The season finale Sunday between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will be a mostly meaningless game between two teams headed for offseason overhauls. Chip Kelly is already out in Philly. Tom Coughlin could be in his final hours in New York. Both teams have a lot of work to do to fix what went wrong in 2015.
With all of that in mind let's check in with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation for our final Q&A of the 2015 season.
Ed: Were you surprised by how things ended for Chip Kelly and do you support the Eagles' decision to move in a different direction?
Brandon: I wasn't totally surprised that Kelly was fired. It was clear the team wasn't in a good position with him as the de facto GM. It was also concerning how he struggled as a coach on game day this season. Kelly's offense never approached the level it did when he first entered the league back in 2013. The timing was definitely a surprise, though. No one saw it coming before the season ended.
Moving on from Kelly was the right decision. He lost the locker room to some extent. It's hard to keep a coach around when the players stop believing in him. Getting Kelly out of the team's personnel department was also important. They're better off without him there. It is concerning to see Howie Roseman back in charge in that area, however. The Eagles really needs a new GM.
Ed: From the outside looking in, your thoughts on Tom Coughlin and the Giants? Are you surprised he is still the Giants coach? Do you think the Giants should move on after this season?
Brandon: I think the Giants have been in a tough spot. They've held onto Coughlin for too long, but I guess it's not so easy to ditch a coach who helped you win two Super Bowls. This is what happens when your team wins championships in a flukey manner. Just teasing ... sort of ... maybe.
I definitely think it's time for the Giants to move on. They haven't made the playoffs in four years. New York is 55-56 since 2009. I don't think Eagles fans feel very threatened by Coughlin anymore. I think they'd feel more worried if New York made a new hire.
Ed: The Redskins, the last team anyone thought would do so, ended up winning the division. For me, that's easier to stomach than seeing the Cowboys or Eagles win. What is the perspective of an Eagles fan on that?
Brandon: Considering the Eagles had a chance and lost to Washington in Philadelphia, it's not so easy for Eagles fans to stomach. But the reality is that the Eagles weren't going to be a team like Seattle in the first round and go on a playoff run. Washington winning this awful division is probably ultimately irrelevant because they're bound to get smoked by the Seahawks, I think.
Ed: Do you see the Eagles as entering a teardown and rebuild phase, or do you think they can get back on top pretty quickly?
Brandon: I don't know that it will be a total tear down and rebuild, but there should be some significant changes. As far as the team getting back on top, I don't know. Really depends who they hire. I don't feel great about the team's quarterback situation or the new personnel department power structure, so it's hard to be optimistic. I think things might get worse before they get better, but I'm in wait-and-see mode for now.
Ed: Do you care about the outcome Sunday? You asked me for one, so what is your score prediction?
Brandon: I do care about the outcome in the sense that I think the Eagles should lose. If the Eagles win, they could be flirting with a first round selection around No. 17 or so. If the Birds lose, they can pick as high as 9th. That's a big difference. The Eagles might need that first round pick to get a new quarterback depending on what happens with Sam Bradford, who is schedule to be a free agent.
Also, the loser of this game gets to play the Rams at a neutral site in London next year. That's better than having to face the Seahawks in Seattle.
Thanks to Brandon. Play nice over at BGN. Both teams stink and have a lot of decisions to make, so neither side really has anything to be bragging about right now.