By Peter Gleason
The jury is still out on Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie’s decision to fire coach Chip Kelly.
But one juror thinks it was a lousy idea.
In an interview on “Breakfast on Broad,” Supper Bowl-winning quarterback and Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman was asked to give his input on the Eagles’ situation with Kelly. And, well, Aikman believes the Birds canned a coach who had two 10-win seasons awfully fast, and the San Francisco 49ers made a pretty good choice in hiring him.
“The first two years they played well,” Aikman said. “They won ten games, (which is) not easy to do. I like Chip Kelly. There’s some things that he does philosophically that I don’t necessarily agree with, but I think he’s an excellent football coach. I think he’s influenced this game long before he got into the NFL. I think he was a great hire by San Francisco.”
“I really believe we’ll look back on this and we’ll say Philadelphia gave up on him too soon,” Aikman continued, “The fact that you can win 10 games in back-to-back years, be in the hunt for a division title — even though the division, as I said (earlier), was poor — it tells me there was a lot more to this than just what happened on the field. There must have been a lot going on behind the scenes that I’m unfamiliar with.”