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SBD/January 17, 2013/Franchises
Eagles' Hire Of Chip Kelly Seen As Move That Could Excite Disgruntled Fan Base
Published January 17, 2013
NO LOVE: In Philadelphia, Sam Donnellon writes Kelly's hiring "is not bold" and "is not a risky move." The truth is "Kelly is Lurie's safest bet, at least from a public-relations standpoint." When the NFL season ended, Kelly was "the most coveted coach out there." Donnellon: "We know only this: Either way, he will make a big splash." After "more than a decade of fool's gold and unfulfilled promise, that's the best Jeffrey Lurie has to offer right now" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/17). Also in Philadelphia, Phil Sheridan writes by hiring the "latest offensive genius from the college ranks, Lurie has turned his franchise into a laboratory." It could be "fantastic and entertaining and lead, finally, to a Super Bowl title." It just as easily "could be a disaster." The only thing "we can be reasonably sure of is that it won't be boring" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/17).
BEARING DOWN: The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES writes Bears' GM Phil Emery "diligently navigated the franchise-defining process" of hiring of CFL Toronto Argonauts coach Marc Trestman for the same position. Emery despite "stiff competition ... laid out an ambitious plan and seemingly avoided any major setbacks or issues." A source said, "He was as thorough as anyone I've ever heard of" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/17). YAHOO SPORTS' Michael Silver wrote "in a vacuum, there is reason for the Trestman and Kelly hires to be celebrated." So many NFL franchises are "unimaginative when it comes to choosing coaches that when two of them take chances on men who aren't among the usual suspects, it's refreshing." Yet a "look at the larger landscape highlights a depressing overtone." More than "ever before, NFL teams are looking for offensive gurus as head coaches -- and the pool from which they're choosing is almost exclusively white" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/16).