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Whether or not you think the Eagles are going to be a good team in 2015 (and no, they will not)... Chip Kelly is a terrible general manager.
He got nothing of value for DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Evan Mathis -- three players who made the Pro Bowl, and did not go to jail.
You have the ability, as a general manager, to run a player off the team. You do not have the ability to squander talent, and get back nothing for them.
You have the ability to acquire and trade for injured players -- and that's what they got, over and over again, in the off-season.
You do not have the ability to overpay for those players, without criticism, because, well, health is an ability. A pretty freaking important one.
You have the ability to acquire free agents.
You do not have the ability to blow your salary cap on fungible assets like an overpriced RB2, when you already had a perfectly serviceable cheap RB2 already on the roster. Or a pricey QB2, when your system is supposed to be so QB-friendly that you don't need the perfect QB in the first place.
You have the ability to choose your coaches.
You do not have the ability to help create and perpetuate the perception that race plays an issue in your decision, by not having a single African-American coach in a prominent position on your staff. (And no, folks, Lone Coach Duce Staley does not count, especially as this is his first coaching role of any prominence.)
I do not care, and no one outside of the media that loves circuses cares, whether or not Kelly is aloof, or needs to develop a personality that extends beyond football.
I do not care, and no one outside of the media that loves circuses cares, whether or not Kelly is developing A Culture that he feels can only be achieved by running off anyone with an Andy Reid taint.
What we care about is the fact that Chip Kelly is a terrible general manager.
Which we will see, in great and glaring relief, for the next five months and sixteen regular season games.
And if we are very, very lucky, we will not see it for more than that.
At which point, with luck, Kelly and his personality, and far more importantly, his terrible, terrible ideas about being an NFL general manager, will go star in Some Other Town, in Some Other Circus...