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Chip Kelly reportedly ‘despondent, feeling the heat’ after blowout loss to Lions on Thanksgiving

Courtesy of Geoff Burke, USA Today Sports

Chip Kelly was down in the dumps but not done fighting after the Philadelphia Eagles were blown out by the Detroit Lions, 45-10, on Thanksgiving day, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Many NFL media analysts around the nation have suggested Kelly’s time as the skipper in Philly could be already drawing to a close after the franchise’s disastrous 2015 campaign. In his first year as the general manager, he blew up the roster to bring in players that fit his schemes, but the experiment has been an abject failure to this point.

It’s worth noting that his defensive coordinator Bill Davis thinks his head coach “isn’t going anywhere,” despite the frustrating season.

The good news is that the Eagles, even at 4-7, are still well within striking distance of NFC East rival New York Giants, who are 5-5 on the season. Just two games back in the loss column heading into Sunday’s action, Philadelphia could still somehow find a way to win the division and get into the playoffs, where anything is possible.

There is a lot to fix, though, for the Eagles to have a shot at making the turnaround.

Despite the addition of the NFL’s leading rusher of a year ago, DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia’s running game has never gotten out of second gear. Furthermore, neither Sam Bradford nor Mark Sanchez have managed to offer anything other than mediocrity at the quarterback position, and the team’s pass defense is a joke, thanks in part to the ugly play of high-priced free agent Byron Maxwell.

It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of “options” Kelly can dig up in his attempt to fix his team. Given his history of fearlessness when it comes to his roster, the results should at least be entertaining to witness — even if it’s in the can’t-look-away traffic accident kind of way.