Donovan McNabb: Chip Kelly is not what Eagles need

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Updated: Jan. 4, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles are ready to make a major push for Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Former Eagles quarterback and NFL Network analyst Donovan McNabb believes that's a mistake.

"I would say the next move now is to move to a defensive-minded coach," McNabb said on Comcast SportsNet's "Daily News Live" on Thursday. "Have someone come in here and be able to get these guys disciplined, understanding what they have to do, being gap-sound, being in the right position at all times, and then bring an offensive guru in -- someone who can run an offense and run it effectively."

The Eagles had significant issues on both sides of the ball and ranked No. 29 in both scoring offense and defense. That's the norm, however, when a coach is fired -- the tendency is to go in the opposite direction. In this case, a defensive mind to replace the offensive Andy Reid.

"Most of the guys that are out there are offensive guys," McNabb said. "Lovie Smith's a defensive guy. Ray Horton is a guy. Will they bring Ray Horton or Lovie in? I don't think so."
The Eagles need to avoid locking themselves into a certain mold. Sure, the front seven needs to a better job of stopping the run and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha needs to resemble the Oakland version of himself. But someone needs to work with Nick Foles or whatever quarterback has the job in 2013 so the offense doesn't waste LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.