OK, it was no state secret that LeSean McCoy was on the block.
King Chip has had his superstar running back’s neck placed there for sometime.
Still, when the news came that apparently Shady is heading to Buffalo for yet another Oregon Duck, it left a lot of folks rubber-legged.
For many Eagles fans, the reported trade is more difficult to comprehend than opening a contrary bottle of wine. Folks would love to tap Kelly on the forehead as though testing for termites.
Look at Eagles fans faces covered with pyramids of hurt and you will see the tracks of their tears.
With talented but fragile linebacker Kiko Alonso evidently coming to the Eagles’ nest, Chip Kelly supposedly has every Duck but Donald.
Now that King Chip has total personnel control, just because he does anything he damn well pleases doesn’t mean he’s an egocentric problem child.
Egotism, by the way, is not something you develop over dinner. Like a tattoo, it’s etched into the flesh.
King Chip has embarked on a reign of majesty and mystery.
He has released James Casey, Todd Herremans, Cary Williams and Trent Cole. He likely will allow Brandon Graham and Jeremy Maclin to seek their fortune in free agency.
Kelly is scrawling his signature all over the franchise.
Trading with one of the teams with a high draft pick to move up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota?
Changing the Philadelphia franchise nickname to the Ducks?
Using their now extensive cap space to sign some marquee free agents such as Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell or Patriots safety Devin McCourty or Broncos OL Orlando Franklin or Ravens wideout Torrey Smith or edge rushers like the Steelers’ Jason Worilds or the Texans’ Brooks Reed?
The Eagles obviously have to load up on defense because last year opponents went through them like Gillette Foamy.
As for Alonso, if he can hang onto all his limbs, he and Mychal Kendricks could form one of the more formidable inside linebacker duos in the league.
They both have excellent speed and coverage skills to work the hook-to-curl zones, as well as the ability to read blocking schemes and fill running lanes in front of them.
As for Shady, it will be interesting to see how much he loves the Buffalo cold, especially since the cuddly Rex Ryan can provide only so much warmth with his antics.
And McCoy will be going from Kelly’s sophisticated offense to Ryan’s Neanderthal offense with formations that look like they’re designed out of cardboard and tacked-up newspapers.