Friday, February 26, 2016

Kaepernick and Kelly Headed for Splitzville in San Fran?

The report out of San Francisco is that 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants out as far as playing for new head coach Chip Kelly. It is doubtful that Kelly is the main reason for his alleged demands for a trade seeing that the real issue probably goes back to last season when the former toast of the Bay Area was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. However, with Kelly in the picture you never know what is really going on behind the scenes.

As far as what kind of impact this could have on the Eagles' quarterback situation remains to be seen. All indications point towards Philadelphia making a serious effort to resign its current starter Sam Bradford given that he will become an unrestricted free agent next month. Could Kelly make a play for Bradford to follow him out to the West Coast? Anything is possible with Kelly, but I am not so sure that this was the greatest fit when they were together in Philly. There is also quite a bit of speculation that both the 49ers and the Eagles will look to this year's NFL Draft for a possible long-term solution to their starting quarterback situation.

On paper, it appears that Kelly's offense would be a good fit with Kaepernick's wide-open style of play. He brings a level of mobility that the former Eagles' head coach did not have with Bradford or his backup Mark Sanchez while running the show in Philadelphia. I have already speculated that Kelly's insatiable ego would push him to try and resurrect Kaepernick's once highly promising career after watching it sink about as low as you can go.

I still like Chip Kelly for his pure entertainment value and I actually backed him up when he totally dismantled a winning formula to turn it into a losing one. I get the impression that new Eagles' head coach Doug Pederson will not be nearly as brash and bold with his attitude about turning things around. He has already done a pretty good job at surrounding himself with some quality assistants to take care of business on the field. The off-field issues concerning player personnel issues appear to back in the hands of the team's general manager Howie Roseman, who was bannished to some dank, dark bottom floor office at the NovaCare Complex when Kelly pulled-off his successful power struggle this time last year to get team owner Jeff Lurie to give him complete control of the team.

I will begin to delve much deeper into the Eagles' offseason plans for free agency and the college draft in the coming weeks, but for now I am still basking in Chip Kelly's sound bites when it comes to his new team. Like the one when he alluded to the idea that San Francisco is looking to add some talented players to its roster, not get rid of any. Vintage Kelly!


  1. Send Huff back to Kelly. Good job getting rid of Riley Cooper. Draft a wide receiver.

  2. Chip has been pretty quiet in San Fran this week, but stay tuned!