By Peter Gleason

There is a real disconnect about how the local media and the national media regard Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly.

Some locals think he’s got the chops as coach but are still waiting to see how he does as a personnel man.

Hint: He has only had that job for four and a half months, and WIP’s Glen Macnow said on the air last Saturday that “he is afraid of Kelly as GM!”

Have another cheese steak Glen.

But Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard has gone way over the top in the current issue, comparing Kelly to the great Bill Walsh, who won three Super Bowls with the 49ers:

“Chip Kelly and Bill Walsh each entered the league with cutting-edge offensive systems that many pundits deemed too finesse-oriented or pass-happy to succeed.

“Leaping from Stanford to the 49ers in 1979, Walsh believed that his offensive scheme could make up for San Francisco’s talent shortcomings, but he quickly realized that the same could not be said on the other side of the ball. In his second and third drafts, after starting his pro career 2–14, Walsh spent 14 of his 22 picks on defensive players, with 13 of those coming in the first six rounds.

“Likewise, in his second and third drafts with the Eagles, Kelly (who likely subscribes to Walsh’s belief that he can scheme his way out of any offensive talent deficiencies) spent 10 of his 13 selections on the defensive side of the ball.

“No question, the innovation [Walsh and Kelly] have with their offenses and how to run a team are similar,” says former 49ers CEO and president Carmen Policy. “People scoffed at Bill at first, and continued to scoff at his West Coast offense even after the first Super Bowl. Yes, you see the same elements of Bill in Chip, but Bill was much better prepared with his NFL experience being with Paul Brown [on the Bengals’ staff for seven years].”

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