You probably want to, but don't write off Chip Kelly's chance at being 'revolutionary' just yet

You probably want to, but don't write off Chip Kelly's chance at being 'revolutionary' just yet

With yesterday's 15-7 downer against the Giants giving the Eagles two straight losses and Chip Kelly's go-go/high octane/whatever offense two straight games without a touchdown, now seems a convenient time to mock that thing about that time Kelly was supposed to "revolutionize" the NFL.

Count Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News among those who see a sinking Chip.

His lede:

"This was the offense that was supposed to revolutionize the NFL.

It may have taken one half for the rest of the league to catch up to it."

He wasn't the only one to dump on Chip following yesterday's crapper. A sampling:

Fact: Bill Walsh, widely considered responsible for the NFL's first great "revolution," went a lofty... 2-14 in the first year of his first NFL gig. His 1979 49ers scored a perfectly league average 19.25 points a game.

Fact: Don Coryell, widely considered responsible for the precursor to Walsh's "revolution," erupted to... 4-9 in his first seat at the big boy table. His 1973 Cardinals ranked a marginal 11th of 26 in scoring offense.

Fact: Chuck Noll, the owner of the most Super Bowl rings in NFL history, won a whole... one game in his first season with the Steelers. Teams with one win typically don't do much well. No exception here.

Fact: Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, owners of 5 of 12 Super Bowl rings since 2001, pieced together a remarkable, incredible, unbelievable... 10-22 combined mark in their first years of their first head coaching stints, and 11-21 -- a WHOLE game better! -- in their second, first years.

Fact: despite a cupboard bare enough for a 4-12 finish and the league's fourth-worst scoring offense a season ago, Kelly's scheme has already rewritten the record books, even if he hasn't won much.

Sure, Jim and John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy and plenty others have won immediately in the NFL. But for every Vince Lombardi, there seems to be plenty more Tom Landrys.

Maybe Chip needs to be fired from his first NFL gig, as Coryell and Belichick were, before he can reach his full potential. Maybe he can enjoy landscape-changing success here in Philadelphia, as Walsh, Noll, Coughlin and, um, Andy Reid did with their first stops. We'll see.

But to after only eight weeks write the guy off as an amateur, dismiss his coaching ability despite the fact that his high efficiency scheme doesn't have a high efficiency quarterback to execute it, and that, in his first year, the absence of said quarterback isn't on him, is simply lazy, baseless and, um, amateur itself.

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.