It’s Curtains For Chip Kelly In Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Eagles have fired head coach Chip Kelly. After his first two years, where the team went 10-6 (though some would say with former head coach Andy Reid’s players), he was given full control over player personnel. The result was a team that has missed the playoffs the last two years and have little to show for losing two 1,000 yard receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and the club’s all time leading rusher in LeSean McCoy.
Sorry Chip But It’s You
“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said. Free agent acquisition DeMarco Murray apparently told Lurie he had “no confidence” in Kelly.
This is both Lurie’s and Chip’s fault, and Lurie is to be commended for stopping this now. Looking for a coach three years after firing the one who was in your organization for two decades and did nothing but win is not good. However, if you’re going to allow Kelly to essentially blow the roster up, why release him after one year and now be left with all of his players? Perhaps Lurie wants to win now, and is willing to sacrifice continuity? I predict another bad season next year with new coaches, new system and new personnel.
That doesn’t mean Chip should’ve gotten a shot “just because” after the moves he made. It’s very easy to say he’s another failed college coach experiment. He gutted the team of its core and marquee talent, while bringing in (and extending) questionable players expecting it all to run at 100 MPH for 60 minutes behind an NFL offensive line? In hindsight, that seems both problematic and complicated.
The real problem is that his personality lies somewhere between nonexistent and bigoted. We warned about this previously:
Kelly demands and exercises total control over the team and the players. Some black players may be more comfortable with that and behave in a more docile manner with Kelly. Others may be less comfortable and behave in what Kelly may believe in a manner that has historically been called an “uppity”. In essence, this is a personality conflict of Kelly’s making.
Valid or not, Chip Kelly is the leader of the team and must listen carefully to this criticism. While it may or may not be true, he has to deal with it regardless. If a coach or boss doesn’t communicate effectively, players or employees will fill in the gaps from their perspective. That filling is typically not correct; however, this is a consequence of poor communication by leadership. The solution is for leadership to take a proactive approach and remain on the level with employees, for better or worse…It’s in Chip kelly’s best interest to smother this right now.
Nonetheless, while probably not this year, Chip Kelly could make a major splash in college football where he previously had success at the University of Oregon. That’s probably for the best as it’s better to be a people person in today’s NFL.