Jerry Jones was not the first owner in the National Football League to go to the college football game to find a football man who could coach his football team to play a football game on the football field in the National Football League. (seven times, maybe a record)
Jerry just had enormous success in hiring Jimmy Johnson to coach the Dallas Cowboys beginning in 1989. The Jimmy way of emphasizing speed, speed and more speed was revolutionary to the NFL, and yielded three Super Bowl titles between 1992 to '95.
The Philadelphia Eagles are going all in with what could be an equally revolutionary hire by bringing in Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon.
I love this hire because it means Kelly is going to bring his speed, spread, run offense to the NFL. We are already seeing it in San Francisco and QB Colin Kaepernick. Kelly's offense puts an even greater emphasis on speed, and play calling.
Kelly is going to need the players to do it, namely the quarterbacks, plural. And Kelly is going to soon learn the best and biggest athletes on the field usually play defense in the NFL, unlike vice versa in the college game. He is going to have to find two quarterbacks who can run his offense because it's a safe assumption one of them is going to get hurt.
The Eagles wanted to do something big; hring Kelly is the single biggest thing that has happened this offseason in the NFL. It has tremendous blow up potential because you just never know how the players will deal with a college coach. Given the way other NFL teams are adopting his style of offense, the way other college coaches are doing well in the NFL (Jim Harbaugh), and how quarterbacks are changing, it is easy to envision Kelly winning.
Maybe not like Jimmy, but certainly more than Steve Spurrier.
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