest of the team continues to languish in mediocrity. After falling to the Panthers, the Eagles fall to 3-8, including 7 straight losses. The Eagles will face the Cowboys in Dallas Sunday night.