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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.