The Philadelphia Eagles turned heads throughout the NFL in 2013 when they poached head coach Chip Kelly from the Oregon Ducks.
Though Kelly had been coaching for over two decades at that point, he had zero NFL experience.
Early returns were good, with Kelly leading the Eagles to a 10-6 record and an NFC Eastern Division Championship. That made Kelly only the second head coach in NFL history to win a division title in his first season.
Kelly posted an identical record in 2014, but the wheels came off in 2015 with the Eagles sitting at 6-8 when owner Jeffrey Lurie fired Kelly before the last game of the season.
Former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson recently revealed that he has zero respect for his former head coach, saying he believes Kelly broke up a potential Super Bowl champion to please his ego.
DeSean Jackson: “I don’t respect Chip Kelly.”
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“I don’t respect Chip Kelly. What he did, you can ask any Eagles fan ever, They’ll tell you the same thing,”
Jackson said. “He dismantled our team. There’s no way you get rid of DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Mike Vick, Jeremy Maclin. We were Philadelphia.”
There is no way to prove that the Eagles would have won a Super Bowl if Kelly hadn’t made those moves, but it’s proven that he never came close to sniffing a championship after making them.