Chip Kelly is the most talked about NFL head coach right now, and for good reason. His Philadelphia Eagles are going a bit trigger happy and it has got the whole league questioning - has Chip Kelly gone completely crazy?
According to the Eagles head coach, he hasn't gone crazy. And today Kelly attempted to prove that by explaining his brave and borderline insane decisions to trade away star running back LeSean McCoy and previous starting quarterback Nick Foles.
Everything started last week when the Eagles made the controversial decision to trade LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Kiko Alonso. While many Eagles fans and NFL experts questioned the decision, Kelly has today revealed for the first time why moving on McCoy for Alonso made sense for his franchise.
"We have a vision for what we want in our football players. And that is what are going out to try and get. When you look at it [the trades] you have to look at every individual case," Kelly told the media on Thursday, NFL.com reported.
"To get something you have to give something up, and that's the way it works in this league. Kiko Alonso is an outstanding young linebacker, which is a position we had a huge need at. The result of it is the money that was freed up, and the way we look at it is we got Alonso and Byron Maxwell for McCoy."
While the trade deal that sent McCoy to Buffalo can maybe be explained by what Kelly just said, there are many Eagles fans and NFL experts think Kelly went completely crazy when he decided to trade away Nick Foles to St. Louis Rams for Sam Bradford. But yet again, Kelly believes it was the right move.
"When the opportunity came up with the opportunity to get Sam [Bradford] it's the same exact thing [as the McCoy trade]. You don't want to lose Nick Foles, but you're going to have to give something up to get something."
Kelly might be ridiculed by some, but today his plans became a little clearer when he jumped at the chance to sign running back DeMarco Murray, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys.
It's reported that the Eagles and Murray have agreed a five-year contract, with the move likely not the end of what has already been a crazy start to the season for Kelly.