Reports came out Friday night that Chip Kelly was close to signing with the Browns. It appeared that Joe Banner had worked his magic and landed the Big Kahuna. I was both relieved and depressed.
Chip Kelly is a special college coach. I’m utterly fascinated by the guy, but he also scares me to death. I’ve said all along that Kelly is a guy that you have to acknowledge up front can be a great hire or could turn out to be a disaster. High risk, high reward. As scary as hiring him is, though, the fear of missing on him and then seeing him become a great coach might be even worse.
So I was relieved when reports hit late on Friday that the Eagles were still going to meet with Kelly. Good news. Here’s the best way I can explain the situation. I will be fine if the Eagles don’t get Kelly, but he’s potentially so good that I think you owe it to yourself to meet with him and see what he’s all about in person. Chip is a brilliant guy. He might absolutely blow you away and become someone you must hire. Or maybe he’s arrogant and turns you off right away. I’ll be okay either way this situation plays out, but it was important for me that the Eagles meet with him so there wouldn’t be a huge “what if” scenario at play.
I trust Lurie enough that if he meets with Kelly and is blown away, he’ll make it happen. If Lurie meets with him and isn’t blown away, he’ll continue looking for Mr. Right. As I’ve said before, the key here isn’t to hire the big name, but rather to find the right coach. That turned out to be Andy Reid in 1999. We’re not sure who that is right now.
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I’ll be posting my final pecking order a bit later on.