Kelly Fired, Eagles Don’t Feel Chipper Anymore
Another Head Coach Bites the Dust.
Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie surprised no one and today, fired head coach Chip Kelly with one week remaining in the season.
NFL insiders and SBNation reported that Kelly was fired because he refused to give up his player personnel role. Lurie hadn’t finalized a decision on Kelly last week, but their final meeting led to the head coach’s dismissal.Kelly’s Ego, System or Attitude?
Kelly’s Ego, System, and Attitude Under Scrutiny
Kelly thought too highly of his ability to judge talent. Here are the facts: Kelly let DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, Cary Williams and his two starting guards on the offensive line walk out the door. Kelly’s replacements included QB Sam Bradford, RBs Ryan Matthews and DeMarco Murray, rookie Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and CB Bryon Maxwell. His new roster lacked talent and are no longer with the team.
Chip as a GM and Team President replaced those players with QB Sam Bradford, RBs Ryan Matthews and DeMarco Murray, rookie Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and CB Bryon Maxwell. Kelly’s new roster lacked talent and some are no longer with the team.
The Eagles showed progress at first, but as the losses mounted, rumors of dissent around the team started to circulate. Ex- Eagles LeShon McCoy and Bradon Boykins have said publicly that Kelly is not comfortable around black players and relies too much on his collegiate offensive scheme. When will these coaches get it, team success comes from the combination of very talented players in the right system. It’s not one over the other. Kelly got what he deserved.
Team success comes from the combination of very talented players in the right system. It’s not factor over the other. Coaches making the transition from college to the pros have a hard time keeping an open-minded and making adjustments. Now, Kelly joins the list of recent college coaches fired before their first contracts expired. The list includes Steve Spurrier, Bobby Petrino, Nick Saban, and Lane Kiffin.