Chip Kelly's debut season with the Philadelphia Eagles has largely been a success.  He has the Eagles on the doorstep of the postseason at 9-6, just needing a victory over the Tony Romo-less Cowboys and their hideous defense in Week 17 to win the NFC East.  When Kelly's offense has been firing on all cylinders, as it was on Sunday night versus Chicago when they scored 54 points, it looks downright revolutionary.  The Eagles are 2nd in the league in yards per game and points scored.  Additionally, Kelly has immediately turned Nick Foles into a Pro Bowler as he leads the NFL in quarterback rating.  Even if the Eagles lose on Sunday and miss the playoffs, you can't say it's been a bad year in Philly by any standard.

That's why it's so fun to go back and look at all the predictions that Kelly would be one of the worst hires in pro football history.  (Take a bow Heath Evans.)  Before the season, and even during the season when the Eagles started slowly, analysts, pundits, and scribes were all burying Kelly's pro coaching career and turning him into Bobby Petrino. Thankfully, Southern Philly saved some of those tweets (bless you social media) so we can now look back at just how wrong all of these experts were about Kelly.  Browns fans in particular may want to hide their eyes…

Does nobody remember Rod Marinelli?  Or Rich Kotite?  Or David Shula?  

Foles' stats: 25 TDs, 2 INTs, and a 118.8 QB Rating, which would only be the 3rd highest in NFL history.

Chip Kelly still has a job, Hugh Douglas does not.

And now, the section composed of people confidently saying that the Cleveland Browns were much better off with the very vanilla Rob Chudzinski instead of Chip Kelly.  Because nothing says "ending Cleveland's heartache" like that highly touted ChudWeeden combo.

Other teams were better off without Chip Kelly too, like the 4-11 Bucs.

And when Stephen A. Smith proclaimed this, we all should have known Chip Kelly would succeed.

Embrace ridiculous predictions and proclamations being stored forever in social media to be made fun of later!

[Southern Philly]

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