FIRST off, I wasn’t a fan of his hiring to begin with. So before your mouth begins to form the word “bandwagon” you can just dry swallow that.
Here is an excerpt from Monday’s press conference when Chip Kelly was asked about playing his back-ups:
“It’s not about trying to see what the future is,” Kelly said. “It’s about we got a game. I would not be fair in any of my beliefs and I would not be fair to any football player right now if I said to some guy, ‘Hey, I know you’re a better player, but I’m going to play a younger guy now.’ That’s not what we’re all about. If you want to go do that, go somewhere else. That’s not us.”
So we’re gonna play to win. That’s right EAGLES faithful; we’re gonna get one more long look at QB Mark Sanchez (expiring deal). “OLB” Brandon Graham (expiring deal). WR Jeremy Maclin (expiring deal). CB Bradley Fletcher (expiring deal). SS Nate Allen (expiring deal). DE Cedric Thronton (expiring deal). Naw. No need to get an extended “live” look at the guys behind those guys though.
So instead of getting a long look at the depth on our roster, we’re going to be playing to win. WHY!? Of what POSSIBLE benefit could a win by our starters be NOW!? If our back-ups can win a game, then maybe we don’t need to draft so high, but starters winning tells you nothing. It nets you nothing. Apparently picking 20th in the Draft isn’t low enough for Kelly’s taste. We’ll be looking to deliberately dig our hole deeper.
Here’s the deal: You get to be an arrogant dick when you WIN playoff games. Not when you get manhandled by a finesse team like the Saints one year, and then utterly fucking face-plant while running away with the division during the following year. He is one more bushel of Oregon bench-warmers away from setting this franchise back 4 years, after his bitch ass goes 8-8 next year and he bails for the comfort of the college ranks.
“It’s not about trying to see what the future is,” is a direct quote. Right out of his mouth. He just doesn’t fucking get it. The future is literally half of this game. It’s what the film study is for. It’s why scouts work year round. It’s why teams trade picks sometimes years in advance. Then again, not looking ahead may be why his draft record is so shitty. It would explain why the EAGLES Draft board was in so much disarray this year, when a couple of guys they wanted were off the board already. For a college coach Kelly certainly has no feel for young players.
Seriously, name one player drafted here in the last two years who developed into an NFL starter with a dramatically better game than they had coming out of college. The closest you get is Bennie Logan. Our last 1st round pick, sucks too bad in practice to even play. He’s making 1.5 million to watch football games. Us they charge for the same thing. But this is who Kelly wanted. Because the future. “That’s not what we’re all about.” You said it, Chip.