Kevin H: Are You Really Who You Think You Are?
The Eagles made a bold move in hiring him as head coach and were taking some risks knowing they were going to break from convention in the National Football League and were going to do some things differently going forward.
After some initial success, things went south, most especially this past season.
The Eagles ended up firing Kelly a couple weeks ago. All the hope and promise that was held onto at his hiring had disintegrated into a morass of Kelly’s power trips, stubbornness, head-scratching personnel moves, and his inability to relate to many in the organization, players and non-players alike. (Sorry, you U of Oregon fans. Just speaking the truth of what happened in Philadelphia.)
The Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, prides himself in seeing the Eagles organization as one that is bold and willing to take risks.
He says that one has to take an approach like this to win in the NFL. At Kelly’s firing and during the search for a new head coach, he would repeat this mantra and say that the Eagles would continue in these ways.
The problem is that when they hired their new coach, they appeared to have settled on doing the exact opposite.
Their new coach, Doug Pederson, is the safe choice. The familiar choice. The nice guy who won’t cause any waves in the organization. The understudy of the owner’s security blanket, former long-time coach Andy Reid.
Now, Doug Pederson may turn out to be a great head coach. As an Eagles fan, I certainly hope that is the case. But the Eagles most certainly didn’t do what they said they would do. They got burned the last time they tried it with Kelly, and so they acted differently this time. Whether they can see that or not.
I’m not big on taking risks most of the time as I am generally risk-averse. We can discuss and debate the merits of taking risks as there are pluses and minuses to both sides and each and every circumstance is unique. The trickiest thing for me is when I think God may be wanting me to take a risk and trying to be at peace that this is what God really wants and then actually doing it. I believe there are certainly times in our lives when God wants us to step out and take risks.
But ultimately, my thought on this article does not revolve around risk taking, though that can be an important topic. More so, I think about how Jeffrey Lurie has deluded himself into thinking that the Eagles are big bold risk takers when it comes to hiring coaches. They did it with Chip Kelly. Sort of. Because when Kelly was hired he was the big hot name that everybody wanted. It wasn’t like they were going out on a limb and doing something that nobody else would have done. The Eagles weren’t daring with their most recent hire in Pederson. They weren’t gallant for the several years before Kelly as Lurie held onto Andy Reid for too long. He held onto Reid for those extra years, because at least partially, he felt safe and comfortable with Reid. So even though Lurie thinks the Eagles are bold and daring, they often act the opposite.
Are there things in our lives that we like to pride ourselves in that aren’t always true?
We take a liking to a certain quality and then affirm ourselves as the shining beacon for that particular attribute. I like to think of myself as someone who is honest and straightforward and not a game player who manipulates people and situations to get what I want or win an argument. In general, I think this is true. However, if I really examine my life, are there times where I fail to uphold this quality that I pride myself in? Most certainly. And maybe more so than I am willing to admit or even able to recognize.
I think it is good to be cognizant of our own strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, we need to be careful that we don’t become puffed up with pride in relation to our good traits. We need to recognize that we aren’t the be-all, end-all and that even in our strengths we sometimes fail. Maybe even more times than we know. There is only One who is the be-all, end-all when it comes to perfectly fulfilling and executing every good thing. Let us always keep our reliance on Him rather than ourselves.
And what’s that saying we often hear around here……Oh yeah…….Make your own application. 🙂