Saltveit Sees Big Things for the Eagles Coach.
New York, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/08/2015 --The University of Oregon Ducks, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, play Ohio State in the championship game of the first college football playoffs. The football season, however, is already over for Chip Kelly, the coach who built Oregon's juggernaut program before leaving for the NFL.
"It's gotta be killing him," said Mark Saltveit, author of The Tao of Chip Kelly and Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly's Football Revolution, a new book due out from Diversion Books in 2015. "Chip Kelly is thrilled for his former players and coaches, of course, but his Eagles missed the playoffs. That has never happened to him before as a head coach, and he's not happy about it." Kelly told a press conference that missing the playoffs was "gut-wrenching."
Kelly led the Ducks to a 46-7 record and four top-5 rankings in his four years as head coach. Oregon went the national championship game in just his second year, losing narrowly to Cam Newton's Auburn Tigers on a last-second field goal. He left after the 2012 season to take on another rebuilding project for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles improved from 4-12 in 2012, to 10-6 in Kelly's first year, losing in the first round of the playoffs. This year, the Birds started 9-3 but lost three straight games with backup quarterback Mark Sanchez helming the team, before rebounding to win the season finale. That was not enough to make the playoffs in a competitive NFC Wild Card race.
"National football writers predicted Kelly would fail when he was hired. Last year, they called him a genius. Now, they're jumping off the bandwagon again," Saltveit notes. Peter King of Sports Illustrated's MMQB canceled his "Chip Kelly Wisdom of the Week" feature. ESPN's Phil Sheridan called the Eagles "undisciplined" and put the blame on Kelly.
Saltveit sees it differently. "This team was overachieving wildly at 9-3, given their weakness at quarterback, inside linebacker, and in the secondary. They were like Wile E. Coyote after he runs off a cliff. His legs keep spinning a while before he plummets."
Saltveit, an Oregon sports writer who has followed Kelly for years, now also writes about the Eagles at Philly.com, Bleeding Green Nation (where he is on the staff) and Iggles Blitz. He is widely considered an expert on Kelly, both the man himself and his innovative approach to football. Saltveit writes the Chip Kelly Update every Friday for FishDuck.com, a highly-regarded Oregon Ducks website.
About Mark Saltveit
Mark Saltveit, a Harvard graduate, has written for Bleeding Green Nation (an Eagles blog), his own website Taoish.org, FishDuck, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Oregonian, Harvard Magazine, and Warp Weft and Way, an academic blog of Chinese philosophy. He is also a standup comedian and the World Palindrome Champion. Clips: Appearance on Comcast Philly, Standup comedy. His new book on Chip Kelly, Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly's Football Revolution, will be published later in 2015 by Diversion Book.
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