Chip Kelly wants to be the smartest man in the room. One day we’ll all appreciate him as one of the top coaches in the league. Until then, we’ll continue to scratch our heads and have our doubts.
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh round pick in 2015, the team announced. It’s the type of move that you’d normally see Bill Belichick pull off and that would normally make you say: “He must know something that we don’t.”
Barner rushed for 1,767 yards and scored 21 touchdowns under Kelly in college and was taken in the sixth round by the Panthers in 2013. He was plagued with an ankle injury throughout his rookie season, and as a result, he failed to make any kind of impact. As for the Eagles, they’re stockpiling running backs. They already have LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk, which will leave Barner destined for a role with the special teams.
The Panthers must be really happy with the two-headed backfield of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. Either that or they didn’t have any faith in the second-year pro. I’d bank on the latter, especially since he was fighting for a job and the Charlotte Observer named him one of its training camp disappointments. Maybe a reunion with the old Oregon coach can rejuvenate his career.
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