Don’t give up on Chip Kelly so quickly
I’ve talked about the importance of living in the present moment, finding happiness within you, finding the beauty in every situation, and taking the time to just breathe it all in. You’re not going to reach your destination any faster by thinking about the task ahead of you. Just enjoy the time you have to look around and reflect on your current circumstances.
However, being a Philadelphia sports fan and living in the present moment, we are in a BAD spot. How do we find the beauty there? The Phillies are out, we’ve had three straight losses by the Eagles, there’s definitely hope for the Flyers, and the Sixers are still a mystery. So the question is, how do you feel about being a Philadelphia sports fan RIGHT NOW? Well, if you feel lousy, then change it. You have the power to change your mind.
So, say goodbye to the Phillies for a while, because they’re not in the playoffs. Let’s not dwell on that. The Flyers start on Wednesday, and the Sixers have yet to prove themselves; their time will come. Right NOW, we are faced with the Eagles’ challenges and frustrations.
Chip Kelly is living in the present and he’s dealing with what he has, and quite frankly, this is really not his team. He’s a new coach with a team that he did not build. We have to be careful judging someone who has inherited a team that someone else built. That is a difficult task to complete, but it comes with the territory.
Although, I respect Andy Reid and appreciate everything he did for this city (we’ve had many good years with Reid at the helm of this team), but let’s be realistic here. When Reid left, he hadn’t built a championship team.
The key to living in the present moment with the 2013-2014 Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly, at least from my perspective, is to exercise patience. I have to give Kelly some leeway and time to bring people in and create the machine that he is accustomed to. In college football, you have the ability to recruit players. It’s a whole different ballgame when you come to the NFL and try to build a team around the rest of the league with the draft, free agency offers, etc. It can be all luck of the draw.
Having said that, is it pleasant to watch this team lose? Absolutely not. But we have to be patient and keep our hopes that this very intelligent man will overcome the obstacles he faces with this team, one step at a time.
Take a look at all professional sports. Take a look at all of the great coaches; they have a TEAM to run, and metaphorically speaking, I’ll refer to the teams as “horses.” I don’t care how good the jockey is; he could be the best jockey in the world. But you put the best jockey in the world on a jackass in the Kentucky Derby, guess what? He’s not going to win. You need a great coach, but you also need great players that will work for the coach’s philosophy to succeed, and vise versa.
Make no mistake; it’s not that the players making up this team are not exceptional football players, because they most definitely are. But this jockey may need some different horses to make his philosophy and system work as it should.
It’s going to be a little tough dealing with the frustrations of being an Eagles fan during this “trial run,” so to speak. But instead of dwelling on the fact that the Eagles lost Sunday’s game, look at the exciting brand of football that’s rising from the ashes. There’s something new and fresh here in the city of Philadelphia.
If you listen to the media, you’re going to hear 90 percent negative responses. Ten percent just isn’t good enough. We’re programmed to focus on the negative, but why can’t we change that? Let the media be who they want to be, but change your mindset to 90/10 percent positivity/negativity ratio. I’m not asking anyone to run from the issues at hand, I’m asking you to see them as opportunities to grow and change. There are always positives; and you’re the only person that has the power to identify them and allow them to populate your mind.
The scoreboard told an ugly story, but the game itself was exciting and interesting, to say the least. We put a good, entertaining first half of football together.
We see a guy like Manning playing the best football of his career at the age of 37. Instead of complaining about how we’re playing defensively, although this is our team, let’s focus on a Hall of Famer that is playing incredible football and enjoy his performance. Why don’t we revel in the clutch role that Shady McCoy plays on this team? There are all kinds of scenarios to approach the level of play right now, but you can’t go home to your wife, raising hell, because the Eagles lost another game.
Reid didn’t give us a championship, but we had fun. There’s only room for one champion, and only one team out of 32 deserves that top spot. No one ever said it would be easy. At times, Reid was arrogant and had a tumultuous relationship with the media. It’s like going to war against an opposing team, and he had a problem revealing his tactics. But who could blame him? Either way, we thank him for all of the good years he brought to this city.
Chip has the ability to communicate with people much better than Reid could. He knows what he wants to do and how he will shape this team. The first game of the season against the Washington Redskins showed exactly how he wants this team to function, and it was a pleasant surprise to see. Chip knows what has to be done, and he will need full cooperation from the “horses.”