Chip Kelly “Let go” by Philadelphia

It’s the beginning of an era! One without Chip Kelly at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles. The head coach and GM (just don’t tell Chip) was fired Tuesday, December 29th after the Eagles fell to 6-9 on the season with a loss against the NFC East Champion Washington Redskins. This was only Chip’s third year as the head coach of the Birds, coming over from Oregon in 2013 following the departure of long-time coach, Andy Reid.

Right from the start of the season, rumors were already swirling that Chip Kelly had lost his team and allegedly was, as former Eagles CB Brandon Boykin put it to CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn, “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture”. What does this mean? Was Chip Kelly a racist? Did he have an issue with those who were verbal in the locker room? Maybe he just didn’t like how they fit into his scheme. While the third reason seems to be the one that many just settled on, I find that simply put, Chip Kelly has an alpha-male complex, or in more historic terms, a Napoleon complex (just look around, he isn’t exactly the tallest guy around).

Chip was able to turn the organization around in his first year going 10-6 and winning the NFC East, but the following year, despite having the same record, the Eagles missed out on the playoffs. He only made it 15 games this season before getting the boot after a 6-9 season, finishing with an overall record of 26-21 (.553). The most telling part of this entire saga was that despite literally EVERYONE knowing that Chip was both Head Coach and GM, with former GM Howie Roseman now being the “Executive Vice-President of Football Operations” for the organization, Chip refused to take the blame for it all. He pointed fingers, underscored his responsibility for, yes, trading or releasing the best offensive players on the team (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, even Nick Foles), he just would not accept that it was his fault. Couple all of this with the fact that he was very contentious with the media (but let’s face it, which coach isn’t? i.e. Jim Mora and “Playoffs?!”), and Chip Kelly had pretty much worn out his welcome in Philadelphia.

Now let me jump to the defense of both my fellow Philadelphians and Mr. Kelly as well. We are a restless bunch. The 2015-16 season is Super Bowl 50! The Eagles haven’t won a Championship since 1960, let alone a Super Bowl. Chip was the “savior”, and if I’m gonna be honest here, he did revolutionize the pace of the game and showed the rest of the league what an up-tempo offense was. His pace was so quick that the NFL actually started having the referees stand in the way of the lines to slow down Kelly’s offense and actually mandated that the refs run a certain time on a 40-yd dash, but don’t quote me on that! I think I’m right, and it sounds cool! So here we are..the end of Chip Kelly is upon us.

Notes:

-Interim Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Pat Shurmur led the Eagles to a 35-30 win over the New York Giants to close out the season 7-9.

-Long-time Giants Head Coach, Tom Coughlin will resign. He led the G-Men to 2 Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots

-The Eagles played 4 quarters of football for the first time this year

-Walter Thurmond III notched his 4th interception of the season, taking it back for a pick-six; he led the team in INTs

-With Coughlin resigning, the streak of 12 years ends between Eli Manning and Coughlin being together on the team (only Brady and Belichick have a longer tenure)

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Mourinho Out As Chelsea Boss

Well for many Chelsea fans, a page has turned!  After delivering the club an unprecedented 5th Premier League Title, the Chelsea boss was let go after a horrible start to the season.  The Blues currently sit in 14th place and have found themselves standing just above the relegation line in the Premier League.

Mourinho himself has had a storied managerial career that has led him through some of the world’s biggest clubs including: Chelsea, Inter Milan, Porto and Real Madrid.  Many of his players consider him to be one of the greatest managers of all-time and the best of his generation of bosses.  During his most recent tenure with Chelsea, he boasted an unheard of 80 wins  and 27 losses along with 29 draws.

He has also brought home quite a large sum of hardware for each of the respective clubs he manned the sidelines for including: 8 league titles, 11 national cups, 1 Europa league win and 2 Champions League titles.  Mourinho also holds some of the longest home winning streaks of any soccer manager in which he did not lose a game from February 2002 to April 2011.

Many teams are involved in the paper chase to possibly land Mourinho.   Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and the MLS have all been tied with Mourinho.  This transfer window will be very intriguing to watch, and this offseason can provide some fireworks depending on where Jose decides to take his talents to.  Either way, there will be no shortage of headline worthy news coming out of Mourinho camp for some time.

As for his replacement at Chelsea, Guus Hiddink has been named the interim manager for Chelsea.  During his short time as the manager of Chelsea, Hiddink has managed to keep the Blues afloat and they have been holding at 14th.  However, with news around Mourinho swirling, it’s only a matter of time before he potentially ends up on the other side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge.