LeSean McCoy TradeI don’t care what anyone says…I think Kelly’s trade of LeSean McCoy for former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso was one of the most foolish and head-scratching trades in recent memory and I don’t just mean in the NFL either. You see, I believe that Kelly’s decision to move McCoy for a young linebacker that has played just one full season – while missing his entire second season with a torn ACL – may be the worst trade in North American professional sports in at least, the last decade. McCoy led the league in rushing in 2013 and finished third this past season and is undoubtedly one of the top five running backs in the game today. Kiko Alonso had a nice rookie season in 2013 before missing the entire 2014 season and he may very well turn out to be a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker someday. However, the fact of the matter as it stands right now is that Kelly jettisoned arguably the game’s best dual-threat running back while getting back and bunch of ‘ifs and maybes’ in Kiko Alonso.
The DeMarco Murray AcquisitionI know Kelly basically replaced McCoy with former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, reportedly because of his more conventional ‘North-South’ running style, but Murray has also been injury-prone over the course of his career and certainly doesn’t possess the same game-breaking ability that the elusive LeSean McCoy does. I’m not a big fan of this trade, but I’ll admit that Kelly could have done a lot worse in his search for a replacement for McCoy.
Giggles All Around…The Nick Foles/Sam Bradford TradeIt’s funny, but I’ve gotten to a point where, every time Chip Kelly makes a trade I simply giggle to myself and think, ‘What the hell is wrong with this guy?’ All jokes aside, as far as this trade is concerned, I’m simply perplexed as to why Kelly would trade Foles for a near-bust quarterback like Sam Bradford that hasn’t come close to having a season near the one that Foles had in 2013 when he tossed an impressive 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Bradford is coming off two ACL injuries and has started just seven games in the past two years. The former No. 1 overall pick sports an unimpressive 18-30-1 record in his five-year career. Basically, Kelly traded Foles, a quarterback that went 14-4 as a starter and still has a big upside despite being banged-up for the majority of the 2014 season, for a quarterback that really hasn’t been able to stay healthy over his five-year career and is far more expensive.
DYK Alert!Did You Know that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford will count a whopping $16.9 million against Philly’s salary cap this coming season? I know that Kelly was never very enamored with Foles in spite of his fine 2013 season, but the bottom line is that I believe Kelly made a big boo-boo by making this trade, particularly seeing as how he really had acquiring former Oregon star Marcus Mariota in the NFL Draft in mind. Now, not only did Kelly fail to land his once prized pupil, but he’s also going to have to massage Bradford’s ego with the former St. Louis Rams starter now knowing that he was acquired to be Mariota’s backup at best.
Just Say No…to Marcus Mariota!This week, Kelly acknowledged that he would have liked to trade up and draft Mariota, but that Tennessee’s asking price was just too high. “We examined it,” Kelly said on NFL Network. “I would say we were not very close, in terms of the price that was being asked. I used the analogy the other day that we drove into a very nice neighborhood and saw an unbelievable house, but when we found out the price of the house we stayed in the car, never even got out of the car.” Kelly also said that in his opinion, the Titans were wise to turn down his trade offer. “I would have done the same thing if I was Tennessee. I think he’s an outstanding player and even better person, and he’s going to be a heck of a player in the NFL. I wouldn’t have traded him if I had the No. 2 pick,” Kelly said.
DeSean Jackson Cut!Whether you love him or loathe him, DeSean Jackson is arguably football’s best deep threat wide receiver and a player that the Eagles would be a lot better with today. Kelly quickly became disenchanted with Jackson’s off-field, gang sign-flashing ways and cut the polarizing speedster, who then signed with division rival Washington only to torch the Eagles this past season. Even if Kelly didn’t want Jackson on his team, I thought Philly would have been wise to look for a trade instead of foolishly letting him walk and getting nothing in return.
Bye-Bye Maclin!In addition to all of his head-scratching trades, Kelly was also unable to convince Pro Bowl wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to stay in town following last season’s breakout campaign. Hmm…I wonder if Maclin saw the handwriting on the wall before deciding to sign with Kansas City and reunite with former head coach Andy Reid.
The Biggest Shocker? Tim Tebow SigningYou’d think that after all of the aforementioned trades and what not that Chip Kelly would be done dealing for a while, but apparently not. Kelly shocked the NFL by signing former Broncos and Jets quarterback Tim Tebow as an unrestricted free agent last month. Now, while I may be in the minority, I personally like the signing of the former Heisman Trophy winner and I believe it will pay dividends for the Birds at some point in thee near future. No matter what anyone tries to convince me of, I genuinely believe that, put in the right circumstances, that Tebow could still become a productive NFL quarterback. I mean, to be blunt about it, there are other NFL quarterbacks, like Blaine Gabbert or Christian Ponder for example, that I simply don’t believe are better than Tim Tebow.
Racism Involved?I know race is an often uncomfortable subject to talk about, but let’s be honest…it’s something that has always existed and continues to this very day, whether we care to openly discuss the subject. Having said that, I can only speculate and offer my opinion on this matter, but let’s examine the cries of racism suddenly surrounding Kelly. Back in March, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith implied that Chip Kelly is a racist because the Eagles’ head coach cut DeSean Jackson, traded LeSean McCoy, and allowed Jeremy Maclin to leave via free agency, while keeping wide receiver Riley Cooper on the team’s roster. Shortly thereafter, former Eagles offensive lineman and current assistant coach Tra Thomas was fired and he too, went on slightly less public record to suggest that he suspected racism was alive and well inside the Eagles’ organization. Then, on Thursday, LeSean McCoy spoke at length on the subject in an interview with ESPN’s Mike Rodak.
“There’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.” LeSean McCoy on Chip Kelly http://t.co/rdESv1xLKI— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 6, 2015