Seriously … really?
Far be it from anyone to question the genius that is Chip Kelly: Xs & Os God, GM Extraordinaire, Sports Science Czar, Champion of, well, er, Nothing … but this latest chatter to chirp out of Birds camp seems a bit, oh, um, what’s the word …
Premature? Nah, that would suggest that something would be wise to consider down the road, that most likely it would be a given in the future.
No, it’s definitely something else. What. Could. It. Be …?
Silly? Stupid? Wrong? Maybe, although perhaps a bit too strong.
No, what it is … is panicky. It’s jumping the proverbial shark. It’s trying to present yourself as smarter than you are.
The fact fans and media are so desperate for pro football success in Philly that they mistake “In Chip We Trust” rationalizing for legit confidence totally negates any modicum of sense that may permeate discussions about the team, its quarterback, its emperor of all things and all of their chances both short- and long-term.
Frankly, both sides are damaged goods in this relationship, Bradford coming in as a medical train wreck with a playing rep that far exceeds his actual performance AND Kelly & Co. coming in as a used-car dealership masquerading as an NFL franchise.
The Eagles didn’t want Bradford. They wanted to use him as a chip to gain access to Marcus Mariota. It was a Hail Mary transaction from the get-go that ended up exactly as anyone should have figured – with Mariotta drafted by another team, Nick “29 & 2” Foles in St. Louis, and Bradford here … with the spin doctors twirling whatever it takes to keep the Super Bowl torch lit in Philly as if it were a scorned lover unable to move on.
The big arm that hasn’t been seen around the Linc before (funny, Mike Vick’s cannon used to go off there, and, pssst, the same “big arm” drivel is being said about Foles’ rifle in Rams’ circles), the quick release, the accuracy (Bradford is a career 58.6 percent passer, Foles is 61.6 and worm-burning Donovan McNabb was 59.0), etc. It’s all wishful thinking more than reality.
Kelly completely discredited himself by comparing Bradford to Peyton Manning and Drew Brees on Tuesday, noting the same path each has taken with switching teams after being injured. Um, yeah, OK … and when Bradford steers his career toward sure-fire Hall of Fame entry, get back to us, coach.
Better yet, consider an extension for him then … if Bradford still happens to be on the roster at that point.
- Jack Kerwin | email@example.com