Those within the Philadelphia Eagles organization believe that Chip Kelly was fired as the head coach because he was too much like a dictator with the team, according to ESPN.
When it comes to understanding the game of football, Chip Kelly is near the top of the list. It’s not very often that someone like Bill Belichick seeks you out so he can learn more. Chip Kelly understands that controlling the tempo is a great way to win football games, so the Philadelphia Eagles were trained and conditioned to be the quickest-paced NFL team.
Simplicity is another thing that Chip Kelly understands really well, as he only utilized four running plays (draw, inside zone, outside zone, and counter) with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The thing that Chip Kelly struggled with was learning how to interact with people. Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson recently called Kelly a dictator with a big ego.
“Maybe the ego got in the way. Too much power. Control. Not being human about things. Not working together with the team, instead being a dictator.”
The fact that Lane Johnson felt compelled to be that revealing about the man that drafted the Oklahoma Sooners star with the fourth pick proves how bad things got with Chip Kelly.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie was not nearly as blatant as Lane Johnson, but his words suggest that he feels the same way. He talked about traits he wants in the next coach.
“Looking for somebody who interacts very well and communicates clearly with everybody that he works with and comes in touch with.”
Jeff Lurie and Lane Johnson are not the first people to make similar comments towards Chip Kelly. Other people involved with the Philadelphia Eagles have suggested the same thing. Last summer, Brandon Boykins was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was quick to mention that Chip Kelly often ignored him when the two of them walked down the hall way.
NFL players prefer having a coach that they can talk to. Chip Kelly is used to being in charge, as college players are a bit more obedient since they do not have millions of dollars.
Frustrations will cause people to do things that they normally would not do. The same holds true with NFL players. They know how to generally conduct themselves until angered. Former Philadelphia Eagles corner back Cary Williams voiced his frustrations with Chip Kelly and his hectic practice routines through the media because he could not speak privately.
Another example of a player being frustrated with Chip Kelly and his lackluster communication skills is DeMarco Murray, the coveted free agent signed away from the Dallas Cowboys.
After weeks of not being able to get through to Chip Kelly about not being a good fit for the offensive scheme, DeMarco Murray decided to sit with Jeff Lurie on a plane and talk.
Even though Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is very hands-on with his players, the guys on the roster usually go through head coach Jason Garrett before they talk to Jones.
Chip Kelly is going to receive another chance to be a head coach in the NFL. He has too much knowledge of the game to be a “one and done” type of guy. He’ll get another job offer.
Wherever Chip Kelly decides to sign with, he needs to learn to change his ways a bit after how horrible things ended with the Philadelphia Eagles. Status quo is no longer acceptable.
Chip Kelly cannot be a dictator in the NFL.
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