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Chip Kelly has final say on roster

Chip Kelly, Jeff Maehl AP

Though it would seem clear considering the way he was pursued and acquired this offseason, Eagles coach Chip Kelly cleared up any questions about who has the power over his roster.

Asked Tuesday if he had final say on the 53-man roster which will be carved out this weekend, Kelly’s answer was clear.

Yeah,” he replied, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.

Kelly was the belle of the offseason ball, taking long lunches and traveling to meet with teams before coming back to the Eagles and their five-year, $32.5 million deal that made him one of the league’s highest-paid coaches.

So it makes sense that he’d have authority, though he says he hasn’t had any conflicts yet with General Manager Howie Roseman, saying they “are on the same page with everything.”

“There hasn’t been a decision that’s been made personnel-wise since I’ve been here where I’ve felt [one] way and he’s felt the other way,” Kelly said. “No, I’m not amazed that it has been [smooth]. If you analyze it, there’s never been a situation when we’ve been going from, ‘It’s this guy or that guy,’ and then two guys are standing on soap boxes saying ‘We’re going one direction, not the other direction.’

“I think when you have guys that are professional and can see the other side of it and understand how it fits in the grand scheme of things, I think he sees the big picture. I see the big picture. So I think that’s why we get along so well.”

Kelly had no NFL experience when he walked in the door, so he was wise to insulate himself with people more familiar with the salary cap and pro personnel.

But since he’s the one reshaping the image of the team, it makes sense that he can shape it as he sees fit.

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5 Responses to “Chip Kelly has final say on roster”
  1. stunzeed5 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    That poor defense is going to get violated in week one. I wish the NFL would have given the Eagles someone other than the high powered Redskins to play! Sigh….0-1 it is. Fly Eagles Fly

  2. nirvana504 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:44 AM

    So what you’re saying is that The Eagles will suck. Again.

  3. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 28, 2013 11:23 AM

    stunzeed5 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    That poor defense is going to get violated in week one. I wish the NFL would have given the Eagles someone other than the high powered Redskins to play! Sigh….0-1 it is. Fly Eagles Fly
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    our D will be fine and you will look stupid but that’s nothing new for you.

  4. regulator2 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    Chip has been on a 7 month run with no Regular season NFL games played, and his record is 0-0. I think he will be a successful NFL coach, but in two weeks reality will come. With the Eagles secondary and Vick’s turnover machine, they will end up 6-10 at best.

  5. oldbyrd says: Aug 29, 2013 8:59 AM

    Eagle Fans, this is gonna take time. Remember when Reid first came here. New system. Some holes to fill. Keep the faith and enjoy the ride.

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