The Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is a polarizing figure and while some sports handicappers herald him as a dynamic innovator, there are others who believe he is doomed to fail. Let's peruse the Eagles NFL odds and see if Kelly gives them a chance to cash in our NFL picks this season.
He's Got the Power
Chip Kelly is entering his third season as a head coach in the NFL and it is safe to say that he has the full support of his mercurial owner Jeffrey Lurie. In his first season with the Eagles he moved them from the outhouse to the penthouse of the NFC East when they vaulted from a 4-12 cellar dweller to a 10-6 division champion. Last season he duplicated his record but a playoff berth was not in the cards as Philadelphia came up second best to the suddenly surging Dallas Cowboys.
However this season is a bit different because Chip Kelly not only gets to cook the dinner but buy the groceries. Kelly convinced his owner that in fact he should be the guy signing free agents, making deals and exclusively drafting players which meant all the personnel decisions that were once within the purview of Executive Vice-President Howie Roseman was now exclusively Kelly's domain. And once he seized power he wasted no time using it. Here is what Chip Kelly did in the offseason just in case you missed it:
* Released cap hefty veterans James Casey (tight end), Trent Cole (linebacker), Todd Herremans (guard), Cary Williams (cornerback) and refused to match Kansas City's big money offer to premier wideout Jeremy Maclin.
* Sent LeSean McCoy, who disappointed mightily in 2014, and his bloated salary to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso who is coming off an ACL tear.
* Killed two birds with one expensive stone by subtracting from divisional rival Dallas's roster and adding to their own when they inked last season's rushing champion DeMarco Murray to a long term big money contract.
* Welcomed former Charger running back and oft-injured Ryan Mathews into the fold which moves Mathews from the featured back into a backup role. Less game time could very well equal a healthier Mathews and lighten the load for Murray.
* Kelly prefers taller receivers and signed Miles Austin (6'2") , Seyi Ajirotutu (6'3") and drafted first-round choice Nelson Agholor (6'1").
* Tim Tebow makes Philadelphia his latest stop on his feel-good, praise the lord tour of the NFL. The funny part is Kelly actually has plans to integrate him into his offense and not just become a coat holder for those ahead of him on the depth chart.
* The trade that will have seismic repercussions this season was the swapping of starting quarterbacks. Kelly dealt Nick Foles to the Rams for the oft-injured Sam Bradford. Both quarterbacks were hurt last season but in Bradford the Eagles get a far more athletic quarterback yet one prone to injury.
So is Philly Better?
The ingredients master chef Chip Kelly had last year made a decent stew but it wasn't award winning and a tweak here or there was not going to get them from honorable mention to blue ribbon, or in this case, a Super Bowl winner. It's too early to tell if all these bold moves will help or hinder the Eagles in 2015 but we are sure all eyes will be on Chip Kelly and the new team he has constructed.
The NFL odds currently rate Philadelphia as the second choice, behind Dallas, to claim the NFC East and if you are fancying a wager on Philly then you may want to consider GTBets hanging the Eagles at +180 to win the division.
Bookmaker is the place to shop if you wish to include Philadelphia over 9 ½ (+130) total wins in your NFL picks this season.
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