You probably want to, but don't write off Chip Kelly's chance at being ‘revolutionary' just yet


With yesterday's 15-7 downer against the Giants giving the Eagles two straight losses and Chip Kelly's go-go/high octane/whatever offense two straight games without a touchdown, now seems a convenient time to mock that thing about that time Kelly was supposed to "revolutionize" the NFL.

Count Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News among those who see a sinking Chip.

His lede:

"This was the offense that was supposed to revolutionize the NFL.

It may have taken one half for the rest of the league to catch up to it."

He wasn't the only one to dump on Chip following yesterday's crapper. A sampling:

Fact: Bill Walsh, widely considered responsible for the NFL's first great "revolution," went a lofty... 2-14 in the first year of his first NFL gig. His 1979 49ers scored a perfectly league average 19.25 points a game.

Fact: Don Coryell, widely considered responsible for the precursor to Walsh's "revolution," erupted to... 4-9 in his first seat at the big boy table. His 1973 Cardinals ranked a marginal 11th of 26 in scoring offense.

Fact: Chuck Noll, the owner of the most Super Bowl rings in NFL history, won a whole... one game in his first season with the Steelers. Teams with one win typically don't do much well. No exception here.

Fact: Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, owners of 5 of 12 Super Bowl rings since 2001, pieced together a remarkable, incredible, unbelievable... 10-22 combined mark in their first years of their first head coaching stints, and 11-21 -- a WHOLE game better! -- in their second, first years.

Fact: despite a cupboard bare enough for a 4-12 finish and the league's fourth-worst scoring offense a season ago, Kelly's scheme has already rewritten the record books, even if he hasn't won much.

Sure, Jim and John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy and plenty others have won immediately in the NFL. But for every Vince Lombardi, there seems to be plenty more Tom Landrys.

Maybe Chip needs to be fired from his first NFL gig, as Coryell and Belichick were, before he can reach his full potential. Maybe he can enjoy landscape-changing success here in Philadelphia, as Walsh, Noll, Coughlin and, um, Andy Reid did with their first stops. We'll see.

But to after only eight weeks write the guy off as an amateur, dismiss his coaching ability despite the fact that his high efficiency scheme doesn't have a high efficiency quarterback to execute it, and that, in his first year, the absence of said quarterback isn't on him, is simply lazy, baseless and, um, amateur itself.

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