It safe and fair to say that the Eagles didn't care, and they were not playing with heart the last two seasons while Andy Reid was still head coach. Now, the birds are in a new direction. New scheme, change of scenery, and new implmented systems such as the 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Billy Davis, and your typical pro style offense under new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who had two stints with the Eagles. From 1999-2001, Shurmur served as Tight Ends coach, and 2002-2008 Shurmur then served under Reid as quarterbacks coach.
At first, the hiring seemed kind of odd to fans and few sports writers. A lot of people questioned the moved due to Kelly's likelihood of bringing his high octane Oregon offense with him. So far, Kelly has said the right things, and has been going on about his work with adapting. Chip Kelly has stated that he's implementing 15% of what he ran at Oregon into the offense he's going to run with the Eagles. But, the big question of all is, Are the Eagles really committed?
A lot of players seemed excited about the possibility of Kelly becoming head coach, and there were past reports that Michael Vick would hold out or not come back unless Chip Kelly was made coach. Now Chip Kelly is your head coach. Chip Kelly seems to be a much more approachable coach than Andy Reid Jason Kelce stated. "With Andy it was more of... especially with me coming in later in his career after he'd built up such a reputation in Philly amongst the players in the locker room, it was kind of like there was an aura around him. You never wanted to be yourself around him. You always had to have this front up and you always had to be 'Yes sir & yes maam" always on your Ps and Qs. He was a hard man to talk to and be loose around. It was always an uptight conversation whenever I had with him. Whereas with Chip, he's much more, at this point at least, like one of the guys. He's still the head coach and you still have respect for him, but he converses with everyone, strikes up conversations and is much more of a loose guy to be around than Andy was." It's really hard to tell if Eagles wanted him because they believe he's soft or softer than Reid. The real question is will they play for him? It's going to suck if the Eagles take the same approach they took with Reid and still did nonsense off the field. But, if the Eagles are really committed to Chip Kelly as they said in the past, Chip Kelly's plan for this season is certain to be interesting.