8 regretful moves that could’ve spelled Chip Kelly’s fate in Philly
Chip Kelly denied ever demanding he needed the final say in Philly, but that's exactly what he got. Former general manager Howie Roseman was "promoted" to a position that left Kelly in charge of personnel decisions. Ironically, it'll be Roseman assisting the owner in finding a new head coach.
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The first to go
DeSean Jackson, who played one year for Kelly, had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. Then, he was released. Since then, Jackson put together two quality seasons despite being limited with an injury this season.
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In what was one of the boldest moves of the Chip Kelly Era, he shipped franchise running back LeSean McCoy for an emerging talent in linebacker Kiko Alonso. While it appeared to look good on paper, the team faced a wave of backlash. McCoy hasn’t had the healthiest season in Buffalo, but he has produced better than the triplet of Philly backs. He was also a proven commodity in Kelly’s system.
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While Jeremy Maclin commanded more money than the Eagles were willing to pay on the open market, the process during free agency was interesting, to say the least. The last Eagles' outside receiver with 80 yards in a game is Maclin.
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Carrying some weight
Certainly acquiring the league's rushing leader is an accomplishment, but DeMarco Murray was never an ideal fit in Kelly's offense. After missing out on an opportunity to sign Frank Gore, Kelly gave up a boatload for Murray. Months later, Murray would have the owner's ear after being underutilized.
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Thrown in there
Sure, Sam Bradford may have been a marginal upgrade over Nick Foles. Bradford, however, also cost the Eagles a second-round pick in the trade. All for a season in which Philly couldn't compete in an underwhelming division.
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To stay or go
When Chip Kelly made his attempt to trade up to draft quarterback Marcus Mariota, he put several players on the trade block. While linebacker Mychal Kendricks would eventually be signed to an extension, questions of uncertainty in the locker room loomed.
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Let Mathis go for nothing
According to Kelly, he granted Evan Mathis’ agent’s wish when he outright released the former Pro Bowl guard this summer. While Mathis staged a holdout entering the fourth year of his five-year deal, the Eagles surely could have been able to get something for him.