As of now, we all know that LeSean McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso. This was a move that surprised just about everyone who follows the game. Why did Chip Kelly pull this deal? It looks as if he is trying to get every possible Oregon Duck that played under him on to the Eagles roster. He is making the Philadelphia Eagles out to be the Philadelphia Duckles.
With this recent move, the talk of the Eagles trying to acquire Dion Jordan and the draft talk of Marcus Mariota it looks like Chip Kelly is trying to obtain every possible Oregon player he can. However, this may back fire for him. Let us not forget in 2002 and 2003 when another former college coach tried to get as many former players to run his system as well. Steve Spurrior tried to turn the Washington Redskins into the Washington Gators. We all know how that ended.
Chip Kelly is a good football coach. He does not need to get former Oregon players to run his system. He has proven that with 2 winning seasons in his first 2 years as head coach. On the 2014 roster there were only 6 former Ducks that had possibly played under Chip Kelly. This will not make or break your chemistry. However, trying to add more, if that is what Kelly is doing, could possibly hurt the current chemistry of the franchise.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a strong franchise. Chip Kelly only made them stronger, I believe. Now to play with the chemistry of a good franchise is not wise. I can see maybe adding one or two pieces. This would help in the understanding and running of the system. However, trying to add as many former players as you can is never a good idea.
Chip Kelly will see that losing LeSean McCoy will not be a good move for his offense. This will become especially apparent depending on the QB situation. After this move I would now place the Eagles as the 3rd best team in the division. This was a strong move for an offense that was deteriorating down the stretch. Let us now watch and see how they respond in free agency and the draft. Let us continue to watch the making of the Philadelphia Duckles.