For the first time in 7 years or so, it feels like anything is possible in Philadelphia. Even a Super Bowl. Chip Kelly is actively cleaning up the mess Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie made.
I liked Reid (hopes were high with him, once, as well) but when he started getting desperate and crazy (a long, depressing downward slide that began with signing T.O. and culminated in the signing of Vick), it was clear we would need to bottom out horrifically (which we did) for Lurie to admit defeat, man up, and move on (which he did, although he still likes to make it sound like all of his decisions were acts of pure genius).
Last season was sketchy, at least at first. Kelly was an unknown quantity…and another Lurie pick. But quietly, he moved the ship in the right direction.
And now, with Vick finally gone and Desean Jackson half way out the door (send him to Jacksonville or Buffalo or Cincinnati, where all the whiny showboats go to fade away into obscurity), we sit at the beginning of a new era.
Yeah, Kelly’s tenure might end up being just another debacle – we excel at that here in Philadelphia -- but for now: What a sensation! It feels like the first time. It feels like the very first time.