It's been a busy offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly is taking full advantage of his new power overseeing the team's player personnel department. People around the league are taking notice because, well, it's hard not to.
Last week former Eagles president Joe Banner had praise for Kelly's moves. Now it's a former Dallas Cowboys head coach who is speaking out in favor of the Eagles' head coach. It's this same coach who "quietly has become a good sounding board" for Kelly. Via Peter King of The MMQB:
"I really like what I have seen out of Chip Kelly. Chip called me and we visited a couple times, and what I heard from him, I liked. No one can say from the outside—right moves, wrong moves. You gotta let ’em play out. You won’t know until you see the results. I felt I was right when I did the things I did, but who knew? I traded away my starting quarterback, Steve Pelluer, to Kansas City. The leading receiver, I don’t remember his name [it was Ray Alexander] we got rid of. I talked to Danny White, and he retired. Then I traded Herschel Walker. You can’t be afraid to make moves. Chip’s not. So some of it is similar. But there is one big difference: We were the worst team in the league two years in a row [1988, 1989]. People were ready for a big change.
"The similarities? We’re both confident, both competent, both know how to win. We talked after he got the new responsibilities this year. I just said, ‘Go with people you believe in, and go with players who fit your personality and fit your system.’ I have talked to Bill Belichick about this too. Certain players are going to be successful in his system and not in others." [...]
"I am a fan of Chip Kelly and I will be a fan of Chip Kelly’s until he proves me wrong. I love his offense, I love his style, I love the nutrition stuff, love his practice schedule, love how he turns over the roster."
Kelly is off to a faster start than Johnson was in Dallas but the Eagles coach obviously still has a long way to go before he can match Johnson's championships. Perhaps the advice Kelly gleans from Johnson's counsel can help him get there.
It's an interesting article, so go read it. Johnson also gives his thoughts on the Sam Bradford trade and more. It's interesting to see such an influential figure in Cowboys history now assisting a coach on the other side of the bitter rivarly.