Chip Kelly Will Soon Draft His Foundation

by Jerome's Friend

Originally published April 21, 2013 on

After leaving the state of Oregon, Chip Kelly traveled three thousand miles to Philadelphia and signed a contract for a new home.  But this home was not new construction.  It wasn’t a Toll Brothers McMansion.  No, it’s been around for a while.  It’s been loved.  The real estate agent called it “charming” and said it had “good bones”, and Chip Kelly liked it a lot. And then he gutted it.

I’m not quite sure whether this scenario applies to the Philadelphia Eagles just yet.  We won’t really know if the roster will be gutted until the start of the 2013 season.  However, with all due respect to the players added during free agency, all reported to be the kinds of players Kelly needs, Kelly’s first NFL Draft is the time during which he can lay the foundation for his new football club.

This will be the time during which his legacy will really begin.  Yes, Howie Roseman will be calling the shots, but Roseman will not be calling the shots alone.  Kelly will collaborate and corroborate with him, as will former San Francisco personnel maestro Tom Gamble.  But make no mistake, since Coach Kelly will be molding and coaching these players, they will very much be his.  Read more…