Chip Kelly dances around question of final say

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For 14 years, Eagles coach Andy Reid had final say over the team’s roster.  Today, it’s not clear who holds that power.

New Eagles coach Chip Kelly was asked whether he has final say on Thursday, and he didn’t answer the question directly.

“My role right now is clearly defining what we want,” Kelly said at his introductory press conference.  “What is a cornerback?  What are we looking for?  What’s the height? What’s the weight?  What’s the speed?  What’s the makeup of each individual position here?  Then in collaboration with everybody here, not one person can do it all.  I’ve heard questions [indicating] that I want control over this, control over that.  That has never been an issue, never is an issue for me.  I’m a football coach.  I’m not a general manager.  I’m not a salary cap guy.  I coach football.  I need people who can go out there and say, ‘Hey this is what you want. These are the people.’  And it’s going to be a collaboration.  We’re all going to be on the same page.  I’ve got no delusions of saying that I want all these different titles.  I just want to coach football.”

In other words, Kelly apparently doesn’t have final say over the roster.  Or he doesn’t want anyone to know that he does, given that he has zero experience at the NFL level, in any capacity.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie didn’t address the issue of final say during the press conference.

Presumably, G.M. Howie Roseman possesses final say if Kelly doesn’t.  There’s also a chance that neither do, and that if Kelly and Roseman can’t work things out, the tie will be broken by Lurie.

26 responses to “Chip Kelly dances around question of final say

  1. Andy destroyed himself with that final say stuff – Chip seems to just want to coach and not build an empire, lets let him coach!

  2. I am sure he will have some say on personnel. Who would want to coach a team when the owner and GM say “Here is your guys, bring me a Lombardi”.

    That being said, I am guessing that the managemnt in Philly wants to make sure Chip does what is best to build a team that can win. Drafting players and picking up FAs isnt a guessing game or a deal where if you really like a player. you need him. But Chip will learn everything in short order. Draft is in April, lets see what happens.

  3. With the Eagles being 20 plus million dollars under the salary cap, please explain to me why Michael Vick needs to take a paycut?
    20 plus million dollars is enough kelly greens to fix the offensive line which was the weakest link of the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Plus the Eagles have a top 4 draft pick so rebuilding the offensive line should be easy.
    Anyone who thinks differently is uncivilized.

  4. Lovie had final say, and now he’s Out of a Job, and for good reason, most of these Coach’s can’t evaluate talent….let’s see, Orlando Pace, John Lynch, etc, great signings Lovie.

  5. If anyone heard Jeff Laurie the day he fired Andy Reid he made it very clear, The new coach will report directly to him (Laurie). For Kelly to be able to go right to the owner means he had a lot of say.

  6. dalucks says:
    Jan 17, 2013 9:19 PM
    With the Eagles being 20 plus million dollars under the salary cap, please explain to me why Michael Vick needs to take a paycut?
    20 plus million dollars is enough kelly greens to fix the offensive line which was the weakest link of the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Plus the Eagles have a top 4 draft pick so rebuilding the offensive line should be easy.
    Anyone who thinks differently is uncivilized.——————————————————————————————————————————the offensive line will be fixed by doctors not dollars. and Mike Vick will be cut, he can’t play.

  7. Jacksonville is laughing at the Gold Standard. They got the real NFL coach.
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    The Eagles let him go.

  8. I thought he was pretty clear myself when he said “collaboration” that ‘final say’ is nonsense for people with big egos, Kelly and Roseman will go to work tomorrow to bring the best talent they can on board and that will be it.

  9. This guy’s stupid comments makes you almost wonder if the Eagles PR team is incompetent.

    It also makes you long for the silence of Andy Reid. He may not have said anything, but at least it wasn’t stupid. Reminding me a lot of Ray Rhodes in that final year, too…

  10. If Kelly is successful following the success of Harbaugh and Carroll this may be the beginning of the end of retread coaches. Interesting to see how he does. He does have some speed on offense to work with though.

  11. boltdaddy says:Jan 18, 2013 1:09 AM

    If Kelly is successful following the success of Harbaugh and Carroll this may be the beginning of the end of retread coaches. Interesting to see how he does. He does have some speed on offense to work with though.
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    Chip Kelly doesnt have a QB on the roster right now that can play well enough in a Harbaugh or Carroll Scheme. Not many teams do because these players arent a dime a dozen. Very few QBs can make happen what some of these guys make happen. Not to mention, these schemes are untested in the NFL. One season proves nothing. The ability to adapt the system to produce year in and year out is the real measure. I dont see the read option being around after a couple more seasons.

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