Chip Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. While it’s not couth to celebrate someone losing their job, Giants fans should be ecstatic. Chip Kelly owned the Giants in his short, 3-year tenure, going 4-1. His only loss came in 2013 when he was forced to play Matt Barkley due to injuries to Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
The reactions on Twitter seemed to side with owner Jeffrey Lurie as most critics disliked his personnel moves: trading LeSean McCoy, not re-signing Jeremy Maclin, and cutting DeSean Jackson.
It’s hard to justify releasing a head coach like Kelly after 1 losing season when his two previous campaigns resulted in 10-6 records. Giants fans have seen three straight losing seasons and haven’t witnessed a Big Blue postseason game since the Super Bowl in 2012.
Still, the Eagles seemed to be heading in the wrong direction, despite an upset of the Pats in New England. They were getting uneven play from their quarterback Sam Bradford and their acquisition of DeMarco Murray was heavily scrutinized and ultimately a major fail. Yet, the Eagles clobbered the Giants in their Monday Night Football matchup earlier in the season, thanks to a stingy defense.
With Kelly gone and the Eagles in a state of flux, the Giants should be able take advantage even if Coughlin and Reese aren’t with the team. The Giants have a fairly potent offense that will benefit from the return of a healthy Victor Cruz, a more cohesive offensive line that’s coming into its own, and a third year in Ben McAdoo’s system.
With Chip Kelly gone, the Giants might finally turn the tables and dominate the series.