Ever since Chip Kelly made the bold move of trading All-Pro RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for former Duck standout LB Kiko Alonso, NFL executives have been calling him either an absolute genius or a total fool. As of today, a flock of nine Oregon players are on the Philadelphia roster, five of which are defenders: Casey Matthews, Brandon Bair, Wade Keliikipi, Taylor Hart and Alonzo.
As always, there’s still speculation on if Kelly will continue bringing in the players he worked with at Oregon. Among them, of course, is the coveted Heisman winner QB Marcus Mariota, who was for sure the ultimate factor that leads to a lot of Oregon’s success last season. Obviously, this acquisition makes total sense, as Mariota is the ideal QB that fits Kelly’s offensive system.Multiple reports have mentioned how various Philadelphia players are expressing their concerns with what Kelly has been doing lately, while the fans are curious about why he’s making all these moves. One possible explanation for the Alonzo-for-McCoy deal could be the fact that he wants to generate fear among his players.
He may want them to know the basic concept: If you’re not on board, get out! Like any coach whether it be collegiate or professional, the players need to believe in the coach’s philosophy and have faith in every decision he makes either on or off the field.
In other words, having a level of familiarity is key. Establishing a comfort level with players that are not familiar with a certain offensive system is tough. Kelly didn’t invent the slogan “Win The Day” for no reason – he obviously wants to win football games. A majority of ex-Ducks on a roster will cause the idea of learning something new to be completely diminished, as Kelly will focus more on developing those players by virtue of taking them to the next level.
Whatever his next decision will be, we all know that it’s most likely going to start a buzz around the football world. Kelly is a football genius and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he finds a way of drafting his ultimate craft, Mariota.
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For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
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